Our second idea came from looking at macro photography. We like the idea of having the camera really close up to the main object. We then could have a really shallow depth of field with only the main object in focus. This would give a really nice sense of scale as well as having a nice aesthetic look. We really like the colour and and shallow depth of field of these images below. It would be good to do some research into macro photography for this project.
We thought insects would be easier to model and texture than an animal that had feathers or hair. After seeing the video of previous students work, the forest scene with the mechanical bird, we thought it would be even easier and more effective to have some kid of robotic insects. This way all our models could be hard edged and when rigging we wouldn’t have to have any deforming geometry.
Henry found these images by an artist that creates insects out of old watch parts. We all really loved this idea and it was inkeeping with the mechanical aspect of our idea. A lot of these insects are depicted with a light bulb as a part of their body. We thought this would be really nice to include in our models. If we shot at night time or in the dark having a light bulb on the model would give a really great effect as it moves around the environment. Here is the mood board where you can see the mechanical insects. I’ve also included some halogen lights aswell, I really like the warm orange glow that they give off.
Below is a clip from David Attenborough’s ‘Insect Worlds’ it gives a really good example of live action footage of macro photography of insects and there environment.
Here is also another example of live action macro photography of insects.
Here are some extracts from the Cinefex magazine about the film ‘Ant Man’. The full article talks about the range of techniques used by Double Negative and various other studios to achieve the micro effect when filming ‘Ant Man’. In the article is some good information about what sort of cameras they had been using along with the lenses. Also all the effects they were then able to apply to the footage. I have just chosen these two pages as the whole article is about ten pages long.