SMI Entertainment

Visual Effects

Savannah

Client

Savannah

Title Savannah
The Background SMI Entertainment delivered over 150 visual effects shots on this beautiful period piece starring Jim Caviezal (Passion of Christ, Thin Red Line) Jaimie Alexander (Thor), Sam Shepard (The Notebook,Black Hawk Down) and Chiewetel Ejiofor (Children of Men)
The Challenge Under a tight deadline SMI created full CGI geese, and decoys to populate the beautiful rivers of Savannah. Several matte paintings were generated to keep the film period accurate as well as enhance locations and countless shots needed stabilization and optical retiming work.
The Strategy After our spotting sessions we decided to build a new data management tool that would streamline our pipeline. S.A.T (Shot Automation Tool) allowed us to create working project files ranging from composites to 3D setups on the fly allowing our leads to setup shots for our artists around the globe. We also continued to develop our new rotoscoping batch processing tool called ROTON, which allows us to break up a shot in to mattes automatically.
The Experience This film was shot entirely in Savannah, Georgia and was so beautiful that the team at SMI was inspired to create visuals that matched the film. The tight schedule pushed our artists but fortunately due to our international offices we were able to work around the clock to meet the ambitious deadline.
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