Teaming up with directors Rachel Harms and Rob Shaw, our mission was to shoot a continuous flowing take of a kitchen island where the fun Snap Crackle & Pop characters dance amongst various holiday themed Rice Krispie treats to a Christmas-holiday song.
Extensive pre-viz discussions took place with the team from Bent Image Lab well before we shot, in order to ensure that our camera system of choice could achieve the move and that our set would work.
We used the Staubli Speedarm – which is essentially a robotic arm which can move up to 6 feet/second, with a radius of 6 feet. Jerry Andrews was our motion control tech who programmed the Speedarm. We shot with Red Dragon and Cooke Mini S4 lenses.
The Speedarm allowed us to do multiple passes of the kitchen island set – so we could take away plates and treats as need be for various parts of the shot. The Rice Krispie characters will be added as a CGI element in post – and the Rice Krispie treats themselves were shot in camera for light reference – but will be added as stop-motion elements in post.