The last day of the pickups was focused more on experimenting and a bunch of closeups. We had shot what we absolutely needed, now was time to focus on the frosting: the closeup of the controls, flicking the switches, closeup of some props and the one shot we were not allowed to shoot: a shot from behind, looking out. See, one promise I made to Tero when I started fuzzing around this shoot was that there would be no added CG shots anymore. We had already used and exceeded our CG budget so many times there would be no chance of adding anything to it, not even one simple shot. But I always wanted to have a shot where we look out through the windows, see the world we have arrived to, but that would’ve needed one rather big CG shot to be made.
Kaur and Kaspar had had an idea to present the back projection tech as part of their workshop. They had rented a huge 70 inch TV which would easily fill the cockpit view when shot from behind the actors, but we were still missing the footage to use there, something would’ve had to be created by Pixomondo to be projected there… But then, an idea struck me. Our first promo had a similar shot. It had one element in it, which wouldn’t fit, but other than that, it was exactly what we needed. I asked Tuomas to dig out the original shot and send it to us and voilá! When projected on the screen in front of the actors looking out the window, there it was, a landscape shot which we needed, perfectly animated – only one small adjustment was needed which Kaspar did quickly there, on the set, and we were banging!
The day was not that long, and full of positive surprises, and afterwards it was finally time to call it a day. Not only was it the wrap of the Digital Sputnik workshop, but also the wrap of the whole production. Probably one of the longest time stretches between principal photography and the pickups in recent film history. We were lucky to have succeeded, and damn thankful to Digital Sputnik and the workshop for having been there, making the dream reality.
After the day was wrapped, we made a quick grade and put together a quick edit and screened it the next day at UTA screening facility in LA to Digital Sputnik workshop crew and the investors, and it looked very damn fine.