FYI for any interested. We shot the commercial for the Jimmy Neutron video
game Monday and Tuesday and transferred Wednesday (5218, Super 35 Jumbo
TV, C-Reality) - thankfully all before that crazy blackout! I must give
thanks to all who responded and special kudos to CML’er Alan Jacobsen
for his suggestion of the electroluminescent wire. The Art Department
built a beautiful set with that diamond-steel flooring and interestingly
textured aluminium walls which would later show wonderful reflections.
Holes were drilled in the flats and the battery-operated, red-glowing
wires were pulled taught across the set which was further braced with
wall spreaders across the top to keep it as solid as possible. The camera
(an Arricam ST) was placed far out on a braced ubangi and inserted into
the wires to allow a dolly out reveal as the young actors stepped into
the set (which was lightly smoked).
Our original idea was to use the wire as placement for future replacement
as many suggested. However when the film was transferred the "beams"
looked amazing! Everyone was asking how we did it (till they saw a take
where one of the kids hit a wire and apparently invoked some special law
of relativity). The post effects artist has already done a test where
he isolated each beam in a luminance channel and added a moving fractal
cloud where the dark areas will read transparent which makes a cool and
realistic "smoke revealing the beams effect".
I also want
to mention my gaffer (& CML lurker - sorry Pat), Pat Donnelly, who
really worked hard with me to pull it off.