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. We required movie grade visual effects, completely avoiding the plastic-y look you can sometimes get with 3D animation. 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.
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 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.