Taking on digital doubles in 2018

We work hard to keep our creative edge at Luna Digital. In 2018, we’re setting our sights on something I’ve personally wanted to do for a while now: digital doubles. Digital doubles are CGI versions of real-life actors, often used to enhance a character’s look, add additional effects, or replace an actor entirely in a shot.

Luna Digital is developing a pipeline to efficiently and affordably create digital doubles for all of our productions, whether it’s advertising, film, or next-gen experiences. Here’s a little peak behind the curtain at what we’ve been up to lately…

First things first: creating the face

They say in theater you act with your body, but in TV and film you act with your eyes. That’s why getting the face right is such an important part of the digital double pipeline. About a year ago I got a full-body CGI scan at Solidiphy, a 3D printing company at the other end of our building (this meant I was the obvious choice for a “patient 0”). So, we took the raw 3D scan and began to turn it into an animation-ready asset.

To dial in the face, we took a generic 3D model of a man that roughly matched my height, weight, and ethnicity and “shrink-wrapped” it around the dense, highly detailed scan model. After a bit of clean-up and some detailing around the eyes, nose, and mouth, we had a life-like digital facsimile we could then use to create the rest of my virtual twin.

Designing a digital wardrobe

Using the high-density scan as a reference we remodeled the rest of the body and exported the result to Marvelous Designer, a specialized tool designed to create realistic digital clothing.

Comparisons

Below are some comparisons between the current version of my digital “mini-me” and the original scan. Although this is just the first step of what I know is going to be a grand and exciting adventure for our team, we are well on our way to creating a convincing digital double and developing a pipeline we can bring to our productions in 2018 and beyond.

“Trapped: In The Trade” Wins Award of Excellence at Docs Without Borders Film Festival

The title says it all! Trapped: In The Trade won the Docs Without Borders Film Festival’s Award of Excellence this year. Thank you so much to the cast, crew, and partner companies that came together to make this meaningful project happen.

For more information about the Docs Without Borders Film Festival and to see the full list of this year’s winners, visit their site at http://www.dwbff1.com.

Trapped: In The Trade Accepted at Two Film Festivals

More great news from Mission Control! Trapped: In The Trade, a dramatic narrative about the dark realities of Florida’s child sex trafficking industry, was accepted into the Global Peace Film Festival and Docs Without Borders Film Festival. Luna Digital collaborated with Paving The Way and C47 Film Associates to deliver post-production visual effects and coloring for the 30-minute short last Fall.

For more information about Trapped: In The Trade and how you can help stop child sex trafficking, please visit the following websites:

Luna Digital chosen as VFX team for Godzilla: Heritage

We are excited to announce that Luna Digital has been chosen as the primary visual effects team for the locally produced fan-film, Godzilla: Heritage. Luna Digital will be responsible for creature animation, digital set extensions, and compositing for the film’s teaser short directed by Greg Graves.

About Godzilla: Heritage

Godzilla: Heritage is a locally produced fan-film that started pre-production in late 2009. Director Greg Graves sets out to return the Godzilla mythology to its darker roots, paying homage to classic Godzilla movies through the use of traditional “suitmation” (creature suits), miniatures, and other practical effects. The film is a not-for-profit project.

For more information about the production, visit the following links:

A Fresh Start

We’ve been going through a lot of changes here at Luna Digital. We have a shiny new website, new service offerings, new work to show off, and even some original content of our own to share. Life is good at Mission Control.

In the past, we’ve been known to take on a variety of design challenges: websites, logos, packaging, animation, editing…the list goes on. But our passion, at the end of the day, is elevating creative projects through visual storytelling. Aligning our passion with our clients’ needs is paramount, so we’ve completely redesigned our rates and our service offering by focusing on what we do best: 3D animation/CGI, visual effects, and post-production editing and color grading. And, if there’s anything we don’t do in-house, chances are we can get it done through one of our partner agencies.

It might be one small step for our team today, but it’s a giant leap for the future of the Luna Digital family. If you’re interested in joining us on our journey, start a conversation by getting in touch or requesting an estimate!