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04 April 2004, 12:01 PM

This is the first completed shot for my short film that combines live action (shot on DV) with semi-real/stylised sets.

Maya, After FX and Photoshop used with some additional props modelling done in Cinema4D (thanks to CGtalk collaborator ndog)

Here's some example frames.

And here's a low res quicktime of the final shot with a comparison of the original footage.


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04 April 2004, 03:05 PM
Wow, thats some nice compositing! You cant even tell in the first one that the background is cg. I'm guessing you green screened to composite the woman? Is there any chance of a mini tutorial on how you composited this? I have to do something similar and after effects isnt really working for me.
Anyway, really great work.

04 April 2004, 08:32 PM
real nice:applause:
im not familiar w/ VFX, could you explain how the whole DV/Blue screen could be merged w/ CG sets and items?

04 April 2004, 12:13 AM
Not a bad comp, but the bad thing with DV footage as I'm sure you already know is keying out the screen. From your key, I can see you lost a lot of her hair around the edges and there's a slight blue tint left from not getting the spill supression down quite right. But nonetheless good effort.

04 April 2004, 12:32 AM
Looking great Ego, looking real good! :beer:

04 April 2004, 12:52 AM
Hey guys, thanks for your comments

Yeah bluescreen with DV footage can be hard because of the colour space in DV footage. You can get some nasty artifacts and edges. I highly recommend the plugin dvMattePro from dvGarage. It's specifically designed for DV footage and is the best I've used to date. Other keyers are great but this one works well for DV.

We shot the entire film against our home made blue screens as we couldnt afford to hire pro ones. We just found the best looking blue material we could find. The producer's wife sewed it all together as it only came in metre widths!

Here's some images of the layers that went into this composite to give you an idea of how it's put together. It's all pretty simple. Layers are the key - to give you lots of control. I rendered the wood under wall seperatly so i could offset it to make it look like there was a shadow on it.

04 April 2004, 12:53 AM
Mr Silke!!

Thanks mate - appreciate it.:thumbsup:

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