Video footage in the alley scenes was composited into the scene using Cinema 4D’s external compositing tags. The tags maintained location coordinates so that when the files were opened in After Effects, the information could be used to place the players where they needed to be. “The key was to make sure the perspective on the video footage didn’t fall apart, but we were still able to move the camera forward and back for quick zooms and have it work out,” Damer explains.
Everything was rendered using Octane, which has played a key role in ABC’s workflow over the last year. “We’re rendering scenes that were previously too strenuous on our systems and it was too time consuming to make adjustments,” Damer says, adding that the team is now able to view the results in live time inside of Cinema 4D using the Octane plug-in.
Creative Director: Barton Damer
Designers: Barton Damer, Bryan Talkish, Mark Wilson
Animation: Bryan Talkish, Mark Wilson, Barton Damer
3D Modeling: Thomas King, Bryan Talkish, Mark Wilson
Meleah Maynard is a writer and editor in Minneapolis, Minnesota