Tuesday, 4. December 2007 - 1:30 pm
Perhaps not surprisingly Diamond Dogs’ Phil and Olly have steered well clear of animatronic foetuses (foeti?) for Newton Faulkner’s new version. They’ve created their own little wonder instead: there’s Newton plucking his soft-stringed guitar, and there he is again, and again…
It’s a one-shot affair, but the really clever thing about this video is that it defies gravity. In fact it was shot with a rotating moco camera rig on a rotating set – it was rotated 90 degrees in between takes so that the ceiling and walls temporarily became a floor. The whole thing required 20 plates of motion control.
To maximise the budget and schedule, Phil and Olly worked with a team at Prime Focus London (PFL) from an early stage: the camera moves were pre-visualised in 3D by Bryan Servante using Maya. After the shoot, CADS winning colourist George K graded the footage with a warm glow and then had to identically match-grade the remaining 19 plates whilst creating second passes. It wasn’t an easy task – lighting came from nothing but in-situ lamps.
Then Dan Lorenzini used Flame to seamlessly join the twenty plates and add details that help turn the set into a wintry, moonlit limbo-world. These extra touches included tracking additional mirror reflections from one take to another, atmospheric light flares, steam, snow and enhancing Newton’s cold breath.