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03 March 2009, 04:12 PM

Started this film about 2 Months ago although we have been working on the story and concept for alot longer. Its a 2 man project, and I'm the sole animator of the main character (I also designed modellled and rigged him). My partner is doing the lighting modelling and rendering.

I think its best to give a brief outline of the story.... and I will keep it REALLY brief.
The film is set in a future where global warming and smog have blackened the skies, and the only light that shines is from electrical sources, a reclusive young scientist works on a sunscope which will be able to harvest sunlight and concentrate it into a pure liquid form.

heres a link to a little teaser trailer type thing (really its only shading lighting and rendering tests) - done by my partner

Teaser: (

Regards Mulenga.

03 March 2009, 01:13 AM
Wow, that trailer was very good! I am thoroughly impresses so far. I hope to see the final product soon. Sounds very intriguing! If the final film is as good as the trailer, man...

03 March 2009, 09:38 AM
Yeah, this looks great :D Didn't quite catch the story trough the trailer, but it made me wanna see more, so it did its part ;) Nive work so far!

03 March 2009, 11:56 AM
Thanks for the comments guys. glad u like the little teaser, its not really a trailer just some render tests to give a rough idea of the art direction for the final film.

I'm just working on the next set of shot so will be uploading soon...

03 March 2009, 01:00 AM
Have you got a projected schedule? Any idea when it will be released?

03 March 2009, 09:43 AM
Hi, I am Daryl, the other member of this team, thanks for your interest, hopefully the release date for this will be the 13th May according to our production schedule, but we may take a couple of weeks to polish it up a little

04 April 2009, 12:46 AM
Here's a update of the character with lights and shaders as it stands, the SSS needs a little tweaking as well as the colours.

04 April 2009, 09:09 AM
An update of shot 6 and a first pass composite, gotta do the transparency on the water bath yet.

04 April 2009, 08:54 PM
hey deethree

Sweet comp!! The eyebrows stick out to me though, is the white outline a transparency thing, or bump issue? Looks great otherwise:applause:

04 April 2009, 01:21 AM
ahhh well spotted thanks for the feedback.

the weird fringing around the eyebrow was caused by a bump map issue where it was conflicting with our zbrush normal map. All sorted now so better renders will soon follow.

lol no one noticed that the characters hair wasnt subdivided in the last render ;)
all sorted now :)

04 April 2009, 05:01 PM
I'm very impressed with the cloth textures.

Also, you say two guys are working on this entire thing? Hot damn. Surely you both have degrees in the field, right? Otherwise, jeeze.

04 April 2009, 10:48 AM
Thanks a lot, we are still studying at the University of Hertfordshire and this is our project together.

04 April 2009, 04:41 PM
Some images of first pass shots

04 April 2009, 08:34 PM
Awesome, I've been waiting for an update!

05 May 2009, 03:00 AM
Anything new with the project yet?
Very excited to see it.

05 May 2009, 03:31 PM
Only 9 days left the the deadline, a lot of work to do.

05 May 2009, 04:57 PM
Man, if this is going to be anything like I'm imagining, it might be my favorite amateur short film, in any medium.

05 May 2009, 05:50 PM
The time has finally come around, and the deadline for the film is but a day away....
the link to the full and final film will be released within a few days once we're clear on some of the film festival rules...

05 May 2009, 03:12 PM
So today's the day, is it? As you can tell by about half of this thread being made up of my posts, I'm terribly excited for this. Can't wait to see how it turned out! :D

06 June 2009, 06:41 PM
The Final short film can be streamed in HD from here enjoy.......

The making of Documentary can be seen here

all comments totally welcome and encouraged

06 June 2009, 09:07 PM
Great work chaps, glad to see you put it up here, maybe put a thread in the finished animation forum as well?

06 June 2009, 01:07 PM
This is one of the nicest UK student animations I have seen in a long time.

06 June 2009, 03:59 PM
really awesome, that's all i can say

06 June 2009, 04:02 PM
Very nice work

What Inspired you to produce this piece?

06 June 2009, 11:26 PM
classic one. colours are WOW!. WELLDONE GUYS

06 June 2009, 08:58 AM
Very nice work
What Inspired you to produce this piece?

Hi, thanks for your complement. The film really started off by considering a future world where pollution has become so bad that sunlight is no longer visible. It was a simple concept but it offered a plethora of possible pathways for story development.

The film illustrates how we take advantage of the natural things in the world happening as they should (sun being there in the morning etc), and the enormity of the power that nature has over us without even trying.

I think we'd all appreciate sunlight if we hadnt seen it for a generation or two, and I'm sure we'd also do anything short of climbing a pipe into the sky to get some :)

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