Making of CGI Bear for Third Wheel

Making of CGI Bear for Third Wheel

Making of CGI Bear for ‘Third Wheel’

Mill artists crafted this 100% CGI bear for ‘Third Wheel’ from Juice Pharma and Director Jesper Ohlsson of Backyard Productions.

The cuddly grizzly was meticulously modelled from scratch before being rigged, animated, then rendered with photo-real quality. The Mill’s Rigging team created proprietary muscle and skin simulation techniques, working in close conjunction with the FX and Simulations team on fur collisions and wind simulations. This ensured that movement of, and interactions with the bear’s fur were are realistic as possible.

The Animation team then breathed life into the digital creature, giving it a great deal of character and unique personality.

The bear was seamlessly integrated into the live action plates through both 2D and 3D lighting and rendering. Using photographic references, the team were able to accurately re-created the lighting seen on-set, further integrating the bear into the scene and cementing its realism.


Agency: Juice Pharma
Producer: Lisa Kaplan
Creative Directors: Annie Foster, Justin Rubin
SVP Group Client Services: Andrei Lombardi
Account Director: Kelley Connors
Director of Production: Michael Kaminski

Colour: The Mill
Executive Producer, Colour: Dee Allen
Colour Producer: Evan Bauer
Colour Coordinator: Mandy Stauffer
Colourist: Fergus McCall
Colour Assist: Elias Nousiopoulos

Production Company
Production Company: Backyard Productions
Director: Jesper Ohlsson
Executive Producer: Kris Mathur
Producer: Karen Chen
Director of Photography: Mihai Malaimare
Head of Production: Emily Malito
Production Supervisor: Stephanie Marshall

Editing Company: Final Cut
Editor: Adam Rudd
Edit Assist: Penny Ensley

VFX & Design
VFX & Design: The Mill
Executive Producer: Rachael Trillo
Producer: Luis Martin
Production Coordinator: Sophie Mitchell
Shoot Supervisors: Andres Eguiguren, Matt Longwell
2D Lead Artist: Kshitij Khanna
3D Lead Artist: Andres Eguiguren
2D Artists: Molly Intersimone, James Cudahy, Ari Garber, Vi Nguyen, Rob Meade, Ben Kwok
3D Artists: Johnathan McCoy, Aton Lerin, Navdeep Singh, Jimmy Gass, Alex Allain, John Wilson, Jackie Liao, Todd Akita, Yong Chan Kim

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