Realscan also created a digital double of the film’s villain, Simon Barsinister, played by Peter Dinklage.
Realscan’s NexGen scanning pipeline captures a subject in a fraction of a second, allowing for the acquisition of live animals. Traditional systems often require the subject to hold still for 30 seconds, presenting obvious challenges when dealing with live animals.
“The digital doubles Realscan creates equal the actual volume of the objects scanned and possess accurate texture placement,” notes Realscan 3D’s CEO Frank DeMarco. “In this case, the digital double of Shoeshine is indistinguishable from the live action hero.”
The high quality scans were then provided to Framestore and Cinesite, the two visual effects houses working on the production.
Underdog is not the first feature that Realscan 3D has created digital doubles for. The studio also contributed to Walt Disney Pictures’ Sky High and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Deja Vu and National Treasure.