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09 September 2009, 05:03 AM
Hi all! I'm currently working on a short film at Lifeway College New Zealand - check back here for updates.

LIVING MUSIC - a short film about a guitar shop that comes to life at night - 3 guitars (acoustic, electric and metal) battle each other with there different genre's but who will win?:buttrock:

check out some of my other work here :

09 September 2009, 05:34 AM
Here is another concept - whats happening here is the guitar is coming to life - the streaks and growth behind it will be done using animated paint FX - they symbolise it's transformation in a unique way.:eek:

09 September 2009, 09:46 PM
Another post!
This is most of my early concept work. Since making these I have decided to create the characters without the face's (like my first posts). The reason for the change is after watching an interview with John Lasseter ( :bowdown: )where he mentions that when making an inanimate object come to life putting a face on it is the last thing you would ever do. The animation of the character will bring it to life much more. Also it'll making rigging much simpler! :thumbsup:

09 September 2009, 09:51 PM
Here's a concept of the electric guitar coming to life:

09 September 2009, 01:06 AM
Here's my animatic - just finished it yesterday - missing a small piece of music from the end during the drum-beat. All music samples were downloaded from and

I won't have anymore updates for a little while as I'm right in the middle of rigging/skinning the guitars :banghead:

09 September 2009, 11:31 PM
I've been busy preparing a shot to show off to Flux Animation Studios ( who are coming to visit this week. Also gave me a chance to see how the paint FX would work in the shot and and overcome any issues. Here is the WIP for the shot and i'll post the rendered video when i get a chance (still rendering)

for now i have a playblast you can watch:

09 September 2009, 11:08 AM
Here's the final render all composited. Rendered with Renderman and composited in AfterEffects

I have re-rendered the shot following some critique from my lecturer - see it here:

09 September 2009, 12:46 AM
Just been busy rigging and skinning the other 2 guitars - I haven't had too many problems :thumbsup: . I bought the soundtrack for Up to listen to and keep me inspired while I work through this stage.

I got a script from Mafi ( for setting up my joints and rigging.

And i've been using comet tools ( for skinning - i find it so much easier than Maya's paint weights tool!

09 September 2009, 10:35 AM
Hi all - i've been busy double checking everything before I start animating - did my lighting setup for the indoor set and outdoor set - retextured some props - added some props.

Heres a couple of indoor shots:

and one outdoor shot - this was comped in Nuke using Rendermans EXR ouput :

09 September 2009, 11:55 PM
Hi - i've been busy animating out my shots over the last few weeks - i've thrown together all the shots i've playblasted as an early cut. Has helped me get a feel for the short and where I can cut/add parts to it.

I will add in the animated PaintFX last. :thumbsup:

Let me know your thoughts!

Here's the link: (

09 September 2009, 01:38 AM
Cool idea. Seems like you're taking this very seriously :) good to see.

Looks good so far. Keep up the hard work.

10 October 2009, 11:59 PM
Finally reaching the end of animating! I just have to add some motion Graphics awesomeness in a couple of shots and it'll be set for lighting and then rendering ...:bounce:

Here's a test render:

10 October 2009, 11:49 PM
Hey man ur Thread is coming along pretty cool so far post sum more updates man ;D good work big one good work hahah neways man i put my back out this w/e so ill check u at class 2mor :buttrock:

10 October 2009, 01:56 AM
your concept are so nice!! well done !! i hope in another up as soon as possible

11 November 2009, 10:42 PM
Hey Guys-
Been busying doing lots n lots of Rendering - only using one PC so it's taking a while - and Renderman crashes haven't helped! :banghead: But it's OK! I've come up with a few solutions using Batch commands!

I'm quickly preparing a 'mini show-reel' to send out next week to a few studios so forgive me if I don't update for a while!!!

Here are some screen-grabs of some compositing i've been doing with Nuke - notice the messy node-tree i've got going!! It's great - but i don't get lost tooo often ;)

11 November 2009, 10:29 PM
Hey everyone!

I'm almost finished rendering out all the shots - I have being compositing with Nuke during the day and rendering while I sleep (or while watching Fringe - love that show!) :thumbsup:

Heres my showreel that I put together last week. I have some shots from 'Living Music' in there so check it out!

11 November 2009, 08:22 PM
Hi guys
I haven't disappeared! I am still getting my renders together and re-rendering some shots to fix any errors (there were a few! :cry: ) Here's a few shot's of what I've been doing while waiting for renders:

This is the opening shot - guitar shop exterior, I want to add rain over this using After FX, but theres still a few frames to render :)

This is in the middle when the metal guitar gets ultra-angry and flys at the electric guitar (anime style!) reference and inspiration taken from Horton Hears A Who

And this is one of the final shots, using some tricky comping skills I made some sparkling swirls, which symbolises all the different guitar styles (with help from the MP3) coming together and making great music (awwwwwwww) :blush:

11 November 2009, 10:49 PM
Hi Everyone...
Have put most of the final comps together now in After FX, have one last shot to re-render, which will probably take another 6 hours!

Added rain in After FX (CC Particle World)

Put together the MP3 player, with working screen!

Changed the final shot, decided to use Maya's Particles instead - much better, and quicker to render too!

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