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manja
09-28-2012, 11:31 AM
hi folks.

i thought this project was not so much about VFX, but i think i'll put my other projects in standby and try to do this one even though i'm no matte painter, texturer, renderer and lighter at all! :shrug: (yes, what am i gonna do! ... :) )
that'll be the occasion to do something else than explosions and stuff!
(should remind everybody that i should not do anything else than explosions! XD)

manja
10-07-2012, 02:08 PM
hi.
After one week, this is what i got. (the tower is behind the trees! ^^)
if i've got enough time, i'll do rain, autumn leaves and snow.

http://i.imgur.com/Z3oE0.jpg

AbsorbentGhost
10-07-2012, 03:01 PM
any other wips buddy?gonna keep my eye out for this one.

manja
10-07-2012, 03:32 PM
:)

thanks.

gustavoeb
10-08-2012, 06:39 PM
looking good manja :)
is there a camera move intended to reveal the tower?

manja
10-08-2012, 06:44 PM
thx.
yes, i'll maybe post a gif like you did if i find a way to upload it somewhere.

manja
10-14-2012, 10:14 PM
hi.
second week wip. i didn't spend as much time on this one as i did with the forest so there's still an awefull lot of work to do on this one.

http://i.imgur.com/QNQp2.jpg

manja
10-22-2012, 11:27 PM
hi guys.
nothing new this week, i've been busy finishing that.

https://vimeo.com/52712653

now, let's work on that tower! :)

RobertoOrtiz
10-30-2012, 04:51 AM
This is a fantastic WIP please keep posting.

manja
10-30-2012, 09:59 AM
thx.

i'm having huge flickering problems with mental ray on the forest. i've been trying all week to find what it is caused by. all i can tell so far is that it's not light or shadow related. must be an aliazing issue. i've tried to put the samples to 2 and 4 instead of 0 and 2, with the aa contrast to 0.01 and the filtering to mitchell. that just takes 54 minutes instead of 10 and still some flicker.
the best result i've got is by turning the primary renderer from scanline to raytracing, but then the time goes up also to 50 minutes.
i think i'm gonna have to render early at the end.

RobertoOrtiz
11-01-2012, 02:55 AM
Heads up

FXWars 7 Towers: One Month to GO. (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=139&t=1078005)
I am looking forward seeing more of your entry.

-R

manja
11-06-2012, 02:01 AM
so, finally, i decided to only do spring/summer time and no fall or winter since it's too much rendering and modelisation work for a vfx guy like me.

http://i.imgur.com/d9RaW.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/d9RaW.jpg

rZukoff
11-06-2012, 04:28 AM
Coming together nicely!

Only critique is the lighting doesn't look quite right. The scene seems a little too dark compared to the sky in the background.
Out of curiosity what did you use for the foliage?

manja
11-06-2012, 11:44 AM
thx. when you say too dark, do you mean that the shadows are too dark or that the whole lighting is not intense enough?

the trees, fern and nettles are made with the xfrog plugin for maya, the rest is paint effect.

SPL
11-06-2012, 03:50 PM
It's to dark in the shadows.
The right side of the tower looks nearly black on my screen.

Sven

rZukoff
11-06-2012, 05:34 PM
thx. when you say too dark, do you mean that the shadows are too dark or that the whole lighting is not intense enough?

the trees, fern and nettles are made with the xfrog plugin for maya, the rest is paint effect.

I apologize I should have clarified.I believe the lighting in the whole scene needs to be more intense to fit the background image.

When I look at your image I see values similar to this:

http://www.antipixel.com/blog/archives/images/yakushima/yakushima_forest_day1_lg.jpg

Which is perfectly fine but in that instance you would need to change the background to a cloudy/rather dark day or build massive trees that block the sun and develop a canopy that lets little light in. But the background image currently is very bright and happy similar to those days that you would go out and enjoy the sun, the beach maybe even go swimming. But in your image it doesn't look quite bright enough, its rather dark and needs that extra light to light up those leaves!

To better understand what I mean take a look at this:
http://images.fineartamerica.com/images-medium-large/sunny-forest-lutz-baar.jpg
So this reference is even a little shadowy but the light peaks in through the canopy and lights up the ground, the leaves and the bark. It's creating shadows and light to dark values because the sun is illuminating the foliage.

Heres a good example from the movie Tangled.
http://0.tqn.com/d/performingarts/1/0/J/0/-/-/tangledtower.jpg

You can clearly see where the tower is lit up and where its in shadow. See on the tower the higher it gets it climbs into the light and there's the transition into the lit almost glowing leaves? Thats precisely what I'm talking about your tower appears to be in shadow, but its soaring into the sky and should be getting beat down with light. =)

So if you apply proper lighting with your scene, I think it will really make this piece pop and well on its way! I look forward to seeing future updates! :thumbsup:

-Ryan

manja
11-06-2012, 06:06 PM
oh man, you're half ruining the little joke i'm gonna put in the end of my video! :S
you'll understand why when you'll see it! ;)

rZukoff
11-06-2012, 07:04 PM
oh man, you're half ruining the little joke i'm gonna put in the end of my video! :S
you'll understand why when you'll see it! ;)

:blush:

ah... well keep it up! :)

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