Archive for March, 2012

Tests, tests and more tests

Posted in Uncategorized on March 11, 2012 by electrictownmovie

In the last few weeks I’ve been trying to get as much done as I can before getting back to Tokyo and dealing with the real-life side of producing this movie. People to see, locations to scout, stuff to arrange and build and buy…

So in the meantime I’m doing what I can to prepare the CG side of things. The main CG element is the clunky old mind-controlled robot dog you see at left. The modeling is essentially finished and I’ve been working on finishing up the texturing, starting a bit of animation, getting a sense of how the movements work when rendered, and even some basic compositing tests. It all needs a lot of work but the tests seem promising. I also designed and modeled the second robot dog, a much smaller role but important.

To make these renders I’ve been using HDR image-based lighting from light probes I took myself in my apartment and at the Blender Institute. I’m beginning to get the hang of doing that, and to understand where the tricky parts are. I’ve been rendering with Cycles, which is improving almost every day. I haven’t yet done any really serious object or motion tracking tests, but I’ve done some fooling around with it, and it seems to work great.

All in all, I’m starting to feel that the special-effects side of this movie is going to be very manageable. The real challenge is going to be to schedule and shoot the live action footage. That adventure will begin in a couple of weeks, once I’ve settled in back in Japan.

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Mango behind the scenes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on March 10, 2012 by electrictownmovie

It’s my last week at the Blender Institute before returning to Tokyo. It also happens to be the start of production on the Blender Institute’s Mango Open Movie project. For the past week, the team has been working on a 5-day project to get their feet wet with working together and with what will become the Mango production pipeline. I’ve basically been keeping out of the way, observing, and taking a little bit of behind-the-scenes video:

You can see the resulting short movie on the Mango Blog. For a brand new team doing five days of work it’s very impressive. Add to this the fact that the main Mango project has already been completely storyboarded (in stunning detail) by David Revoy, and I think that Mango is off to an incredibly auspicious start.

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