using virtual production to drown a ferrari
We couldn't actually drive a Ferrari off the edge and into the drink of course, we had to be clever by suggesting we did. So we decided to split up the shoot for this scene in 3 different ways:
The correct term that describes the type of virtual production we actually use with LED screens in this case is ‘ICVFX’, which stands for ‘In-Camera VFX’, or: the display or rendering of any background live on a giant LED screen so you can see and adjust, while you shoot, together with the other creative stakeholders, the final in-camera result!
There is a 4th step, not mentioned above; the use of a digital version of the Ferrari for actions we couldn't possibly achieve with the vintage real car, like the skid near the water's edge and the violent bump of the car when it slides over the quay. The 3D CG version was composited into empty plates of the same location. More on this process can be found under the VFX tab on this page.
To see if the 8 x 4 meter LED screens would work together with the Ferrari (a car with a very low ground clearance), the actor crammed inside and the desired lenses, these elements were first put together in a virtual (real-time) scene that could be visited in VR before the shoot would start.
Besides the scene where the Ferrari is raced off the quay's edge, it would also need to drive through Amsterdam's city centre for other scenes appearing in the series. This would have posed serious productional challenges such as permits and shooting times.