I always enjoy watching “behind the scenes” so, here is a look at another shot I did for the music video, Rain.
It was not necessary to create 3d assets of buildings on fire since the buildings were beyond “infinity.” However, it was necessary to create a 3d composition for the scene since the foreground plate has a camera move. I started with a stock image of a city skyline that I took into PhotoShop and cleaned it up and added damage to two of the taller buildings. I removed other buildings and duplicated parts of the picture to provide a balanced look. Once this background element looked reasonable good, I tracked it so that its subtle moves matched the actual foreground camera. After adding atmospheric elements and explosions, I aligned the virtual camera with the foreground plate camera.
Many of the fine tweaking gets lost in this sped-up video, but you’ll get the jest.