Jun 04

Ballerina article – Lost Liner | FXguide

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Awesome article from Ian Failes on Fxguide about Lost liners work for Ballerina biscuits and the process behind the commercial.

http://www.fxguide.com/featured/what-does-it-take-to-make-a-cgi-cookie/

Mar 21

Around he world in six ads | Fxguide

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Great article from Fxguide about 6 ads from vfx houses around the world.

We break down six recent TVCs with visual effects work from studios around the world – Mikros Image, Fuel VFX, Zoic Studios, Glassworks Amsterdam, Mothership/Digital Domain and MPC.

Nissan Juke, ‘Built to Thrill’ – Mikros Image

Building a skydiving car looks surprisingly easily in this Nissan Juke TVC directed by Lieven Van Baelen, with visual effects by Mikros Image. At Mikros, Christophe Huchet was VFX producer, with Antoine Carlon and Laurent Creusot acting as VFX shooting supervisors as well as CG lead and 2D/Flame artist, respectively. We talk to the studio about the ad’s main challenges.

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The spot begins with an intrepid driver jumping out of a plane and buckled into a car seat. Soon enough, he is positioned into a car body by skydivers, who get to work – mid-air of course – adding a roof, tires, engine and steering wheel. These plates were filmed against bluescreen with the parachutists and car suspended on wires and the action following detailed storyboards.

Bluescreen plate.

Final shot.


“There were two cameras on the set (in South Africa),” says Mikros, “one was with a cameraman standing on track or on a cradle and the other one on a remote jointed arm controlled by three operators. There were a lot of wires to clean up as there were up to nine parachutists shot at the same time. Each of them was hung by four wires plus the car. We had to deal with ‘restore’ on their faces and clothes. We completed an urban matte painting behind the clouds for high-angle shots. To add realism to the shot, we had to add cameras shakes and vibrations to simulate a real skydive, inspired by real shots references.”

Read full story:

http://www.fxguide.com/featured/around-the-world-in-six-ads/