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10 October 2010, 08:50 AM
UPDATE: added 3D versions to YouTube. Select viewing mode by clicking on the 3D button in bottom right corner and choose from drop-down selection.

Firefly - YouTube 3D (
Ladybug - YouTube 3D (

See below for the non-stereo versions on Vimeo.

We have just finished two stereoscopic commercials for Mnet (local televison channel) as a collaborative effort between BlackGinger and Shy the Sun for Ogilvy JHB.

The miniature sets, designed and built by Steven Saunders were shot over a three week period using a motion control rig to capture each “eye” for the stereoscopic version and numerous passes for the composite.

The characters, designed by Shy the Sun, and all the other elements they interact with were created by BlackGinger using Softimage and Houdini and rendered with Mantra. 3D scans were also created for accurate layout objects of the set.

All the compositing was then done using Nuke and Ocula for the stereo tools. Four versions of the commercials, stereoscopic cinema, cinema, HD and PAL were created for different lighting, cropping and frame rates.

"Firefly" - vimeo (

"Ladybug" - vimeo (

Blackginger Crew:
VFX Supervisor & Stereographer: Hilton Treves
Comp Supervisor: Marco Raposo de Barbosa
Animation Supervisor: Darrin Hofmeyr
Post Poducer: Tracy-lee Portnoi
Editorial: Eduan Kitching
Editorial Assistant: Ruth Molteno
Modelling & Texturing: Hayden Barnett, Francois Conradie, Lani Greenhill
Rigging: Duncan Greenwood and Tyron van der Berg
Layout: Roelof van Wyk, Alex Hall, Zayne Bartley
Animation: Andre de Villiers, Richard Clark, Roberto Pita, Stanley Segal, JC Phillips
Character Sheets: Sasha Perdigao
VFX: Mathew Kearney, Mike Lyndon, Kyle Ueckermann, Christo Mentz
Lighting/LookDev: Tyson Cross, William Harley, Camille Naude, Jason Slabber
Software Development: Morne Chamberlain
Stereoscopic Matchmoving: Shaun Marnewick
Virtual Camera Technician: Chris Mcgregor
Matte Painting: Rob Muir
Rotoscoping: Monika Vermeulen
Compositors: Ashley Ryan, Bryan Dunkley, George Webster, Warrick Anderson

10 October 2010, 10:24 AM
First word that came to my mind after watching both spots: enchanting!

Loved them both, gorgeous sets and great animation.

10 October 2010, 10:26 AM
hmm no rnd/look dev
o well..
EDIT: yay! fixed :)

10 October 2010, 09:00 AM
Here are some photos from the shoot and set build, courtesy of Steven Saunders and Jannes Hendrikz - see more on my site - here! (

10 October 2010, 09:31 AM
Wow, nice work. I couldn't figure out which bits were part of the set from the video, thanks for the photos.

10 October 2010, 09:44 AM
Character studies by Sasha Perdigao

10 October 2010, 06:27 PM
Wow, nice work. I couldn't figure out which bits were part of the set from the video, thanks for the photos.

Thanks. Shy the Sun are putting a making-of together for the commercial and I will upload that as soon as we have it.

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