Cembra – Cobblestone / Axel Laubscher

Cembra – Cobblestone / Axel Laubscher

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Production Co: Cobblestone Berlin
Execetuve Prod: Pieter Lony
Line Producer Svenja Widegreen
Director: Axel Laubscher
DP: Mathias Schöningh

Syndicate got the honor to do the VFX for this swiss banking film.

The task was to create a robot serving at a resturant. A robot that challenge average Joe in his daily work. As Cembra, the bank, offers Joe an opportunity to get a higher degree of education trough student loans.

What made the project extra interesting was that Syndicate used thier brand new “ROKOKO” suit for motion capture. That, and the fact that Axel casted the fastest rollerblader on the planet to do the stand in acting for the robot part… The combo actually worked very well as the goal was to create a robot that, instead of walking around the restaurant, moved with ease as he was on wheels.

Björn Benckert, Syndicate creative lead, was on set doing VFX supervision and used a fixed reference cam to capture the full body and skates of the standin, as the rolling part is not something the Rokoko setup provides any data for. So a combination of pixel 3D tracking and the wifi data feed from the Rokoko suit was captures and used by the syndicate CG team to create a pixel accurate motion track.

The main camera was all hand held by Mathias Schöningh, so as you can see in the spitscreen above, there was also some quite elaborate clean plating done to finnish the whole thing off.