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Anatomy of a Composition.


This is a "making of" for a 24 frame shot from an upcoming TV commercial that I have been working on.


The director wanted a shot from the top of a building, looking down at at the sidewalk below.
On the sidewalk there were supposed to be a group of three people running around in the rain.
For various reasons this entire scene could not be fimled on location. As a result this shot (and
all other shots containing this building) had to be done either in the studio or as C.G. elements..


The first step was to build a physical model of the building (which the wonderful people at our model shop did for us)
and film it in the green screen studio. (Which the talented people in our studio dept did for us)



Fifteen foot "miniature" building.
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The next step was to scan the film. Those scans are then handed
off to us (the graphics dept) so we can add the C.G. elements.


Background Plate
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The art director has asked me to add in these three elements:
A sidewalk, two new bluidings (one on each side) and
three people running around on the sidewalk below.

 


First I add in the sidewalk and the reflections.


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Then I do a little color correction and add some film grain so that it looks like it belongs in the scene.


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Then I add the two buildings.
(One on the left, one on the right)


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Color correct them/add film grain


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The next step was to film a group of actors to use at the bottom of the scene.


Bunch of actors running around causing "trouble"
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Click here to see an AVI of the "people sequence" (7.5meg)

 

I chose three people out of the previous shot and placed them on the sidewalk below.


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Then I color correct the people, add film grain .... done!


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To see an animation of the composite click one of the links below.

Large Avi (2.3meg)
Small Avi (664kb)




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