It is Monday, time for a blog post. From now on I will make this a regular thing, just to keep myself posting. It is going to be concepts, work in progress and finished artwork. Today it is some WIP from our current assignment at uni. In our groups, we have to build a city that would fit into a Game of Thrones type environment. Here are some AO renders of my current progress.
I have recently teamed up with some fellow students from the film production course to shoot another short film. This one is very VFX heavy and is supposed to provide me with enough opportunities to create an awesome showreel for next year. Pete Ramsay played the main character brilliantly, so prepare to be blown away :)
This summer I directed, shot, edited and created the VFX for Michael Bhugaloo´s Song “Something about my heart”. The song is supporting cancer research, all the proceeds go to Cancer Research UK. You can find Michael here.
We shot two days on a Canon T2i and with a lot of improvised equipment, for example I utilized the video light I built last year. However, a DSLR isn´t really the ideal camera for shooting greenscreen footage, but we worked with what we had.
We wanted to put Michael on a big stage in front of a huge audience. So for the long shots, I used Maya to build a stage and create fog with a fluid container. I built two seperate particle systems: one for the confetti and one for the audience.
The footage for the audience was shot in front of greensceen and then placed onto the instances of the particle system. The scenes were rendered with Arnold and composited in Nuke.
We only had eight people available for the crowd shots, so we dressed them up differently and that allowed me to duplicate them better. Even Michael is part of the audience. If you look closely, you will find him.
For the close up shots, I mainly used stock footage for the fog. I also created some generic shots of falling confetti in Maya, that I could place wherever I wanted.
The idea for the Heart Monitor was, that Michaels heart would make the beat of the song and cause the lines of the monitor to move like audio waveform. I created the monitor animation in After Effects and comped it onto the monitor in Nuke.
It was a great thing that I went on vacation in Cornwall where I photographed the most beautiful evening skies. I placed them all over the music video.
It seems like a while since I posted something on my blog. I am trying to learn a few new tools at the moment and that´s why the actual creating falls a bit short. But I am working on a few nice things and I hope I can put something on here soon. Meanwhile I thought I post an image of my animated short. I already posted a render of a bathroom and this is another set, the living room. The modeling is pretty much done, it does not have any textures yet, but it already looks like something.
I am also working on a lot of concepts and scripts at the moment, so hopefully I will be able to post some really cool stuff soon. My very next project is actually a music video for Michael Bhugaloo. See you soon!
For term 2 we had to model the robots we designed in term 1 and make a poster with them. This is what came out:
Again we had to render in Mental Ray, but the results aren´t too bad. I created the textures in Mudbox and Mari. In a few days I will make a turntable render for the robot in Arnold.
I feel quite confident with creating raging fire, but I had some problems creating a small, calm camp fire type fire. So I worked on some camp fire simulation and this is the result. I am quite happy with it. This is obviously for a very bright daytime situation. For darker lighting it would need to be more blown out.
This is the first of three versions of me destroying a cabin.
The Maya scene broke, so the explosion itself is only two seconds long. This is the first time I used Arnold for rendering, the fluids are still done in mental ray. Tracking and Compositing was done in Nuke. There is probably some potential to better integrate it into the video, but there are two other videos where I can try to improve.
So we recieved the new assignments for uni. For the first module, we are supposed to model the robots we designed last term and create a movie poster with them, placing them into an interesting setting.
For the second module we will design a “Hall of Kings” using existing architecture as reference. Later we will project the painting onto simple geometry and create a ten second camera move.
Sounds fun, I hope I will have enough time to work on my personal stuff. The cabin is coming along, I am trying to cache my fluids right now.
Here is the second way I came up with to destroy my cabin. I am struggeling with Pulldownit at the moment, but I am very satisfied with the fluid simulations. It was the first time for me to try doing a tornado. The one thats destroys the cabin might get even better.
I am in the process of creating some elements for an effect I want to do. I want to destroy a cabin in a few different ways.
My explosion-making-abilities are coming along…