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BBC's God Only Knows’: Behind The Scene
Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 11:49 pm IST
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BBC Music launches with 'God Only Knows', a star-studded film featuring the Impossible Orchestra
The BBC has recently released BBC Music, creating a truly spectacular 'Impossible Orchestra' for their pan-channel broadcast of “God Only Knows,”an extraordinary re-working of The Beach Boys' classic song.


























Francois Rousselet  from Riff Raff has directed this promotional film and was created in collaboration with The Mill to celebrate the launch of the BBC's renewed commitment to music, which includes an amazing wave of new programmes, innovative partnerships & ground breaking music initiatives.

27 musical stars were shoot on a green screen, before The Mill's 2D team creatively brought them together to appear in the majestic Alexandra Palace. The orchestra was then improved with a host of  2D and 3D effects including a crystal particle system surrounding Lorde's CG wings,  Stevie Wonder a kaleidoscope of butterflies sitting on Elton John, Kylie Minogue's Computer Graphic bubbles and an exotic jungle backdrop surrounding the original Beach Boy Brian Wilson.

Matte painting team at The Mill worked on a series of ornate Alexandra Palace backdrops, as well as  creating conceptualising the final ethereal cloud scenes from scratch, which feature fully Computer Graphic clouds, hot air balloons and the final effects, a small animated feather, seen drifting down to gently rest on Brian Wilson's piano.

Visual Effects Supervisor Hugo Guerra Said, "From the first time we saw the offline of “God Only Knows” we knew we had a one of a kind project in our hands. Of course, logistically it was impossible to unite all Twenty Seven artists in a day of filming, so we set about planning an ambitious filming over the course of a year to capture each on of the musical stars.

The sheer complexity of this project has made it one of the challenging, yet rewarding moments in my career. It's a fantastic watch and still puts a smile on my face every time I hear the song!"

Zoe Cassey-Hayes, a 2D Senior Artist said, Due to the scale of this amazing project, it required the input of almost every Division at The Mill, using a huge array of software including  Nuke, Flame, Photoshop, Houdini, Maya, & Hiero to bring it to fruition and create the Expected final output. This was a incredibly creative piece, from Jamie Cullum flying through Computer Graphic clouds, to compositing a tiger on Brian Wilson's piano! It was a team effort of immense proportions, involving immense talented artists & I am very proud to have been a part of such an exciting project.
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