Superman + GoPro = Awesome Video
Looks like Superman found a GoPro, strapped it to his head and went for a flying session.
What you are about to watch is pretty awesome, so enjoy – then read my VFX breakdown below:
Update: Just realized the makers of this video (Corridor Digital) made a BTS video – which I did not see until I finished writing what I wrote below, so hopefully I’m close to spot on with my predictions.
0:19 – Transition from head strap to quadrocopter
0:22 – Hands are added in and white balanced (somewhat) to a daylight, recorded in front of a green screen. Shadow was either added in post, or was shot by moving back and forth on a swivel and using real shadows from lights in studio.
0:25 – Train is running a bit fast? Probably because they sped up the footage in post to give a flying feeling
0:32 – Good color matching again between background and hands (cloudy, darker)
0:34 – Time warp + some atmospheric effects added in, and some motion blur.
0:37 – Amazing pilot of that quadrocopter! Looks like superman didn’t hit any trees on the way in, and didn’t get wet!
0:45 – No cop cars exited, but some nice red/blue lights give a great impression of such. Way to deck out normal cars for cop cars – I would have never noticed!
0:47 – Camera switches from quadrocopter during the bump to handheld. Wonder if they cut and shot it, or just used the quadrocopter as a fig rig.
0:50 – Hand movement probably made by speeding up the keyed shot and playing it forward/backward.
0:54 – Great fight sequence – the “oh crap” look on the guys face is amazing.
1:03 – Transition back to quadrocopter (or let go and let loose from fig rig mode)
1:18 – How do you film here?!?? Permits?
1:23 – VFX overlay, fire, smoke effects, keyframed and match moved
1:25 – Wonder how they did the “through smoke” 3D feel, not bad!
1:26 – Keyed a person and locked them onto the building
1:30 – Another keyed person, cool shot
1:32 – Now person in arms, with fans blowing hair
1:42 – Transition from quadrocopter to head camera POV
1:51 – Transition back to quadrocopter on spin move
1:59 – How you film here too!? Permits?!
2:08 – Zoomed in in post, then rotated the video
2:10 – Zoomed out to fill frame in screen
2:16 – Nice fast shots!
2:20 – Hmm, full body keyed?
2:30 – Superman clears frame (maybe)
2:34 – Superman added in post + ground effect + shadows, or just really good saturation and removed in post (moved up in post)
Let me know what you thought of the video from a VFX and technology standpoint in the comments below.
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