“L’Uomo Uccello” by L’Institut Supérieur des Arts Appliqués

  • ©Alidia Cerbelaud and Sarah Mardine  L’Institut Supérieur des Arts Appliqués


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    L'Uomo Uccello


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  • L’Institut Supérieur des Arts Appliqués


    The biggest challenge of this movie was encrusting a 3D morphology inside a filmed human body. Without the 3D technology, both the history and the image would not make sense. After a long period of graphic and referential research, we decided to follow artistic directions inspired by the inventions and drawings of Leonardo da Vinci. That was the real beginning of our story’s soul.

    ”L’Uomo Uccello” illustrates Leonardo da Vinci’s greatest dream: making humans fly. The human body can not morphologically support the inventions that da Vinci’s genius invented for it. Could the solution be the morphologial transformation of the human body into biomechanics?

    Our approach required accurately following the form of real muscles. After determining the choreog-raphy, we shot a model with an HD video camera. This enabled us to animate the 3D by matching the modeled elements with the practical elements. The major portion of that work was carried out with compositing, which is one of this production’s technical and graphic innnovations.

    Total production time: two months for project development plus two months for film production.


    HDV movie camera
    PC systems, 2 GB RAM
    Rendering: up to 10 networked computers


    Modeling, animation, set up, rendering: Maya 7.0
    Compositing: Combustion 4.0, Photoshop CS 2.0
    Editing: Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0
    OS: Windows XP Pro

Additional Contributors:

    Directors: Alidia Cerbelaud, Sarah Mardine

    Music: Tyler Jefferson

    Producer: Renaud Jungmann

    Distributor: Renaud Jungmann

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