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VFX Low Budget Rescue

What do you do when your movie has a limited budget but you need high production value?

The movie ‘Sleepless’ needed this shot of a high-tech plant:
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But the budget would only allow this:
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In this shot we leveraged visual effects in post to create a high-tech set, replacing empty Home Depot boxes in an empty warehouse, with industrial machinery.

Careful VFX planning saved the film many thousands of dollars on this shot.

In this sequence, the main character walks into a factory. Unfortunately, to rent (or even find) a factory of this quality was out of the question.

The quote we got for getting machinery into the warehouse was about $9K just for the rentals, and then another $3K for delivery. So by doing this shot in VFX, we saved production about $12,000.00. And ALSO, we were able to really make use of the space by creating CGI sliding doors, separating the two rooms so the main character could have a quiet conversation with his team.

We were also using this warehouse for another scene that was supposed to be in a completely different location, so doing this shot in VFX enabled us to skip an entire location, saving the production an additional $10,000.00.

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Izzy,
Low-budget VFX specialist

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Born Again – Virtual Reality Music Vid for Atlantic Records

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Just finished another VR music video for Atlantic Records and the awesome band, Saint Motel.

Click and drag your mouse on the video after it starts playing… (must watch in Chrome or Firefox)
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This VR video had an incredibly tight deadline, but it was a fun project to produce.

The rendering alone took 23 hours each time we wanted to produce a new draft and this cannibalized some of our creative time, but it still turned out great. At the beginning you see the white birds flying by. If you spin the view around you’ll see bats on the opposite side.

We delivered the project on the same day the song was being launched… sweating all the way.

Advice for VR producers… Element 3D cannot leverage more than one GPU at a time. So forget about scaling the render with multiple GPU’s (we have access to multiple systems, each with 16 high-powered GPU’s, but we couldn’t use any of that power on this!)

Learned some valuable lessons we’ll take to the next VR project!

 

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Izzy,
Low-budget VFX specialist

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Virtual Reality 360 video for Atlantic Records

Just finished this VR music video for Atlantic Records and the band, Saint Motel. What an awesome group of people to work with!

To get the full 360 experience, click and drag your cursor on the video after it starts playing… (watch in Chrome or Firefox only)

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The project took three weeks to complete, starting with the treatment.

That tight deadline would not have been possible without several all-nighters and a bit of hair-pulling from team members.

We delivered the project one day earlier than the deadline. Even still, it took a dozen people to complete this, but that included the artists, compositors and the admin people who kept ringing bells to keep the artists and lead compositor awake. Thank God we didn’t hit any major technical hurdles (no crashed drives or corrupt memory!) otherwise we would have blown the deadline.

Budget? Well, I can’t disclose the exact price, but it was lower than you might think. If you’d like pricing on a similar project, I’d be happy to send it to you (see link below).

This 360 VR video came off without a hitch, now itching to do another one. Preferably with a deadline that allows us to sleep!

 

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Izzy,
Low-budget VFX specialist

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