If Famous Monuments In Paris Were Turned Into Pop Culture Characters By Benoit Lapray (13 Pics)

If Famous Monuments In Paris Were Turned Into Pop Culture Characters By Benoit Lapray (13 Pics)


The artist told us about the team behind this project and the process it took to create it: “I am used to working alone on my projects, but for this one I could not, with my skills, succeed in carrying it out. So I had to find collaborators to help me, especially on the CGI part of the project, which is a very long process. The process of this work is very long. There is already the whole part of location scouting and selection of the sets. Then come the choice and the purchase of the figurines. You have to find the characters that best fit with this or that scenery. It’s a very long part and not very fun, but essential for the rest. After that, there is the shooting part which is the most fun part, although not obvious when you have to photograph a city like Paris where everything is constantly moving. You have to manage to come on the right day when the light is good and there are no disturbing elements in the shooting field (like works, or badly parked vehicles.)”

“Once the set images are made, the work is still far from being finished because I had to ‘scan’ each of the figurines (in my studio) with the photogrammetry process. Then I gave these images to my CGI collaborators on this project (who are the studio 95 Magenta and the CGI graphic designer Emmanuelle Vonck) who took care of modeling each character to then modify their texture and transform them into statues. The process took 2 years to obtain 13 visuals, it’s long but there is an explanation for that. Indeed each one of us works for clients, for commissioned work, every day, and we have to find the time, aside, to work on this kind of project. But it was worth it. I’m quite happy with the final result, at least it’s very close to what I had in mind. Thanks to my 2 collaborators for their work and their trust in this project.”

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