Saturday, 30 July 2011

Comptest and Rendering Problem

I made this comptest by using real rendered passes. It is alright as an image. But when the camera is moving, the ground's edges start to blink. I think that there might be some rendering problem. I have been attempting to solve it during this weekend, but will use it anyway when the composite process starts. :(

As you may notice, this version is a little darker, and have higher contrast. Its depth of field has been increase slightly too. I have got about 80% of passes sitting in the render farm now.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Render Passes

According to the shortage of time, I have planed to basically render these 6 passes in every shot although they might not be flexible enough for composite. Anyway, I believe that Normal Map may be able to solve some predicted problems.

Monday, 25 July 2011

New Music Score!

HOORAY! I have just received a new music score from Philip Martin, the musician, this afternoon. It is worked properly in the animation! Its mood is absolutely touching and smooth. Anyway, I think that It just needs to be adjusted some detail a little bit to exactly match with what I have imagined. I am going to check it carefully and make a note tonight.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Updated Lighintg, Rendering and Composite

I try to compound two stages together in this test. Obviously, it need to be worked more in the metropolis lighting.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Test Lighting & Rendering

I was told that my previous key visuals are too bright and colourful for the mood and tone of the film. After the animation session, I've worked hard to explore what the film's appearance should be. For me, Autodesk Maya is still difficult to understand and time consuming, especially when I try to learn new things.

Anyway, I got this one after many attempts in lighting and rendering. It still needs an improvement. I will seek more tutorials.

EDIT: I have moved on to do test composite in order to check that all of render passes is enough. As you may see, it has a problem about lens blur. I'm going to fix it ASAP. Lacking of familiar AE plug-ins generates difficulties in getting what I exactly imagine.


Sunday, 17 July 2011

Updated Animation

After providing feedback from Wayne and my colleges, I did the animation again based on those useful comments. At this moment, I am satisfied with it although it could be better if there is more time. During animation session, I found some difficulty in using animated texture. Fixing this MAYA technical issue is time consuming for me because of lacking 3D experience. Fortunately, I eventually got a good tutorial which solve the problem by using image sequence.

Anyway, the production must go on. The schedule said that time for animation has ended. Thus I have to keep moving to lighting process.


Saturday, 9 July 2011

Layout Animation

This is layout for doing music and sound. I also put some rough animation into it. I know that the animation is not much good, but I have one more week to improve it based on my timetable.

Key Visual 2

After getting feedback, I've improved key visual again to find the look in which the animation should look like. Several attempts were fail. Anyway, I eventually got satisfied version. I want to keep the feeling of children book and paper-like in this animation, so I avoid to make it too dark as the first attempts. I found that bright and colourful colours might be a good idea, but it is  hard to control the overall mood & tone, especially telling night time.