The Great Gig in the Sky

Today we’re sharing how a key visual effects shot was done.

We have a shot where our lead character, Suzie, sees a meteor flying overhead. (Gee, I wonder if it’s more than just a meteor?) Instead of green-screening it, we decided to do a sky replacement. To do that we shot a low-angle of our actress against a blue sky and then keyed out the sky, which is what you would do with a green or blue screen.

This is original shot. There’s even a bit of the frame for the giant flag we had over the actress for the shot.

The sky has been removed but the frame’s still there.

An early VFX test. The picture now has an aspect ratio of 2.35:1.

And here’s the final shot. Notice that the actress and telescope are now smaller in the frame.

I should note that this effect was done by the very talented Drew Stephens.

And here are some photos to show how it looked on the day of the shoot.