Lost Boys Studios | School of Visual Effects - Ghost Project Showcase
Visual Effects Diploma Program, 2010-2011
We are coming up on the Christmas holiday season and one of our Class 8 ghost projects was inspired by the "Christmas Carol" which we revered to as "Scrooge"
Hope you enjoy and Seasons Greetings!
If you take a look at many of the current television shows and blockbuster movies you will observe scenes with ghost, spirits or apparitions. These apparitions are often created using real or live action background plates with green or black screen ghost character plates and practical elements (smoke, oil, sparkles, etc.) composited together to create stunning ethereal effects.
During their first term at Lost Boys, students are asked to create a shot in which a ghost can be inserted into a scene. The goal is to create a believable cohesion between the various 2D elements with consideration of focal length, camera height and other real world limitations. The Ghost Project requires the students to work entirely within our compositing software NUKE, to hone their compositing skills using matchmoving, rotoscoping and masking. The students are involved in shooting live action background plates and green-screen character plates. In addition to other available elements, the students can use a variety of "cloud-tank" elements (the cloud-tank is a re-purposed fish tank that is set up with a black light in which we shoot a variety of substances including fluorescent ink, egg whites, cream and sparkles). The students are only provided four weeks from start to finish for the Ghost Project. The timeline includes finding relevant film reference, designing their idea, scouting locations, arranging costumes and actors, and filming plates.
The 2010/2011 class worked together and created two short story sequences. The first was "Scrooge!", a tribute to "A Christmas Carol" and the second "The Asylum", inspired by a sequence in the videogame â€œFatal Frameâ€. Both Ghost projects were shot on the Canon 5D and supervised by VFX Mentor Mark Benard at Lost Boys Studios - School of Visual Effects. Actors in "Scrooge!" were Jason Tranetzki as Scrooge and Gregory Watkins as Marley. Actors in "The Asylum" were Gustavo Kasai as the Reporter, Michael Balzer, Miguel Ponce and Heather Sabourin as the ghosts.
(TO BE CON'T)