Up until now, if you wanted to shoot a car for a commercial or movie, you needed that actual car on-set.

With The Mill Blackbird Transformable Car Rig, you can shoot any car you want using a single tool.

In collaboration with jemFX, performance filmworks and keslow, the mill have created ‘blackbird’ – a car rig that can be shot at any time, in any location, without the need to rely on a physical car.

The Blackbird took two years to develop and build and can adjust its length by four feet and width by ten inches, and can swap out wheels and alter suspension to match most chassis designs.

Using CGI, the car rig can be re-skinned to look like any car, and its electric motor can be programmed to emulate the driving characteristics of the subject car, too.

The result is the ability to film any car you can dream of, rendered perfectly, without needing to track one down, and even swap in different/updated models easily without having to reshoot a single frame.

As well as HDR, laser scanning maps the cars surroundings to build the environment for accurate compositing. This can also be used for VR to see what it’s like inside the car when it’s moving.

Here is a video that explains all the technicalities:
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