The VFX behind "Äkta människor" (Real Humans)

Update: Just added a bit of info at the end of the post about the Arri Alexa ProRes4444 LogC workflow with Rec709 LUTs in After Effects.   Design for the hubot source code for “Äkta människor” from Jonas Hummelstrand on Vimeo.   Visual effects scene from “Äkta människor” (“Real Humans”) episode 5, season 1, 2012. [...]

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