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  01 January 2002
Large Sci-Fi animation

Good news, everyone! I've purchased a server and the animation is now available for your viewing pleasure!
21MB, DIVX 640x240
you will need the Dvix codec (

This is started out as project to create a realistic jungle. It's taken a little over two months to complete, and is now ready for your eyes. Unfortunately, I've learned so much since I finished this thing that it would be twice as good if I did it now... :-( This is one of the feature animations for the new opening of the Sci-Fi Art webpage. Done in 3dsMax 3. Since it is such a large file, you might want to check out some of my smaller works ( to convince you to download it.
I've been using Max for less than 6 months.

Thanks for taking a look.
Please enjoy.

Last edited by Howard Day : 01 January 2002 at 09:28 PM.
  01 January 2002
It looks good Howard but it dosen't look really realistic to me :confused: , but I like it anyways

good work

  01 January 2002
Not realistic? In what way?
  01 January 2002

Looks good. But I would agree it's not totally realistic. The sphere of particles that come from the hull of the ships as they enter the atmosphere, should be more to the shape of the ship's hull instead of this invisible sphere.

The jungle looks good for the fast flying action, but when the two enemy ships stop, it gives away the reality of the jungle.

Looks cool other than those two points I see.


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  01 January 2002
hm I have to say the server you purchased is great! really fast
where is it located?

now to the movie:
it looks pretty good in the fast scenes but in the slow ones you see the plants and all that stuff are lowpoly
also I didn't like the music too much there's not enough 'action' in it
the sound fx were good but they should be a bit louder maybe

I liked the movie though, keep it up and give us more stuff!!
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  01 January 2002
Thumbs down

Anything but photorealistic will recieve a certain amount of criticism, and although I agree with the above I must say that I like the little movie. Short and effective story (I mean, spaceships fighting HAS been seen before, but you present all the elements in a very good way), and thats hard enough to create. I especially like the ending with the two enemy ships still burning as our hero speeds away to the next assignment.

Good work!
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  01 January 2002
You guy's whine too much....You knew that my buddy Howard Day have been using Max for a few mounths only??
  01 January 2002
Guys..... what do you say? I think for 6 month of using MAX it is amazing. Of cource there are some obvious things, like the jungle, music, and some of camera movement. But it looks really good.. Good work!
  01 January 2002
Nice stuff. You've only been using max for 6 months, but how long have you been doing 3d? It doesn't look like only 6 months...

Ships looked cool, the scenery looked good when the camera was moving, not as good, but still nice in the still-shots. Camera movement needs more work. The fx were pretty nice, I really like the smoke when they enter the atmosphere. Look at manga and anime for more extravagant explosions and beam effects

Staffan: what's the point of posting if we don't whine about the things that need polishing?
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  01 January 2002
i play with max more than a year and i cant do nothing like that,
great work.. but yes needs always some refinements.. is not realistic for sure.. but is really cool
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  01 January 2002
Great work Howard, you've got potential. As Innervortex, i used max for a year and can't come up with something this good yet.
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  01 January 2002
I must say that I like ur anim very much! I don't care about the realism it's the mood & the style I like. I also visit ur site and I like ur kind of ditailed work. G/J

btw: Yes I "like" many things

  01 January 2002
Just watched the animation. I thought it was great! Like the person mentioned above, you definately have potential and I can't wait to see further work from you!

Noticeable things that I would criticize would be the environment and the way it is textured - it looks somewhat flat as if it was just one big texture plastered onto the environment objects.

Oh, I do however really enjoy the ship designs. Really reminds me of the game Homeworld.

There are definately improvements that can be made, but it's totally a great start =)

Keep up the great work,

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