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liviuberechet
03-31-2008, 01:21 AM
Liviu Berechet is entered in the "Uplift Universe Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/uplift_universe/view_entries.php?challenger=15049)

Latest Update: Work In Progress: Space Scene Animation - Beta 1
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liviuberechet
04-04-2008, 09:54 PM
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Software: 3ds max,finalRender,Photoshop,ZBrush

My concept of the alien is very human like. The reason is because the planet's atmosphere is very Earth-like. The skin pigment is blue with unique black lines (also helping them distinguish from one another).

I wanted to upload a video but there was a problem with the CGuploader

liviuberechet
04-08-2008, 12:17 AM
Ok... so I have my "full story" figured out. This helps me to make some boundaries about the trailer. It sounds like this:





In the year 2230 a spaceship leaves Earth with 200 members aboard on an expedition to explore the Universe and find a planet that could be home for human life.

By now, Mars was hosting 2 mil people, we had built a huge observatory and many science bases on the Moon. We had invented the laser gun and our long term project is to make an atmosphere on the satelite Europe (one of the moons of Jupiter).

The mission is thought to be suicidal by many. The spaceship has an unknown target, it's build to host a maximum of 400 people, and it has resources for about 100 years. Everybody on the ship knows that they won't be coming back, and that they will be lost in space.

By the year 2281 they find a planet that looks very much like Earth.

It has an Earth-like atmosphere and it already has life on it. It's about the size of Earth, equatorial radius of 5,950 km, a surface gravity of 9.2 and a medium temp between 30-40 degrees Celsius. It's much closer to the sun and it has 3 small moons.

They encounter the Naom Rasa there, and they start to cooperate.

By the year 2350 the humans have shared all the knowledge they had with the Naom Rasa, and received knowlege in return.

This was the only specie that established communication with them. They look very human like. Their skin is natural blue with black spots/lines that helps them to distinguish from each another. They multiply through eggs, usually live about 50 to 70 years, and reach the maturity at 12 years. They’re highly evolved sense of hearing and emitting sounds had allowed to establish verbal communication with the human race and there perception helped them learn to speak human languages.

The Naom Rasa doesn't use electricity or fire. The planet's unique substance is found in every form of foliage and about 50 ft under the suface of the planet. It's a glowing blue substance, that can heat to over 4000 degree Celsius when in contact with air or water. It takes about 50 sec to get to that temp (15 if in contact with water) and stays like that for 15 days before it trasforms in a form of metal, like steel but not as durable over time.

The Naoms uses that enegry to power almost everything and the same substance to fabric weapons and other utilities. The humans learned from the Naom Rasa how to cut trees and build shelter. They also learn how to manipulate that form of metal.

Five generations have past since they left Earth, and there aren't many cultural resamblance left. The human race had a total population of 384 by the year 2380. All of them living in the City they've named Armstrong.

Also they started harvesting vegetables found on their ship, because there were no digestible plants on the planet. All forms of life were carnivores.The same substance is found under the surface of the planet, and when it rains it makes the soil warmer. Thus all the species are more or less reptilian. And all multiply through eggs.

The humans and the Naoms don't live side by side... their way of life are incompatible. But they are at peace with one another and gather councils once in a while.

In the year 2381 the Naom Rasa suddenly decided to start a war against the humans, for no apperent reason. A war that is already won by them.







My story (and my trailer) begins here. Hope you like it, and can't wait to get some feedback.

Remi
04-08-2008, 03:06 AM
Nice story...pretty deep and got me thinking. Sounds like you have a few directions you could go with that, it will be interesting to see which way you choose. I like your Naom Rasa you got going there as well.

liviuberechet
04-08-2008, 11:49 AM
Nice story...pretty deep and got me thinking. Sounds like you have a few directions you could go with that, it will be interesting to see which way you choose. I like your Naom Rasa you got going there as well.

Thanks man!
I won't spoil it... you'll see the storyboard, and find out what happens. :)

liviuberechet
04-08-2008, 11:30 PM
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Software: 3ds max

Ok... my computer has finaly eaten all my RAM... so this is what I've done so far for my "alien planet's outdoor" scene right before my max crashes without any hope of life :(

Tomorrow I'll have to run to the store and buy as much RAM as I can.

After that I hope I could go on... Wish me luck ;)

Remi
04-09-2008, 02:31 AM
Sorry to hear about your RAM. I really like those "mushroom trees". I think the environment could use a little work. Some more details would definitely help...but with the RAM going, that might be a little tough.

liviuberechet
04-09-2008, 11:50 AM
Sorry to hear about your RAM. I really like those "mushroom trees". I think the environment could use a little work. Some more details would definitely help...but with the RAM going, that might be a little tough.

Yeah... thanks... shit happens :(
I still have a lot of work to do on these scene before I finish... not to mention the mate painting for the background....

adib
04-09-2008, 12:08 PM
The ideea with that kind of plants is great!Good luck!:)

liviuberechet
04-10-2008, 02:33 AM
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Software: 3ds max,Photoshop

Huff... It's been a long night... I didn't had time to finish all I had in mind... and I didn't even start to do the animation of the enviroment....

My computer crashed all the time :(((

After I've finally put 4GB of RAM on it, hoping to be able to finish my scene, when I've pressed Render I got a GBuffer error....

So... I'ts renderd on layers depending on the Z Depth

Total polygons... 6.000.000+ per layer :(((((((((((

Cographicz
04-10-2008, 03:05 AM
I like your enviroment. great lighting too.

liviuberechet
04-10-2008, 11:33 AM
I like your enviroment. great lighting too.

:D thanks men !

liviuberechet
04-10-2008, 02:54 PM
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Software: 3ds max

Here is the 3D Scene of the forest without any textures... just polygons and light

liviuberechet
04-11-2008, 12:34 PM
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Software: 3ds max,Photoshop

Some retouching, especially for the background.
Hope you like it!

TheKidLoco
04-11-2008, 10:26 PM
U need to work on the soil alot more, and the front line plant still looks like plastic. Other than that, don't spoil the rest :wise:

TheKidLoco
04-11-2008, 10:46 PM
Software: 3ds max,Photoshop

Some retouching, especially for the background.
Hope you like it!


I think you should work more on the soil, and the front row plant looks plastic. Other than that, don't mees-up anything else :wise:

liviuberechet
04-12-2008, 10:01 AM
I think you should work more on the soil, and the front row plant looks plastic. Other than that, don't mees-up anything else :wise:

Yeah... i know.... i'll work on it

Thanks!!

Remi
04-12-2008, 02:59 PM
It's coming together nicely. I really like the direction it's going. It'll be interesting to see how your Naom Rasa fits into this scene. Nice work man!!!

liviuberechet
04-12-2008, 07:39 PM
It's coming together nicely. I really like the direction it's going. It'll be interesting to see how your Naom Rasa fits into this scene. Nice work man!!!

I know i'm spoiling it, but here it goes...
The trailer's soryboard sound's like this:





We see a guy holding another men in his arms talking about "how they came to our planet". The camera sees them from behind of the man alive. So we don't see any faces.

We see a spaceship comming to a planet that looks like Earth.

3 humans meet 3 aliens, but we don't see any faces.

We see again the guy holding another guy but now the camera is much closer. We still can't see any faces. He talks about how the war caught everyone by surprize.

We see a human city.
The war between the species (Naom and Humans) starts. The Earth's people are caught by surprize. Most of them die in the first strike. Among them there is this kid that looses his mother but survies the atack. He runs in the jungle crying where he meets this Naom women that is dying. She has a baby rapted in a form of foliage and gives it to the kid telling him with her last breath to take care of her son.

We get back to the first scene and now the camera reveals the guy's face. He is a Naom Rasa man, the little alien kid saved by the human boy. They are now 2 adults (the kid is now 18 years and the Naom boy is now 12). And we find out that the men he's holding is his so cold "brother" (the boy that saved him); hes dead. The Naom says this: "for my kind he was an alien, but for me he was my brother".

We see a bunch of highlights of how these two brothers fight both Naom people and Human people, along with many alien creatures.

In the end we see the Earth man jumping of a bridge that is collapsing and stretching his arm to grab something. And in the last shot we see 2 hands holding together: a blue Naom Rasa hand and a human had. On top of that comes the logo.




The jungle scene is almost finish. Now i'm concentrating on the city scene.
Hope you like it!

Cographicz
04-13-2008, 01:59 AM
Sounds kool cant wait to see it.

liviuberechet
04-13-2008, 10:07 AM
Me too! :)

liviuberechet
04-15-2008, 06:07 PM
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Software: 3ds max

I still have a lot of work on the spaceship. Have to make the command center in the front. Some defense systems. And then it's off to texturing.

liviuberechet
04-17-2008, 07:44 PM
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Software: 3ds max,After Effects

Ok... Please send me any feedbacks you want... I really need them... still don't know what I don't like.

One thing is THE CODEC !!! it takes away all the contrast...

Play Video >> (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/uplift_universe/player.php?entry_id=87745)

liviuberechet
04-17-2008, 11:57 PM
ok.. now that the second has no resemblance to the first scene i've made, ill have to redo one of them... or both... :(

adib
04-18-2008, 05:52 AM
Start to look great!Keep going!:buttrock: :buttrock: :buttrock: :buttrock: :buttrock:

simovici
04-18-2008, 09:15 AM
Awesome work! Bafta. :)

fgdf
04-18-2008, 09:40 AM
The overall quality is very good. The thing is these planets look very small like balls, you could fix perspective / size to make them more "overwhelming" and spectacular. Rest is perfect
-CHEERS

liviuberechet
04-18-2008, 12:27 PM
Thanks guys.

fgdf: this idea could work, i'll try... thx again.

Goul
04-18-2008, 03:15 PM
yeah really cool job, i really like the final render :)

I'm agree with fgdf though, i think you can easily fix the scale problem by scaling the main planet to fill +- 50/60% of the background, and get the moons a bit smaller and more blurry (we shouldn't see relief on it)

You should maybe use a bigger focal lenght (for this scene only), to enhance perspectives ;)

liviuberechet
04-18-2008, 05:15 PM
yeah really cool job, i really like the final render :)

I'm agree with fgdf though, i think you can easily fix the scale problem by scaling the main planet to fill +- 50/60% of the background, and get the moons a bit smaller and more blurry (we shouldn't see relief on it)

You should maybe use a bigger focal lenght (for this scene only), to enhance perspectives ;)

First... I'll finish the next scene that i've started working on, so that i won't fell the dedline pressure. Then i'll start making adjustments until every body is happy :)

XminusOne
04-18-2008, 05:39 PM
I would add an atmosphere around the planet, unless of course, it's uninhabitable:) I like everything else, so keep going, look forward to seeing more.

liviuberechet
04-19-2008, 04:00 PM
I'll work on it, thanks :)

targus
04-20-2008, 03:53 PM
Looking good, but planet is too bumpy, work on atmosphere more. Space ship looks very good, so keep on !

liviuberechet
04-20-2008, 07:33 PM
So far... need to make tha planets a little bigger and put some atmosphere on the planet. I'll work on it as soon as i finish my next scene.
Thanks!

liviuberechet
04-24-2008, 10:42 PM
Well... it seems that i might switch to team :(

Nothingness
04-24-2008, 11:59 PM
Hey man,

sorry for not posting any sooner (kind of sick for a little while and i always wait to do stuff)

anyway,
the render is really starting to look great. My only concern is this:
i think the 3 visible planet seems to be way too close to one another. Putting more distance would create the illusion of a much bigger space and then it would have some more spectacle.
Second i believe there is a glow coming from the closest planet but it's more like a glow then it should be a fog-looking atmosphere. And at the sides it should look much denser. Also the same glow on the furthest planet look kind of too far spread.

just one little detail :twisted:
the furthes planet seems the be lit by the sun that we see in this image. But the others and the ship seems to have a secondary light source :argh:

don't forget in space there is no light bounce and no ambient light :thumbsup:

cheers and waiting to see more

liviuberechet
05-04-2008, 02:43 PM
Hey man,

sorry for not posting any sooner (kind of sick for a little while and i always wait to do stuff)

anyway,
the render is really starting to look great. My only concern is this:
i think the 3 visible planet seems to be way too close to one another. Putting more distance would create the illusion of a much bigger space and then it would have some more spectacle.
Second i believe there is a glow coming from the closest planet but it's more like a glow then it should be a fog-looking atmosphere. And at the sides it should look much denser. Also the same glow on the furthest planet look kind of too far spread.

just one little detail :twisted:
the furthes planet seems the be lit by the sun that we see in this image. But the others and the ship seems to have a secondary light source :argh:

don't forget in space there is no light bounce and no ambient light :thumbsup:

cheers and waiting to see more

The 1st part, your absolute right: the planets look to close to one another and the fog shoud be a little denser.

The 2nd part.
Every element has it's own light sources (ship, main planet and the 2 moons). I did this so that i could get the look that i was hoping for. It's not 100% natural but you get a better looking scene (that's my way of thinking)

About the light bounce.... i have a question for you... way does the moon project light at night? :p

Sorry if i didn't agree on every aspect with you, but thanks for those that i do agree.
Keep it up, and hope you post me more comments if you see something wrong
:beer:

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