LC45 Xmas Awesome Mecabricks challenge

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  01 January 2017
Added key lighting to sculpt the mood and story. Got a bit of noise problems in the background, will handle those later on once all elements are finalized.

LC45 V002

Still plenty of things need to be added later. Feedback are very welcome
  01 January 2017
Added more lights. Played around with colors in Nuke by grading each light from multilight passes output from 3Delight.

LC45 V003

Starting to get what I want, but probably still need to tweak the blue environment color further. Painted away some noise in the background due to bounces from smaller area lights, so maybe I'm going to close the some room in order to contain the light bounces to avoid too much noises.
  01 January 2017
Tweaked more lights. Added rim for the xmas tree and put more exposure for the center around santa to put more emphasis.

LC45 V004

Will move on to shading the scene.
  01 January 2017
My first try

Hi there,

Hope its not too late, here is my first attempt:
Comments welcome, thanks!

- David

DW attempt 1
  02 February 2017
Attempt 2

Hi, Here is an update, moved things around to improve the overall composition. Tweaks various material settings.

BTW, this was rendered with Electric Image Animation System. Used 3 several years old i7 Macs and 1 really old Xeon Mac Pro 8 core. About 40 minutes of render time. The scene used mainly 1 area light with 15432 light polygons. And 2 very low intensity fill lights.

LC45 v2
  02 February 2017
LC45 third attempt

Here is my third version. Fine tuned the lighting to be little darker overall since it is a night scene. And have more of the light source from the area lights and less overall fill light.

LC45 version 3

1920x1080 version here:

  02 February 2017
The challenge is going to close soon. So hurry up to post your entries. (next week I will comment all of them) Also we are currently look for modellers send me a pm to know more
"please be gentle I'm still learning.."
  02 February 2017
Final version

Here is my final version

LC 45 Final

Hi res 1920x1080 here:
  02 February 2017

Iv made a few small changes
My Blog:
  02 February 2017
Alternate version

An alternate version with more trees:

LC 45 Alternate

Hi-Res here:
  02 February 2017
@dwu67 : The alternate version looks great! The trees gave better focus the center of the image, compare than your previous image that looks darker for the background. Awesome work.

@jojo 1975 : Hi Giorgio, hope this challenge still opens by the end of this week? I'm getting close for the final submission.

Here's my latest iteration, finally had the chance to add more materials after I gather Lego Color Palette and mixed them for my scene. Next will focus on snow and some little details that goes with my final submission.

LC45 V005

Render time went up to 5hrs 16mins but it's quite fast since 50% of the image are subsurface.

  02 February 2017
LC45 Moon added

One more version with sky and moon:

LC45 Moon

  02 February 2017
Final Submission


Giorgio, I hope I made it for the deadline

This is my final submission. Added snow, some glitters, volumes and some post work in Nuke. Rendered using 3Delight in 6 hours using my crappy desktop machine which is i5 2.5GHz 2 Cores 8GB RAM.

LC45 V006

Comments and critics are very welcome.

Last edited by neonbulbs : 02 February 2017 at 02:40 AM.
  02 February 2017
Yes you did i will comment during this week. The thread will remain open so if everyone would like to post other versions you are welcome to do it
"please be gentle I'm still learning.."
  03 March 2017

Lovely Land

here you go my latest challenge.
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