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national museum of qatar

 

We partnered with the Doha Film Institute and a diverse array of top global directors and collaborators to bring wonder and beauty to commissioned film exhibits as part of the highly-anticipated opening of the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ). The Doha Film Institute (DFI) who produced the project for the NMoQ, led by technical director Dean Winkler, engaged us to help visualize the country across 10 galleries with awe-inspiring, floor-to-ceiling immersive films. 

The films were meticulously crafted to draw in visitors with state-of-the-art technical specs, resulting in 21.54 billion pixels per second image resolution--over 10 times the quality of IMAX screens. These rich visuals are displayed on 114 4K projectors, with 308 speakers to provide immersive soundscapes throughout the galleries. Nice Shoes CTO Robert Keske worked closely with Winkler and the creative team onsite, fine-tuning the technical setup, custom-tailored to the museum’s curved design, supported by 179 bespoke servers provided by London-based Realtime Experience Systems (RES).

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We enabled the filmmakers to review the films during color grading & finishing through the construction of scale models of each gallery, as well as through the configuration of projectors within a custom post production suite dedicated to the films.

This was done in tandem with designing and implementing custom workflows for each film that would ensure the comprehensive edits were cohesive and transferable to the museum installation. Colorist Sal Malfitano joined Keske onsite at the museum to perform final color grading in several of the galleries to account for how the films would play against the museum's beige walls.  

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Gallery 1 "Beginnings" directed by Christophe Cheysson. Photo credit: www.resgb.com & Antonio Pagano
Gallery 1 "Beginnings" directed by Christophe Cheysson. Photo credit: www.resgb.com & Antonio Pagano
Gallery 2 "Flora & Fauna" directed by Christophe Cheysson and Jacques Perrin. Photo credit: www.resgb.com & Antonio Pagano
Gallery 2 "Flora & Fauna" directed by Christophe Cheysson and Jacques Perrin. Photo credit: www.resgb.com & Antonio Pagano

For Gallery 10, "Alchemy," directed by John Sanborn, we crafted CG textures, liquid bubbles and gaseous sequences. 30 screens in escalating size present the industry-centric film, which tells the story of Qatar's natural gas industry. Challenged to think of the presentation as a 'sculptural piece,' CG, color, scale and pacing were choreographed with illustrations and animated mock-ups prior to crafting the film's final VFX.

While the team employed scale models for review, they also brought this gallery into Virtual Reality. From pre-visualization through final renders, Sanborn and museum stakeholders were able to put on a headset and see how the film would animate across the 30 screens as if they were in the gallery.

Gallery 10 "Alchemy" directed by John Sanborn
Gallery 10 "Alchemy" directed by John Sanborn
Gallery 10 "Alchemy" directed by John Sanborn
Gallery 10 "Alchemy" directed by John Sanborn
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Gallery 10 "Alchemy" directerd by John Sanborn. Photo credit: www.resgb.com & Antonio Pagano
Gallery 10 "Alchemy" directerd by John Sanborn. Photo credit: www.resgb.com & Antonio Pagano

CREDITS:
Doha Film Institute
Head of Production - Museum Films & Special Projects: Ricardo Ceballos 

Founder, Winkler Consulting / Technical Director, National Museum of Qatar Art Films: Dean Winkler

Nice Shoes
Executive Producer: Angela Bowen
CTO: Robert Keske
VFX Supervisor/Pipeline: Adrian Winter

Gallery 1 "Beginnings"
Director: Christophe Cheysson 
Senior Colorist: Lenny Mastrandea
Online Editor: Talia Mazzarella
Producers: Marie de Leon, Paul O'Beirne

Gallery 2 "Flora & Fauna"
Directors: Christophe Cheysson, Jacques Perrin
DP: Alexandre Léglise
Senior Colorist: Sal Malfitano
Lead Online Editor: Talia Mazzarella
Online Editors: Henry Gretzinger, Dan Scofield, Lauren Ames
Producer: Marie de Leon

Gallery 5 "Life in the Desert"
Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
Senior Colorist: Sal Malfitano
VFX Compositors: Nicholas Crist, Adrian Winter
Lead Online Editor: Talia Mazzarella
Producers: Marie de Leon, Russ Dubé

Gallery 6L "NAFAS"
Director: Mira Nair
Editor/Creative Director: Jon Kane
Senior Colorist: Sal Malfitano
VFX Lead Compositor: Adrian Winter
VFX Compositors: Nicholas Crist, Michael Cozy 
Lead Online Editor: Talia Mazzarella
Producers: Marie de Leon, Russ Dubé


Gallery 6Z "Zubarah"
Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
Senior Colorist: Sal Malfitano
Lead Online Editor: Talia Mazzarella
Producer: Marie de Leon
VFX Company: Platige


Gallery 10 "Alchemy"
Director: John Sanborn
DP: Alexandre Léglise
Editor: Roger Jones
Creative Director: Harry Dorrington
Producers: Paul O'Beirne, Sue Yee Hubbard
VFX Supervisor: Adrian Winter
CG Director: Andy Zazzera
CG / Compositing: Alex Kline, Elias Saliba, Michael Marsek, Ohad Bracha
VFX Editor: Greg Bekafigo
Design Director: Yandong Dino Qiu
Designers: Theo Daly, Ann Kruezcamp
CG Animators, Opening: Ana Pakljanac, Ivan Pribicevic
CG Producer, Opening: Alan Robertson
Lead Online Editor: Dan Scofield
Online Editors: Johnny Vertigliano, David Soto, Talia Mazzarella
VR Creative Director: Tom Westerlin

CREDITS . . .

Production Doha Film Institute
Client National Museum of Qatar
 

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