Note: Complete film at vimeo.com/35737962
This shot's complexity came from the original footage more than anything. If shooting in Turkey you book a helicopter for a time, and that's the time you go up regardless of weather. In UK at least you can postpone for when it's not hazy, cloudy and/ or flat lighting.
So, Rory Lowe (our lead compositor) had some exciting challenges in the compositing (NukeX) stage trying to pull as much as possible out of the footage as you can see in the before and after wipes.
The footage was also horribly compressed from using the wrong codec (a comedy of errors), so things like sharpening had to be done very carefully to not enhance the compression artifacts, but instead the details within the artifact blocks.
The footage was tracked in NukeX and taken into 3DSMax where the camera height was matched to the helicopters altitude. This tracked camera was also used inside Nuke to replace the sky for something a bit more exciting.
In 3D the footage was projection mapped onto a ground plane to get any GI or reflection bounces correct for the ocean liner. This ground plane was a VRay matte object so the alpha was already ready to be pre-multiplied in NukeX. A similar HDRI was used to light from the same direction and match the original footage so any adjustments done in comp would be done to the shot as a whole, including 3D objects.
Lastly the wake was done simply as an animated texture on a plane of a boats wake from top view and included in the alpha. We rendered it with its own multimatte for separate colour control.
The team at Squint Opera (squintopera.com) include:
Lead 3D: James Shaw
3D Team: Steven Fayers, Dan Fells, Bruce Garnham, Nic Hamilton, Jack Hunter
Lead Compositing & Grading: Rory Lowe
Motion Graphics: Jack Hunter, James Merry
It was made with 3DSMax, VRay, Pheonix, After Effects, NukeX and FinalCut.
You can view the making of on my blog at:
or individually at the following links:
Cruise Ship in Harbour vimeo.com/35778465
Fishing Boat in Port vimeo.com/35778863
Boulevard Tram vimeo.com/35779915