Working under Damien Knowles (Wunderman) and Alex Smith’s (RSA) art direction, Lumiere set to work on creating a cg plasma ball to encapsulate the new Ford Focus.
Lumiere’s first challenge was to R&D the look and feel of the plasma lines and interaction points, tweaking and testing out different methods to bring it inline with Damien and Alex’s vision.
Working with the footage shot in Barcelona, Lumiere’s vfx team, including rotoscopers, trackers and compositors, seamlessly created and implemented a plasma ball that showed the interaction of the people and the waves of plasma energy. As this was filmed without motion control and “all-in-one shot”, the real challenge here was to incorporate all of the cg elements together perfectly into such an elaborate camera move.
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Director: Alex Smith/ RSA Films
Production: Lumiere Studios
Technical Directors: Duncan Burch / Gavin Lester
VFX Supervisor: Duncan Burch
Producer: Claire Plaskow
Lead Animator: Dan Hope
Lead Compositor: Martin Ofori
Compositor: Richard Scarlett
Clean up: Gresham Lochner
Rotoscopers: Lester Brown / Graham Pearce
Tracking: Afif Heukeshoven