Lytro’s “Moon” | Virtual Reality Lightfields in Production at VR Playhouse
VR Playhouse conceived of the concept of what became “Moon’, the first Lightfield and CGI integrated short ever produced by the camera company Lytro. The concept was conceived in a bar in San Jose where Ian and I were on the phone with the crew in L.A. Dylan, DJ Turner, and Christina Heller were all integral in figuring out the entire concept.
- Director: Ian Forrester
- Producers: Christine Heller, Leo Vicellli
- Technical Director | Art Lead: Jordan Halsey
- Compositing Lead: Andrew Schwartz, Oren Green
- Sound Design: Ecco Sounds
- 3D Team: Art Perez, Andrew Stutchlick
Lightfield Production – Technical Notes
I was the Technical Director on the Production and Post-production side and the Lead Artist. The production had to be meticulous in the amount of information that we had as well as exacting in its technical accuracy. To cover the post-production, we captured Lidar using a Velodyne. We also shot extensive photogrammetry. The photogrammetry software Reality Capture had just been released, making this a much easier process. We also captured extensive HDRs under the highly controlled different lighting scenarios.
Lightfield Production – Behind the Scenes
The Mack Sennet Studio Stage
We shot on the large stage at Mack Sennet Studios in Silverlake. The studio was built in the early 1920s and had all the charm you would expect from this old and used location. We found every hole or seam in the building when we captured the Lidar data.