BAE SYSTEMS

VIDEO OBJECTIVE:

To convince the Australian government that BAE’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship was the right solution for them.

The Australian Navy was renewing its fleet of Frigate warships, so BAE Systems, a British defence giant came to Dragonfly, wanting a video that would sit central to a 20 billion pound bid.

OUR WORKBAE

OUR WORKBAE

Movie-grade
Visual Effects

AWARD-WINNING WORK

THE (ALMOST) IMPOSSIBLE TASK

The problem we faced was that the ship hadn’t been built, so we couldn’t just go out and film it, we needed to animate it, and creating 3D photo-realistic animated footage of a warship at sea is certainly no easy task. We required movie grade visual effects, completely avoiding the plastic-y look you can sometimes get with 3D animation.

Animating water is also extremely challenging, so we took real footage of the ocean and composited our vessel into the shot. This was Hollywood grade special effects. The ship is fast, so we wanted to show it at flank-speed on a choppy sea. We added depth of field to create a cinematic look and some snow to create atmosphere.​

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VIDEO CREATED WITH REAL PURPOSE IN MIND

From wireframe to cinematic footage

Slide the tool below to see the animation come to life

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Developing
The Concept

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THE WORK –

How Dragonfly
did it

It’s incredibly difficult to animate water, especially an ocean: the movement of the water and the waves, the way it reflects light. So, when BAE Systems asked us to animate a 3D model of their warship on open ocean, the Dragonfly team knew we had a challenge ahead of us.

Our animators decided to source real footage of the vessels sailing on the ocean, and set about compositing in our animated warship to the existing live action footage.

Take a look at how it was done by clicking the video link below.

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CEO & Founder

Charlie Southall

Dragonfly director, Charlie, discusses the BAE Systems project – sharing some real insight on the production process.

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Aclose attention

TO detail

The ship was equipped with a mission bay helicopter landing pad, so it was important to show its relationship with military helicopters. We wanted the video to be factually correct, so our team animated the exact helicopter, the NH-90, that the Australian armed forces use, focussing on every detail, right down to the little kangaroo emblem painted on the side.

A lot of thought went into every element; the editing style, the choice of music, even designing the perfect backdrop as the ship and the helicopter go into the sunset, portraying a job well done. Mission complete.​

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THE WORK –

The secrets behind
compositing

Composited video is when animated objects are laid into real world live action footage. Dragonfly adopted this technique when producing footage of the type 26 Frigate on the ocean for BAE Systems.

Real ocean footage was layered together with an animated ship to create a 3D animated video which looked photorealistic and cinematic.

To find out more about the process, watch the video below.

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LISTEN TO THE
movie-grade sound effects

SFX

It doesn’t get much more challenging than creating life like and realistic sounds of a huge vessel on the open ocean, along with helicopters.

Dragonfly’s foley artist was given the challenge to create each sound individually and then mix these into a finished soundtrack which an audience wouldn’t be able to differentiate from real life.

The Final Video

CHECK OUT THE FINAL CUT BELOW

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CLIENT TESTIMONIAL

“Dragonfly assisted us with our C-5000 bid, a proposal targeted to the Australian government. The video which Dragonfly created for us showcased our type 26 Frigate, leading to a successful bid and a winning pitch!”

BAE Systems
JAMIE MORSE