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11-25-2004, 04:00 PM

Title: Aquagrad commercial
Name: GROUND STUDIOS / Animation Design
Country: Germany
Software: 3DSmax 6 / finalRENDER

Here are 2 out of 5 shots we did for a german commercial of a water boiler.
Due to the short timeline we decide to do everything with Max.
Even the wateranimation is handmade. No precalculated fluidsimulation, just some cylinders, spacewarps, particles, noises.
Thanks to finalRENDER from Cebas, we could render all without getting in time trouble.

fillup sequence (6MB QT) (

boiling sequence (5.5MB QT) (

a 30 sec version of the commercial is here (5.1 MB):

Modelling, Texturing, Rendering and additional Animation was done here, at GROUND STUDIOS.
Animation and Compositing was done by David Baker / Animation Design.

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11-25-2004, 04:12 PM
Great liquid expression!!:eek:
This is awosome work.:applause:

11-25-2004, 07:52 PM
Works good! Who needs fluids? :thumbsup:

The filling looks a little better than the boiling, imo. Did you forget to deinterlace the shots you posted or is that intentional?

Und der Sprecher in dem Spot macht mich fertig!

11-26-2004, 12:34 AM
true, the clips are not deinterlaced (sorry, was to lazy to do that)

"Immer sicher, immer gradgenau! Immer gradgenau, immer sicher!" :D


12-03-2004, 01:00 PM
Any chance u get us a little more insight in the technics u used for the animated water and fill-in ? :D

Thx in advance..

12-03-2004, 10:20 PM
schick! sieht sehr gut aus und ne gute lösung ohne allzu großen aufwand
well done :)

12-15-2004, 02:42 AM
have to love this one !:)
reallyreally good work!

could you please share the secret of the little haze-water-drops sliding down inside the machine that are collecting other drops and thus they grow bigger ?

what is the technique behind this ?

thx in advance !

12-15-2004, 09:02 AM
The water drops on the inside of the kettle were filmed and applied in post.


12-15-2004, 02:55 PM
nice! at first i thought i'd be a real fluid simulation like this:

but then i read the description. =/

btw, wer denkt sich bloss solche texte aus? =)

12-15-2004, 08:29 PM
the growing bubbles under the waterline are simple pflow events.
the feature of fR that refractive objects with IOR of 1.0 can have an alphachannel was a huge benifit. So we created the little bubbles inside the waterobject (Refraction IOR of 1.0, but with a strong blurry value) as a single pass and could simply combine it in post via alpha.

to proof that all is geometry, here is a screenshot:

The water itself is just a cylinder with a displacement on the top polys. To be able to simply animate the height, we created the coned shape of the water "on top" of the animation, with a spacewarp. The watercolumn is a cylinder too, with a noise that is sticked to the surface plus a Noise spacewarp where the column "dives" through.

here is a short test:


01-07-2005, 03:49 AM
very inventive way of doing it.

01-07-2005, 08:20 AM
thx 4 letting us know some parts of your workflow...

01-09-2005, 06:20 PM
i love this! it just proves that you can achieve great results with a bit of thought and skill. a simple solution, brilliantly executed to a complex animation problem. congratulations :thumbsup:

02-22-2005, 09:12 PM
hey, thank you for the nice reply :)


02-23-2005, 12:45 AM
Congrats guys with great job.! :thumbsup:
Very, very clever and instructive work..! And very convincing..!

Thanks for sharing technology and cheers,

02-23-2005, 02:43 PM
smooth as a babys [*censored*] ;)

very nice job ****

05-04-2005, 08:54 AM
Oveall if u look the feel is good,
But u have little more work on water n lightning.

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