At Instinct, we understand that sometimes what the script requires is just not possible to achieve practically with a real animal. We realize computers can do some things we can’t do with an animal. And that’s ok with us, our primary goal is animal safety.
CGI is one of the biggest advancements and revolutionary film making techniques to affect the animal industry. Virtually every film involving an animal seen recently has some element of CGI in them.
VFX comes in many different elements from green and blue screen shooting, plate shots, locked shots, multi-pass shots and split-screen shots, to the latest in motion capture shooting stages and 3D full body scanning.
We find we can work alongside the new technology instead of fighting against it. We are happy to assist with placing marker dots on a dog to capture the motion exactly and create an impossible stunt safely.
Our wolf puppets have been used in various projects to avoid recreating a wolf CGI from scratch. By filming with the puppet and then making an eye blink or breath come out the mouth during post production, the scene becomes real and is accomplished at a much lesser cost.
“Andrew and the Instinct team brought their knowledge and expertise into a very challenging filming environment to deliver one of the most amazing performances for our scene with 2-Toes, the wolf. When I needed reference material to help create our C.G.I. wolf assets, Andrew went above and beyond to help get our team what we needed. It was a great experience working with Instinct.”
The wolves were great to work with. We had a lot of wolf shots this season with some very unique action. I thought we might have to make a CG wolf for some of them. However Andrew was able to get them to do things that we honestly didn’t think would be possible for a real wolf. Thanks to their work we were able to use plates of the real wolves instead of creating them in CG. We were able to get all the elements we needed, including some alternate takes. It was a fantastic experience working with Andrew and his team.
“As a VFX supervisor, I can offer a director a better C.G.I. animal if I have the proper live elements to work with as reference. It’s still a long process, but having the pleasure of working with Andrew Simpson and his wolves on Wolf Totem was a great experience. His understanding of what I required, along with his ability to train the wolves was very impressive.”