Old School 3-D

Eric’s note: this is a special report prepared by our post production coordinator Simen Nordskog.

DIY in progress. Screengrab from video by Simen Nordskog
DIY in progress. Screenshot from video by Simen Nordskog

To add even further to the richness and attention to detail of this film, director Thomas C. Malling invited me to take part in a project that would take the work of the VFX-department one step further …or one step back, I’m not sure which. The task was to make 80’s 3-D graphics look like they were home made. A tall and bizarre order indeed.

The solution was, not surprisingly, to actually make it all home made! Working in the same room as the VFX-guys at Sement & Betong, we declared ourselves the UV-department, got down on the floor and started building models from cardboard and some pieces of an old standee we found.

Cardboard workshop in progress. Photo by Eric Vogel

In just three (long) days we measured, cut, glued and painted several models. We also fashioned a grid for them all to stand on. The paint we used was UV-reactive so you won’t be surprised if I tell you the references to the 1982 classic Tron were many, and in many respects we took both technology and look back to that year.

Feeling quite happy with our effort over the last three days, and in eager anticipation we shot a few tests the night before shooting day.

Until we all get to see what it looks like in the finished movie, we can see that test footage in the video below.

Simen.

Closing note: we had lots of help from the Wreck A Movie community to gather inspiration for these and other old school graphics in the film. Check out what our wreckers suggested!