View Full Version : Graduation Film: EXODUS
05-14-2010, 08:53 AM
I wanted to share my graduation film with you.
you can watch it HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-awdYt4T04
I have started this project more than 3 years ago. I have been working on it on and off between all my other projects mostly - but since around 7 months have been able to finish it full time. The film and the documentation of the process was also my bachelor of arts thesis in virtual design.
My goal was to create a shortfilm / musicvideo where you can't really tell if the music was made for the film or vice versa - where sound and picture melt together. Music is by the great Noisia (http://www.noisia.nl) a electronic music production trio from holland.
You can find some more info and screenshots on my website: http://www.alexanderlehmann.net/exodus/
vehicle textures: Nik Roos
everything else: Alexander Lehmann
Music: Noisia & Mayhem feat KRS one
3dsmax (MR / Scanline), Silo, Combustion, Nuke, Photoshop, Premiere and Virtualdub
A "making of" is coming soon!
comments and critics are of course very welcome!
I hope you enjoy it!
05-14-2010, 01:45 PM
Awesome! This is awesome
05-14-2010, 02:47 PM
Loved it man. Great work! Music worked so well with the animation, and the way it was timed was spot on. Only thing I would like to see is more variety/variation in the size of the shrapnel pieces produced by the freekin' laser beams and such.
But awesome work.
05-14-2010, 08:59 PM
The end reminded me of Akira.
05-15-2010, 01:26 AM
Come on! This is fantastic! Some amazing shots in there. I really liked the tanks on the streets, have to say. Congrats! :bowdown:
05-15-2010, 01:49 AM
Yea, I think you nailed your goal of having the film and music be seamless, nice!
What package did you use for this? 3DS Max, Maya? Either way, I was really impressed by the sun and the light glare and was wondering what that was done with. If Maya/Max, I would think perhaps Mental Ray Physical Sun/Sky?
05-15-2010, 05:58 AM
thank you very much!
I am glad that you like the video!
@FattyGrissle: Thank you. Yes you might be right about that. For all the impacts I used a mixture of particle flow and rayfire - the laser impact is mostly rayfire only - that's why the chunks lack in terms of variation...
@homer4lyfe: Yes it was definitely inspired by Akira. The white growing sphere as the perfect symbol for a huge amount of energy :)
@Aben-Athar: Thank you. Yes those tank scenes - and the scenes around them - are my favorites as well. It's one of the newest scenes I have implemented.
@ksharp25: Thank you! I have used 3dsmax mainly. Some Silo for additional modeling. I did all the compositing in Combustion. This is also where I added the glow and the sunlight. It was fairly easy - I just tracked a little dot where I would want to have the sun and then hand animated how it was concealed by the constructions / city.
I will make a making of where I wanted to a explain all this and show some breakdowns.
Thanks again for your feedback.
05-15-2010, 08:57 AM
This is absolutely awesome. Revival of the demoscene. The link between audio and visual fx are seemless. Could not take my eyes off of it.
05-15-2010, 11:59 AM
Wow. I am even more impressed then. Lighting is my weak spot, there is a lot about it I just don't "get".
05-15-2010, 07:12 PM
This is by far one of the best short films I can remember. I hope this helps you get a good spot wherever you wish to obtain work from.
05-15-2010, 07:29 PM
Holy crap!! You did all of that yourself!!!? Congrats, that was epic.
Also the music kicks ass, love Noisia. Have they seen this by the way? You should email them for sure.
05-17-2010, 07:44 PM
great short, the music and video really worked well together, awsome piece for a 1 man project (regarding the visuals)
The overall quality is so good its unbelievable that it's a one man graduate project.
There are a few small details here and there like the helicopter models, but apart from that its really astonishing work.
You have talent to sell.
05-18-2010, 04:31 AM
Like everyone said, the thing that ties all of the good animation pieces together is the sound. and in that my friend you have succeeded. A few small things like some of the particle effects could have been broken and fragmented a little more to get a better sense of scale especially when the main machine is firing. Also the ripping apart of the buildings as they are being fired upon could use some much smaller fragments as well like glass breaking and small pieces of metal. This of course could be done easily using a post production compositing method to save render time. Nice job man, i know what its like to work on these projects over many years and im glad u took time to refine your baby to how you wanted it.
05-18-2010, 07:15 AM
@Paljas: Thank you! I've always been a fan of demos! glad that you think about it this way :)
@ksharp25: The lighting rigs are usually very simple - it's mostly a skylight with some spotlights to work out the silhouette and create interesting shadows with some other lights. The hardest was probably the light within the city - keeping the rendertimes low but enough detail wasn't easy. But I could usually bake in the final gathering so I didn't have to recalculate every frame.
@The4thAggie: thank you!
@ciarand: Yes everything except for the vehicle textures is my own work. Well of course they know it - this is the official Video for this tune! - check out http://www.noisia.nl/news/6/Exodus-video-and-Triple-J-mix.html - the vehicle textures are actually done by one of the band members - we have been meeting a a lot of times to work on the video together.
@j00st81: Thank you :)
@Rahl: Thank you! Yes you are right - the lighting on the helis isn't really as good as it could be - but I didn't have the time to tweak it more :(
@nocturne33x: Thank you! Yes as I stated before - and I wasn't aware that this became so visible - usually I used a mixture of particles and real physical rayfire pieces for the destruction - but in some scenes I didn't use particles - not enough time :)
05-20-2010, 07:38 PM
Great animation man. :thumbsup:
I will be very glad if you allow me to post it on my videos page. :)
05-20-2010, 08:03 PM
great work/mix of music and animation, it went really well together. It was worth the time you put into it!
05-20-2010, 08:18 PM
Great graduation film man! That's one heck of a lot of assets to build and keep track of. Music and video is seamless. I'm a huge fan of this "Chris Cunningham" blend of sound and video. Huge respect for taking the time to finish it too and not rush it for the college side of things. Wish you all the best finding a job!
05-20-2010, 08:29 PM
This is just amazing! :thumbsup: sound and the video is perfectly match each other :buttrock:
06-17-2010, 02:06 PM
Thank you very much! Sure you can post if on your page! You can embed anything that you can find on http://www.alexanderlehmann.net/exodus/
If you need a downloadable link I can give you that too.
A couple of months ago I have been looking and studying the stuff that you have on the rayfire page and now you add me - this is really cool :)
@manservantpablo: Thanks! I am glad that you like it. I have the feeling all the effort was worth it as well :)
@Kormac and @Imaver: Thank you. Much appreciated!
06-20-2010, 04:18 PM
Friggin awesome demo reel. The underwater scene in the beginning is actually my favorite part.
06-20-2010, 04:55 PM
Thanks man. :)
I am about to relaunch my website in a week, so it will be a good update for Videos page. :)
06-21-2010, 01:47 AM
Throroughly enjoyed this. New to the field (about 4 mnths in) given people's comments I can tell this is good stuff. I have to ask, what school did you attend and would you recommend it?
haha, nice film, looks like someone likes to blow stuff up more than me XD
keep it up
06-23-2010, 08:19 PM
I'll give you 5 stars even though I miss the dust when the big guy destroy the floor.
06-23-2010, 08:19 PM
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