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      Released2024
      FormatLiDAR, drones, photography
      Production companyReadySet Studios, Planet X

      ©2024 ReadySet Studios, Amsterdam

      VP/ICVFX supervisorRobert Okker
      VP/ICVFX producerGijs de Groot
      Drone photographyZero Gravity
      LiDAR scanLeap3D
      Location ManagerBenjamin Hendriks

      Scan Pilot

      Virtualisation of existing locations

      On November 14, 2023, a team totalling 25 people set out to do something unique: make a highly detailed digital scan of the entire Leidseplein.

      Partnering with The Netherlands Film Fund, the City of Amsterdam and Planet X Technologies, ReadySet Studios is helming research on how to ‘virtualize’ existing locations to reduce strain in Amsterdam’s ever-crowded city center.

      A ground photography team, dedicated LiDAR crew, and drone pilots collected over 40,000 images within one day to post-process into an immersive, controllable 3D environment.

      Watch an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the extensive operations involved in the scanning of the Leidseplein in Amsterdam

      ReadySet’s initiative to virtualise existing locations has been nominated for a Global Production Award 2024 in the category ‘Virtual Production Innovation Award‘. The show will be held as part of the 77th Cannes Film Festival.

      By scanning locations and converting them into detailed real-time 3D scenes, filming can be done anytime in a controlled studio environment. This offers alternatives to busy Amsterdam hotspots like De Wallen, De Dam, and Leidseplein, supporting the city’s aim to reduce filming in these areas.

      This pilot project marks a first step in using this innovative approach for locations beyond Amsterdam.

      In collaboration with the Municipality of Amsterdam, location manager Benjamin Hendriks, and the Netherlands Film Commission, Leidseplein was chosen as the pilot location. Using LiDAR scanning and photogrammetry with drones, three specialized teams conducted the scan: one for ground-based LiDAR (Leap3D), two for drone-based photography (Zero Gravity Drone), and one for high-res details with DSLR cameras.

      The data collected was merged into a 3D model, creating a versatile asset for virtual production and in-camera VFX.

      Credits

      Released2024
      FormatLiDAR, drones, photography
      Production companyReadySet Studios, Planet X

      ©2024 ReadySet Studios, Amsterdam

      VP/ICVFX supervisorRobert Okker
      VP/ICVFX producerGijs de Groot
      Drone photographyZero Gravity
      LiDAR scanLeap3D
      Location ManagerBenjamin Hendriks