'X-ray campaign' (one of 6 x 15")
Directors: Hugh Turvey & Simon Devine
1 day mute 35mm bluescreen shoot plus 'X-ray' and CGI
Hugh Turvey pioneered a technique in coloured X-ray photography and Simon Devine implemented the transition to CGI. This and each of the six scripts required live action 'X-ray' images with the subjects covering a fish swimming, bees buzzing, clocks ticking, an arm yo-yoing, letters landing and toast toasting.
Although there’s no problem X-raying inanimate objects, this was not possible with the bees, fish or human arm. Also, producing the animation as X-rays was out of the question due to the high degree of accuracy required, neither was it a practical solution.
The approach for ‘Fish’ was ingenious; we researched the bone structure of a sardine and found a larger, freshwater fish that was similar and shot live action footage of the fish swimming against bluescreen.
Various key stage reference X-rays were taken of another fish (a herring) then the live action was used as the basis for conventional rotoscoping, providing the template the animation for finishing in CGI. The sound- design added greatly to the overall effect. ‘Post Box’ was produced entirely as key frame X-rays and CGI. -
Credit Suisse 'Bees' white
Simon is a highly-skilled director in the specialized areas of animation, CGI and SFX.