Bringing Jax to LIFE

Happy Mushroom brings Jax (the robot) to life in Zach Braffs, “Wish I Was Here”. This was a project done in collaboration with Bosa-Visual who provided concepts, story and previs direction.

Our team was responsible for all initial tests, look development, modeling, texturing, rigging, final animation, lighting and rendering. All render passes were then sent over to Dark Matter for final comp and color.

‘Wish I Was Here’ is the story of Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life. He winds up trying to home school his two children when his father can no longer afford to pay for private education and the only available public school is on its last legs. Through teaching them about life his way, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn’t find.

Director: Zach Braff
Producer: Michael Shamberg & Stacey Sher
VFX Supervisor: Trevor Tuttle
VFX Studio: Happy Mushroom
Compositing Studio: DARKMATTER™

Happy Mushroom Credits:
Animation Director: Patrick Scanlan
Modeling Lead: Felix Jorge
Lighting and Rendering Lead: Safari Sosebee

Felix Jorge