Cembra – Cobblestone / Axel Laubscher

Cembra – Cobblestone / Axel Laubscher

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

Split screen BTS.


Syndicate had the honor of doing VFX for the Swiss banking company Cembra’s film.

The task was to create a robot serving at a restaurant – a robot that challenged the Average Joe in his daily work. In the end, Cembra offers Joe an opportunity to get a higher degree of education through student loans.

What made the project extra interesting was that Syndicate used their brand new “ROKOKO” suit for motion capture. That, and the fact that Axel cast the fastest rollerblader on the planet to do the stand-in acting for the robot made this project state of the art. 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’s creative lead, was on set doing VFX supervision, and used a fixed reference cam to capture the full body and skates of the stand-in, as the rolling part was not something the Rokoko setup provided data for. So a combination of pixel 3D tracking and the wifi data feed from the Rokoko suit was used by the Syndicate CG team to create a pixel accurate motion track.

The main camera was all hand held by Mathias Schöningh. As you can see in the splitscreen above, there was also some elaborate clean plating done to finish the whole thing off. We hope you enjoy!