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05-13-2011, 09:41 AM
I'm very proud to be have been a part of BBC's new documentary, "Inside the Human Body", which started airing last week. For the first episode, I worked on four shots for Jellyfish Pictures (http://www.jellyfishpictures.co.uk/) in London.

http://jussing.dk/layout/image40.jpg (http://jussing.dk/gallery/bbc_insidethehumanbody.html)
Click here to go to the animation. (http://jussing.dk/gallery/bbc_insidethehumanbody.html)

The first is a plume of semen - the shot was fully animated when I took over, and I was in charge of lighting, rendering & compositing. We had to carefully make sure to make it look photoreal yet not distasteful in any way. The plume is a FumeFX vectorfield filled with Krakatoa particles.

The next shots feature a sperm cell entering the narrow space between the egg core and the egg shell, where it sets off a chain reaction, releasing material from "cortical granules" inside the egg, that hardens the shell, preventing other sperm cells from entering (very educational, working on something like this!) For these shots I was responsible for modelling (egg and egg shell), animation, simulations, lighting, rendering and compositing.

And the last shot is a forced perspective "wide shot" of the cortical granule reaction happening under the shell.

Stay tuned for breakdowns after the animations.

Software used:

3ds Max
After Effects

I hope you like it.

- Jonas

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