In the first of a two-part feature, MI6 guest writer
"Odd Job" takes a close look at how the
computerised special effects and post-production wizardry
helped create the teaser trailer and title credit
Part 1 focuses on the "Die Another Day"
"Die Another Day"'s CGI Effects -
14th January 2003
Directed by Tim Webber, the teaser trailer for "Die Another
Day" was released on May 16th 2002 - and was the first official
glimpse of film footage.
The opening of the trailer begins with the moonlit snow dunes,
which morph into silhouettes of naked woman. Once the women start
to come into focus the screen freezes and becomes the now classic
ice sculpted Walther PPK. As the weapon comes fully into shot
- it's fired. The weapon then shatters as the fireball explodes
and the camera pans with the bullet out, which flows into the
new Aston Martin V12 Vanquish. The teaser trailer is comprised
of 15 shoots in succession, and then we see the traditional opening
sequences and further use of the ice Walther PPK and Bond girl
to conclude the teaser.
The Technical CG Part
Tim Webber has worked on the first two Pierce Brosnan's 007 outings.
The trailers are normally created in six weeks with any available
completed footage and heavy CG work. The brief was given by MGM
and EON Productions to Tim and his team, that the trailer should
contain a girl and an ice gun. The six weeks were split into two
3 week halves - one for organisation and shooting, and the final
3 weeks for post production.
The Filming (Weeks 1-3)
The moonlit snow dunes where shot over one day using a single
model and motion capture system. The filming took place using
green screen at Shepperton Studios. The Walther PPK was created
in both Perspex and in ice by Asylum. A motion control rig was
used to film in turn the Perspex and melting ice for a glossy
look. The Perspex gun was a near replica and thus had the correct
firing chamber, which was used for the firing of the bullet. This
was achieved though practical lighting effect and enhancements,
which were to be carried out in, post production. Also shot were
the two end sequences, the particles of ice and of the model blowing
the smoke form the barrel of the Walther PPK.
A matte image of the bodies was created and then bought to life
using the footage shot at Shepperton. The footage was a montage
of 50 layers of the model in varying poses. The sky was a digitised
doctored photograph of a daytime skyline, which was colour corrected
and edited to place the moon over the sun. The 2 guns were combined
to create a single image and the firing of the bullet was enhanced
to create the fireball which leads to the shattering of the weapon.
The end sequence was created using both traditional and CG elements
- the ice block was filmed traditionally and the 007 logo was
added in post with Adobe Photoshop. The shattering of the ice
block was created in the 3D tool Maya. The last shot was enhanced
to create a more icy feel and was composed of the footage recorded
at Shepperton studio three weeks earlier.
Part two will look at the techniques used for the opening titles
Another Day"'s Special Effects - Part 2