Marshmallow Laser Feast Creates Virtual Reality Human with 94 HD Cameras
A 3D study of mortality exploring new photographic processes, in this case photogrammetry. In collaboration with Analog, FBFX and the band Duologue, this project is the beginning of a deeper study into filmmaking for the virtual reality environment.
We worked with FBFX and their amazing 94-camera high resolution scanning rig, to create a full body scan of model Beryl Nesbitt. The scans then went to MLF’s long-term VFX collaborators Analog where they snatched a magical moment of the sunset through a window (the Analog Studio toilet), as a spherical panoramic HDR photo. These 2 photographic processes combined in 3D software where the toilet sunset illuminated Berlys Photo scanned form. We wanted to go beyond the limits of the audience’s eyeballs – using 3D to reveal different perspectives on the human form.
After Analog received the high res models from FBFX they started to build realistic shaders for the skin. Obviously the eyes are extremely important in making a 3d person look realistic so Analog built their own layered eyes and tear ducts. Another thing they added was subtle hairs on the body.
Since beryl is “returning to dust” analog also had to sculpt alternative versions where she was covered in an ash like material.
Extra to the main model they also created all the additional pieces for the video like cloth and the rose.
Once we had decided on camera moves and light positions every scene was lit, rendered & comped in house at Analog. Taking this level of detail to realtime VR environments is our next challenge.