This is simple test with a still image of the miniature shoot from last year. The idea to to see how much I get from the plate, and how much I need to add in order to hit a high level of detail. The doll was our character stand-in – the animation is just some image warping.
Most of the work is done in Shake (with a bit of Photoshop). I’ve added live elements, balanced light, lens flare, defocus, a background replacement (with a simple key), animation, and a bit of paint over to cover up some odd lighting in the original plate.
Below is the original image: