Week 67 – Autumn Sequence

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Just as the nice weather is coming back, we just finished animating the last storm shots. That’s good news for us because we’ll finally have the chance to try out new ambiences, but also for you since we’ll be able to show you more animated shots from now on.

We’ll start out with a short clip of three shots taking place during autumn. It’s a simple capture taken from our 3D scene, so don’t be surprised if there’s no lighting and a few odd glitches. Just see it as a little tease of what’s to come – we promise the final shots will be much better!

Well that’s it, we hope you enjoyed our little sequence. Have a good week everyone!

Week 65 – Cloth Simulation

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Since wind plays a major role in our film, we spent a lot of time developing an easy way to add cloth simulation on our characters. Obviously, animating every piece of cloth individually in each shot would have been counterproductive, so we found a way to combine the best of two methods : Caches and Clusters.

Caches are files that contain the position of every point of a geometry over time. They allow us to simulate our clothes in the wind with real collisions in an external scene, and then apply the effect on our characters after they’ve been animated. Since caches are applied before the enveloppe in the modification order of the model, the simulated cloth follows the deformations perfectly.

Clusters, on the other hand, are additional controllers that let us animate parts of the clothes that are not simulated. Hats and sleeves, for example, are animated using Clusters. Since it would have been too long to animate these controllers manually in every shot, we created an animation cycle and then exported the curves in an Action file that we can import automatically with a button in our control panel.

We prepared a little video to give you an idea of how it looks in movement :

That’s it for today’s update! We hope you enjoyed this post, and see you in two weeks!

Week 61 – Rain and Mist Effects

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Hey everyone!

We’re back with a little tutorial, this time showing the technique we use to generate our rain and mist effects. We were asked if our effects were done in 2D or in 3D, well the answer is : a little bit of both! Even if the mist is rendered directly in our 3D scene, it’s actually being created along a grid without thickness, of which we render a foreground and a background version. It’s then in compositing that we premultiply it with our luminance depth pass to achieve the illusion of depth.

Yeah, we know, it’s probably a tad too technical for those of you who don’t do any 3D, but hey, we’ll make up for it another week!

By the way, all our effects are created using a plug-in for Softimage that’s called Exocortex Slipstream (http://exocortex.com/products/slipstream). The results are really nice and we always save a lot of time. If you haven’t already done so, go check out their demo, it’s worth it!

And now, here’s a video showing you all the steps of our technique :

So that’s it, we hope this was instructive. See you next time for more news about Le Gouffre!

Week 59 – Compositing Breakdown

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Hello everyone!

This week, we prepared a little breakdown of the passes we use in compositing. It’s also a new shot we never showed before!

And for the curious out there, here’s a montage showing you all the different kind of passes used in the video.

As you can see, we’ve got a lot of things to prepare before rendering. Luckily, we wrote a script that simplify our life by setting up most of these passes in the matter of a single click. Of course there’s still work to be done like placing all the lights and effects like rain, fire and mist, but that’s still much faster than doing everything from scratch all the time.

Well, that’s it, we hope you liked this post! Come back soon for more news on Le Gouffre™!

Week 57 – New animated sequence

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Hey everyone!

It’s been a while since we showed you any new shots so we decided to give you a little treat this week and present you a sequence of seven final shots with the little girl. It’s always a big dilemma to decide what we can afford to show you or not but since there aren’t too many spoilers this time, we figured you’d be glad to see more animated content.

So here it is: the longest sequence of continuous shots we’ve shown until now!

Well that’s it, we hope you liked it! Please let us know what you think, and see you all around at the next update!

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