For those with big budgets, here's an astounding new product for shooting automobiles – the Mill BLACKBIRD
For the rest of us, well, we can dream can't we?
The idea is they've created a hero car that can be substituted for any other vehicle in post.
Which is quite an amazing feat if you actually think about it. Imagine needing to shoot a commercial for a car which is only in prototypes – due to be shipped next year for example. Very expensive to even work with prototypes and difficult to schedule as well. And maybe they don't even look great.
But if you could shoot a vehicle that transforms later into that new car, then that would be ideal. You could shoot what you needed, not worry about damaging a prototype much less scheduling it, and you'd get the job done.
But heck, this could be used for films too right?
There's a lot to think about with this and it will open up opportunities that haven't even been thought of yet. Watch the video and start thinking.
Very cool concept!
The Mill BLACKBIRD
The Mill has created The Mill BLACKBIRD® which sets out to transform the way automotive advertising is made – it’s a car rig that can be shot at any time, in any location, without the need to rely on a physical car. Created in collaboration with JemFX, Performance Filmworks and Keslow, Mill Blackbird inspires and expands creative opportunities, offering a truly flexible production tool without sacrificing any quality or direction. Learn more: bit.ly/Blkbrd
About The Mill BLACKBIRD
Via The Mill:
The Mill BLACKBIRD® is able to capture quality footage and data due to its camera array and tailor-made stabilisation unit, engineered in collaboration with Performance Filmworks’ legendary, multi award winning technician, Lev Yevstratov. A combination of high dynamic range imagery and 3D laser scanning generates a virtual version of the environment, producing 100% realistic CG renderings. The Mill has taken this a step further, developing a bespoke BLACKBIRD® AR application that allows you to see the intended vehicle in CG, tracked live over the rig on location.
Whether for automotive advertising content or visualising the latest advances in car design, The Mill BLACKBIRD® inspires and expands creative opportunities, offering a truly flexible production tool without sacrificing any quality or direction.
Learn more about The Mill BLACKBIRD
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(cover photo credit: snap from The Mill)