To recreate this shot from Oblivion, we used a DJI Inspire Drone and shot me in a parking lot with a small green screen on the ground behind me.

 

Next came the 3D motion tracking.  A few tips that worked for me: garbage matte out the actor before motion tracking. Keyframe or move the footage how you want it to appear BEFORE the motion tracking. I couldn't find a good solution for moving the 3D camera and the footage after the camera was created.

 

I got the 3d model of the space ship and the apartment from cgtrader.com from the user "3dartdh".  This is his website: https://3dartdh.wordpress.com/ .   He's got some great work.

 

Visual Effects of Brandon Dohner

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I didn't want to spend time creating air particles, but I badly needed some in the shot.  My solution was to use free particles that Andrew Kramer at VideoCopilot created.

http://www.videocopilot.net/blog/2011/09/free-particle-stock-footage-tutorial/

 

More to come about this shot.  Check back for more behind the scenes and a breakdown!

Watch the shot from Oblivion