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03-08-2012, 12:40 PM
We just finished up some work for Sky. Capturing slow motion steady cam moves and added CG elements.

http://www.wearecapture.com/temp/skylife/p_busy.jpg (https://vimeo.com/33233046)


http://www.wearecapture.com/temp/skylife/p_spec.jpg (https://vimeo.com/34027582)


http://www.wearecapture.com/temp/skylife/p_easy.jpg (https://vimeo.com/37664241)


http://www.wearecapture.com/temp/skylife/p_harmonious.jpg (https://vimeo.com/37664133)


Here's an example of an HDR from the shoot


03-08-2012, 01:33 PM
Thanks for sharing! Neat to see these in action.

03-08-2012, 01:56 PM
Lovely stuff, many congrats! Can you gives us a little workflow breakdown for these?

03-08-2012, 02:29 PM
Really impressive, great stuff!

03-08-2012, 04:01 PM

03-08-2012, 04:54 PM
pretty good. I love the 'falling sticky props'.

03-08-2012, 08:17 PM
Loved them. The sense of depth is great.

03-09-2012, 06:40 AM
I know those butterflies! ;)

03-09-2012, 07:02 AM
How did you do that? Is everybody sitting still? Shot it in highspeed? Stuff on wires hanging in the air?

03-09-2012, 10:50 AM
Must be a trick though...

03-09-2012, 11:50 AM
Great great shots, just superb.

And a awesome trick i assume to get this done, so congratulations ! :thumbsup:
I sure would like to see how it was made, must have been "a bit" tricky to get things as smooth as this, i think.

Laurent aka Tartiflette :)

03-09-2012, 12:35 PM
Insanely awesome!
Would love to see a breakdown:)

03-09-2012, 12:43 PM
Quality !

03-09-2012, 01:37 PM
Really good stuff, congratulations. :)
Reminded me the Philips Carousel.

03-09-2012, 07:07 PM
Thanks guys. We started out with a few tests:

First with a canon 5d in our office: https://vimeo.com/38113588
Then with the red epic at filmscape: https://vimeo.com/28511062

The Red camera was able to record 75fps at 5k resolution which gave plenty of information for match-moving and plenty of frames for ironing out little movements.

On the locations we setup a workstation to ingest all footage from the takes.


I was pleasantly surprised that the 5K red footage would playback in real-time on a computer with a mercury engine Nvidia card in Adobe Premiere. All in all we took about 2TB of footage away backed up 3 times :S

The HDR's where capture from the objects location with a Canon 5D mk2, Sigma 8mm and a nodal ninja tripod head.

After selecting the clips we exported tiffs for match-moving in Boujou, while modelling and surfacing the cg elements, stitching the HDR environments in PTGUI and setting up more render machines. We enlisting Chris (www.33dd.com (http://www.33dd.com)) as another Lightwave 3D generalist who was also able to help us out setting up Lightnet render commander over our computers (soooo handy).

We then went about fine tuning the camera motion exported out of boujou, which was pretty tricky as CG objects near people hands etc would look like they shifted due to the actor slight movement, so there was period of balancing camera motion against actor movement with the with proxy objects in place. Using what was dubbed the 'tic tac' method to create quick n dirty junk mattes so the objects appeared to go behind the real-world objects.


Then we started rendering out image buffers exr's for compositing in After Effects and began the gruelling rotoscoping process and footage fixing, like removing flies that went through the shots, actors blinking, brand names, lighting rigs etc.

A lot of the shallow depth of field was done in lightwave, like the bubbles and sprinkler, with the non-reflective/refractive objects being de-focused with a depth map in After Effects .

Then we graded the milky Red footage to something punchier and set about delivering the result for online execution on the Sky website.

Wow that turned into a bit of a ramble :)

03-09-2012, 11:30 PM
So the actors have to hold the pose during the camera movement? And the fliying pencils etc. are CG? I've always wondered these shots were done.

03-13-2012, 10:46 AM
Awesome stuff !

It's filmed fast, then slo-mo-ed. More infos here:


03-18-2012, 10:32 PM
Amazing work the only thing i noticed was in the first video there's some strange jump with the bubble that's at the tip of the remote control between second 17 and 18, but its so minor no one would notice it i think
really good work