The entire orthognathic process can take up to 18 moths to 2 years to complete. Over a week of filming we followed various patients at different stages of their treatment. The final 10 clinic films represent the entire clinical process. From their initial consultation with the orthodontic and surgical staff, having their fixed brace fitted, the pre-surgery work-up clinic, immediately post surgery (the morning after) and through to their final consultation where their fixed brace is removed and they're discharged from the process.
During the post surgery phase of treatment we also followed two patients that had just undergone surgery, throughout their six weekly follow up clinics.
Overall a very large project with a whole variety of challenges, not least having to film real patients and clinicians in NHS facilities so as not to disrupt the normal functioning day.
Amulet Creative were involved in the consultation of this project from the start, developing the concept, scripts, storyboards, scheduling, filming and post production.
This was an immensely satisfying project to be involved with and a fascinating insight into the intricacies of major jaw surgery and the positive impact this has on the patients and their lives.
Jaw surgery can be a life changing experience for those involved, often the patient has experienced years of insecurity and inhibition due to their problem. Surgery can transform their lives and gives them a new sense of confidence. All the interviews we conducted illustrated just how emotional the journey had been for them.
The World Inside Me is a series of nine internet based films, made for MakeBelieve Arts and funded by The Wellcome Trust. The films were created as an online resource to support MakeBelieve Arts interactive touring theatre show, "Journey to the Centre of the Brain", which toured schools around the UK.
Filmed over six days using locations around south London and a studio setup at MakeBelieve Arts rehearsal rooms, the films had a number of different challenges and a very tight shooting schedule.
Despite all this the films were completed on time and on budget.
The miniature character under the Christmas tree developed during rehearsals with the actors. Drawing on our experience with the promo we were quickly able to work out how we would adapt the shooting schedule to realise this additional shot.
One of the scripts 'Balloon Debate' had the four main characters stranded in a hot air balloon as it falls to the ground. They realise they must lose some weight from the balloon in order to halt its decent. The debate centres on which of the four characters (areas of the brain) they could do without, Hippocampus, Neo Cortex, Amygdala or Temporal Lobe. The characters decide that Temporal Lobe (emotional brain) is the least useful and so they throw him out. He then catches hold of a trailing rope and is suspended there until the remaining characters realise that without the emotional brain they lose all concern for their predicament.
Quite a challenge to realise this script, not least the hot air balloon sailing around the countryside. The green screen was again put to good use, filming the actors in the balloon basket. Animated backgrounds were composited in post production and also used to replace certain action, such as Temporal Lobe hanging from the trailing rope.
We also flipped the basket 180 degrees so we could film both the front and back, which meant for a very carefully blocked action with the actors so as the reverse shots could be edited in successfully.
The Neurons script build on a similar script used in the promo and we developed the concept and expanded on the idea. Rather than multiplying the actor into three separate neurons as in the promo, this time we multiplied him into six neurons to help illustrate the network which transmits information around the brain. Some visual effects post production of the energy firing between the synapses completed what was a pretty straight forward shoot.
All the films are currently available to watch on the dedicated website, World inside Me.
The purpose of The World Inside Me was to demonstrate how film can be used alongside theatre when helping children understand quite complex neurological processes, such as demonstrating how neurons work in creating memories. The script offered various challenges, such as transporting an actor into various locations (including inside the brain). Multiplying an actor to interact with himself, how blinking works and compositing a giant toy dinosaur into the location.
Overall a technically challenging project, on a very limited budget and shot within a single day.
Key Equipment Used:
Canon EOS 7D
Portable Green Screen
Compositing an actor into multiple locations: From the rehearsal room main location to an exterior road, into a white space void and finally into the brain itself.
Multiplying actor: Multiplying one of the actors within the location space to represent neurons inside the brain as they establish a network to transmit information.
Changing backgrounds: Although one of the 'invisible' shots in the film some sequences needed to be shot against the green screen in order to replace with a neutral or black background.
Zoom effect and blinking: The script required an explanation of how the brain works when blinking. So this shot included a zoom effect, through the eye and inside the head of the actor. His point of view then demonstrated how we perceive the world when blinking.
The giant dinosaur: This shot required shrinking two actors in the rehearsal room location and compositing in a plastic toy dinosaur.
Neurons transmitting: A close up shot of neurons firing between fingertips, representing the synapses formed when information is processed within the brain.
All timelapse was conformed using Adobe After Effects CS5.5. Canary Wharf day/night and dawn breaking over the city was shot using Av mode in .jpg format, mainly to get as much as possible on the 16gb memory cards and allowing the camera to adjust the aperture automatically during the changing light. The film also uses some slow motion (50fps) sequences which contrast nicely with the timelapse sections.
Tilt-shift effect was applied in After Effects.
Canon EOS 7D
Blackmagic 4k Production Camera
Blackmagic Pocket Camera
Canon EOS 7D
GoPro Hero 3 (attached to the DJI Phantom 2 remote quadcopter for aerial shots)
Canon EOS 7D
The previz was made to help work out movement and timings for the artist so that he could be cloned in the final video. Timing was especially critical during the section where he exchanges the acoustic guitar with himself.
It also happened to be a lovely still and misty morning which added to the Middle Earth feel.
Canon EOS 7D