Storyboard: the first step to study and prepare for the shooting of every shot and sequence, particularly needed for the shots that will need post-production treatment with visual effects.
Animatic: translating the storyboard into an animated video to establish camera movements, transitions and timings.
Previz: translating storyboard and/or animatic into an animated 3D graphics video will help getting the best idea on how each shot will end looking like and also will allow planning the needs on-set.
Concept Art: realization of still images to define the visual style of the effects that will be needed during the post-production.
RnD: research and development of methods and techniques to use for reaching the desired quality on specific effects, optimizing the workflow and avoiding waste of time and resources.
Look Dev: transposition of the concepts into visual effects softwares, to achieve the effect that will be applied in the following stages of the process.
Set planning: using storyboard and previz will help define what is needed on the set, like greens/blue screens, tracking markers, etc
VFX shooting timeline: depending on the production there can be restricted time to finalize the post-production. In those cases it can be helpful to plan the VFX shots at the beginning, so there will be more time to finalize them.
Material transfer plan: planning the strategy and technology for the transfer of plates/footages from the studios and sets to the post-production will optimize the workflow and timing.
HDRI Photographies: 360° sets of photos of the sets and locations with multiple exposures, to enable the reproduction of the light situations in VFX.
Lidar Scans: 3D laser scanning of the sets to reproduce them as close as possible in post-production, enabling set extensions and variations.
Clean Plates / Reference Pictures: shooting of the plates without actors and photographing details of on-set props.
Green/Blue Screen: counselling on green and blue screens positioning and lighting to achieve better results in post-production.
MacBeth / Chrome-Grey Ball: shooting of each VFX shot with a MacBeth colour chart and a grey and chrome sphere, to allow the CG to exactly match the plate.
Tracking Markers: positioning of tracking markers when needed to allow the best matchmove possible.
Material Transfer: hand over of plates to the post-production during the shooting to analysis and test of eventual problems for the VFX.
Re-shooting: possibility of re-shooting some shots in case the plates presented problem, while still on-set.
Material Ingestion: ingestion and processing of incoming client material, such as plates and edits.
Editing: service of video editing as well as creation of internal edits for VFX sequences.
Rigging: creation of rig systems for assets and characters.
Matchmove: 3D tracking of the plates to recreate the camera movement and, thanks to the lidar scan, possibility to align all the cameras in the corresponding places in the 3D world.
Rotomation: matching the 3D assets and characters to their original motion in the plates.
Animation: animation of characters, assets and cameras, depending on the needs of each shot and based on the previz for full CG shots.
FX: simulation of particles, fluids, soft bodies and rigid bodies to recreate realistic and fantastic effects, like smokes, explosions, water and magic.
Shading / Lighting: elaboration of materials and creation of sets of light to enable matching the original plate for elements to insert, or to generate the desired mood and feel.
Rendering: processing of the images through the best render engines for the specific needs.
Clean-up / Paint / Prep: preparation of the plates for inserting CG images using 2D and 2.5D techniques.
Motion Graphics: design and creation of graphic animated contents to be composited into shots or to be used in edit.
Title Design: development and animation of visual opening sequences for introduction of TV shows and movies.
Compositing: combination and integration of the plates with the rendered images, as well as combining different plates into one.
DI & Color Grading: finalization of shots and sequences through digital intermediate techniques and color grading, to achieve the final desired look and the continuity within the sequence.
Sound Design / Soundtracks: service of adding and creating sound effects and musics to the edit or to specific shots.
CineSync / Reviews: planning scheduled meetings and targets to allow the project to run smoothly with all necessary iterations.