COPA Brings Nicki Minaj to Life
Part of COPA's formula is intense preparation and constant collaboration from the design process onward, and this project was no different. The collective sent a team of three supervisors on the one-day, 20-hour shoot to capture the background light, images and color. As Wondros EP Joseph Uliano remarked, "With most one-day shoots, some things get abbreviated during filming and the much of the heavy lifting gets passed on to VFX. So much credit is due the team at COPA in that regard." Once the raw RED Epic camera footage arrived, COPA's prep work made it much easier to churn out the CG and intercut it with the practical shots.
"On the start of the shoot we were very thorough on collecting all light, color, and set data to create physically accurate environments for rendering. A lot of our 3d renders ended up being first pass finals," said Metzger. "That's a pretty rare thing - to have the first rendered images end up as final says a lot about the work flow and quality of talent here at COPA."