Last week I had the amazing experience of being able to be on location while we filmed Kevin Smith interviewing Stan Lee and his wife over several hours. As the Technical Director for VR Playhouse, I do not always need to be onsite during shoots and often have too much on my plate that I skip them knowing that DJ, our Head of Production, will take care of everything. This shoot was different on many levels. First off it was Stan Lee being interviewed in his home office, and then technically we needed an extra set of eyes. For the shoot we used the very new Red Weapon 8K as stereo pairs on an offset nodal rig, with 8mm Arri Primes.
red dragon 8k stereo
Derrin Turner, our resident VR Director and Head of Production, frames the camera.
On set with Stan Lee
Stan Lee looks at Kevin Smith
on set with Stan Lee
We shot clean plates before the shoot and then locked off the camera for the interview. After the interview we then did another batch of clean plates where we removed the lighting from each 45 degree wedge and used a general fill. This way we hope to be able to blend between the interview footage and the rig removed clean plates. With eight wedges at 8k resolutions, stitching is going to be interesting. In our tests we were able to get decent stereo stitches out of Cara VR for Nuke but it will be challenging to rectify the lighting between the final wedges and will probably require some finessing. Then we move onto the stereo integration of the interview plate…
Red Weapon Stereo Arii 8mm Primes
Stereo Red Stan Lee

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