Week 79 – Sky Matte Paintings

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One thing we wanted from the very beginning with this film was to be able to paint a new custom sky for every shot. Many ideas were cut because of time constraints, but we’re very happy that the skies aren’t one of them because it adds this nice aesthetic appeal as well as allow us to work out the clouds so that they compliment the compositions perfectly. So for this week’s post, here are a few of the matte paintings that were done in the last few days!

And as a little bonus, here’s a new composited shot featuring the mill and villagers in broad day light. Click to see in full size!

Well, that’s it for this time. We hope you’re enjoying your summer, and stay tuned for exciting news coming up on Le Gouffre this fall. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our Facebook to always be up to date with the latest happenings!

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!