RTÉ – Late Late Show – OwlDirector: Graham Gallagher
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Ahead of Patrick Kielty’s much anticipated debut as the new host of Ireland’s most loved show, the Late Late, we created a campaign of teasers and a promo which drew on the show’s heritage icon, the Barn Owl.
Piranha Bar’s newest director Graham Gallagher, brought his decades of creature VFX and character animation direction to bare on this spot for RTÉ’s promo team.
His challenge – leading the team in recreating a photo-realistic Barn Owl that could be animated, lit and rendered to match the ridiculous cuteness of the real McCoy which he also captured in-camera. The final film contains and seamless mixture of both the footage and the CG bird as it mimic’s Patrick’s every move.
Later, while directing Patrick himself on set, Graham was able to get the new host to perfectly replicate the owl’s signature move. Impressive!.
Director: Graham Gallagher
Creative Director: Gavin Kelly
Producer: Aileen Heavey
3D Model: Flauberth Carvalho, Ciaran Talbot
3D Groom: Herman Fernandes, Ciaran Talbot, Flauberth Carvalho
3D Rig: Cüneyt Güçlü
Animation: Graham Gallagher
TD: Sam Boyd
Lighting: Cormac Kelly
DoP (Owl): Burschi Wojnar
DoP (Patrick Kielty): Kevin Treacy
Client: RTÉ Promos
John Kilkenny: ECD RTÉ
Fiona Burke: Promo Producer RTÉ
Darragh Treacy: Senior Creative Services Manager RTÉ
RTE Gfx: Ultan Courtney
Sound engineer: Jake Cusworth
With thanks to Tom and his team at the National Bird of Prey Centre and Cupid the owl, who postponed his retirement to film with us…