Motion Graphics

Our team of highly creative designers share a passion for the moving image.

We offer a complete creative service from storyboard conception through to stunning title & motion graphic sequences to comprehensive in-programme graphics packages, for television.

For title sequences & idents, we are a one stop shop, taking care of all the elements which make up this pipeline from initial ideas,  filming & direction to motion graphic design & final delivery.

Our designers have the latest creative tool sets at their finger tips, enabling them to complete your sequences above expectation, on time & at realistic prices.

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Visual Effects

Camouflage consists of a team of passionate & highly creative VFX artists & designers. We pride ourselves on being able to take on any CGI production, no matter how large or small & deliver above expectation & on time.

We can cover every stage in the VFX pipeline from pre-visualisation & on-set supervision, through to photo-real or stylized shots, for film & television.

Using the latest, cutting edge tool set for 3D animation, Fluid dynamics & 3D compositing, we can deliver mind blowing CGI within short lead times & at realistic prices.

We can offer a different approach to challenging CGI, which can make the impossible a reality & we can adapt to those smaller budgets which are becoming more common in our industry these days.

We were Emmy nominated for VFX in 2011.

 

 

 

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Narcopolis

Premier League World Titles

Narcopolis

PLTV Idents

ISBA

Deadly Seas

World’s Strongest Man

Red Baron

Cycling Highlights Titles

Defining Fay

HMS Coventry

Ryder Cup Official Film

Perfect Storm

Premier League Fanzone

Sport 24

Winter Asian Games

Costa Concordia

Concorde

Premier League World Titles

Stephen Hawking’s Universe

Stephen Hawking’s Universe Series 2

Power Play Golf

Golfing World

TSquared Films

Narcopolis

Our Visual Effects team have just completed over 75 complex shots for this exciting, Sci Fi, feature film. Directed by Justin Trefgarne & produced by TSquared Films, this complex thriller looks into a future where time travel is possible via drugs. Obviously, this drug is priceless to any company who can develop & harness this technology, whilst its creators are trying to destroy it.

There were two main areas of VFX involved in the production. A 3D, heads up display & gesture driven control desk had to be created & composited into plates of the actor. One of the main challenges with these shots was that these were not filmed with this specific treatment in mind, so there were many hours roto-scoping involved to adapt the plates to this creative change in direction. The second main area was the time travel effect of the characters who ‘jumped’ through time, which involved them burning up with immense heat, shock waves, smoke & embers. The were also a considerable number of green screen shots, city scapes & clean ups to be done.

We used Nuke as our primary compositor & to deal with the rushes which were delivered in a mixture of colour spaces & filmed on the ARRI Alexa & RED cameras.

The full movie trailer can be view here: ‘NARCOPOLIS

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Premier League World Titles

In response to tender, we were awarded the Premier League World programme title sequence, against some very stiff competition.  The sequence was conceived, storyboarded & produced by ourselves.

The concept was to liken the inter-club battles to the ‘Clash of the Titans’ using planets & astronomical objects to represent each of the 20 clubs in the Premier League. One of the main challenges was to make the club crests subtle enough to be recognisable, whilst blending with their astral environment and not simply planted on to each planet.

All of the planet textures were achieved by extensive matte painting whilst the 3D animation was created using 3dsMax & Maya. Nuke was deployed to manage the 3D compositing, visual effects & grade.

 

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TSquared Films

Narcopolis

Our Visual Effects team have just completed over 75 complex shots for this exciting, Sci Fi, feature film. Directed by Justin Trefgarne & produced by TSquared Films, this complex thriller looks into a future where time travel is possible via drugs. Obviously, this drug is priceless to any company who can develop & harness this technology, whilst its creators are trying to destroy it.

There were two main areas of VFX involved in the production. A 3D, heads up display & gesture driven control desk had to be created & composited into plates of the actor. One of the main challenges with these shots was that these were not filmed with this specific treatment in mind, so there were many hours roto-scoping involved to adapt the plates to this creative change in direction. The second main area was the time travel effect of the characters who ‘jumped’ through time, which involved them burning up with immense heat, shock waves, smoke & embers. The were also a considerable number of green screen shots, city scapes & clean ups to be done.

We used Nuke as our primary compositor & to deal with the rushes which were delivered in a mixture of colour spaces & filmed on the ARRI Alexa & RED cameras.

The full movie trailer can be view here: ‘NARCOPOLIS

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PLTV Idents

PLTV

The Premier League commissioned Camouflage to create an on-air identity for their worldwide broadcast service.  We were given an open brief to brand the 24 hour channel that is supplied to its huge number of licensees outside the UK and Ireland.

The simple concept which we called ‘BIG on Football’ looks affectionately at the giant passion that fans have for their football teams, devotion that arguably outstrips many other sports.  Our idea was to take that huge passion, and show the fans paying tribute in an equally huge medium.  Our ongoing series of channel idents play on distinctly British characteristics and eccentricities.

We handled the entirety of concept, storyboarding, pre-production, direction and post production all within our CGI department.  Shooting on Canon C300 & 5D MII cameras allowed us to keep the production moving quickly, with minimal kit and crew.  Cementing this growing side of our business, we have been lucky enough to bring on board some incredibly talented DOPs and sound designers making each of the idents a joy to create.

The Gardener

A gardener is hard at work on a privet hedge outside his house.  As the action moves from close-up to wide, we see that our gardener is actually vying to keep up with the Jones’s on a football-crazy street.

Knitting Circle

A cosy sitting room interior is the scene for a seemingly sedate knitting circle.  Team rivalries start to show, and as the scene changes to an external of the house, and those out-of-control homemade football scarves have decorated and overtaken the entire street.

Competitive Dads

A pair of families enjoy a day at the beach on a warm summer day.  Our pair of dads become a little competitive in their sandcastle building, which soon escalates to monumental proportions in a tribute to their rival teams.

Linesman

A worker paints road markings, happily distracted with thoughts of his team.  In his distracted state he goes off-piste and paints a tribute to his beloved side.  A friendly rival shows up from around the corner, similarly devoted to his own team.

Off Piste

A snowboarder and a skier scout the mountains for the perfect spot for off-piste action.  Launching themselves down the slope we begin to see that their goal is more than winter sports thrills as their carving into the powder begins to paint a mural tribute to their team in the snow.

Crop Circles

A farmer strolls through his field about to make a startling discovery.  His bewilderment at the newly acquired crop circles sends his suspicions skywards, whilst the culprits make a getaway.

Christmas Lights

Late at night a man creeps around his festively family living room with an alternative use for his decorations in mind.

Pixel Post-Its

A square mile high-flier looks out anxiously to the skyline beyond his windows.  Grabbing a stack of post-it notes he begins to cover his office window in various coloured squares…is he going a little mad?   In fact he’s responding to a fellow city workers post-it note mural on an adjacent building.

Allotments

A gardener busies herself to the soundtrack of the dawn chorus.  Over the course of the day we watch her digging, watering, and readying the plot.  All for the benefit of an airborne audience…

Sheep Shifter

Ramblers make their way into the hills, passing a shepherd on their way.  We follow the shepherd and his dog as he moves his sheep around with a particular precision.  The sheep are weaved this way and that, and we rejoin the walkers who have a prime spot to view our shepherd’s work.

Park Patrol

A city park in sun-dappled Autumn colours.  A park keeper taking his leaf-clearing duties with high seriousness appears to be creating military precision patterns with the leaves.

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DSP & Animal Planet

ISBA

Camouflage provided all of the CGI content for Series III, IV & V. Each episode consisted of a reconstruction of the ordeal  told by a survivor.

Over the 3 series, we were faced with a variety of challenging shots, ranging from inner body full CGI to complimenting the drama plates to match the actual location of each ordeal.  This included lots of scenery enhancements & set extensions to crashing planes, sinking yachts, search helicopters & horrific injuries.

Many plates were enhanced with driving rain, smoke, fog & fire whilst others had CGI fish, birds, bees, sharks & even jelly fish comped in. We also developed a series ‘signature’ aerial pull out from close up overhead shots right up to satellite imagery.

One of the biggest challenges was that there wasn’t any CGI supervision on set due to budegtary restrictions. Instead, we would go through the planned shots with the director & DOP prior to each shoot, to minimise the chance of unusable plates.

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RAW Television & Discovery Channel

Deadly Seas

This was a new three-part series that explores these lethal waters of The Bering Sea, The Gulf of Alaska & The North Atlantic. The programmes explore these sometimes violent and baleful bodies of water, and shares the stories of those who courageously face these wicked watery leviathans, over and over again.

The CGI was heavily stylized and used to explain the various scenarios with clear & simple shots. This allowed the viewer to experience the complex & sometimes desperate situation, often on the sea bed, which surrounded the crew and could not be demonstrated by the ‘fly-on-the-wall’ style filming onboard.

We also created the opening titles & numerous charts to enable the viewer to establish the real locations & weather patterns etc, of these true stories

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Channel 5 & CBS

World’s Strongest Man

For the past 40 years World’s Strongest Man has been a regular favourite on British Christmas TV schedules. Whilst its format is classic, and therefore largely unchanged, the style and presentation has had to adapt over those years.

The task – keeping the look and feel of the programmes up to date and on trend- was given to us when we were commissioned to produce the latest version of the Show’s titles and graphics. This time we went with an enclosed 3D environment & used android like characters to participate in the core disciplines of the event, supplemented with statistics graphics to reference the technology now used across the event. The programmes were produced for Channel 5, CBS & shown by numerous other international broadcasters.

The aim was to produce a Titles sequence which reflected the high tech, modern nature of the current programmes, but keep the basic theme; macho strength! We also created a wide range of in-programme graphics, from 3D Stings and lower thirds, to statistical analysis in the form of heart rate monitors and calorie burn charts.

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DSP & Channel 4

Red Baron

This was one of our earlier commissions for documentary giant Darlow Smithson Productions. ‘Fighting the Red Baron’ was a 90 minute programme for Channel 4 in which two modern day Red Arrows pilots replicate the challenges of WW1 aerial combat.

Our role involved matching 3D aircraft into filmed footage from real bi-planes, and populating squadrons of planes for large air to air battle scenes. We used a super slo-mo effect to show the synchronisation of onboard machine guns and propellers on these remarkable aircraft, bringing to life the details of these terrifying missions.

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Cycling Highlights Titles

We were faced with some unusual challenges with this title sequence & in-programme graphics package. The brief consisted of: A 30 second title sequence which could be branded to each event, so no programme title. There was no style or reference guide & no use of any footage, keeping it totally generic. We only had 10 days to storyboard, produce & deliver the whole package & the client was based overseas.

We worked around these issues by creating a sequence which used a 3D model of a cyclist & bike which was animated to represent the leading cyclist in a race. Our ‘hero’ cyclist was rendered fully textured & heavily treated at the comp stage & the pack of surrounding racers are simply proxies, rendered as an ambient occlusion pass, with offset animations.

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Short Film for Orev Productions

Defining Fay

We were approached to create the visual effects for a sci-fi short film, ‘Defining Fay’, which takes on the giant concept of commodifying  a person’s subconscious.  Involved from the outset, we provided vfx supervision on location shoots, and subsequent  set-extension and set- replacement in post production.

These crucial shots, set in a corporate facility in the near-future, make up the climax of the film . We replaced part of the filmed location with a hangar sized 3d set. The plates were match moved and then we designed and built a 3d environment upon which we could composite our actors, shot on green screen.

Further CGI was required to composite liquid effects filmed in a cloud tank, plus we created medical style motion graphic elements and composited these onto laptop screens in the film.

The end result produced a genuinely chilling environment to compliment the film’s central theme.

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DSP & National Geographic Channel

HMS Coventry

We were commissioned to create a large number of photo-real, battle scenes, which depicted the final minutes of HMS Coventry, which was sunk during the Falklands War on the 25th of May, 1982, by Argentine Aircraft.

The entire content of the shots were built in 3D, which included models of HMS Coventry, HMS Broadsword & the Skyhawk aircraft.  For the water, we experimented with a new fluid & ocean dynamics system, which we used to create the realistic bow waves & ship wakes. Some serious number crunching went into calculating the water movement around the ships!

One of the biggest challenges was the length of the shots. The client wanted to play out the bombing runs from several miles out, to the point of impact & then be able to view these from multiple POVs. We supplied VFX supervision on the reconstruction drama shots of the Argentine pilots which were used to intercut with the CGI sequences, to give a real sense of build up to the final strike on the Coventry.

The length of the shots, the many layer passes & the massive amount of data which was required per frame for the water movement, really put our pipeline & renderfarm through its paces!

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Ryder Cup Official Film

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DSP & Animal Planet

Perfect Storm

Camouflage provided all of the CGI content for the ISBA Series III, IV & V.

Perfect Storm was the grand finale of the 16th episode of series V.  We were faced with over 120 VFX shots, involving huge waves, helicopters ships & adverse weather, all for a very restrictive budget & lead time.

We supplied VFX supervision whilst filming. Previz & rough compositing of drama plates were produced on-set as soon as the shots were available from the ARRI Alexa during filming.

3DSMax & Maya were used to create the 100 foot CGI waves and Nuke was used to handle the Log-C workflow, and for all the keying & compositing.

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Premier League Fanzone

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Sport 24

We were commissioned to design & create an entire branding for this new & revolutionary channel. What makes this channel different from others is that although it is only available in-flight on selected airlines & cruise ships, it is a live broadcast which can only be received by modified commercial aircraft & ships.

This gives Sport 24 the USP of enabling the passenger to watch worldwide, live sporting events such as F1, Wimbledon & Premier League Football games, plus numerous highlight & feature shows from their seat or cabin, anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day!

Particles & effects were used to create a number of idents & stings, relating to each sport to be covered by the channel.

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Winter Asian Games

‘A high class graphics package with limited budget and a very short lead time’ was the brief for this project.  IMG Media were producing the World Feed of the Winter Asian Games and required a fast-paced, dynamic and modern Opening Titles sequence with matching stings, wipes and graphics package.  With no footage available, we created a 3D wintry landscape and used the Games’ icons encased in blocks of ice to represent the athletes. Using one continuous camera movement the action moves seamlessly from one sport to the next, travelling at high speed down the mountainside to finally animate to the Games’ logo.

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DSP & Discovery Channel

Costa Concordia

This investigative documentary on the sinking of the Costa Concordia had to be turned around in double quick time, before the story went cold and before rival documentaries hit the screens. However, a client like Discovery Channel meant compromising quality was not an option.

We used CGI to recreate the Cruise Liner and illustrate the moment of impact, simulating the rock ripping through the hull underwater in the dark. There were also a number photo-real shots of the ship cruising at night & some with the lights failing as power generators were overcome with sea water.

To augment the Photo-real shots, a number of stylised CGI explainers were created showing the ship’s course, location of damage & the progress of the ship flooding, which were used throughout the documentary to demonstrate how the disaster occurred and what happened in the terrifying aftermath.

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DSP & Channel 4

Concorde

Marking the end of an era in aviation, this documentary charted the rise and fall of the iconic aeroplane Concorde. Our work helped illustrate, in detail, the sequence of events surrounding the devastating crash of flight AF 4590 in 2000 which contributed to the plane’s withdrawal from service.

We recreated the moment when the plane’s tyre split and the subsequent explosions, to illustrate one theory on how the crash occurred. We matched archive footage of Concorde and replaced this with a CGI prototype of the plane. A 3D environment of Paris airport was built and used as background plates for the reconstruction drama in the plane’s cockpit, setting the scene for the fateful event.

The biggest challenge for this production was the fluid dynamics process used to create the realistic inferno from the damaged engine & fuel tanks.

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Premier League World Titles

In response to tender, we were awarded the Premier League World programme title sequence, against some very strong competition. The sequence was conceived, storyboarded & produced by ourselves.

The concept was to liken the inter-club battles to the ‘Clash of the Titans’ using planets & astronomical objects to represent each of the 20 clubs in the Premier League. One of main the challenges was to make the club crests subtle enough to be recognisable, whilst blending with their astral environment and not simply planted on to each planet.

These titles are a great example of our visual effects skills & pipeline being utilised to create an extraordinary motion graphics sequence.

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DSP & Discovery Channel

Stephen Hawking’s Universe

Imagine being asked to visualise the workings of the mind of the world’s most famous scientist. That was the challenge facing us when Darlow Smithson asked us to be part of this ground breaking series, “Stephen Hawking’s Universe”, for Discovery Channel. The first series explored the subjects of Aliens, Time Travel and finally, The Story of Everything!

Our CGI and VFX  produced a visual feast, traversing an extreme scale of elements, from analysing subatomic particles through to sequences travelling through our galaxy, to Mars, past the moons of Jupiter to ex solar planets, light years from Earth.  As well as attempting to visualise the mysteries of the universe, we had the, arguably greater, task of producing innovative ways to represent the thoughts of Stephen Hawking himself, through thoughtfully presented reconstruction and beautiful visual effects.

Initially brought onboard as a lesser CGI contributor, we were soon being utilised for many more shots than originally planned, due to our creativity, fast turnaround abilities & cost effectiveness to make the budget go further. Ultimately, we delivered well over half of the VFX content for the series!

Following the success of this first series, for which we received the huge accolade of being nominated for an Emmy Award in Visual Effects, we were commissioned for a second series.

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DSP & Discovery Channel

Stephen Hawking’s Universe Series 2

Building on our success from the previous, Emmy nominated, series,  we were commissioned to work on the VFX for the second series of Stephen Hawking’s Universe. Once again, a three part series covering The Theory of Everything, The Meaning of Life and The Grand Design?

A similar workflow to the first series was used & re-use of assets & staff was paramount to keep costs down. As with the first series, the range of VFX shots was incredibly varied from sub atomic particles to visualising singularity. Many hours were spent with fluid dynamics systems which were best suited to these totally organic visualisations & once again, we ended up delivering the majority of the CGI content across the series.

Working closely with the directors & producers was essential and we supplied VFX supervision on a number of shots & locations.

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Power Play Golf

Our role was to storyboard & design a complete graphics package for this ‘revolutionary format’ of Golf. The sequence had to be unconventional , powerful & dynamic whilst demonstrating the radical differences of Power Play Golf.

This was a fast turnaround project & all of the assets & environments needed to be created from scratch. The final sequence immerses the viewer in several CGI environments & incorporates the use of numerous HUDs, which augment the fast pace of the imagery.

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IMG & Sky Sports

Golfing World

As the name may suggest, Golfing World is a worldwide show, bringing the latest golf news and features from  all over the world to Golf fans, all over the world, on a daily basis. Consequently the Titles we produced for this brand new venture needed to feel current, slick and modern , but not too newsy.  They needed to be easily updated to reflect the current faces in Golf, so we used treated footage overlayed on a stylised animation of the 3D logo , which we’d designed; the shiny black surfaces, reminiscent of  modern communication devices, with light flares gleaming off them implying the current affairs nature of the show.

With news and features on all aspects of Golf, the show required an extensive variety of in-programme graphics .We created literally hundreds of versions of stings, among many other elements, but maintained the same essential look, derived from the titles, to give the shows a cohesive identity.

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