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Techtalk: CG crowds

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  • Director
    Jasper Scheepbouwer (Techtalk reel)
  • Producer
    Planet X
    Producer film: Topkapi Films
  • 3D supervisor
    Jasper Scheepbouwer 
  • Visual effects supervisors
    Albert van Vuure, NVX
    Pepijn Schroeijers, NVX
  • VFX production supervsior
    Dennis Kleyn, NVX
  • Compositing
    Roel Meijering
    Frank Taris
    Frank van der Peet
    Jaco Jansen
    Timo Drent
    Carmel David 
  • VFX producer
    Violette Kleyn
  • VFX junior producer
    Tim Groot
  • Release
    January 2017, The Netherlands
  • Running time
    100 min
  • Music reel/clip 
    Fons Merkies

In addition to the shots with 20,000 Orange fans on Amsterdam's 'Museumplein', we also had the task of realizing a scene that takes place in a sold out football stadium. Both the stadium itself and the people to fill the stands had to be created entirely with CG and VFX; after all, it was the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa, where 200,000 people had to be featured.

The technique we used for the shots at the Museumplein, isolating the extras from the green screen and then multiply them, would not work well for these shots because of the more complex shape of the stadium stands. Would we have chosen a green screen solution, we would have had to photograph a large number of angles and a large number of different lighting situations, to make it work. Since it was already necessary to completely build the stadium in 3D (after all, it could not be filmed on location in Johannesburg, South Africa) we decided to create the audience this way too.

With ultimately quite limited assets (five different animations applied to ten different 3D characters) we could nevertheless convincingly create the illusion that there was a huge, cheering and flag-waving crowd in the stadium, that could be rendered from every angle. For more information about the movie 'Gek van Oranje' (Orange Fever) and the full VFX breakdown, click here.

Screenshot/UI: textures en kleuren op de Nederlandse supporters

Screenshot/UI: supporters Nederland en Spanje samen, 'randomize colors'