God-Like Skills

To bring DJ Chris Karns’ vision to life, we had to work closely throughout the process. He wanted to do the routine without any edits, showing that it could be done live, if only he had four arms. To make it believable, his arms had to coordinate so that we could composite the two together.


Client:Rane MixersCreative Director + Talent:DJ Chris KarnsProduction Company:Friends of MineDirector + Editor:Adam EspinozaProducer:Cara SturgisAnimation, Composite, Design:Adam Espinoza, Burke Miles

Director of Photography:Sam JoosDP Assistant:Julia WechslerEditing:Robert FraserProduction Assistance:Robert Fraser, Mike De La VegaTechnical Assistance:Jason SchwarzAudio:DJ Chris Karns

God-Like Skills

To bring DJ Chris Karns’ vision to life, we had to work closely throughout the process. He wanted to do the routine without any edits, showing that it could be done live, if only he had four arms. To make it believable, his arms had to coordinate so that we could composite the two together.


Client:Rane MixersCreative Director + Talent:DJ Chris KarnsProduction Company:Friends of MineDirector + Editor:Adam EspinozaProducer:Cara SturgisAnimation, Composite, Design:Adam Espinoza, Burke Miles

Director of Photography:Sam JoosDP Assistant:Julia WechslerEditing:Robert FraserProduction Assistance:Robert Fraser, Mike De La VegaTechnical Assistance:Jason SchwarzAudio:DJ Chris Karns

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Cordination

There are some interesting ideas and debates involving 3D scanning and antiquities. Several of the models in this project are scans from museums, galleries and collections. Some museums, such as the Smithsonian, release a few of their scans to the public, but there’s a debate over why they don’t release more considering that many of these museums are publicly funded. Another interesting project involves the destruction of heritage sites by ISIS. #NEWPALMYRA is a digital archeology project where artifacts and places that have been destroyed are being reconstructed digitally. An additional debate being fueled by 3D scanning surrounds the theft of archeological artifacts, their display in national museums and whether they should be returned to their country of origin. The Nefertiti scan we used was released by a pair of artists attempting to bring attention to this practice, although there’s doubt that the model released is actually a result of their project.

Details


Cordination

We began by discussing the routine with Chris and identifying all the potential problems. He then developed the routine, between tours around the globe. Once he had it down, we did screen tests to identify any issues with compositing, or coordination of his new limbs. Chris is a pro. Within an evening we had all the footage we would need and it was time to transform it into something super-ordinary.

The Mix

Once we had DJ Chris Karns’ stellar performance, it was time to transform it into an otherworldly journey. We shot a time lapse of clouds and composited it with pagodas and mountains to create the feeling of a vintage kung-fu flick. Then, on to NASA to find the perfect astral images we could map onto 3D geometry for a tunnel into the cosmos. Add video game style details to Chris’s performance and the transformation was complete.

The Mix

Once we had DJ Chris Karns’ stellar performance, it was time to transform it into an otherworldly journey. We shot a time lapse of clouds and composited it with pagodas and mountains to create the feeling of a vintage kung-fu flick. Then, on to NASA to find the perfect astral images we could map onto 3D geometry for a tunnel into the cosmos. Add video game style details to Chris’s performance and the transformation was complete.

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