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Daniel-B
12-14-2010, 07:07 AM
Alright, it's been about 5 years since I've participated in a FXWARS! challenge, and I just had to be a part of this one. I'm doing the Race to the Future/Clock Tower in "Back To The Future". My home town square is strikingly similar to the Hill Valley Clock Tower and Square, so I figured I'd use that for background plates to place my CG DeLorean.

This weekend I went out and shot some background plates to run a test to see if I could use our courthouse "clock tower" as a stand in. After the effects test was done, I decided to go ahead and make a little teaser out of it. You can view it below. Please view in HD. Thanks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaiLPIUwvK8

renaissance01
12-16-2010, 10:27 AM
Nice teaser! Looking forward to the finished piece.

Good luck man! ;)

Daniel-B
12-19-2010, 12:31 AM
Alright, it's getting there. I was going to model the DeLorean from scratch, but I came upon a gentleman (http://tirido.blogspot.com/) on the internet who built an unfinished DeLorean cg model for a Crysis. He was kind enough to allow me to repurpose that for my FXWars entry. When he gave it to me, it just had a default green shader on it, and some parts missing, so I've begun shading it and adding the missing parts to make it look like the Back to the Future DeLorean.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/PixelMagic/Race%20To%20The%20Future/delorean_01.jpg

Link to full rez render...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/PixelMagic/Race%20To%20The%20Future/delorean_02.jpg

Daniel-B
12-19-2010, 03:53 AM
Last ones for tonight.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/PixelMagic/Race%20To%20The%20Future/delorean_05.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/PixelMagic/Race%20To%20The%20Future/delorean_06.jpg

Daniel-B
12-20-2010, 12:59 AM
Just a little location scouting for the background plates. :) My hometown works out pretty well I think.

Below are comparisons of my home town location, with frames from the movie. I plan to go take night time photographs soon.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/PixelMagic/Race%20To%20The%20Future/clocktower_location_scout.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/PixelMagic/Race%20To%20The%20Future/street_location_scout.jpg

KevinGeorge
12-20-2010, 04:07 PM
That's quite a good resemblance!

The CG Delorean is looking great, as well. Can't wait to see it with all the Time Machine greeblies on the back.

mustan9
12-21-2010, 07:00 PM
This is going to be a good one :)

Daniel-B
12-24-2010, 12:38 AM
Now we're getting somewhere. :)
Link to full res...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/PixelMagic/Race%20To%20The%20Future/delorean_7.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/PixelMagic/Race%20To%20The%20Future/delorean_7.jpg

TheGrak
12-27-2010, 10:43 PM
It's looking good! I really like the glow.
What will you be using for the fire?

Daniel-B
12-28-2010, 01:00 AM
It's looking good! I really like the glow.
What will you be using for the fire?

Thanks, Garrick. As for the fire, I haven't figured that out yet. I'm currently animating the lightning.

Daniel-B
12-28-2010, 11:13 AM
Alright, folks. Here is my first WIP animation of the lightning striking the tower. What do you think? Lightning is Adobe After Effects and hand painted elements in Photoshop. Explosion is a PFlow system. I plan on adding smoke to the explosion to help the realism.

Here is a still preview...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/PixelMagic/Race%20To%20The%20Future/lightning_explosion.jpg

And this is the animation...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8Er7e8xdtw

TD0615VFX
12-28-2010, 06:17 PM
That looks great! I can't wait to see the final composite

KevinGeorge
12-28-2010, 06:40 PM
This is really turning out fantastic. Can't wait to see the end result! Good luck with the fire.

renaissance01
12-29-2010, 03:27 AM
Great progress! Looks like it's coming together nicely.

Look forward to the end result!

Daniel-B
01-01-2011, 11:16 PM
Work in progress on the fire trails. I'm not happy with my first attempt, but I think the base of the effect is definitely getting there. Just gotta tweak.

Still frame preview...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/PixelMagic/Race%20To%20The%20Future/fire_trail_1.jpg

Here is the Animation...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msj1UicFEI0

Daniel-B
01-02-2011, 09:23 AM
ROUGH draft of the clock tower strike. I went downtown to the courthouse location to shoot a background plate. Then I did a rough slap comp of the lightning strike. It shows me where I need to improve the spark explosion for integration. It doesn't feel like it's sinking into the plate right now. I'll work on that.

Still frame...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/PixelMagic/Race%20To%20The%20Future/clocktower_strike_1.jpg

Here is the animation (please watch in HD)...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQgDqEIEvvQ

SyphinXero
01-02-2011, 12:56 PM
Looking good mate. I know this is a rough draft but I think if you changed the directions of the shadows being cast by some carefully made roto + color correction on a frame by frame basis I think it would defiantly help add to the effects you have already made.

Looking forward to some moar :)

RobertoOrtiz
02-01-2011, 05:15 PM
The voting thread goes live in two weeks!
Good luck!
-R

RobertoOrtiz
02-09-2011, 11:12 AM
The dateline is on the 15th...Who needs one more week? (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=139&t=956180)

Daniel-B
02-19-2011, 02:46 AM
Alright, I'm back from a move from Alabama to Minneapolis, but I'm ready to knock this puppy out. Just finished the DeLorean. I will try to finish this up before deadline.

Link to full res...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/PixelMagic/Race%20To%20The%20Future/delorean_8.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v58/PixelMagic/Race%20To%20The%20Future/delorean_8.jpg

Daniel-B
02-21-2011, 02:34 PM
I wanted to finish this, but due to render issues, I cannot finish it today. I still may finish it for fun and post if anyone is still interested in seeing it.

RobertoOrtiz
02-21-2011, 06:10 PM
I wanted to finish this, but due to render issues, I cannot finish it today. I still may finish it for fun and post if anyone is still interested in seeing it.

You got until Friday..

I would be insane not to have this entry.

Daniel-B
02-21-2011, 07:00 PM
You got until Friday..

I would be insane not to have this entry.

Awesome. I'll see what I can do. :)

Omarios
02-21-2011, 08:36 PM
looking really good man

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