Robot dolly + projection mapping = magic

Here’s a new technique executed to perfection…

Amazingly what you see isn’t CGI added to the scene in post but a live set of visuals.

The technique uses robotics, motion control and projection, all filmed in-camera.

The result is it heralds a totally new method of live visuals on a film set.

The projection screens and camera move in symphony, all  controlled by software.

Both are mounted on computer programmed robotic dollies and arms.

The advantage over green screen and CGI done in post is that the actor can interact live with the visuals.

Projection mapping  has already been seen in the movies with the Sony F65 shot Oblivion using rear projection instead of green screen on some scenes, allowing the actors to see the computer generated parts of the set live (as if real).

The piece was shot by a company in San Fransico called Bot & Dolly [Twitter | Web]

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“Box” explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera. Bot & Dolly produced this work to serve as both an artistic statement and technical demonstration. It is the culmination of multiple technologies, including large scale robotics, projection mapping, and software engineering. We believe this methodology has tremendous potential to radically transform theatrical presentations, and define new genres of expression.”

Wow. Well done!

Thanks to Duncan Jones (director of Source Code and Moon) for the heads-up on Twitter, from an original Tweet by Patrick Klepek.