9 July 2014 - 16:20Capilano Suspension Bridge 125th Anniversary
Another interesting project! I was a bit at odds shooting talent on a treadmill and having them pose at the same time… probably mostly for insurance issues, but I conceded to the client wishes. The concept was of two people walking across a suspension bridge over a period of 125 years. All the images were digitally separated, replaced in the bridge scene and then re-photographed in stop motion for this animated commercial.
The post work was all done by Blatant Studios. They definitely had the lions share of the work getting these images to a final animation.
Green is one of the most available colors in backgrounds and props, but if you ever have the opportunity, go with blue screen as it’s a much more natural cutaway against people, especially when placement is to be with an outdoor setting like this project. We are much more used to see a blue cast on skin which naturally comes from the sky. If there was an opportunity to coordinate with the stylist ahead of time I would have definitely gone with a blue cutaway.
The clients wanted to see live images during the shoot. I normally work with an SD card which works much better for burst shooting without buffer issues. Here I was tethered to the computer and it was a exercise in patience. Whenever my camera powered down, everything had to be rebooted. There were also buffer issues uploading images to the screen and approximately 3-5 sec image delays to preview, but I guess it’s not horrible when you’re working with 32 mb files. It’s disappointing to have such high end gear with such a weak link when it come to data transmission… Canon get to work and fix this! I’m going to be purchasing a Cam Ranger shortly and see if that give me any speed gain using secondary jpeg files… the main benefit is that the system is wireless and should eliminate the occasional dropped connections you get with the tether cables.