About this project
Philippe Gamer & Space Patrol join forces to create a unique 3D masterpiece.This project is not only a short movie, it is also the birth of a new kind of rock band, a sexy virtual girls band.
We are working on the first music video of this unique, virtual, lively, charming, sexy 3D girls band.
If you have already seen the above video, you know what we are talking about:) if you are very curious and want to know the whole story, you might want to read the info below :)
Help us, to bring her back to Life!...:)
The genesis of the project :
I spent a lot of time working on my previous short « The Chase », staring Clara, Mildred, Mabel and Gertie. There was a huge amount of work, animation, redering etc. it kept me busy a lOoOoog time, with little sleep :)
You can have a look at the full short movie here :
I got to know the girls pretty well and although I was happy when the short was complete, I could not bring myself to leave them.
It became obvious that they would be an awome rock band. I couldn't wait to see them singing and dancing. Gertie will of course be the leader, as she already was in The Chase ; Clara & Mildred will be the backup singer. Mabel won't be part of this new adventure, she's too stubborn (those who've seen The Chase will know why) . So that leave us 3 beautiful virtual girls.
What has been done so far :
I've worked with a talented French composer. His mission was to compose a song for the girls. He had to get to know them, so he could write something that fit to their style, their personality. I beleive he did the job and did it well...
MOTION CAPTURE :
When I first consider the idea of creating this virtual girls band, I thought that it would be too much work. Beleive me or not, a few days later, I stumble across an old friend I haven't seen for years, this friend owns the leading motion capture studio in France.
What is motion capture : It is the process of recording actions of human actors, and using that information to animate digital character models in 2D or 3D computer animation.
I am from the old school, I use key-frame.
Every frame of a keyframed computer animation is directly created, modified and manipulated by the creator so he have complete control over the animation, but he also have a lot of work when we are talking of a 3 minutes long short film:)
When I saw what he was capable of, I began to consider the possibility of making it possible.
I then asked a choreographer, to imagine a dynamic and sexy dance for the girls. Aurore (the choreographer) worked with 3 dancers and after a few rehearsals they were ready to perform.
THE SHOOTING :
We brought the motion capture system at Space Patrol's studio that is big enough to welcome a shooting.
This is before the shooting :
And during the shooting :
We fitted the girls with a suit and reflective markers and filmed it.
The girls were perfect and even though the suit was not very comfy neither sexy, they did a hell of a great job !
WHAT IS YOUR MONEY FOR ?
You may think we did the bigger part of the job but we are really only beginning.
We already apply the mocap curve to our 3D Skeletons, and it work pretty well:) We already did a few corrections on those curve, and that represent a huge amout of work, 5000 frame per girl, 3 girls, that 15000 frame to correct !
We've corrected some of the animation and all the anomalies that we will find in the motion capture.
So now, I'm on my own on this project, retaking the girls' facial expression, to give them as much life and charm as I can.
So now I need a real hand, the second part of the job is coming and it's pretty tricky.
I hired a designer for the girls' wardrobe, but now we need to put it in 3D. Then we have a few sets to build, and of course I want it to be fantastic, amazing, sublime etc. And then there is the lightening for all those sets, and to sublimate the girls.
Finally, we'll have to calculate all that:) then the compositing, a cool grading and we're done !
Just thinking about it I already have some sleepless nights... I really need to hire a bunch of cgi artists :)
The more we get, the more we can refine the project.
And hopefully if everything is as smooth as it has been so far, it may be done by next February.
WHAT WILL YOU GET IN RETURN
All the present listed above, such as a printed pictures of the girls, or even if you can afford it a signed printed pictures or your favorite girls, as well as a digital copy of the video when it's done or even more, check out !
Risks and challenges
For this project we are using a complex process involving motion capture and sharp 3D technics. We have already overcome a part of the difficulties, but with 3D you never know what you might face later !
We don't know yet how the girls will « behave » in the different sets, so we have hard work ahead of us.
I also want to make them look alive, really alive, charming, lovely, and for that I won't make compromise, I will work as much as necessary to acheive my goal.
So the main risk here is that it take a little longer to finish the job !
The other challenge is how long it will take to print & send the rewards, but don't worry that'll be done in a very reasonable timing, as my provider told me:).
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
- (34 days)