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07 July 2007, 11:13 PM
Thomas Haas is entered in the "Strange Behavior Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

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07 July 2007, 03:42 PM (

Hi there.

Heres a setting I made for the short animation im going to do.

The idea is to have a astronaut expressing some strange behavior before leaving earth in his small spacerocket.

Hope you like it.

07 July 2007, 05:41 PM
Need to now more about the idea, but the layout and first wor is great. good luck.

07 July 2007, 08:47 AM
Hey champ. :)

So, you finally got started. Have fun :buttrock:

07 July 2007, 01:25 PM
Cute looking spaceship! Is the astronaut going to be a human?
It kind of reminds me of "Astronaut Farmer" project!
Looking forward to see more of this!
Good luck!

07 July 2007, 11:31 AM (

Hey there.

Another update.

The astronaut in his rough form. Im not sure about his dimensions yet.

My idea is to depict the astronaut doing something non-action behavior. Calm but strange.

He could be packing the rocket with a picnic-basket and a tiled blanket while talking on the phone. Ofcause the animation is gonna end with the rocket taking off. Im aiming for 10-30 seconds of animation.

07 July 2007, 11:35 AM
authentic: Hi there. Thanks.

MartinNielsen: Uh I will try to have as much fun I can:)

varma: As you can see he's human:) Got some inspiration from the astronaut on It's so cool. Thanks by the way=)

07 July 2007, 11:46 AM
Hey great work on modeling sofar, I like especially the expression of his face!
At last great work buddy, keep it up and goodluck, :scream:
mim, :thumbsup:

07 July 2007, 09:54 AM
Hi :).
I love the background setting! It has a certain cozyness to it. (It seems like the stool is floating a bit though ;) ).
I like the astronaut's style too, but the torso seems to be missing some detail. (Maybe astronaut suits are like that :p)

Good luck and have fun ^^

07 July 2007, 09:38 AM (

Hi there. A bit more stuff in the settings now. Im going back to those sphere trees. They are so cool I think.

07 July 2007, 10:08 AM
Good idea witht he sphere trees. You're right, sphere trees ARE cool! ^^
Might I ask how you made the leaves on this one? :)

07 July 2007, 11:01 AM
mim-Armand: thanks m8. I dont know about his hair. Think ill redo it.=)

DeadSquirrel: Thanks. About the leaves, they are 4 polygons and snapped around the sphere. Make 10 or 20 evenly around the sphere, and pop the pivot in the sphere center. Then you can copy the 20 leaves and rotate some 10 times or so, to get the desired density of leaves. Actually, I think ill double up the numbers of leaves and then hide the sphere. That looks bit better (but is obviours more heavy).


08 August 2007, 01:49 PM (

Hey people.

I moddeled the car which the astronaut is going to arrive in. Hope you like it

Hope to have a storyboard up and running soon.

So far the plot is as simple as it can get. The astronaut arrives at the rocket with his car. He steps out, and takes a picnic-basket and a fuel-container from the trunk of the car and jumps happily to the rocket and puts the basket in the rocket. He fill up the gas on the rocket and enters. The rocket starts and is blow off into the air.


08 August 2007, 10:47 PM
Sweet! modelling and rendering aghill, the new textures look great too and compliment your style well

08 August 2007, 01:45 AM
hey, this might be my favourite entry so far. modelling, texturing, style and storyline are all top notch. should be fun doing some sweet dynamics stuff on the rocket take-off.

seems like you could throw some more polys at the car, (aroudn the wheel rim)

08 August 2007, 03:16 AM
that looks a load of fun mate... nice modeling!

at the moment the tree looks like its comming out of the bottom of the truck, mayb its because theres not textures there, but i dont think you should overlap those silhouettes.

other then that it all looks so sweet. Have fun mate... c ya around :thumbsup:

08 August 2007, 01:18 PM (

Hey people.

Ive been working on the textures on the astronaut lately. I wanted to test out some of the occlusion baking in Modo, and it worked out pretty good. I wanted to make the astronaut suit like some old discardet russian space-project stuff. Further more the red stripes on the rocket is the theme I went with on the coloring.

Hope you like it.

08 August 2007, 09:20 PM
DaddyMack: thanks m8.

Jhonus: Thanks, and yea - that rocket dynamics is gonna be loads of fun to do. Never really done something like it, but it will be fun trying out. And yea, theres prolly some objects which needs smooth... im so lazy=)

overcontrast: Thanks. I think your right on the composition and framing so far. Those trees should be moved to the side for the final framing.

n'ways. Ill throw in another update right away!

08 August 2007, 09:28 PM (

Hi again.

Did some more work on the astronaut. Right now im rigging it, and will get some poses soon- looking forward to that.

08 August 2007, 10:26 PM
hey the astronought is looking good, nice texturing work...

08 August 2007, 05:28 PM
hey, i noticed one thing about your astonaut. I know russian )(its my 2nd language) and i saw you put the label on his suit saying RUSSIA in russian, so you mispelled it a little bit, switch the last letter with the previous and it will spell russia right then. Or maybe you made this mistake on purpose& so not to make think of him as russian astronaut& well, hope i helped you . i like your project a lot, but i think you could create a more interesting plot(modeling and anm takes as much tine time or even less than creating astrong and interesating plot) good luck!!!

08 August 2007, 11:56 AM
overcontrast: Thanks m8. really looking forward to make a animation test on the guy

Serebryakov: Hi there and thanks. Hehehe, yea I googled "russian space project" and found this word (I dont know anjy russian so im just totally ignorant here) :) Ill swich those two last letters around. thx =)

About the plot, I think this competition is all about building up a personality, which normally is assosiated with another behavior, that suddenly changes. I don't want to depict a strange situation but a strange behavior, on this character. Maybe the plot could be a bit more spicy..



08 August 2007, 09:49 PM (

Hi again.

A fast pose here. Ive been rigging the last couple of days. Dont have too much time for super skinng, and I dont think i'll do corrective shapes for the shoulders etc. Its really basic for now. If I need some better deformation later on Ill do it, but for now its a bit of waste.

Ive come up with a new plot too. Same scene only shorter, easier and much more funny/strange :)

Hope you like it.


08 August 2007, 12:14 PM
hey Thomas GREAT STYLE!!

I like it.


Wayne jermaine
08 August 2007, 03:29 PM
i love your texture work on your truck.. awesome dude

08 August 2007, 06:45 PM (

HI again.

More work on the set. The landscape is rocky and grass. Im thinking of making some various red flowers, to give the green grass a bit more flavour, and maybe there could be a cornfield on the other side of the fence.

As for the storyline a new idea has come up, this one being much more interresting and fun to do. Wont say to much yet, since its kinda surprising. Only that this rocket isnt for flying:)

Anyways. Hope you like it. Cya!

08 August 2007, 09:27 PM
looks good, very nice textures
I hope you're planning to make tree bark and fence textured too
somehow the streetlamp doesn't fit into the scenery

08 August 2007, 09:40 PM
hey buddy very nice update!!... loving the textures!!... but about the trees... i dont think they could be placed in a better way. right now it kinda distracts the whole composition. Here is a suggestion: CLICK HERE (
Hope this helps... keep up the good works mate... will b waiting for more!!

08 August 2007, 07:53 AM
Hi there.

Wayne jermaine: thx dude:)

infoarq: thx. I think the style is a good mashup of different things:)

ania: thx. True- The lamp doesnt fit. Either ill gonna make it more rural-like or simply take it away.

overcontrast: Thx again=) Your right about the trees. Ill need to play around with it.

08 August 2007, 08:48 PM
Cool update! I'm liking this style of rendering more and more!
Perhaps you could need more space on both sides of the pic, looks like it's cropped kind
of tight, like the space from the car to the far left of the image border!
Keep up!

08 August 2007, 09:09 PM
Astronaut and scenery look great! Look forward to seeing more of your concept and more of your entry.

08 August 2007, 01:12 PM (

Hey there.

Been workin a bit on the final look of the short animation.

The Astronaut is rigged and ready to be animatied, and the set slowly moves forward. Furthermore I need to scetch down the storyline so I can begin to animate the short.

Hope you like it.


08 August 2007, 03:28 PM
hey buddy the env is looking very good... nice lighting work, IMO the key light could be more yellowish or warm... will be waiting to see the animation!:bounce:

08 August 2007, 05:22 PM (

Hey there.

Another look test here. Im trying out a more redish ligt. It gets so cold and green all of it with the last blu tint I had.

Furthermore ive desaturated all of the picture a bit and added a soft brown circular ramp at the edges to give it a old and worn look. I kinda like this. What do you think?

Right now i can render a color pass with Final Gather in 2 minuts. I hope to have it around there. The animation is gonna be around 20-30 seconds.

!!!SPOILER!!! :-)

So far the story is:

Shot 1:
We see the rocket standing alone in the scene. suddenly we can hear a car, which entes the scene and stops hard (squashing down in its halt).

Shot 2:
The astronaut steps out of the car and run over to the rocket. He checks for anything amiss on the shell of the rockey, and takes up a remote control to open the rocket. He steps inside.

Shot 3:
A bird flies by in the background and nothing apearent happens. The sound of a zipper opening followed by the sound of wated dripping down into water. Then we hear a flush, like that from a toilet, and the door opens. The astronaut steps out. He steps into his car and drives away.

shot 4(eventually):
The car dissapear, and the rockets exhaust buckles a bit and pee drips out from underneath it.


Hope you like it.


08 August 2007, 05:27 PM
hey buddy the env is looking very good... nice lighting work, IMO the key light could be more yellowish or warm... will be waiting to see the animation!:bounce:

Hey there and thx! I followed your advice and went with a more warm key. Its working very well I think. Thx for pointing it out.

About animation--- pehh! Im not wanting to go there yet! - guess I have to:)

09 September 2007, 07:55 PM (

Still playing around with final look. Think Im beginning to hit something I like. Theres a slight change in saturation in through the depth and ive added a bit more contrast. Further more the dof is more heavy now.

Might as well pop in this small rig-test I did yesterday. Some knee-"pop" but else it seems to be okay for now. (

Hope you like it!:)

See you around!.


09 September 2007, 02:27 AM
Haha looking great Thomas, love the storyline. And the style has a lot of character - liking the depth of field

09 September 2007, 05:03 PM
very creative stuff!!.. Great work on modeling, texturing and lighting!:thumbsup:

09 September 2007, 06:57 PM
he he hellarious story man...!!! I'm laughing out loud here... really love it... astronought peeing in a rocket... hahah nice...

yeah the scene looks much better now with the warmer key. Keep up the good works!

09 September 2007, 04:55 PM
Congratulations Thomas...

Your animation looks great.

I love the little details in background... are you modeled carīs interior?
Great textures and ilumination, car are fantastic, but need some intereior detail. (i think.)

but you movie and idea are cool.

09 September 2007, 10:32 AM
Trickz: thx. Cool you like the storyline:) Im aiming for a depth which gives it off as being a mini-universe.

Maxter: thanks alot.

overcontrast: thanks=) I think the lighting is a bit better now. Maybe it could use some more contrast in final composit.

infoarq: thanks. I think your right with the car needs more detail. Ive made a couple of chairs. but I guess it needs a steeringwheel too:D

09 September 2007, 08:55 PM
This entry is one of my favourites i say. I am looking forward to watch the completed piece.:thumbsup:

09 September 2007, 09:16 AM
Cool entry! great design and modeling skills. Please, could you tell me something about leaves of the trees modeling? Thanks!

09 September 2007, 01:18 PM
SEMSAHMER: Thanks! I do think theres alot of great entries in this competition.. its gonna be great to see the fininished.

medunecer: thanks:)

The leafs are modelled. Ive done one leaf of 4 polygons and snapped it to the surface of the sphere some ten times, combined them and given this 10-leaf sphere the same pivot of the sphere, then copied the leaf-sphere.. its pretty simple. Sometimes with many of these trees (cause they are pretty heavy to render) you could make a shadowcaster-sphere in the leafs and turn off shadows on the leafs, to make it better to render.

Hopefully I can have a simple camera-blocking done later today.


09 September 2007, 01:23 PM
Thanks for the suggestion Thomas. I'll try this technique for sure!

09 September 2007, 08:19 PM (

Hi there. This is the fist draft of the camera blocking and sound.

So far the last scene, where the astronaut leaves the rocket not done. Youll have to wait for that one.

anyways. I would love to hear what you think.


EDIT: Click the picture to see the .mov file....

09 September 2007, 08:53 PM
nice animatics man... everything looks good... but I hope the peeing dosent go for that long period of time LOL. nice goind keep up the good works!

09 September 2007, 11:09 AM
Hey, champ.

First: The whole scene looks absolutely fantastic. I can see you're in the business :thumbsup:

Secondly: The animatic is great too. Especially the car movement is superb :thumbsup: But as you point out, we still need the ending to give a complete feedback. Keep rocking :buttrock:

09 September 2007, 11:18 AM
great animatic!

09 September 2007, 09:23 PM (


Ive been having a little pause lately... Civilization 4 is just such a great game!!!

Aaanyways. I bagan working with the animation yesterday - thought I wanted to update my project here.

Check it out here or click the picture (

Hope you like it. Do tell me whatever you think.

Take care.

09 September 2007, 09:27 PM
overcontrast: hehe - I kinda like the idea of having this REALLLY long peeing time. I think its kinda funny - but maybe im wrong. Ive shortened it a bit in the newest version

MartinNielsen: Hey Marting. Thanks! hope you like the new version!

medunecer: thanks:D

Still much to do... work work.

09 September 2007, 09:50 PM
it's still too long in my opinion (the viewer gets bored when the same thing lasts too long)
I would stop it around the 33 or 34 second.
flush noise is missing
apart from that it's becoming really nice.

09 September 2007, 11:10 PM
Hi there! I really like your style and everything looks awesome! I am a begginer here! But can see a good work in this! BTW what is that software you are using? what tools and tutorials can you recommend me so I can begin this Modeling Animation Trip


09 September 2007, 07:07 AM
I believe aghill is Maya user :wip:

09 September 2007, 11:14 PM
Looking foward to do something like that soon! I want to model my unborn Baby, he is coming on February 2008!! haha watn to model him as soon as he is out!

09 September 2007, 09:59 PM (

Hi there chaps!

An update is apropriate I guess. Ive been animating the last couple of evenings, when I had the time.

I even made a rendertest, to check if this will ever get rendered. Looks okay so far. For now im gonna use a color-pass rendered with final gather, and a depth pass. Nothing more. Better keep it simple af able to finish it, than not being able to finish it...

heres the result so far with the animation. Maybe I got some renders for you next time:D

Click here or click the image (

09 September 2007, 10:06 PM
ania: hi there. Ive tried to shorten up the peeing in the latest. The whole short has become a bit longer now, with the second scene adding another 100 frames. Im glad you like it:D

ZeroHart: as Martin writes, I am a maya user yea. I guess you can find alot of resources on these forums to learn whatever 3D-package you want to learn. Alot of wise guys and girls hanging around in the alleyways of Cgtalk, ready to answer your questions:) I would say, that starting with modelling your baby would be some big task. Good luck:D

now... sleepzzzZzZzzz

09 September 2007, 09:06 AM
Wow. great work overall. You deserve to sleep :)

09 September 2007, 04:57 PM (

Hey there.

Another animation update this weekend. I only need one scene now.

Check it out HERE (

I updated the set a bit. Added a tree to the forground to get better depth in the opening shot.

When all the scenes are done im gonna run them through and clean up the animation a bit more.

Furthermore I want another look on the clouds. More sphere-like so they adapt to the tree shapes a bit better.

Looks like ill have 10 days to render it out - im gonna need it!

anyways - cya!

09 September 2007, 04:59 PM
authentic: thanks man. Yea sleep is needed:D

09 September 2007, 10:12 PM
dude that looks gr8!... I saw the animation and i think ur doing a gr8 job with it.. cant wait to see more... :arteest:

10 October 2007, 05:40 PM
Nice character animation!

A few things, when he gets out of the car, he steps on the "foot leener", making the car lean to one side. But it's a bit difficult to see where he steps,(looks like his right leg is on the ground, making his left leg appear to be the last one in the car) so it looks like the car jumps back a little to lait. -sorry, that wasn't to good explained! he he.
Why is he staring twice at the door opener. I makes him look confused, as if he's not quite sure what it is.
The part when he enters the ship is beautiful!


10 October 2007, 06:15 AM
Nice ideea Nice work!Good luck!:thumbsup:

10 October 2007, 09:39 AM
overcontrast: Thanks! I only need the last scene of animation - looks like theres light at the end of the tunnel.

evengi: Thanks! I think your right about the steps out of the car. Ill look into it. About the door opener I wanted to show some kind of emotion (or thinking process) in him and this was the only real place where I had the oppotunity.

adib: thanks!

I rendered the first scene yesterday, and it had jitter in the trees (ofcause!!!).

How many days is left??

10 October 2007, 04:12 PM (

Hey again.

Ive begun rendering. Heres a test I did today.


Still have some jitter-issues which needs to be resolved (more render-power please!).

Anyways - hope you like it even though its jittering all over the place.


10 October 2007, 05:28 PM
That's a great render. Nice work on the trees.

10 October 2007, 07:24 PM
Good progress, ace :thumbsup: Let's hope you can finish it this time.

10 October 2007, 10:01 PM
good job mate... the rendered shot looks very nice.. keep goin...!:bounce::thumbsup:

10 October 2007, 09:57 AM
This seems fine, prepare to launch! :)

Maybe to saturat colours a little in postproduction ? Or maybe not! :)

10 October 2007, 02:42 PM
authentic: thanks allthough the trees ARE jittering with cameramovement.

MartinNielsen: haha finish it? NEVAH!:D

overcontrast: Thanks alot m8!

npantic: I like that you like it! About the saturation its a delibare choise. I want to make it black and white! - well allmost atleast.

10 October 2007, 06:40 PM (


Im rendereing for now - need more time!!!

Anyways, the picture is the intro screen of the movie. Ive rendered two scenes out, so im allmost halfway through.

Click the picture or click HERE to see the .Mov (

Havent really felt I had time to work through the animation much, so ill have to live with this.

Hope you like it. Take care.

10 October 2007, 09:41 PM (

Software: Maya,mental ray,Modo

Hey people.

okay - so its done! I dont want to use any more time on this, its killing me.

So far The Idea is to depict the astronaut with strange behavior.

Hope you like it!


Play Video >> (

10 October 2007, 03:01 AM
my little boy was cracking up w/ this one. he wanted to watch it over and over.

10 October 2007, 08:54 AM
r1-381: Hi there. Really like that you liked it!:) A childs laugher is allways the best!

10 October 2007, 09:51 AM
He he he. Great work my friend. You finally completed something :thumbsup:

10 October 2007, 11:21 AM
Good job i really like it.

good luck.

10 October 2007, 07:52 PM
hey congratulations buddy!... i really like this film. It got a nice look and a gr8 humor... I wish ya all the best with this one...:thumbsup:

10 October 2007, 08:11 PM
Mouahah ! Excellent ! animation is great and the render and modeling and texturing too !

11 November 2007, 01:55 PM
MartinNielsen: Hey Martin. Yea at least i "completed" something!:) Theres allways stuff to do better or different..

fido972: Thanks!

overcontrast: thanks. Cool you like it.

gpepper: Thanks - Ofcause theres allmost things that could have been better - especially the render. Oh well - its been a cool process:)!

11 November 2007, 11:08 PM
Great job! Funny!
Good luck!


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