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Virtual Production (5 replies)

JackJames
2 weeks ago
JackJames 2 weeks ago

Hello Roger & James,

What are you opinions on virtual production, particularly using LED screens with real-time CGI backgrounds vs more traditional blue / green screen keying approach?

Is this something you have used before, or hope to avoid using?

Mandalorian used this process quite heavily recently.

 

Roger Deakins
2 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 2 weeks ago

The LED screen technology is terrific and provides an option when all else fails but I would hate that to become the norm. I like a real environment with real actors that can relate to it.That is the kind of film making that excites me.

Frank
2 weeks ago
Frank 2 weeks ago

Mr. Deakins, have you done any front projection work? Was it ever considered or tested in any productions? 

Roger Deakins
1 week ago
Roger Deakins 1 week ago

Yes, i did some on a 'pop promo' and I did what could be termed front projection on '1984', as the screen we were using was a variation on the standard material, and I have used back projection as well.

Frank
1 week ago
Frank 1 week ago

Was the technology ever considered for some of the visual effects sequences you've done in recent years? I remember on Unbroken you used "whitescreen" to get the desired quality of light for the plane interior, necessitating a lot of rotoscope work and digitally putting in reflections, and those are the kinds of situations where people are starting to favor front projection over chroma keying. 

Roger Deakins
1 week ago
Roger Deakins 1 week ago

For the opening sequence in 'Unbroken', the most important element for me was the light that was coming into the fuselage of the bomber rather than the exterior image. I doubt I could have shot it in the way that I wanted had there been an LED screen outside the windows, at least not without spending a great deal of time balancing the screen that was in shot while brightening the areas that were just out of frame. That is a time consuming way to work, especially when shooting with a fluid camera. Using the white diffusion as the 'key' was faster on the day and also cost effective overall.

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