Several months ago, archeologists in the Lower Saxony region of Germany made an amazing discovery – the fossilized remains of a previously...
Several months ago, archeologists in the Lower Saxony region of Germany made an amazing discovery – the fossilized remains of a previously unknown raptor sub-species. This was a revolutionary discovery for German paleontologists, in particular for those in Lower Saxony. It was quickly decided that this discovery should be presented to the public in the form of a documentary film. But how can an animal that died millions of years ago be brought to life?
The job of breathing life into this fossil was given to the Hannover, Germany-based animation studio Soulpix. When production began, VFX supervisor and project lead Frank Sennholz travelled with the film crew to New Caledonia to coordinate the filming. In addition to the real-world background footage, with which the CG dinosaur would later be combined, HDRI shots were made with the help of a mirror sphere, which would later help illuminate the shots.
While the footage was being filmed in New Caledonia, the remaining team members began preparation for production. Digital impressions were made of the dinosaur that was to be created in CG. 3D artists and paleontologists worked together closely and made sure to include the most up-to-date anatomical information for the creation of the model. Numerous photos of skeletons and fossils from the researchers’ archives were used as reference. Many corrections to shape of the dinosaur’s anatomy were made by the 3D artists with the scientists at their side to ensure utmost accuracy.
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