Tuesday December 4, 2007
|Jellyfish Pictures Take Digital Effects at RTS Craft and Design Awards
RTS (Royal Television Society) Craft and Design Awards 2006/2007 were
presented on Nov. 29 at the Savoy Hotel, Strand, London, with Jellyfish
Pictures earning the award for Visual Effects - Digital Effects for
FIGHT FOR LIFE BBC/DCTP (Germany)/Discovery for BBC One. The other
nominee was 20TH CENTURY BATTLES BBC Two: Primeval Impossible
Pictures/Framestore CFC for ITV1. The Lifetime Achievement Award went
to Nick Park of Aardman Animation.
In this six-part series, FIGHT FOR LIFE tells the dramatic story of how
the human body triumphs in crisis needed to be told from the inside as
well as the outside.
With 250 shots, CG recreations include how a heart attack would look
from the inside, a baby struggling for life in the womb, and a journey
even deeper into the body to see how the human immune system fights
against deadly invaders.
There were three aspects to the required work: First, photoreal body
interior shots of organs, bones and babies; second, microscopic shots
showing the intimate workings of our smallest cells and the mechanisms
that maintain and regenerate life; and third, X-ray "trauma vision"
style shots showing in a unique and transparent way how our body deals
with trauma, how it recovers and how medicine helps it to recover.
Jellyfish Visual Effects Supervisor and Director Philip Dobree created
a team made up of in-house staff and an international selection of
lighting TDs, animators, modelers and compositors that were all
specialists in their field. A combination of techniques and approaches
were tested in order to come up with the best methods for achieving
their goal. High-speed video was used to capture elements of
condensation, particles, splats, smears and bubbles to help the
compositors add extra real elements into their shots. Simulation
software was used to re-create liquid effects, and multiple render
passes and elements meant that the compositors had maximum flexibility
in creating the desired look without the need to go back and re-render.
Software used was SOFTIMAGE| XSI, Apple Shake, Adobe After Effects, PF
track, Real Flow, Adobe Photoshop. The rendering was done in mental ray
using up to 20 passes that were composited in Shake; typically these
included: lighting (RGB), multiple beauty, color, Final Gathering,
ambient occlusion, reflection, sub surface scattering, specular, depth
of field, vector and incidence.
Complete models were created of the whole human body and all the
internal organs, circulation, muscles, skeleton, nerves, skin, brain
etc. This was then adapted and rigged across for all body ages, sexes
and types from pregnant women to babies in the womb.
The Jellyfish Pictures team also included:
Marco Iozzi (lead lighting and rendering TD), Matt Chandler (lead
lighting and texturing - microscopic world), Jayson King (lead
animator), Antonio Mossucca (modeling, lighting, rendering), Sam
Howell, Katrina De Graaff, Gemma Thomson, Conal Wenn, Didier Muanza,
Mark Docherty, Howard Bell, Matt Johnstone, David Feullaitre,
(animation), Sam Meisels, Ben Perrott, Dave Griffiths, Arthur Broome,
Dom Halford (compositing).