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Filmmakers Get Creative In addition to the magic which Hoyt Yeatman and his team would create in the digital universe, he and director of photography Bojan Bazelli were also creating a panoply of innovative camera equipment to allow the audience to see the world from the animals' points of view. Bazelli, an enthusiastic and energetic artist who was eager to take on the film's challenges, already had some experience combining live action with CG animation. "I found it very helpful that I had a strong background in commercials, where we employ lots of CGI elements and post-production work. It was still more complex than anything else I had done, comprehending and visualizing things that don't exist. Hoyt and I agreed that our approach would be to just shoot the film as if all of the characters were real.”

For the film, Yeatman and Bazelli concocted a Rube Goldberg-like menagerie of what the director admits were "very bizarre” camera rigs to essay a view of the world from the animals' points of view. Among the innovative techniques utilized was Yeatman's HDRI Cam invention called the "Chirpy Cam,” so named because of the tweeting sound it makes. "The Chirpy Cam shoots 360 degrees in every possible level of exposure,” explains Bazelli, "so that it re-creates every part of the set and how it was lit, so that it can be exactly matched with the CG work.”

There was also "Mooch Vision,” a camera which re-creates the point of view of Mooch as he flies. "Mooch Vision was a 35-millimeter camera with a very wide angle fisheye,” explains Yeatman.

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