Monday, February 12, 2007

Millennium Copthorne

Today i post up some behind the scenes photos of a TV commercial i was shooting in August 2006 for a hotel chain, "Millennium Copthorne". This was the first time i was shooting in a completely green studio. The only 'real' thing i was shooting were the actors, and the chairs they occupied.

Sony Digibeta DVW709

The premise of the commercial is set in a heated board room session. The board room members seem like they can not come to a compromise after a long night of debate. However the leader of the session (boss) starts to lose interest and allows his mind to drift to a more serene and happy place. As he allows his mind wander further in to his dream state, the surronding board room transforms to that happy place where he can finally relax.

Cam assist Andrew Mok and animator Yongy Fongy and I.

This production was quite basic for me as a DOP, but very heavy for my animator. We shot the entire scene against green. The rest was up to my team of animators. Rather a team of one, my friend and and hero Yongy Fongy. He had 2 weeks to model, texture, and animate the board room, the boardroom table, the items on the table, the hotel room (including the bed, paintings on the wall, lamps, vase and flowers, and all the other things you would find in a hotel room).

The hardest thing for him was to animate the transformation from the board room to the Hotel room.

This project was shot on the SONY Digibeta DVW709 with a set of digi primes. f stop base at 2.8.