In collaboration with JemFX, Performance Filmworks and Keslow Camera, the Mill teamed created The Mill BLACKBIRD, the first fully adjustable car rig that creates photoreal CG cars. Acting as a production tool to inspire car brands, agencies and film-makers to do things in new, innovative and efficient ways, The Mill BLACKBIRD sets out to transform the way automotive content is made – it’s a car rig that can be shot at any time, in any location, without the need to rely on a physical car.

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The Mill BLACKBIRD® inspires and expands creative opportunities, offering a truly flexible production tool without sacrificing any quality or direction.

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The Mill BLACKBIRD® is able to capture quality footage and data due to its camera array and tailor-made stabilisation unit, engineered in collaboration with Performance Filmworks’ legendary, multi award winning technician, Lev Yevstratov.

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A combination of high dynamic range imagery and 3D laser scanning generates a virtual version of the environment, producing 100% realistic CG renderings. The Mill has taken this a step further, developing a bespoke BLACKBIRD® AR application that allows you to see the intended vehicle in CG, tracked live over the rig on location.

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