With The Discovery of Witches being an episodic project, the team faced challenges with the volume of data and material that was generated in a short space of time. To manage this effectively, REALTIME needed a robust pipeline that pushed the work forward and allowed the creative process to evolve through the project.
To ensure this and create the perfect all-around magical experience, Sue and the REALTIME team turned to Nuke, Foundry’s compositing toolset.
“Nuke was used […] for all the roto, clean up and comp work,” Sue tells us. “Some post-viz was also done on Nuke, the levitating egg and the snake on the slipper sequences, for example. […] Nuke was also responsible for some pretty heavy manipulation of those passes, either because of a creative need for maximum flexibility or expediency.”
Thanks to Nuke’s robust pipeline, the team was able to create a workflow that would not only save them time but also enabled them to maximize their organization and keep track of their data—all of which is vitally important on an episodic project.
“We used a combination of Shotgun, Hiero, and Nuke to streamline the more mundane parts of the production process,” Sue explains. “This reduced human error and gave us more time for the fun part—making cool visuals.”
“Consistency is also a big part of an episodic project, either throughout a season or over multiple ones,” Sue continues. “The ability to set up a master workflow for a specific scene or spell which can be rippled out to multiple artists ensures a baseline consistency for the current and future seasons.”
With Nuke and Hiero in the fold, the team was able to build the pipeline they needed to get the work done. The ability to import and export cameras in solid formats into other software meant they could use more time to finalize their images and ultimately make them more beautiful—one of the team’s main aims. But that wasn’t all:
“Nuke’s suite of keying software makes the often painful process of pulling a key much easier. Plus, Nuke’s 3D ability is also a really useful tool to have in comp’s back pocket; I love the camera tracker,” Sue tells us.