What crew are provided with the studio hire
Technical Director, Studio Manager, Studio Coordinator.
Do you still light your subjects as you would in traditional film making?
Not as dramatically (contrasty) due to a) the computer vision algorithms used when unifying the footage from each camera and b) artistic lighting on the stage being baked into the texture map so there’s no going back. It's better to globally light a subject (flat light) then make the necessary modifications in either the real-time engine, 3D software, or in processing.
How many people can we film on the stage at any given time?
It depends on the action they’re performing. If one subject is occluding the camera’s view of another person, the information won’t exist for the software to build from. We’ve successfully shot 3 people at once before. Once rendered, all subjects in the capture area will live together as one mesh. We can however, bring multiple individual captures into the same scene.
How does Audio capture work?
There are 8 channels of shotgun microphones that are equidistant around the performer in a circle and input, via a mixer, into a pro-tools session live on set. All audio is then trimmed and synchronised with the take. Where sound really matters, an audio engineer can be hired for the shoot who can utilise other options such as lapel mics, boom mics, etc.
How do we review footage?
Whilst filming, a constant 2D live feed can be taken from one of the cameras within the rig. After a take, we’re able to render out a single frame of footage to view in 3D, although rendering time for this will take around 20 minutes.
How much can we shoot in one day?
We can shoot over an hour’s worth of content each day. The limitations come from how much you can afford to render. Within the working day you need to factor in time to decide exactly which takes get sent to the rendering farm. Selects need to be made on the shoot day so that data can be processed overnight.
How do we decide what gets rendered?
Rendering is expensive so be selective. If the shot doesn’t work, bin the take and go again.
Are traditional crew such as a DP, Gaffer, and sound recordist still relevant?
If you decide artistic lighting on stage is going to provide you with better results than global lighting conditions, then yes, a DP can be used to recreate the lighting conditions you want to mimic. However, the lights that are pre-rigged with the stage remain your only source of light. That said, we can change the intensity and colour.