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  01 January 2005
CgTalk:FXWars! A Volcano in Downtown Challenge:4

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CgTalk:FXWars! A Volcano in Downtown

COMPOSITE WAR
BY titaniumdave


Volcano
Pronunciation: všl-'kA-(")nO, vol-
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -noes or -nos
Etymology: Italian or Spanish; Italian vulcano, from Spanish volcŠn, ultimately from Latin Volcanus Vulcan
1 : a vent in the crust of the earth or another planet from which usually molten or hot rock and steam issue; also : a hill or mountain composed wholly or in part of the ejected material
2 : something of explosively violent potential


THE CHALLENGE:
Create an eruption of a Volcano in a city. The challenge this time is that the volcano eruption should be a composite over live action. In the finished animation you may intercut the footage between live action, FX composites and 100% cg scenes as long as you have at least one composite shot in your sequence. You can shoot your own live action footage, but if you wish, you may use the city footage that I have supplied (Appended to this message).

A cool animation might be a eruption of a volcano, a shot of the pyroclastic flow and then some lava going over city streets. Just imagine people running away from lava, meltin everything on its path.



The best animation/short will be selected by an open vote
for these categories:
  • Best Simulation
  • Best Animation
  • Best Editing(NEW!)
  • Best Visual Effects (NEW!)
  • Best Overall Entry

The winner will get bragging rights and a small banner
designed by me.

DATELINE: Monday March 7th 12:00 PM

YOU HAVE One month and two weeks to do the challenge.


CHALLENGE SPECIFIC RULES:
  • No work taken DIRECTLY from an existing tutorial. You may use an existing tutorial only for reference.
  • You may use a pre exiting models and filmed footage, as long as you have the the rights to use them.
  • You may provide a heavily edited animation with all the trimmings (hell add live action if you want), as long a you provide another PLAIN wireframe animation or image of the VFX shots at work.
  • Remember the key of the challenge if for you guys to brush up on your composite skills.
GENERAL RULES:
  • The animation and simulations (if any) must have been done AFTER the topic has been
    announced.
  • WIP are encouraged if they are posted in ANOTHER
    thread. Please provide a link to them on this thread.
  • WIP thread should be posted on the FXWARS Forum forum and should follow
    the following naming convention:
    FXWars! Volcano!: MY NAME (Note: Group entries are allowed)
  • It is Recomended that Final movies should be rendered at 320 x 240 or 640 x 480 in Quicktime* format (Sorenson Compression), but other resolutions and formats are allowed. * The animation format is open for discussion.
  • The animation should follow the following naming convention:
    MYNAME_FXWARS(RESOLUTION).mov. And please add your name at the beginning and end of the animation, and if you can, also add a small non disruptive watermark during the animation.
  • If for some reason, you can't host movies, sequential images (Thumbnails size 160 x 120 ) are accepted.
  • Please add a brief text description about your piece.
  • The artist also has to post total length of time it took and program used.
  • Collaborative pieces are accepted and encouraged, but Teams entries must have a identifying banner and a name. Shot lists should be included with the entry.
  • Individuals participating in a team CAN have their own individual entries.
  • The topics will be picked at random from the list on
    this >>thread << (The author will be given credit). So
    guys keep them coming.
  • Post on this thread your link to your WIP thread and your FINAL piece.
  • You can add multiple entries, as long as they have different WIP threads.
  • Only participants who follow the rules and submit a final entry will be elegible for the voting process.
  • Any piece caught breaking the rules will be taken
    off the thread.
Footage:

Plain City Photos Plates

(Note: all videos are 22 megs)
Plain City Plate Video1 (http://66.242.144.2/fxwars/one.jpg)
Plain City Plate Video2 (http://66.242.144.2/fxwars/two.jpg)
Plain City Plate Video3 (http://66.242.144.2/fxwars/three.jpg)
Plain City Plate Video4 (http://66.242.144.2/fxwars/four.jpg)
Plain City Plate Video5 (http://66.242.144.2/fxwars/five.jpg)
Plain City Plate Video6 (http://66.242.144.2/fxwars/six.jpg)


Reference:


http://www.volcanoworld.org/
http://www.geology.sdsu.edu/how_vol...work/index.html


Videos


http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/Hazards/What/PF/pcflows.html
http://volcano.und.nodak.edu/vwdocs/movies/movie.html
http://volcano.und.nodak.edu/vwdocs.../USGS/usgs.html
http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/Hazards/W...a/lavaflow.html

Good Luck

-R
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Last edited by RobertoOrtiz : 01 January 2005 at 02:56 AM.
 
  01 January 2005
This is def. one i want to get involved with... looks like fun... If I have the time... =P I guess we'll see
 
  01 January 2005
Very interesting topic and task. This may be first FXWars challenge I may compete in. Not to say others were'nt so good but now i have my own business and some spare time...lol
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  01 January 2005
Count me in, I need to get involved more on here, motivates me to do something other than 24...
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  01 January 2005
sneak previews?

Underwater eruption Frame from a Vue 4 and mover edited with PS7 . watching the wave come and finally being swept visually underwater is the plan.
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  01 January 2005
DonH remember that the eruption has to happen in a downtown area of a city.

-R
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  01 January 2005
Can you explain why you have links to rollercoasters under resourses? That was from the last challenge...I though you were going to get rid of your editor for all the mistakes he made on the rollercoaster challenge...

Anyways, looks like fun, I dont know if ill have the time for it but ill give it a try.

Sir_Vulcan
 
  01 January 2005
Originally Posted by RobertoOrtiz: DonH remember that the eruption has to happen in a downtown area of a city.

-R


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  01 January 2005
Awesome I am tottaly doing this one.
I have an independent study set up at school so I will make this its project.
Good Luck Everyone!
 
  01 January 2005
Sounds like a good one. I'm in.

P.S. it would help if the provided video plates had thumbnails. 6 x 22 megs takes a while to download.
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  01 January 2005
Originally Posted by rendermania: Sounds like a good one. I'm in.

P.S. it would help if the provided video plates had thumbnails. 6 x 22 megs takes a while to download.


Good point.
Ill do it when I get home.

-R
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  01 January 2005
I think i will do it, can we have just some more information about lens of camera fot the footage and pictures for help us in tracking / matching ? (28 mm or 35 or ... and the time of the shoot (10 pm, 8 am, ...)

Just for know and try to work better and faster.


Thanks for all your work on Cgtalk Roberto Ortiz,


Cheers,
Hugo
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  01 January 2005
The footage was done on a Canon ZR25 Mini DV camera (Lens: 4.2- 42.0 mm f/1.8-2.9)
But to make things easier I shot all the locked footage with a tripod.
Of course I recomend that if you can shoot your own footage please do so.

Mind you the footage has NO color correction.

NOTE: I have added the thumbnails.

-R
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Last edited by RobertoOrtiz : 01 January 2005 at 03:04 AM.
 
  01 January 2005
Wait, so the eruption itself has to occur in the downtown area? So you couldn't have a nearby peak explode (showing that footage from a downtown view), and then have lava flowing through the streets downtown or something?

I kind of want to try this, if for nothing more than to practice compositing. Not sure if I'm going to have time over the next month or not though...
 
  01 January 2005
The eruption can happen either downtown or on a nearby peak.

The key is that in both cases the eruption should affect somehow the downtown area.


-R
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