‘The Maze’ TVC vfx breakdown

“The Maze” is a 30 sec commercial shots for Khang Duoc Sam. The TVC is shot entirely on greenscreen. Since this is a commercial that heavily relies on VFX, as a post house we were involved since the early stages to guarantee a smooth post-production workflow without too many surprises further down the line. First we were given a rough storyboard and the directors treatment. Base on those and on clients comments we started with an animatic just to give us a rough idea about the overall timing.

Since the VFX are so crucial we decided to create a rough 3D previz before the actual shoot. This would be used as a guideline and to see how to best translate camera angles from the storyboard to something that can actually be shot.

After the production we got the offline cut on in which we would start to setup all our final 3D shots. At this stage we did a shot by shot analysis to get a good idea on what had to be done on each shots. This included tracking, clean-ups, the set extensions and layout of the 3d elements. Based on that we created a previz based on the offline cut.

Once we got approval on the previz we proceeded with rendering and final tweaks to all shots and subsequently compositing.

Article by Leonard Monichi, Visual Effects Supervisor.

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