The enthralling promo uses a range of highly technical
visual effects techniques, which are perfectly paired with the organic flow and
movement of professional dancer Sonoya Mizuno; to produce a captivating story
that perfectly entwines with the iconic Chemical Brothers sound, featuring
Inspired by procedural cellular structures, with an
aim to mix the mechanical and organic, we see the protagonist gradually turn into
a fully 3D printed structure as she dances around the studio.
The Mill’s VFX team worked closely with Dom&Nic
to achieve this effect by extensively and meticulously tracking the dancer’s
movements in order to replace her limbs and eventually her whole torso, with a
lattice of 3D mesh.
Photogrammetry scanning was used to create a fully CG
model of the dancer’s body including photo real textures. CG clothing was also built in Marvellous Designer and then rendered in
Head of 3D David Fleet comments, “The sheer complexity
of this project is what made it unique. The amount of camera and body tracking
alone was a huge challenge, as well as consistently seamlessly lighting one
shot as long as this.
We created clean plates for seven thousand frames
entailing a huge amount of traditional hand painted comp work. To lighten the
load, the team created a bespoke tool specifically for this project, which
automatically scanned our footage for clean parts of the set, projecting them
onto the areas that the dancer occupied.
We scanned the entire set using Lidar technology to
give us an accurate 3D model of the entire environment, enabling us to track
the camera as closely as possible."
The Mill’s ECD Neil Davies comments, “The opportunity
to work with Dom & Nic, The Chemical Brothers, Beck, Sonoya Mizuno and
Wayne McGregor was a very exciting proposition.
Not only was this a break-through project for The
Mill; one of extreme technical complexity and precision, but it’s simply a real
piece of art.
As the viewer, you are lost in the dancer’s movement
as the mechanical and physical blend into one. The final film is simple yet
complex, and utterly mesmerising.”
Watch the video here.