The Magic of Photographic Visual Effects

By March 8, 2012Music

Armed with the script and a high resolution digital camera, Kevin traveled to Salsburg. Once there, he began photographing all of the locations that he needed to create digital environments for the actors to eventually be inserted into. Kevin took hundreds of photos from every angle imaginable so that the visual effects crew would have lots to work with.

After arriving back in Toronto, Kevin worked with the visual effects team to create a storyboard for the film. The storyboard used the background images Kevin had taken in Salsburg to plot out every shot that involved a digital background.  The actual scenes would be shot in the studio against green screens (as seen below), so the storyboard was extremely important.

Warren Christie filming Mozart's Magic Flute Diaries


During filming, Kevin showed the actors a rough version of what the background would finally look like to give them a sense of their environment. Once the live action filming was completed, the visual effects crew and the editors then set about the painstaking process of combining all of the elements to create the finished shots. Here are just a few examples of the more than 200 shots that used photographic visual effects:




Kevin’s use of photographic visual effects in “The Magic Flute” led him to use the same technique in “Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning” and “Out of the Shadows” as seen below.



Photographic visual effects have proven to be a creative and cost effective addition to the film making process. The environments that can be created digitally are virtually limitless and I’m sure Kevin Sullivan will continue to use this technique to create imaginative settings for his productions for years to come.



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