Category Archives: Computer Graphic’s for Film and Animation
This is an amazing video and has sparked a little idea for a short video but anyway check the video out below and let me know what you think and if you have any idea how it is done please do tell i love the effect.
For Bruce Boxleitner intro for my titles I have decided to Texturise a Mudbox base mesh to look like Tron and once i had done that i imported the model into Maya and started adding joints using the joint tool.
First i decided to do the dude that is Jeff Bridges firstly i got a video of him from a interview he did with Time magazine now ideally he would say the words i have edited him to but you get the idea. i then placed the footage in After Effects and using the amazing plugin Trapcode Form and using it’s features such as displacement maps ECT..
but before i could do that i had to alter the footage i had and use the effect colourama which can be found under colour correction i when set this to ramp which turned the footage black and white i then added a extra black and white to spectrum and moved them around to give it a more dramatic look once this was done i dragged this comp into another comp and turned the eye symbol off as i didn’t need it and the created a new solid. Then i simply added the Trapcode Form effect to the solid and then begun to play around.
I First started with a basic Human Body base mesh and started playing round with the wax and foamy brushes to first deform the body and add various rock and root shapes, once i was happy with it i began work on adding texture to the rock shapes my next task i have set myself is to create add the textures for the roots. Once this is done i will then start adding a skin texture to fill in the gaps.
Also in order to teach myself more about Mudbox i have been as you can see developing more characters in order to teach myself how to pose and position characters and also learning all the different ways i can texture different base meshes to get realistic look tho none of my character look quiet really at the moment i am learn how i can make them more realistic the more i continue to experiment with the programmes stamps, stencils and various sculpting tools this programme has to offer.
I have decided to recreate the title sequence to the film Tron i am first going to build a Light Cycle using Maya and it’s various tools such as the CV and EP curve tools and by also using a technique know as lofting these are all techniques i have never used before but i thought i may give it a go and throw myself in at the deep end as they say and so far am getting there very slowly. i have had to start again a few time to get the curve tools to do what i want them to do and the lofting technique is hard to use when trying to get the curves right in order for is to make a 3D object rather than a flat plane but i am sure i will get there in the end, I final did manage to get my CV curve tool to curve for the front tyre by adding a little lip at the top and bottom the curves this gave me more of a 3D shape to the front part of the bike.
For my final sequence of the film titles for my post production module at AUCB, i decided to create a very simple Tron Legacy title using the font from the film i downloaded from dafont.com and just simple made each individual letter come in from various directions and also made them each flicker. I then copied the composition and simply flipped it round to create a refection this was all very straight forward and simple. However the next task is to introduce my 3D light Cycle model i have been creating in Maya into After Effects this i do feel is where it will get a little bit tricky but once my light cycle has been put into After Effects i will then have the light cycle simply go across the screen followed by a streak of blue light. This will then be placed just after the short cinematic i am currently creating in Maya.
What can i say about this it is very unique and I am very interested in how this was done it looks amazing and the character is really quite funny anyway check out and lets us know if you have any ideas how you may think this is done.
Plus I love his t-shirt in the video below I wonder if Simon Pegg or Nick Frost as seen this?
Back in 2008 Image Metrics used a clip of Emily to showcase the power of the company’s FaceWare software at Siggraph this showed as you can see below how Digital Domain an academy award winning digital production studio the software was up to the job of creating effects for the film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. Now this I do find really interesting as it could protectional cut down the cost of making films that require 3D tracking software and tech I may just have to look into trying it out myself.
This advert I really like it tells the story clearly, simply and cleanly. Done using Maya along side After Effects it is I feel well put to together and is defiantly something i want to look in to how it was done and try it for myself for a short story. Anyway check it out and if you have any ideas on how this was done please do tell.