During Pre-Production on surrogates, Geoff Mandell and I started designing the look and style for all the surrogate Interfaces and computers. After meetings with the Production Designer Jeff Mann we finally locked the look of the Surri Interfaces and controllers.
Our first BIG set was and the Surrogates monitoring headquarters. You can see in the shot below just how many monitors and screens needed to be filled. It was all practical and no burn ins, It was all shot on the day. There are around 200 monitors being fed by 100 computers showing the POV of all the surrogates being used all over the world, and Bobby the controller had 13 monitors on his desk that we could control.
Some of the other sets that needed graphics were Canters Secret office and his wheelchair, The FBI Headquarters, The hospital, and all of the surri chargers and stations. For the chargers, there were monitors installed in the units and they had laser cut panels over them to look like little custom screens. So i designed the graphics to fit the mattes on the monitor covers. The military set each soldier had a unit setup with his POV, Current Location GPS, and his vitals and stats. They also had to be interactive so that at anytime if a soldiers Surrogate unit needed to get shot or killed it could be.
During Post Production I would sit with the Director Jonathan Mostow and go over the shots that needed to be changed or redone based on changes to the story or cut. We would make changes and I would do the Temp burn-ins/Slap Comps for his approval, then I would send the content to VFX or I would export straight to film for the full frame shots.