Bit of a long one this, but any help much appreciated. I'm making a short film about a couple of "living" puppets. The aim is to animate the marionettes, which normally would be controlled by strings, using thin rods or wires attached to hands and feet to get realistic movement. I then plan to remove the wires later, using a clean plate for when the wires are away from the puppets, manually rotoscoping when they occasionally cross over the puppet.
And here's my (very shoddy) test footage of the puppet movement:
The green screen here is irrelevant; we aim to shoot as much as possible "on location".
I only had limited experience tracking or rotoscoping, so as you can imagine it's proved quite tricky! I was wondering if anyone had any ideas about how best to achieve good results for this. These are some of the issues I've encountered so far:
- Most wire removal tools seem to expect the wire to stay pretty still while the foreground moves; my wires are going to be moving all over the shop.
- I've tried using roto in AE, but it's not really "sticking" to the wires. Am I going to have to paint these out frame by frame?
- I'm currently shooting on a 7D, will I need something with a beefier resolution or bit depth to get nice results?
- Will painting the wires green/blue help?