Closing the task now.
Thank you all for links, ideas and inspiration!
After exploring a lot of the concepts, including the ones you wreckers proposed, we've landed on a solution. We think!
Getting down to hard priorities, we wanted a concept that would:
a) allow us to shoot fighting/stunt stuff with as few technical limitations as possible (like special/tricky lighting for keys)
b) free us from being bogged down in too many tracking/keying shots in post production
c) have its roots in some older technology
d) be funny and cool
So, the invisibility suit is now actually... an interactive camouflage suit!
Based on Polaroid-type technology, the suit will "photograph" its surroundings and "develop" an interpretation of what's around it, in a sort of jumbled photo montage all over it. This idea will allow us to do most of the shots with the suit in camera! We will compose some shots to make the wearer totally invisible when standing still, and then make him move... In most situations where the suit is in use, it's night-time. This will also help.
When a location changes, we'll switch the physical suit. Sometimes we'll change it a couple times within one sequence.
So we'll make a series of suits, based on photographs from the various locations.
VFX will be used in one scene to show us how it switches on and "develops", and another where we see it get switched off. There's also that funny Whrrrrr sound some off you might remember from the old cameras...
We'll see how it turns out!
Anyone hoping to be a skilled ninja must master the art of invisibility. And so do the ninjas of our film.
But what if the bad guys have developed a counter-measure? Our script calls for a touch of sci-fi when the main antagonist (dis)appears in an invisibility suit. The Lockheed McGuffin Stealth Suit SS-80, to be exact.
The invisibility effect isn't always perfect (think "Predator"), but it does offer good enough camouflage for the user to give him an advantage in close combat.
We want input on the following:
- a realistic-sounding technological explanation of how the suit works
- design ideas for what it looks like (note! it has to be practical when worn by an actor on set, and suitable for martial arts fighting/stunt work)
- how do we solve this in terms of special/visual effects? We have many different ideas for this, but would like fresh input on a workable way of handling an invisibility effect in both broad daylight and in darkness.
Tune in your imagination and give it a shot!