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Zodiac
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While we were working on shots for the film, David Fincher called to ask if we could help the marketing crew with the poster. Since we are located near San Francisco, it was easy for us get night photography of the skyline. We composited the photos with a stock shot from the top of Golden Gate Bridge and added layers of leaden fog.

It' was fun to see versions of the image all over town, at bus stops, a special cover on the "Chronicle" opening day, and even blown up to gigantic proportions on the Technicolor building in Hollywood.

 

Rare behind-the-scenes shots.


Zodiac was shot with Tompson's Viper digital camera, which records 10-bit, 1920x1080 frames. There is no film scanning to be done, so we had access to the shot footage much quicker than usual. Alternate takes and angles were all available digitally for reference or elements.

At one point, we were able to shoot plates and elements with the camera ourselves. The images are recorded to hard disk and could be used in composites the same day! Here we are shooting the plate for a night shot of the North Point Theater.


VFX Supervisor Craig Barron on our roof shooting CG Artist Mike Breymann as a "sidewalk person" element for the taxi shots.



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