The Lost City Of Aztlan
In 1921, apprentice archaeologist Thomas Clarke is on an expedition to discover the rumored Mayan civilisation hidden in the jungles of Guatemala. However, curiosity about riches and artefacts hidden in the temples gets the better of him...
Film Synopsis - In 1921, apprentice archaeologist Thomas Clarke is on an expedition to discover the rumoured Mayan civilisation hidden in the jungles of Guatemala. However, curiosity about riches and artefacts hidden in the temples gets the better of him, and he risks his life to make a name for himself.
The Lost City of Aztlan is a short film made by a team of third-year undergraduate students at Escape Studios in London. We made the entire film, from concept to final, in fourteen weeks as a collaboration between the 3D VFX, and 2D VFX departments.
Location - Our film was shot in the Chistlehurst caves in southeast london.
We created a previz to block out the shots and to help us achieve a visual understanding for our film.
These are the interior and exterior 3D models we used for our film created by our 3D artists: Mariam Hussein, Adikah Patterson & Sandeep Tuladhar.
3D breakdown of one of the skulls that are seen in the interior shots created by 3D artist Mariam Hussein.
Adikah Patterson used Speedtree to create the vegetation for our first and second shots, we also used references online to help us achieve a realistic outcome.
A breakdown of the first shot created by Pierrick Hausler our 2D Artist.
A breakdown of the second shot created by 2D Artist Callum Reeve.
A breakdown of the sixth shot created our 2D Artist Michael Vodden.
A breakdown of the last shot created by 2D Artist Harry Havens.
Roto & Keying
For every VFX heavy shot we had to remove the blue LED tracking markers that were placed on set.
We created 2 full body rotos for the shots with tracking markers, as the markers covered a large proportion of the screen combined with the CG we split this work evenly amongst the 2D team to get the prep finished asap.
Shot 02 required a combination of Keying and Roto, we provided a toolset for this including pre processing to make this process more efficient and quicker, this was created by our 2D Artists: Harry Havens & Callum Reeve.
Director & Writer: Mariam Hussein
Producer: Michael Vodden
Director of Photography: Pierrick Hausler
Edit & Sound: Michael Vodden
Composer: Ben Morales Frost
Lead 3D Artist: Adikah Patterson
3D Artists: Mariam Hussein, Adikah Patterson & Sandeep Tuladhar
Lead Compositors Harry Havens & Pierrick Hausler
Compositors: Michael Vodden, Daniel Brooks, Pierrick Hausler, Harry Havens, Callum Reeve & Daniel Brooks
Special Thanks: Jonathan McFall, Allar Kaasik, Callum Walters & Jack Neale.