I’ve just been given permission to talk about one of the coolest projects I’ve worked on; Paranormal Surveillance, funded by the makers of Paranormal Activity 2.
Rubber Republic, Play Nicely and myself spent a couple of weeks working around the clock to intercept live webcam video feeds from all over the world as part of a viral campaign associated with with a fake ‘Paranormal Surveillance’ website.
Users were invited to leave their webcams running throughout the night to see if anything, well, paranormal was happening.
It turned out there was – a few of us CGI guys were sat up all night comping, splicing and animating into live webcam footage to create some spooky visual effects.
The idea was that some lucky people would wake up in the morning to find out that someone had been watching them in the night, standing over their beds & moving things around.
I recall listening to the sound track to The Shining on a loop and generally being scared throughout the process.
I also discovered that it is in fact just as scary to make a paranormal CGI effect as it is to watch one in a film!
Although I had a lot of fun with the project, I will probably be forever scarred.
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