MPC LA recently teamed up with directing duo dom&nic to handle a full range of VFX needs on English singer-songwriter Gaz Coombes’ debut music video. In less than three weeks, the studio worked around the clock between their LA, London and Bangalore studios to handle everything from interactive 3D and 2D lighting to 3D animation, rendering and compositing.
Hot Fruit is at once a dazzling ride through a surreal world and a study in the possibilities of a story told from a confined space. Coombes, who is confined to a brightly lit cube situated in a forest clearing, sings his tale of lust and beauty as a wild and twisted tale unfolds: he is first tied, then gassed, then spun into the air and tossed about the forest, all while confronting an ever-growing pile of pill containers and staring intently through a slit on the lookout for a grim-reaper-esque madman who is stalking him along the shadowy distances.
MPC produced 28 shots of the CG box in a real environment, creating a pipeline that allowed them to quickly make changes to each scene based on new iterations of the CG object or its animation. The process involved creating a CG representation of each scene, then using a projection of both the dark and lit versions with an illumination map created from each CG scene.