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Old 07 July 2005   #1
FX WARS! THE BIG FREEZE! Dutchman (Hybrid)

We are going to war!

F X W a r !

CGTalk.com FXWar entry by:
Jochem Harmsen
Gijs 'Dutchman' Leijdekkers


Starring
Joost Ossenblok


Hi all!,

I'm participating in this FX War this time! It's my first time here in an FX War, but I've quite often practised in the same way, but then without a deadline.

Jochem Harmsen (who is not on this forum... He's a CG beginner) is a mate of me who'll be a sort of an assistent, αnd he'll be giving feedback while working. A sort of second director.

Joost Ossenblok is αlso a mate of me, who will be the actor in this quite-short movie. Because he has the right look for 'the kind of man we needed', we asked him, and his is very willing to help us!

Yesterday we've had the first 5 houres of plate-photography (of what you can see some stills under here), and tomorrow morning we'll be shooting more stuff in the centrum of a near city.

Big inspirations for this mini-movie for us, are 'BV-01' (by that dαmn great guy, called Alessandro Pacciani!), the Rock, the Matrix 1 (the look of Neo) and also (of course) The Day After Tomorrow!

Storyboard etc soon... First we want to make you think yourself what you'd think it 'd be!

Owkay, time for some pictures! The upcoming pictures are just stills out of the footage of yesterday, and I did a quick (Photoshop) edit on those stills to show you what were planning to make the intro/opening-credits look like (to get you in the mood of the 2 minute movie)


On set:




PS edit:





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On set: (this will be the plate that will be in 'the big freeze shot'. The base matte-photos will be taken tomorrow, so no PS-edit on this!)



I hope you friends will like the stuff I told & showed, and that our fanclub will be twice as big, soon...! In every case were on the roll, and working hard for it!

Greetz & Good evening/day/morning/night!,
Gijs
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Old 07 July 2005   #2
Heey peepz ,

Yesterday we shot our photography stuff in the centrum of 'Roosendaal', the most near city around here. We did some 'hand-cam-style-filming' stuff, and we did some 'action-style-filming' stuff. Also we made some photographs (at 7 megapixel ) to use later on for the 'real action/VFX-scene' in the mini-movie (for mattepainting).

Some stills of that work and so, later. I'll soon be buzzy with the VFX contents, and I'll keep you up to date about that with some WIP stuff!

Hopefully thνs time more people will reply!

Greetz,
Gijs (& Joost & Jochem )
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Old 07 July 2005   #3
Hi Dutchman! lookin forward to your entry about the PS pictures, i tihnk they are too blurred/ oversaturated, little less would be better
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Old 08 August 2005   #4
Originally Posted by Job.: Hi Dutchman! lookin forward to your entry about the PS pictures, i tihnk they are too blurred/ oversaturated, little less would be better

I agree with the 'bad look' of the PS-pics , but because it's only to give you a bit of an impression, you shouldn't need to mind... The FXWar yσur involved with looks very cool and interesting... I'll be following you cheap Blender people!

Time for the interesting stuff, as the last image just showed something of the intro... I haven't been doing nothing, the last week(s), as I've been thinking of reasonable (compositing) solutions, and I've been watching Otomo's Steamboy ( ) which was very inspirational for the effects! Also I've been made a bulk of photographs around in the city of 'Roosendaal', to be sure to have enough elements to use for mattepainting and so!

To just 'do something', I've started mattepainting on the first one. This one will be containing a freezing from the camera to far away in the ally. The next shot will be then a fishereye-camera-move with also the freezing (and the fog/steam coming of it!) in the front of the camera...!

Time for the showoff:


The original photograph (7 megapixel)


Cleaned up (couple of people cloned away), and colorcorrected, for driving up the mood... (maybe the colorcorrection will be corrected to be a little less... it's a bit tσσ heavy now)


And the Photoshop mattepainting. This one will be nearly the final, used in the film, but as it will be in picture for only 4 seconds or so, more detail/tweaking will not be needed. The big effects shot is another one.

And a little crew-picture:


From left to right: Joost, Jochem, Gijs [last one is me... ]

I hope you'll be enthousiast, maybe even enough to post a reply!

Have fun & Greetz,
Gijs
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Old 08 August 2005   #5
Looks good! Only the left tree or bush looks a bit weird (the snow):S

Ziet er goed uit, alleen het linker boompje ziet er een beetje raar uit :P

Keep it up!
 
Old 08 August 2005   #6
lookin good, i especially like the left houses

kijken goed, ik vooral bewonder de linker huizen

lol!
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Old 08 August 2005   #7
nice! good to see that you are a crew, I however agree about the snow on the tree, it needs some work, and if only it has snow it sure looks weird cause the ground or surrounding area should be a bit more "snowy" aswell
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Old 08 August 2005   #8
@ xstijn : Thanks for the positive reply & I'll correct that bad-snowed stuff soon!

@ Job : Thanks for the reply and the positive stuff, and also 'thanks for liking that houses at the left'

@ lv_88 : First: thanks for the positive reply , and second: yes, indeed the ground may have some more snow, but it just isn't that simple to make it look good than (because than in one action 90% of the image will be white ). I'll try some things to make it look better

The project is still running on full power! Yesterday I completed the intro (keying out the bluescreen, adding a background, doing colorcorrection etc etc), and also last night we did a pyro-elements shoot!

The 'set' for the pyro-elements shoot: added a black screen in the back to be able to use the Luma-keyer in a later stadium!



Under here I'm gonna describe what you're gonna see in the final movie!:


INTRO / OPENING CREDITS [1 minute]

A terrorist is preparing an attack: he takes his case, opens it up, puts on the countdown button so that it is ready to explode, takes a special 'anti-cold' suit on, puts on his sunglasses and leaves the room.

The room is really dark, and just lighted from one direction (from 'the viewers side', lighted from the right). On the back you can see some stones and such stuff. All is colorgraded quite blue.

The music sounds very church-like (big man-choir).


WALK THROUGH THE CITY [1:30 minute]

We're targeting for that you'd remind in this part to Alessandro Pacciani's 'BV-01' movie. We've filmed very amaturistic footage in 'Roosendaal' (a near city), and different to BV-01, we'll not have to add a robot to it. In our movie the main-thing is 'the guy with the yellow case' (> the terrorist).

The footage will probably be slowed down to 50% of the speed, and the music will sound very dramatic (probably some Hans Zimmer filmmusic). The color-correction will be nothing very special: we'll just try to keep it look like DV-footage.


PREPARING FOR EXPLOSION / EXPLOSION [:30 minute]

This part is what it all is about: the terrorist walks up to a big stairhouse with allot of glass in it, and on the highest plateau, he places the case. You see some of the footage of happy people in the city: having a good chat, or happy children. Then the bomb begins to countdown... Every time you see quick switches between the happy people and the downcounter (so it becomes quite dramatic). (music: 'The Rock' > 'The Chase')
Then finally the case really explodes: first you see just allot of fire coming out of the case (that's why we did a pyro-shoot ;-) ), filling the whole stairhouse, and making the glass break and scatter away. Than it becomes clear it also freezes all stuff: especially in FX shots of small alleys you see that all is frozen...


THE CITY AFTER THE EXPLOSION [1 minute]

After all those FX shots are passed, you'll see a zoom-out of the terrorist - standing in the whole that was made by the bomb - and looking satisfied at the white city.... Then the credits appear ;-) (music: 'Steamboy')

I hope you'll be looking forward to the final result... We'll be working very hard on it!


Greetz,
Gijs [& Crew ]
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Old 09 September 2005   #9
Really nobody with an opinion over here...? Can somebody tell what he/she thinks of the discribed story...?

In every case the compositing has began: I've done some tests with that fire footage and have tryed some Luma-keying, and it works damn good! Really interesting to continue!

I hope for more replies this time....
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Old 09 September 2005   #10
i got to say that you guys really put some time to this project and thats damn good thing
Story seems to be filled with nice action and music choice from The Rock sounds good. If you could get Mr. Cage in to film then it would certainly be the best
 
Old 09 September 2005   #11
Red face some good work so far

looks like you have got all out on this project.
 
Old 09 September 2005   #12
@ BloodHo : Thanks for the thrust in the project! And you really get the idea indeed: if we'd have had Mr Cage this would have become a blockbustermovie (or 3 minutes )! But by the way: you don't know nothing about the acting abilities of our own Nicolas Cage: mr Ossenblok! He may be the new mr Cage....

@ google monkey : Thanks for that reply..! We're indeed trying to get a really cool short movie as the entry...!

By the way: I'm reaaally buzzy with the effects now! I've choosen to not use 3Ds Max in this 'production', as I want to use all options built in After Effects (and Photoshop ). It's just a nice AE-training in this way!

The secret of making good action-effects seems to be: activate motion-blur, add a camerashake, do some extreme colorcorrection that varies along the timeline... Because I now know the way I can make it look the best, I'll now be able to do at least 3 shots today... So that will mean we'll get finished before the deadline of next week!

I'll try to keep this up to date... Maybe some screenshots or stills, later!

Greetz,
-Gijs
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Old 09 September 2005   #13
Ok, time for an update!

We are still working on the short-FX-film. The upcoming 2 days I'll be working incredibly hard to be able to finish it all in time! Some still of the (4 ) shots I yet finished... Also the intro/prolog (of almost 1 minute!) is finished!

The stills come right out of AfterFX without compression, so it may take some time to load the PAL-size-stills...

The Case opening up because of the explosion inside:


The Terorrist being blown away because of the pressurewave:


Flames coming down in the stairway...!: (this shot may be removed in the final cut, because rendering may take to long... I mean: 5 minutes/frame! )



The explosion seen from outside... By the way done for 100% in AfterFX, using the 'Scatter'-effect, and some simple tricks :


Snow spraying outside, after the explosion... This part of this shot is not yet finished... The snow looks a bit to blocky indeed :



It will be one big challenge to finish this in time, but if the result will be as 'Michael-Bay'-ish as planned, it would be worth it.

All 'collegues-participants': good luck to you! I can't wait to see your final stuff!

I'm going to pick some sleep!,
-Gijs

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Old 09 September 2005   #14
Rendering, rendering, rendering, rendering.... And some tweaking.

I'm just really buzy with the project...! The last 3 days almost non-stop...! Let's just hope that I'll get the deadline..!
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Old 09 September 2005   #15
lookin good so far!
i hope you make it in time, we had to drop a few shots allready :(
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