Johnnie Walker | Invisble Man
Shot over 3 nights in Sydney's infamous red light district, Kings Cross, a total of 89 invisible people, and 1 invisible dog, were created for the Johnnie Walker 'Invisible Man' spot. Entire sections of the location had to be built in CG to facilitate the removal of any 'uncovered skin', with clothing then repaired with animated CG cloth elements. Digital doubles were also created to populate various scenes.
Curious Film's director Spencer Susser wanted to keep the Kings Cross location edgy and authentic so he shot with a constantly moving, hand-held camera and did not lock down the location. Fuel VFX supervisor Simon Maddison explains some of the on-set challenges involved in filming in 'the Cross' amongst the colourful clientele of bouncers, bikers, spruikers, hookers, punters and late night revellers.
"We didn't want to attract to much attention to what we were doing so we came up with some very simple things to keep the shoot low-key and moving along. We used scarfs and stockings to distinguish skin and hair from clothing; we were able to place some discrete tracking markers on the actors' faces and limbs; and we also shot every plate clean after the director called cut - well as clean as possible in an uncontrolled location."
"On the one-hand we had to be as careful as possible not to see background people crossing behind foreground people too much. It's easy enough to replace a wall or a parked car behind a person we have made invisible but to repair the clothing of other people is much more difficult. But by 3.00am the streets were emptying out, so we had the problem of not enough life in the background. These shots were repopulated with digital extras."
Johnnie Walker - Red Label
Production Co: Curious Film
Director: Spencer Susser
Producer: John Rogers
DOP: Greg Frasier
Fuel VFX Supervisor: Simon Maddison
Fuel VFX Producer: Dave Kelly
Lead Flame Artist: Karen Fabling
3D Lead: Mike Bain
Senior 3D Team:
Gerard Van Ommen Kloeke