The Healing Powers of Dude Is Now on Netflix

CoSA VFX is proud to have worked on the first season of The Healing Powers of Dude which dropped on Netflix January 13.

The Netflix family comedy series centers on 11-year-old Noah Ferris (Jace Chapman) who is struggling with a social anxiety disorder that can make the simplest everyday activities feel like he's drowning in quicksand. But after years of homeschooling, Noah bravely decides that he wants to give middle school a chance and perhaps even make some friends he’s not related to. To help him navigate his new environment, his parents (Tom Everett Scott and Larisa Oleynik) get Noah a scruffy, high-energy emotional support dog called Dude (Steve Zahn). While Dude's a novice with a short attention span and a distracting obsession with treats, what he lacks in experience, he makes up for in charm, spunk and wanting the best for Noah. If this unlikely pair can find a way to overcome their differences and work together, they may just survive everything from wisecracking pre-teens to a cat-obsessed school principal and make it through the school year. 

Created by Sam Littenberg-Weisberg and Erica Spates (Coop and Cami Ask the World), the series is a buddy comedy about a boy, his dog and the power of friendship that can come in any form (or breed), and CoSA was fortunate enough to have been the exclusive VFX vendor for the series.

"On-set supervision was covered by Michael Adkisson, our Vancouver-based VFX Supervisor, and I helped out as Supervisor in post," CoSA Co-Founder and Partner Christopher Lance said when asked about the studio's role in the project. "Sarina De Leon was our Producer, and we all worked directly with the EPs, alongside Netflix, to bring the VFX to completion, fulfilling the vision of the creatives."

Lance stressed that the project was a "breath of fresh air."

"Working in VFX can build up one’s tolerance for the grotesque; we’ve all worked on a plethora of horror or action projects in which we’re required to accurately represent death and dismemberment in new and creative ways," Lance explained. "While that can be interesting and even fun sometimes, it can also inure you to a certain extent to violence and gore. It’s so refreshing to work on a project in which we’re asked to inhabit the vivid imagination of a pre-teen character and build out his inner world."

CoSA's Christopher Lance also had more positive things to say for The Healing Powers of Dude as a project in general.

"While the show itself was stimulating for the types of effects it called for, it was also the subject matter that made a difference. I think it’s really important to air content that engages with people who suffer from anxiety disorders or other mental health conditions, especially children. From that perspective, I was personally very glad to have been a part of this show. I also have a toddler myself, and I’m really gratified to have worked on something that I can be proud for him to watch in a few years’ time! Out of all the things I’ve worked on over more than two decades, this may be the first I’ll show to him one day," he enthused.

The Healing Powers of Dude releases on Netflix Monday, January 13. You can see a trailer for the series below.

 


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