Fur & Hair & XGen

Two main ways to create hair: nHair Maya’s own internal system. XGen Sometimes doesn’t work with other Maya systems as it’s a plug-in. Select the faces and extract them then planar map it, go to the VFX menu and create nHair. Edit in the attributes. Use Xgen menu to sculpt and brush.   Some tests:…

Editing

I used After Effects to edit our rendered shots. Jakub worked on the music and Gianni collected sound effects and the foley. I’m no After Effects expert but I can do the basics quite well. Resources I used:  

Compositing with Nuke

I imported the EXR file into Nuke and used a READ node to display it (make sure there are no # in the file’s name). To check that the EXR file actually contains all the passes you need, connect it to the viewer node and in the top left of the viewer window change through the…

Water Tests

So until our next presentation to the folks from the BBC, Alec met up with us and divided a plan as to who would look into what. Gianni is rigging the bird, Jakub is looking into texturing and I’m experimenting with our water. Here’s some of the inspiration for our low poly ocean: Pinterest board: We…

Style

We knew from the beginning we wanted to do a more stylised look rather than anything realistic. At first we liked the look of the Granite and Chalk animated documentary: The colours are very similar to another short with a similar but less flat style: Abzu is a beautiful game (the second edition to Journey) and…

Lighting

So there’s three light sources in my scene. Left candle Right candle cluster Crystal ball. So I edited the photo I am using for the backplate and imported it into my scene. I need to remember to keep the image seen through the ball when I render it out. I decided against making caustics as I just…

Modelling

I was given the car to model. We liked the design of the Austin A35 Van (Wallace and Gromit’s Van!), it’s a British model that was around in the 1960s and we thought it would be appropriate for our bird scientist! References: Modelling tips from http://www.digitaltutors.com/tutorial/3403-Creating-Cartoon-Vehicles-in-Maya#play-1008 I kept it low poly to stick with our style….

Concepts

References: My concepts: The formation and number of the planes we show in this will have to be discussed. There were eight Buccaneers in total that bombed the tanker but I think showing a minimum would look nicer. We also don’t want to show any marine wildlife because it is supposed to be affected by…

Modelling & Texturing

Thankfully I haven’t chosen anything too difficult to model… Cards So I already had a model of a deck of playing cards, however I decided to change it up a little. Typical tarot card size is 7cm x 12cm. I used these photos as reference for the messy stack of cards: For their texture I used these images to photo bash the designs…

Cinematography

The revealing shot of the bombs falling in the opening of League of Legends Jinx promo, is a really nice way to introduce the eight buccaneers:   Gianni pointed out the contrast of a still and shaky camera and how this can be used to show the power struggle between things in frame (2:00 onwards):…