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#1 Jordan Watson

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 10:42 PM

Hey guys, 

2 Questions:

1.     I'm reviewing a storyboard that a client has sent me and they want a shot of a bird landing safely on electrical wires (telegraph poles). Should I get a VFX team to create an animation? or Is there an easier / cheaper way? 

2.     They also want a dead animal (sheep or horse) on the ground that has been electrocuted from the sub station. What's the best way to do this? 

 

Thanks in advance!! 

Jordan Watson


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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 01:39 AM

Unless you know a location where birds regularly land on power cables everyday, you may have to animate it. The local power company or bird watching society may know of such a location. Filming wildlife material takes time, especially if you're after a particular behavior. 

 

You should talk to your local big animal vets or dept of agriculture about obtaining a dead animal. A dead sheep sounds easier to handle than a larger animal like a horse or cow.


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#3 Jordan Watson

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 07:57 AM

Thanks Brian, I appreciate your reply!
Will suggest this to the client.

Cheers,
Jordan W
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Posted 30 June 2014 - 10:37 AM

I think you should get birds landing on power cables (not on high tension wires). The moment a bird connects with both the wires, they get electrocuted. Since most of the times they perch on one wire, it doesn't become a problem for them. In India, we often find common birds like crows, rock pigeons etc perched on wires in the cities. 

 

Getting shot of an animal electrocuted would definitely be a challenge. May be VFX guys can do that. 


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#5 Will Barber

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 01:16 PM

You could probably find stock video of it somewhere, if your client would allow that option.


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#6 Jordan Watson

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 05:40 PM

Thanks guys for your help ! We have discussed the budget and it looks like getting a stock video is the most effective/quickest solution. We have changed the storyboard to suit. 

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