Dining at restaurants is a pleasure: all you have to do is sit and patiently wait for your delicious plate to be served. But have you ever wondered that you actually (almost) never meet the master chefs behind the tasty creations? Artistic collective SkullMapping (Filip Sterckx and Antoon Verbeeck) thought of just that and took the latest technology to impress a couple of restaurant goers. Say hello to Le Petit Chef – the world’s tiniest chef! Created using a combination of 3D animation and motion capture, this projection mapping project takes spacial augmented reality and turns it into a creative, funny and overall entertaining digital story.
Le Petit Chef appears from a manhole and quickly turns an empty dinner plate to grill a juicy steak. He chops the broccoli (with a chainsaw), adds some potatoes and tries to get rid of an annoying fly. Not only is the animation superb, the life-like sound effects are gripping, perfectly adding up to the witty storyline. It looks and feels so lifelike; it is hard to believe that it’s not. Even the 3D fork next to the plate manages to deceive one restaurant goer’s eyes. But the best part, where the brilliant animation and sound engineering meet, is when the entire meal almost blows up and the realistic flames startle all the guests at the table. Bon appétit!