ROLE: Senior Flame Artist / VFX Compositor
VENDOR: Digital Domain
DIRECTOR: Nick Robertson
This was the second Infiniti spot I had the privilege of working on at DD. To date, it’s still one of my favorites of the shodo ink Infiniti series.
This time, the premise is a smooth ride through a hurricane … literally.
With plates shot in China, the team created a beautiful turbulent storm to enshroud the Infiniti FX vehicle. Everything started with overcast plates, sometimes precipitous, but never fully raining.
The entire stormfront had to be fabricated … from tempestuous clouds and wind-swept rain, to lightning strikes and crashing waves on a matte painted shoreline.
My primary contribution was to the interior shots, building 2.5D storm environments through a mountain pass, visible through the front and driver’s side window. The challenge was to create a frightening storm on the outside, while maintaining a meditative peace on the inside.
I also added crashing waves and churning mist to a handful of exterior driving shots.