Monday, December 10, 2012


This is a lovely little short that I came across awhile back, I just love the style of the whole piece and how the main character blends in so well with it's environment. The character itself is very mysterious but draws you in at the same time. When you watch its movements, it moves almost in the same manner as a human being, it's very lifelike and at some parts it looks like it could just be a person in a costume. I like the idea of a character that seems like something you wouldn't normally approach due to its appearance and size, however in actual fact it's just lonely an probably more scared of you than you are of it.

What's good about this short is that a breakdown is provided (HERE) of not only the character, but how it was composited into the shots. When it comes to vfx there are two different ways, footage is shot first then CG elements are composited on top of that; or the filmed footage is green screened and then placed within the CG environment. This short has gone for the compositing the CG onto the clean back plate. It's interesting to see how there is a lot of 'clean up' that is involved, you can't just go putting CG elements onto a shot without adding colour correction, filters and other techniques for it all to blend together seamlessly. For vfx to be realistic all the elements need to come together without the viewer being able to pick it apart and distinguish where it has been composited.

Gloam from We Are The Forest on Vimeo.

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