Stellar Case Study #4 – Wyre

In the fourth installment of our Case Study series with Stellar we stuck close to home to feature the ascendant team at Wyre. We shot right here in San Francisco and it was great to get out from behind the Zoom windows to all collaborate in person. Check out the clip to learn how Wyre, a crypto infrastructure provider with a full suite of APIs, empowers worldwide businesses to easily and safely build on Stellar with USDC.

Meta Climate Series

Earth Day began in 1970, but 52 years later it’s become less of a nice concept and more of a powerful reminder: it’s time to genuinely orient around the earth and the important facts about climate change, not just talk about it.

Last summer, we began making a series of short films for Meta in which we profiled three inspiring stories of people fighting climate change. The series took us all over the map, starting with a remote shoot in Bali, followed by a visit to the east coast to shoot in Maine, and ending with an overseas trip to Jamaica. In each case were were amazed by the women we met and the profound difference each of them is making. We loved making these little films and hope that others get to see these incredible women for their kind hearts and courageous actions.

On Earth Day, Meta put Mikaela’s video front and center. Watch the full series below.

Where’s Oscar? Part 2!

We had a chance to team up with the same amazing cast from our recent comedic effort for HPE’s GreenLake announcements today. Part 2 of the “Where’s Oscar Series” shows how our heroes handle all of the requests coming at them…but thankfully their lives are about to get a LOT easier! #corporatecomedyisathing #videoproduction #loveourcast

Luminar Stereoscopic 3D

As the Luminar team has said to us, “Watching our proactive safety in action is kinda boring…because it just looks like a car stopping right on time, every time.” But, if you stretch and stop that time to show exactly what is happening within MILLISECONDS, without any human interaction, then it’s a whole different story. We built two distinct 3D worlds to show key auto safety scenarios: one in the suburbs at 25mph and another on a freeway at 65mph. It turns out, there’s a lot of intelligent technology that kicks in “under the hood” of a Luminar enabled vehicle that allows it to avoid unexpected and dangerous driving situations. Through Bhakti Patel’s twilight aesthetic, we also emphasize that, unlike camera based proactive systems (hello, Tesla), Lidar works day and night, rain or shine. 

One of the tricks for this project was to build a reliable stereoscopic process that works with a 3D renderer that would provide fast previews and give us the stylized (yet somewhat photoreal) look that we were going for. For this, we chose Redshift but, unlike the standard renderer in Cinema 4D, Redshift does not have a built in stereoscopic setup. So, our animators custom designed a two-camera rig (using Xpresso) that could be hand-animated with total control over the areas of convergence and zero parallax. 

For example, here are some process shots from Devin Earthman’s rig.


These 2k resolution files for both left and right eye are hot off the presses and projecting within Luminar’s stereoscopic theater at CES as you read this newsletter. 

Here’s a COVID safe way to see the show floor:

We made a comedy film for Hewlett Packard Enterprise!

6 months in the making, we are proud to present this comedic film we made for our new client, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The process was big fun from start to finish; many months of writing, 3 shoot days with a stellar cast and crew and then our talented editor digging through endless footage to find the right beats … this 2+ minutes of fun recently landed on the front page of HPE.com. Not only did we get to utilize neglected words like ‘ponderous’ and ‘unwieldy’, as well as provide a faster travel option for restrooms on even floors, but also answer the age-old question: “Where’s Oscar?”