DIVE VFX Staffs Up In New York; Tapped For VFX On New Event Series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey"
March 12, 2014 --
To view a trailer from"Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBTd9--9VMI
The extraordinary project came to DIVE via Cosmos VFX Producer Addie Manis who had worked with the DIVE team on the feature film,"The Road," and Cosmos CG Supervisor Luke McDonald. The team from DIVE is collaborating closely with show VFX Supervisor Rainer Gombos. "We are thrilled to be part of this historic event series," explains Bob Lowery, VP of Business Development for DIVE."While the project began in our Philadelphia studio, we were able to staff up our New York studio to accommodate the ongoing work on this series, as well as several other projects DIVE is currently working on. Our team, led by VFX Supervisor Ed Mendez, is working hard to create scientifically accurate while cinematically moving imagery."
According to DIVE VFX Supervisor Ed Mendez, for the dimensionalization, the client provided his team with photographs of space."We separated out specific aspects of the photographs on individual layers, and created clean plates of the imagery," he explains."We then researched the distance of specific stars using the American Museum of Natural History's Digital Universe. Using that information, we animated different layers of the photographs. Stars closer to us moved in perspective relative to more distant stars. We also added camera moves to the photographs. The end result is that the viewer feels as though they are traveling through space."
According to Mendez, the most challenging aspect to the project was making sure all of the shots are"scientifically accurate." He elaborates:"We did a lot of research, plus followed the guidance of the client's Scientific Advisor. We created 2.5D Animation, 3D Animation, some paintwork, and compositing -- all to a very high production level. We used the same techniques used in creating stereo conversion of films. We just took it a step further and animated the results," concludes Mendez.
VFX Company: DIVE
VFX Supervisor: Edwardo Mendez
VFX Producer: Ian Markiewicz
VFX Executive: Producer: Bob Lowery
VFX Production Supervisor: Andy Williams
VFX Editors: Bryan Baker, Lucas Andrei
2D Lead Artist: Ruben Rodas
Digital Artists: Tyler Lockard, Coltan Miller, Michael Finegold, Alex Scollay, David DeLeon
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