Arex coming to Phase II!

Discussion in 'Fan Productions' started by Chris3123, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. Itisnotlogical

    Itisnotlogical Commodore Commodore

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    Shufflin', shufflin', shufflin'...
    How did you insert him into the scene? I know with AfterEffects you can do pretty much anything you flippin' want with a few mouse clicks, but for me I'd have to render Arex separately with a green background and nothing else, and later in my video software of choice (Wax 2.0) key out the green with the original footage being the underlying track. Do you have a guy in a green suit do all the motion for Arex, or do you just paste him in to the scene without any sort of reference?
     
  2. tobiasrichter

    tobiasrichter Lieutenant Red Shirt

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    The original footage was filmed with an actor in place. His head was painted out and replaced by an animated and rendered 3D head. The head was created in Maya and composed into the footage using Fusion.
     
  3. JarodRussell

    JarodRussell Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Is it cheaper/easier/better to do it with CGI instead of using make up/masks?
     
  4. GSchnitzer

    GSchnitzer Co-Executive Producer Moderator

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    Cheaper and easier, yes. "Better?" I'm not sure how to measure that.

    With CGI, any problems with the process would only hold up post-production and would only impact the handful of folks on the post-production team. With make-up or masks or puppet arms, any problems would hold up actual production and would cause changes to the schedules to the scores/hundreds of people who show up for a shoot. We might have to reschedule flight arrivals and departures, change hotel room dates, change the date of return for rented equipment, and various other expensive changes. Probably just easier and chaper to do it in CGI.
     
  5. Captain Robert April

    Captain Robert April Vice Admiral Admiral

    I don't think even a pro production would try and do this practically.
     
  6. lennier1

    lennier1 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Not unless the involved teams were started by Stan Winston, Jim Henson or Phil Tippett.
     
  7. JarodRussell

    JarodRussell Vice Admiral Admiral

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    And whoever did stuff for Star Trek 2009. But they did have a shitload of money.

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  8. PattyW

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  9. Crisp Crinkle

    Crisp Crinkle Admiral Admiral

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    Congratulations on getting a real Edosian to come to Earth to be in your show! That's really quite a coup.
     
  10. JarodRussell

    JarodRussell Vice Admiral Admiral

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    I think that has to do with JJ Abrams' rather hyperactive directing style. Wish I could find the interview again in which he said that himself.
     
  11. PattyW

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    "hyperactive directing style"? I've never been on a set where the director was so calm and focused. If JJ is "hyperactive" by Hollywood definition, I HAVE to start working on more "Hollywood" films!