MILES is a proof-of-concept short film about blurring the boundaries of humanity and technology, set in the teenage off-roading world of California. The main character MILES, stumbles upon M.A.X., an escaped prototype of the most advanced military creation in history.
To create the short, we embedded ourselves in authentic dirt bike culture, shooting actual teenage motocross athletes in a documentary style alongside emerging young actors. This video breaks down what it took for our team to create the vision or eyesight of the robot M.A.X.
After becoming enamored with the look that was coming out of many projects using a hacked Xbox Kinect as a motion capture sensor, director Oliver Daly reached out to the creator's of a software/hardware combination called the Depth Kit. The Depth Kit enables filmmakers to take control of these motion capture sensors and pair them with DSLRs or other cameras.
Oliver was referred to me because of my past projects using the Depth Kit and Xbox Kinect as a filmmaking tool. Together, we immediately begin concepting out a look for the robot's vision and began doing several tests with experienced riders and many visits to local Motocross tracks.
The Depth Kit enabled us to film actors, objects, and even live motocross racers, and instantly turn them into 3D models. This means that once a scene was filmed, we then had the ability to fly virtual cameras around the actors, change angles, and add beautiful motion design and other effects to that same data.
Once all the scenes were filmed, Oliver worked closely with Territory Studio, a motion design company known for their work on Guardians of the Galaxy, Prometheus, and more. Territory took all the concepts and assets that I shot and processed, and then brought them to life. The HUD display, UI interface, particle effects, and other motion design work was all created by the wonderful team at Territory.
With the proof-of-concept-short completed, the we are currently excited and hard at work for exploring new options for a feature length version of MILES.