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  • Steve Parker

    January 26, 2006 at 7:28 pm

    so, i’m going to be involved in an upcoming project for a video where i’ll be doing some compositing and i’m looking for advice on how to approach a certain scene. the scene will be a shot down a street in the city and i’m going to have to composite in buildings(possibly famous ones) rising up from the ground. i’m not sure if purchasing 3d models of some of the buildings and using maya is the way to go, or if i should try and fake it using still shots of the buildings. this isn’t any thing big budgeted, but of course i still want to make it look as believable as i can. any advice would be great, i have intermedia skills in ae and maya, but not a lot of experience in video compositing.

    thanks in advance

  • Barend Onneweer

    January 26, 2006 at 10:29 pm

    Is it going to be a locked off shot, or is the camera going to be moving?

    If the camera is going to be moving, how much will it move?

    In most cases, you can actually get by with 2D elements. It’s a lot of work rendering photorealistic elements from 3D apps. You do however need to make sure you get photos of the building from the right angle, with the right lighting etc.

    Once you know more about the specific shot, (maybe even a storyboard drawing and description of the action) we’ll be able to give more specific advise.

    But I’d try to avoid rendering 3D for this one. Takes too much time.


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