The Disney Plus Marvel series “Secret Invasion” contains an amazing sequence set in Red Square in Russia, but they actually filmed this in Halifax, UK. The location they used is the 18th century Piece Hall, a grade I listed building, and the series creators wanted to add an extra floor and dome to it.
Seeing as I live less than an hour from Halifax, I visited one morning and shot my own footage to see if I could use digital setting extensions to recreate the look.
I tried out FXHome CamTrackAR and got some good results, but messed up during recording so instead I used After Effect’s built-in Camera Tracker and was really happy with the results.
In this video, I go through my process, explaining how to use Camera Tracker and how to take still elements from the video and either use directly or import into Photoshop to create the digital set extensions and then place them in 3D space. I also take quick look at Photoshop beta’s Extend Image feature, which uses Adobe’s Firefly AI to augment the image for me. The results are surprising.
Once the tracking and placement is done, I go on to describe how I disguised that effect by placing other items in the scene to distract the audience. When you watch the video, you’ll see I used flying birds, dust waves and an explosion from Production Crate. I also used my own Quick Cheats template to improve the final look of the scene.
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