I was ask to anonimize all inmates in a feature-length documentary about a new, high-tech penitentiary facility in the Netherlands.
While the justice department required complete anonymity as a condition for the realisation of this film, the director needed some character-level expression for the dramatic structure to work.
Additionally, the film main focus is on the penitentiary staff. So the anonimization should not bring excessive visual attention to the inmates.
Full-body masking of all inmates was possible within the available budget if done roughly; soft edges made up for the rough masking. Very detailed foreground masking added finesse when necessary.
Graphic patterns added sharpness and subtle character expression.
Colors borrowed from the surrounding space made secondary characters less prominent, as if in camouflage, while primary characters had a color layer borrowed from their own chosen clothing.