Infiniti Winter Event “Inspired”

Sep 12th, 2011 // In: Featured, VFX Supervisor // By: Comments Off on Infiniti Winter Event “Inspired”


Infiniti’s 2010 Winter Event spot, “Inspired Performance”. I served as Visual Effects Supervisor for Digital Domain on this spot, with David Rosenbaum directing for Mothership. It was shot in Whistler, BC in early fall, so there was no snow anywhere… the terrain, trees, etc. were completely green, so all of the snow is CG or practical prop work. Virtually everything in the background is composed of CG snow and matte paintings. For the exploding snowball shot, we found a stand of three pine trees in Whistler Village to which we affixed ropes, and shot them while ‘flexing’ at 60 fps. The explosion, which was a mix of Houdini Storm and Maya fluid elements, was comped in, along with a Whistler roof line. Since we couldn’t afford a helicopter (and the slopes were green and grassy) we cooked our helicopter shot up from a stock clip with lots of matte painting enhancements.

DD Credits: VFX Supervisor – James Atkinson; Producers – Chris Fieldhouse and Nicola Wiseman; CG Supervisor – Lee Carlton; Matte Painter – Dark Hoffman; Flame – Jeff Heusser and Lisa Tomei; Nuke – Robin Graham and Beejin Tan; Tracking – Michael Lori; Maya Generalist – Kenny Jackson; Maya FX – Ken Jones and Wayne Hollingsworth; Houdini FX – Youngsam Suh and yours truly

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