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