If you enjoyed Daniel's environmental commercial and were wondering about his process, he writes about it on the Brighter Planet site and offers some blend files for you to reverse engineer.
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The website link comes up with a blank page. Is the site down?
when i click the brighter planet link i get a "error establishing a database connection"
Error establishing a database connection
Site was blendernationed it seems. Although I was able to check and leav a comment. (problem solved?)
Works for me. Very interesting! Nice use of nodes, too.
I got there just fine
also downloaded the file for the third foot it was interesting to see how it was done
The best part of the article:
"It was surprisingly difficult for the models to hit their mark on the glass quickly and accurately. They could hit the mark if they went slowly, but it was often too slow to work for the shot. However once their foot was already on the glass they could pull it down out of frame no problem. So I ended up reversing the footage on two of the shots. In the finished piece it looks like theyâ€™re putting their foot up, in real life they are taking it down."
Fascinating idea. Sometimes that kind of thinking is what it takes to get a good shot. And in the end the person watching the video can't tell anyway.
It was down, but it works now.
I feel stupid though, I see the pieces but I just don't get how it all works. I've got a lot of learning to do. Awesome job, and thanks for the info. Very appreciated.
@Experiment Garden (and others :) )
This same technique was used in the production of Braveheart starring Mel Gibson. In the closing scenes, the executioner brings his axe down to behead William Wallace. By filming this in reverse the scene was able to appear as though the axe was continuing downwards without slowing when, in fact, it began at his neck and the executioner pulled the axe away. The shot was reversed for the movie.
Makes sense. Without CG that would be the only way to make the axe chop look realistic and stil have Mel Gibson survive. ;)