Marshmallow Laser Feast & Analog: Duologue “Memex”
London’s Marshmallow Laser Feast call their sombre yet startling all-CG clip for Duologue’s cerebral “Memex” track “a 3D study of mortality exploring new photographic processes, in this case photogrammetry,” and view the project as the beginning of a deeper study into VR filmmaking.
MLF: “We worked with FBFX and their amazing 94-camera high resolution scanning rig, to create a full body scan of model Beryl Nesbitt. The scans then went to MLF’s long-term VFX collaborators Analog where they snatched a magical moment of the sunset through a window (the Analog Studio toilet), as a spherical panoramic HDR photo.
“These two photographic processes combined in 3D software where the toilet sunset illuminated Berlys Photo scanned form. We wanted to go beyond the limits of the audience’s eyeballs – using 3D to reveal different perspectives on the human form.”
Arvid Niklasson, director at Analog in London: “After we received the high res models from FBFX we started to build realistic shaders for the skin. Obviously the eyes are extremely important in making a 3D person look realistic so we built our own layered eyes and tear duct.
“Another thing we added was subtle hairs on the body. Since beryl is ‘transitioning to death’ we also had to sculpt alternative versions where she was covered in an ash like material.
“Extra to the main model, we also created all the additional pieces for the video like cloth and the rose. Once we’d decided on camera moves together with MLF every scene was lit, rendered & comped in house at Analog.”
Label: Big Hassle
Director: Marshmallow Laser Feast
Producer: Emily Rudge
Model: Beryl Nesbitt
3D Photogrammetry Scanning & Digital Modelling: FBFX
Scanning Director & Processing: Jack Rothwell
Lead ZBrush Artist: Phil Hope
Scanning Asst & ZBrush Artist: Nejad Khedarun
Editor: Saam Hodivala
Grade: Electric Theatre Collective
Colourist: Houmam Abdallah
Stylist: Stevie Hockaday
Production Asst: Nasryne Ramazannezhad