I was asked by director Marc Schmidt to create a method to anonimize all inmates in this feature-length documentary about the staff of a high-tech penitentiary facility in the Netherlands.
The justice department required complete inmate anonymity as a condition for the realisation of this film, but the director needed some character-level expression for his 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.
Print-inspired raphic patterns added sharpness to the blurry shapes and subtle character expression.g
A color layer matching the surrounding space made secondary characters less visually prominent, as if in camouflage. Primary characters were represented by a color layer borrowed from their own clothing.