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03 March 2008, 04:43 PM
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03 March 2008, 09:27 PM (

Hi There,

This is the group of Ishan,Kok ping and Yiming.This is our first ever CG Challenge and we're really excited about this (Esp XSI :D :D)
After reading few excerpts from David Brin's novels we have got a brief idea about the story.Still not sure though..but we'are working upon that.

We are thinking about making a 1 minute short film.Genre is gonna be dark humour. And the setting would most certainly be from the first three novels from david brin.

The story roughly goes like this:

Set in far future the film starts with a table conversation between a son and his mother. The mother is from some ancient galactic race while the son is from a human father.
The son is asking her mother that she should always be ready to re-consider right and wrong. Further he tells he has killed father and now he has come to kill her to get the whole empire she owns.
It's then when we realize how strange and dangerous it is to have an alien mother!

It's still rough though.. :-|
We are thinking about shooting it in live that we can match move the cameras in 3d.It might give it a better 'handheld' feel. Planning to shoot that tommorow.That would be our storyboard+animatics :)

04 April 2008, 12:03 PM
You have good style on drawing, I like it.

04 April 2008, 03:21 AM (

This is the reference film we have shot for our short film.

We are gonna use 'the camera information' from this.Also the performances wil help us in animation.
The story cud be a lil different..

1)After 50:21 mother and son have swapped their roles(since we wanted gud performance of mother at the end..but my friend(who was playing the mother) cudnt pull it better.So at the end it's like - Mother has killed the son who came to kill her after killing the father.
2)Just to see how it looks with some music I added some frm reqieum..My composer has already started working for the final score.
3)The dialogues are not dubbed might not hear them we hav got subtitles.
3)We dint have any actors to work we ourselves played the parts(and it was Fun :D).

04 April 2008, 03:24 AM
The Idea is to get a complete handheld feel to this 3d film. Hopefully we'll be able to achieve this by getting camera movements frm this film :-)

Coming Soon : The character designs..

04 April 2008, 03:28 AM
And ya..
we dint have anystoryboards while shooting this..just a piece of paper with some dialogues.The reason was to take these shots with different angles and movements..and finally in editing putting the best one in the final Cut.
Our friends have given few more gud ideas..May be incorporate them later..we might be shooting again..just to get some help for the animation..
Still working on the story though : |

Lets move to the character+enviornment designs now! :-)..See ya guyz soon!

04 April 2008, 10:27 AM
sounds and looks very funny. cant wait to see details!

04 April 2008, 09:51 PM (

Our teammate Mahaviro just passed his character design for the 'son' in our film.(Pose:fantasystockphoto)The son is supposed to be human and slightly a warrior kinda person..So for us a gud design to start with.He's still working on it though.
Coming Soon: The low poly models.. :)

04 April 2008, 09:55 PM (

This is my design for the mother.My first concern was to give her a look of vamp.Her dialogues with the smoke will surely be more effective then.And then a villaneous alien touch.Its been influenced by anime and photography by francesco D'isa.
But this is only the human pass for her.Now I have to go for the-'alien pass'! ..: )
Coming Soon:The low poly models :)

04 April 2008, 10:21 PM
Still figuring out the enviornment..idea is to make it lil eerie..
let's see how it comes.. :)

04 April 2008, 11:29 PM
cool concepts so far. this is our teams first challenge too, should be fun!

05 May 2008, 11:40 AM (

Some WIP for the enviornment..

05 May 2008, 11:42 AM (

enviornment WIP..

05 May 2008, 11:43 AM (

more env WIPS..jus small test with maya software rendereing...still thinking about lighting..

05 May 2008, 11:45 AM (

jus tried to put and see the rough model of the chgaracter to see how he looks in the scene..

05 May 2008, 12:13 PM
Very cool...I like the abstract/industrial look it has!

05 May 2008, 03:30 PM
Great mood and lighting.

05 May 2008, 09:54 AM
Thanks Tyson! Thanks Grzegorz!
Will soon post a small rendered video of the room..
The bulbs and cogs/wheels are all movin with lights behind them..guess it will help the eerie mood we intend to get..
Still havnt touchd any DOF or mental ray..just testing and testing.. :-)

05 May 2008, 05:36 PM (

Plz follow the link:

a small test on the room where our characters are gonna talk..
still not sure with the dof..wil be posting another vid with dof and mental ray..

05 May 2008, 05:40 PM
and ya the music in this video is also an initial pass for the background score by our composer ..
he has got loads of work still ..

05 May 2008, 05:42 PM
very cool, the lights coming through the gears and the moving dangling things are very cool. The one thing I would say, do you think those things will wind up being distracting in your shots? Not sure what you have planned. Anyway cool stuff! Hope to see more.

05 May 2008, 05:47 PM
thanks moljnir!! :)
Yup u r rite..they cud be very distracting.. and am still thinking abt it..
actually most of the shots in our film are close ups with heavy use of mayb it wud solve the problem..let see..;)

05 May 2008, 04:38 AM
Very cool
Are you tracking the hand held camera data? or this is all made up in CG.
Feels a little to jerky to me, either way.

Love the volumetrics, flying objects, strong graphic shapes.

I'd rather see it widescreen though.:)


05 May 2008, 08:45 PM (

This is a character which wasnt there initially in our storyboards..but eventually we found him important for the film.Nothing much..just an uplifted chimp..listening the whole conversation..(though uplifted..he's still lil dumb :D)

05 May 2008, 08:48 PM (

just som fast zbrush sculpt for the normal maps..

05 May 2008, 08:51 PM (

few shots frm the render..
still rendering the shot..once its over, will upload soon :-)

05 May 2008, 09:59 PM
Hey Grzegorz!
We are using handheld cam data from SynthEyes..
actually last render was just a smal test..really dint work to get it better..
guess wint be that jerky in the final renders..

and ya..widescreen is on the way too :)

thanks fr the useful comments :)

05 May 2008, 11:05 AM (

A render test for the chimp..where he reacts to a gunshot..

plz follow the link:

the 2 main characters are rigged..and we have started some anim fr them..
wil post soon.. :-)

05 May 2008, 12:45 PM
I understand that you want that kind of light,but is to dark.We don t see the character very well.And all the work on model and texture,because is a great character we must see the detail.

good progress!

05 May 2008, 11:35 PM (

Too much of work! No time to even post..
Our teammate Mahaviro finished the model for the Son character(a hybrid)..and Yiming has rigged it. He 's damn busy in doing the animations these days. Mahaviro is still busy with the trash planet Exterior shot modeling. Will Soon post that one too.And ya our third character 'mother' is almost done,have to rig it soon.

We are almost done with the rendering of 30-40 % shots..
busy.. :-)

05 May 2008, 11:38 PM (

Some rendered shots..

05 May 2008, 11:40 PM (

Will soon post a video of some final shots..

i better get bak to work now!..

05 May 2008, 11:43 PM
Oops! i guess the images are compressed a lil too much..
in the final render they look much clearer :-)

05 May 2008, 02:29 AM
adib: thanks fr pointing that out.hav changed some lighting fr that shot.I guess I was relying too much on the color correction in the post.

06 June 2008, 12:44 AM (

Some progress from animation of the hybrid son.

Plz Follow the link:

>The dialogue here is just for test.
>We are planning to have dialogues in some alien language,and then use subtitles.

Will post more soon.

06 June 2008, 12:59 AM (

dunno why image dint come last time..guess still som problem.Oki doki..posting again..

plz follow the link

06 June 2008, 01:07 AM
Hmm..still not coming.
mayb i shud try later...

06 June 2008, 08:36 AM (

Some progress from animation of the hybrid son.

Plz Follow the link:

>The dialogue here is just for test.
>We are planning to have dialogues in some alien language,and then use subtitles.

Will post more soon.

06 June 2008, 09:17 AM
The atmosphere is great,the light and the color to.GREAT WORK!:buttrock:

06 June 2008, 11:29 AM
Holy Crap thats some scary stuff
Looks amazing, great atmosphere and lighting

Chris Haigh

06 June 2008, 03:04 AM (

after few drafts we have finalized the's almost similar to the one we posted with the storyboard,jus that we have added more references to alien races..
havn't put together everything..jus the dialogues..guess that's all we need..
now it's time to record them in some alien language..and then enhance them to sound so..(as i said before we'll be using subtitles).

06 June 2008, 03:10 AM
Still having som problems to upload..guess wil be able to do it soon..

06 June 2008, 03:25 AM
Thanks adib.Thanks Chris!!
Great to hear frm u guys!

yeah,lights are certainly adding the drama we intend to get in our film..:)

06 June 2008, 04:41 AM
am having problems loading images..
so if u guys see more than one similar post..plz don mind. :-)

06 June 2008, 10:31 AM (

one more shot.
alien language(that says"very very much")..havnt enhanced the voice yet.

Plz follow the link :

06 June 2008, 10:54 AM
Hey mate I really like how that character is looking.....kind of like an evil clown or something.

Keep going!

06 June 2008, 04:55 PM
exactly my thoughts! like space version of joker from new batman movie! very cool!

06 June 2008, 08:06 PM
Thanks Tyson! Yeah..its coming well now..and hopefully wil finish him up on time. The alien mother is gonna be more evil :D

Thanks Turbinea! version of joker! Never really thot of it..until our animator pointed out a couple of days bak- 'u knw its kind of cool to anmiate him..looks like heath to me'.. he he..

Will post the alien mother soon.

06 June 2008, 02:29 PM (

the alien mother..
still touching up her animations..

06 June 2008, 06:21 AM (

Software: After Effects,Maya,Photoshop,ZBrush

Thanks for the continuous support and inspiring entries guys!We are done with our entry - Maternity.
Will Soon upload the trailer and making of.

At some unkown trash planet a conversation between the hybrid human son and the mother from some ancient galactic race, takes a different turn when the son declares he killed his father to claim the trash planet.And now he has come to kill the mother too. The chimp client race suppressed by both the powerful races has got nothing but to witness the whole incident in the dark humour.
The story is loosely inspired by David Brin's Uplift Storm triology and the point that the illegal colonists in a chaotic trash planet can go to any extenct to claim a place.Since they are talking in some ancient galactic language,we decided to use the subtitles :-) This is our first ever fully CG production.

Many Thnaks :-)

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06 June 2008, 11:01 PM
I absolutely love it!!

Twisted, eerie, the strange dialect makes it even better.
I'm totally immersed in this weird universe.
Great job with compositing and adding the texture to this cg creation.


06 June 2008, 12:59 AM
I'll second what grzesiekj said :D

I love the dark, murky feeling you gave it---it suits the characters' personalities perfectly.

I also like the dynamic between characters....the "moderator" ape-man sitting between the two bickering aliens. And the twist ending was not something I expected! Having them speak alien languages was also a creative touch, that I haven't seen in any other entries.

Here's to you succeeding during the judging phase! :beer:

06 June 2008, 08:11 AM
Crazy!! Great work guys! One can't forget this movie
Very original! Good luck with judging!

06 June 2008, 09:58 AM
I really like your camera movements, and the backgrounds!

06 June 2008, 12:50 AM
Thanks Grzegorz!
We're really really happy to know you liked it.We really worked hard to get it done.
In the pre-production stage itself the first thing that we talked about was.."to make it look eerie" .Guess we succeded in achieving that.
And yeah we had fun inventing the language.:)

Hey Tyson..
Am Soo happy u liked it!(was actually waiting fr ur comment..)Yeah that moderator ape worked really well in the film.He wasnt there initially,but then we thought ..wat about putting there a dumb guy,just listening to them! Alien language was really fun to do..

Thanks alot BB!
Good luck to you too.

Thanks Kamcsat,
We'r glad u liked it! We tracked real camera movements to achieve that handheld and different feel to the cameras.Best of luck with your entry!

06 June 2008, 01:04 AM (

Software: After Effects,Maya,Photoshop,ZBrush

So we are finally done with the 30 sec trailer,the making of and the film.The making of was really rushed though.
Hope u'll like it.

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07 July 2008, 04:44 AM
Hey Yiming,Kok Ping!!

It was great fun to have you guys as a team! Really.

Thanks to all the winners and other awesome challengers who let us push our limits and made us to learn and try more.

This challenge was fun.


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