RealtimeUK have worked with leading UK production company Impossible Factual and Canadian company Saloon Media– on the ambitious six part series ‘Mummies Alive’.
Working with Impossible’s creative team and animation director Christian Johnson, RealtimeUK’s in-house artists created all the detailed historical reconstruction sequences for the series, using animation to depict everything from the Wild West and Iron Age Ireland to the Incan Empire.
RealtimeUK were tasked with developing a series of different characters within tight time constraints, using a number of software solutions including Max, V-Ray, Hair farm, Krakatowa, Ray fire, Particle flow, FumeFX and Houdini – all part of RealtimeUK’s production pipeline. We performed a motion capture session for each episode at Europe’s largest motion capture studio, Audiomotion in Oxford.
Working with 3D scan experts Ten-24, who used a custom built rig incorporating 100 DSLR cameras to scan real faces, the process captured character meshes and texture information to be edited in house. RealtimeUK were then able to apply sub-surface shaders to create an accurate representation of skin, and the textures for each character. Taking the animation for this broadcast project to the next level, RealtimeUK’s use of cutting edge technology allowed it to create a truly emotional connection with the audience.
Animation for Mummies Alive 6x1hr documentary series
Created for Impossible Factual, (UK) and Saloon Media, (Canada)
Animation Director: Christian Johnson
Broadcast worldwide on Smithsonian Channel in the US, History Canada, SBS in Australia, ZDF in Germany and UKTV:Yesterday in the UK.