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In order to make the realistic CG squirrel perform in a live action environment, I blocked out the timings and actions of the animal during pre-vis. After analyzing reams of squirrel footage to understand how these creatures moved, I key framed the squirrel into life. Various simulations were created to add realistic fur and muscle movements to the animation by the 3D team at boutiq. Shot on location we added lots of 3D plant extensions during post production to simulate seamless interaction between the squirrel and the environment. Our goal was to make a humorous spot, and make the film look as believable as possible, since the squirrel and the "exploding" flowers are entirely computer generated.
I was part of this project during my full time employment at boutiq in Switzerland.
CD: Lorenz Killer
Consultant: Lorenz Schmid
Production Company: boutiq
Director: Mike Huber
Producer: Florian Liertz
DoP: Tobias Dengler
Pre-vis: Adrian Suter
3D Artists: Semir Saleh, Bahar Öner, Chris Hempel
3D Animation: Adrian Suter
Compositing: Adrian Suter, Pascal Schelbli
Composer: Bernd Klanke
Sound Design: Bernd Klanke