Interview: Philippe Bergeron w/ PaintScaping

Interview: Philippe Bergeron w/ PaintScaping
January 13, 2014 Brett Jones

We recently chatted with Philippe Bergeron, the CEO of PaintScaping.com. Phillipe and his team have mapped numerous buildings around the USA and worked with the likes of Eminem and Rod Stewart.

My favorite piece of theirs appears above, where they mapped a garden at the SIGGRAPH conference back in 2012.

Side note: Philippe has an alter ego and an IMDB of his own, appearing in Iron Man 2, Rush Hour 3 and other films.

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For content creation they use every tool they can get their hands on, including:

  • Autodesk Maya
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Autodesk 3DS Max
  • NUKE – The Foundry
  • Apple Motion
  • Cinema4D
  • Final Cut Pro

They frequently rent or borrow a LIDAR scanner to get the geometry of the scene, bring it into their program of choice, then finish it off on the day of the event with Christie Twist.

Here are some poignant quotes from Philippe from our chat.

On working with clients

“The magic of mapping is in the merging of the real and virtual. A lot of clients think a blank wall is ideal, but it isn’t.”

The hardest part of mapping

“Ensure that you are not getting enamored by the technology. At the end of the day it is about making people cry and laugh. It is about the wow factor. Ultimately, content is king whether it is mapping or not.”

Check out some more of their work w/ the videos and links below.

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Demo Reel

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