The creative concept for Kid Cudi’s performance was based on the narrative he has been following since the release of “Man on the Moon: The End of Day,” his debut studio album, in 2009. The scenario follows his preparation, send off and launch, as well as his landing on the lunar surface. The technical goal of the project was to combine the virtual extended world of xR and AR with the physical and prop-based worlds of more filmic approaches seen in other in-camera visual effects shoots.
While combining the physical and virtual worlds works well with today’s virtual production technologies, addressing the production sensibilities of cinematic and music video workflows with multi-camera or broadcast workflows proved to be an interesting challenge. The schedule and production design requirements added another level of complexity.
Adding augmented reality aspects and virtual set extension differentiates this shoot from other in-camera VFX or more cinematic projects because it showcases the full potential of xR, continuing outside the LED volume at times.
Combining a crew of live music and broadcast talent with a cinematic and music video production-based team made for a great collaboration to deliver Kid Cudi’s vision.
The xR build of the software and the maturity of the xR features of the disguise workflow allowed the project to be completed successfully.
Using the disguise camera and LED calibration system allowed for a perfect line up of set extension and cameras. The use of this technology allowed for wide expansive shots that purely physical LED solutions could not deliver.
The disguise gx 2c media servers allowed Notch and disguise’s RenderStream plugin for Unreal Engine to work seamlessly side by side. Additionally, disguise’s colour calibration tool, used with XR Studios’ software by highly-skilled colourists, produced a seamless render across the real and virtual elements with minimal time taken for set up.
This project was a great moment for XR Studios, [marking the culmination of] a series of productions in the year 2021. It allowed XR Studios to grow further and continue on its path to its current build in Hollywood. The maturity of disguise’s xR workflow, which included improvements, features and builds, enabled this project to grow in an exponential manner from the standpoint of production quality.”
J.T. Rooney, President, XR Studios