Can You LIDAR Scan a Movie Studio?

published on July 20, 2020

Oh what is up guys my name is Matt workman for cinematography database and today we are at red sky Studios in Boston Massachusetts this is a soundstage where they shoot movies they shoot commercials

They probably shot TV and today we're gonna attempt to 3d scan this place in its entirety so we can get a very accurate 3d model of a psyche wall maybe the grid scanning grids is a kind of a question mark of this space and we're

Gonna be using the Leica blk 360 which is something that I have unknown right now so I'm very excited to test it out and hopefully again we're gonna get a 3d model of this stage so we can use it in pre-production to figure out like how

Big the set should be we can figure out where the lights are gonna go figure out where the camera goes so I'm really excited this is the first movie stage that I'm gonna have scanned using lidar so let's go get the blk 360 and set it

Up quasar science so the blk 360 is really small and this is my Manfrotto bumblebee backpack hollar and it's so small that it just fits in here like it's any other piece of camera gear except it looks like

Something out of a sci-fi movie here's the tripod that it comes with and there it is it's tiny it's very small it opens like a c-stand to turn it on all we do is hold this button now that the BLK 360 is on I'm

Using the iPad here and I think you can see I'm connected to the BL 360 right now so I'm gonna pick this up and I'm going to bring this bad boy this is very light carrying this with one hand semi confidently I'm gonna start by scanning

From about here I'm just gonna take a second and slide that big box out of the way oh that's really in the way which reminds me I need a 3d model these stands okay so now that those are out of

The way that means I can get a pretty good view of the site from here and again there's a good amount of gear here but having done a couple scans I'm pretty sure it's gonna be really easy to just take them out I do want to go over

Here really quickly for a second these are called roadrunner stands and I made by American grip so holler American grip I just modeled this in 3d a little while ago you scan up and you can see it over

There it's kind of flower there's me vlogging okay so the first scan just finished over there it took like five minutes something like that wasn't wasn't too long I'm just gonna hide out right here it's over there just sitting

With the HMI is just me and the HMI is hanging out scanning stuff so the third skin just registered here and I'm like there's a lot of black area over there is this corner over here so it hasn't seen very much over there so

I'm gonna scan once over there okay so I think that flipped around I think that we're all done here we did five scans it took like an hour but I was kind of dilly dallying around and so thank you so much to Ruben and red sky for letting

Me come hang out and scan your stage it's lovely if you ever in Boston check out red sky studios and also if you're looking for grip and electric red herring in the same space I think they're the same

Company so we are going to let the blk transfer to the iPad for a little bit longer just to make sure everything has a full backup and I will see you back at the studio where we're gonna turn this all into a 3d model and do some syn

Design with it so we are looking at the point cloud that we just captured at red sky studios all the scans have been registered together and reviewing this now inside of recap Pro and everything is basically a ton of dots and

Measurements with color on it and when you put them all together you get this this massive point cloud and it's all to scale very lovely to work with and we're looking at some different views I've taken a measurement of the width here's

Looking at it from above and an orthographic view so that I can figure where the beams and the pipes are for the grid really nice and this is another side view and now we're gonna go make

This into a 3d model so now we're in cinema 4d and in this time-lapse your watch can be take a 3d model that was created from the point cloud combined with a couple of different orthographic views I'm using all of those as

Reference to basically re 3d model or clean up the scan and while this is basically traditional 3d modeling what I have now are some very accurate references so that I can make sure that the site is a very accurate shape the

Wall is the right length where the doors are supposed to be they are and most importantly where the grid is because once I have the grid in then I'm gonna be able to add lights and create a very accurate pre-production previz Sinha

Design lighting diagram with camera angle and everything's to scale and is really good for pre-production and in this final time lapse we have our completed 3d model of red sky studios Studio One all very much to scale the

Grid is in there and now we're gonna do a little bit of Synod design so I'm gonna bring in a dolly I'm gonna bring in two talents really basic scene and we're gonna be using the two walls psych over there and we're going to add a

Series of area sky panel s 60s to light the psych wall we're gonna key it with a T 12 and a 12 by and just do a little bit of cinder Design pre-production here so I am really satisfied with this workflow it's a little bit complicated

As new technology things are but it works perfectly for my skill level as a 3d artist and cinah designer and combined with the like of blk scan data I can in certain cases just use that data if it's like a complicated location

Or I could just simply 3d model over it and know that everything is to scale and it works as a great reference if you're interested in learning more about Sena designer head over to cinematography D be calm you will need cinema 4d to start

Anson a designer and then from there once you start to get familiar with 3d there's a lot more options out there for things like lidar virtual reality and augmented reality which we haven't really covered but I've been working in

That space as well and thanks so much for watching I'll see you guys on the next video

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