This was a very interesting commercial to work on. I was asked to provide all of the FX shots, and also to supervise the shoot in Hungary. We shot 1 day at Korda Studios and then 3 days in central Budapest. I also used photogrammetry on set for the first time, and found it an invaluable tool. Its always a good idea to capture as much data from the location as possible, and having scans of the location just made things much easier in the post work.
I used FumeFX for all the smoke and fire effects, and Thinking Particle for the dynamics simulations. I did have some nice ember effects working in PFlow, but its become unstable in the last few releases of Max with frequent crashes, and I found I couldn’t rely on it during production.
We filmed a lot of the footage in slow motion and I need to match the speed with the FX. The final shot also contains a few speed ramps, so the only way we could match these was to simulate the FX on the whole slow motion plate, and then apply the ramps in post. This meant that the final shot is simulated over 200 frames to produce the correct look.