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Pilot Season 2015 is Upon Us

Pilot season is here again, and with as many good shows on network television as we’re used to seeing on cable. It makes us think the revival of TV is here.

Pilot Season

After a long period of reality shows and “Who’s Got Talent” (although we really love those shows), we think the quality of episodics on television that include visual effects is at an all time high – i.e. Marvel’s Avenger offshoots, the History Channel’s Vikings, and HBO bringing it home with Game of Thrones.

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This is a rich market of companies who are pushing the limits on what they can do on a weekly series. At times the entire cast and crew only have one week to learn lines, create the effects and shoot. They are competing with effects in films costing 10’s of millions of dollars and taking a year or more to shoot. Never-the-less, these wizards pull off amazing visual effects for each episode.

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Many of the series appeal to thrill-seeking consumers. With an appetite for horror, adventure and drama, loyal fans will sit through marathons on Netflix to catch up on past seasons. It is hour after hour of commercial free programs that overwhelm the senses. You know you’ve been there.

There are hundreds of Pilots on the list this Season hoping to make it to air. For all those waiting for the new season of their favorite show, get your La-Z-Boy centered. Don’t forget to break out the popcorn and grab your favorite drink. Get ready to consume more great effects and real entertainment without leaving your home. Of course if you’re watching shows like American Horror Story, you may not be doing a lot of sleeping.

american-horror-story-freakshow-a-creepy-poster-collectionLike we’ve said before, our hats go off to those high speed wizards that are mastering the effects for our home theaters. Keep up the great work!

Click here to see a real-time list of Pilots

 

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Painting a 3D Model

We’ve worked with a lot of different 3D paint packages over the years and wanted to give our fellow artists some tips on what we see as the top product in the business. One that has really stood out for us and that we feel offers the best result is  The Foundry’s MARI. We use this 3D paint software for the majority of our projects and highly recommend it. The Foundry offers a 15 day trial to test it out, or you can even rent MARI if you don’t want to purchase the software.

MARI software

The Foundry’s sample of their Painting feature.

MARI features:

  • Painting Out Seams
  • 8K Texturing Capability
  • Advanced Layering
  • Realistic Interactive Preview
  • Geometry Handling
  • Color Management
  • Texturing Outside the 0,1 UV Space

Check out their article that delves into the features and what MARI has to offer.

MARI software

The Foundry’s sample of their Advanced Layering feature.

MARI software

The Foundry’s sample of their Geometry Handling feature.

 

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Let the Inertia System Move You

We’ve been working with an inertia based motion capture (Mocap) system called Perception. It is capable of providing accurate motion capture data of single or multiple characters. Perception is compact and wireless and brings a freedom from needing to be in a building or large space with hundreds of lights and a team of people directing a performance. An Optical system is an alternative Mocap system available, but there may not always be a need for that level of attention, stage size, expense, and all that goes with it.

Perception doesn’t have a long calibration or setup time and you don’t have to worry about occlusions. You can also use it outside, which allows an even greater freedom for movement and capture.

One of the most important things for us is the ability to bring our 3D models to life after we 3D scan them. There are a number of ways to make your character move from hand-keying animation to using several different types of Mocap.

When choosing a Mocap system, you need to look at what is available. The systems are now very specialized, so find out both what you need and the budget you have available for your project. Also incorporate how long you have to complete the work to meet the deadlines for the project.

Good luck with you productions and as the saying goes “The mind is like a parachute, it works best when open.”

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Pilot Season is Coming!

Has Pilot Season already begun? Some say we’re always in Pilot Season with television episodics now starting all year long. Nevertheless, it’s an extraordinary time as the hundreds of pilots get whittled down to about 70 for internal consideration, with a handful finally making it to air.

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Many new shows have incorporated visual effects which is impressive due to the fast-pace and long-hours culture of filming for television. It takes an exceptional team of talented and dedicated producers, directors, supervisors, and visual effects artists to achieve incredible visual effects. It’s amazing when you think about it.

Some great examples are shows like HBO’s Game of Thrones and Netflix’s Marco Polo. Although some may have a larger budget to work with, that doesn’t take away from the amount of work it takes to produce a visually stimulating series.

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Other episodics that air on network television like Star Trek, CSI, Agents of Shield, Once Upon a Time, Sleepy Hollow and Grey’s Anatomy (which has been on air for 10 years!) have also produced great visual effects, and with stories that captivate their viewers. The proof is in their large following of fans. Television shows have always had a tighter budget and now with the right technology in place, coupled with a lot of hard work, they get it done.

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It really is a fascinating market to be part of today. We continue providing our 3D scanning services for television series and films and love seeing how these characters, sets, and props are transformed. Our hats go off to the VFX Producers and VFX Supervisors that make it all work. These are the real magicians in the field. Keep those great shows coming.

To see a list of Network pilots in consideration for 2015, click here.

 

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