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European Co-Production for Germany’s Penny Market

By | Animation, Behind The Scenes, Branding, Broadcast, CGI, co-production, Compositing, Computer Modelling, International, Minature sets, Motion Control, Photo real, Post-production | No Comments

In September and October this year, we were commissioned by VFX house Glassworks, Amsterdam to shoot miniature sets for the Christmas campaign for German store, Penny Market. The models were designed and built by Andy Farago of Clockwork Frog Films in Manchester involving multiple interior and exterior sets. The shoot was facilitated in our Birmingham studio and was turned around in record time within two weeks, filming with Second Home’s very own Manta Motion Control system. Multiple passes were shot on each set involving key lighting references for Glassworks’ animators to then insert the CG characters of Emil and his mother. The film, which is part of a wider campaign to help tackle poverty in Germany, will soon be available to view globally. In the meantime, here are some teaser stills of some of the key scenes.

The street featuring the house where Emil and his mother live.

Mum making Emil’s Halloween costume.

Halloween.

The frozen lake scene.

Watching the ice-skaters.

Christmas Eve.

Emil and the tree.

What’s in the shed?

Entering the Arctic…

The film was directed by Rudiger Kaltenhauser and Darren Macpherson of Glassworks, Amsterdam and the Director of Photography was Sam Morris.

 

Photoreal Passion Project, Pug ‘Sculpted’ In Clay

By | CGI, Computer Modelling, Design, Modelmaking, Photo real, Post-production | No Comments

Here in the studio while the paint dries and the renders crawl towards completion, we’re always mulling over new ideas or trying out new things just for the love of it. So, in between commissioned projects over the past six months, our meticulous and brilliant Post-Production Assistant, Marija Salajeva, set herself the task of creating a virtual model of a pug as though it had been modelled in clay by hand. The intention was to create a photorealistic scenario, complete with crumbs of clay and cold coffee. As we’re so familiar with working in clay (and often so engrossed in work that drinks get ignored) there was plenty of live reference around the studio for Marija to draw from. The effect is a scene in which the ‘modeller’ has just finished their work and has left the sculpting table. Judge for yourself, but we think it’s a fascinating and brilliant study of one artistic discipline being captured with the tools of another.