Fun with Dick & Jane

Fun with Dick & Jane called for a large news sequence where Dick Harper is a guest on a financial news show called Money Life and becomes the fall guy of his company's mishaps.

Working with the assistant art director Jason Sweers on the look of the show, we knew it needed to look and feel similar to a CNN style show with a little over the top comedic flair.

Since the sequence was entirely shot on a green screen, everything needed to be created digitally, even the set.  I tracked the opening shot in SynthEyes and built and animated the set in 3DS Max & After Effects.

Because the sequence also called for full frame shots, I designed the graphics to scale to any resolution so I could output full frame DPX files for the D.I.  The hardest part was scaling the green screen footage of Jim Carrey.  Since the sequence was shot on standard definition broadcast D1 cameras, I had to use some creative After Effects techniques along with the help of the Algolith AlgoSuite in order to scale the footage from 720x486 to 2k film without getting a really blurry image. 

Lastly, the script also called for a website that makes fun of Dick Harper's flub on national network news.  After meeting with the Director I came up with the idea to do a fun animation instead of just a static website.

Posted on April 4, 2014 and filed under Film, Video Playback, Visual FX.