Coldplay X BTS - 'My Universe' Volumetric Case Study

The Stars Align for Volumetric Shoot

MRMC’s Polymotion Stage partners Dimension worked with Coldplay and Parlophone Records, part of Warner Music Group, on an ambitious volumetric music video creating holograms of Coldplay and BTS for “My Universe” – the second single taken from Coldplay’s ‘Music Of The Spheres’ album.

Volumetric capture enabled both bands to be seamlessly blended together in the music video and provided the perfect approach to creating stylised holograms that fit the “otherworldly” music video concept.

Creating Coldplay

The four members of Coldplay were filmed performing in our mobile studio, Polymotion Stage. The band members were recorded separately to preserve the fidelity of each performance.

The guitar and bass were captured in-camera, while the drums were tracked with mocap, then modelled and recreated in post-production.

A Global Team of Collaborators

Dimension worked with some incredibly skilled people and partners to help bring Coldplay and BTS together in “My Universe”.

Working with Microsoft Mixed Reality studio partners Jump Studio in Seoul, they filmed all seven members of BTS volumetrically. To ensure the quality of each performance, and to maintain creative consistency, Dimension then processed all the BTS band members. Shout out to our friends at Jump

The video was produced by the visionary Nathan Sherrer/Freenjoy, and directed by the brilliant Dave Meyers.

The Polymotion Stage Capture Studio

Coldplay were captured on the Polymotion Stage Truck, our state of the art mobile volumetric creation stage.  Our Stage is a partnership between MRMC, Nikon, Dimension and Microsoft. Polymotion Stage is a self-contained capture studio that can travel to talent for a variety of content creation purposes. It  can be deployed to wherever it’s needed. Videos like Coldplay X BTS are advancing the frontiers of what is possible with volumetric capture and advanced virtual humans in the media and entertainment space.

“Holograms, spaceships, and intergalactic music performances by two of the world’s biggest bands! Our team had great fun working on ‘My Universe’. The use of volumetric video really demonstrates free viewpoint possibilities, allowing the director complete freedom around how the camera moves through the world, and ensuring the 3D holograms look like they belong.”

– Simon Windsor – Joint MD Dimension

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