Wonderful! This fantastic animation integrated in a real cityscape is just ever so gentle on the eye. Watch it and then read below the Q&A we did with creator Alain Maessen from Aap Noot Film.
What are those little balls?
Alain: “Those balls are ‘motion graphics render cores’ that completely take over the guys, once they get into their suits. It enables them to render themselves into whatever, wherever.”
How did you manage to make such a high-tech looking video on such a tight budget?
Alain: “We had amazing creative freedom and Firebeatz’ label was very patient. Because of the free workflow, we could switch easily from step to step. The whole concept was designed so I could totally free-style in post-production. I love to work with minimal concept and to just let the process surprise me.”
You shot the video against the urban backdrop of Rotterdam. Why Rotterdam?
“Because we work there. Having a tight budget, but no restrictions on setting, Rotterdam was the obvious choice.”
What is this thing, and what does it do?
“It’s a digital single-lens reflex camera, that films the matte glass of a view camera. What we actually do, is filming through a large-format bellows camera. The view camera has a nice big matte glass that puts a texture over the image. The whole construction vibrates with the interplay of light and spots and creates a beautiful live instagram-like image.”
Analogue and digital complete each other in the image. How did you balance the two?
“I absolutely love the imperfections of the view camera. I used the texture of the matte glass with all its spots and dust pieces to cover up the 3D renders. In the takes, I was looking for as much messy focus, camera shakes, light spots, etc, as possible. Every imperfection that I could simulate, brought the visual effects closer to the feeling our camera gave us.”
What is she doing here?
“We worked together with a choreographer and invented a dance that we recorded with motion capture. Besides that, we recorded a collection of poses and moves. This video wouldn’t have been possible without motion capture. The animation work would have been too much.”
What do you hope to achieve with this video?
“I hope I’ve shown what you can achieve with limited supplies.”