Title: Artificial Insemination
Name: Don Hanley
Software: CINEMA 4D
Think “The Matrix” meets “Fantastic Voyage” Hopefully medical science will never get this far…
Everything here was modeled textured and rendered in Cinema 4D XL 9.1. Each “sperm” is a C4D capsule with a few extrusions, and the tail is a simple helix curve in a Sweep NURBS. The pink female (Y chromosome) capsule is slightly longer (although that’s a bit hard to tell at this angle), as is the case in real life.
The wall of the Fallopian tube is a bent half-cylinder with a displacement map and a Voronoi noise texture to simulate cell tissue. A particle emitter provided a stream of small luminous particles to give the sense of passing through fluid.
The background light is provided by a dim 50-point light sphere, while a large spot provides the main light from underneath. The sperm spotlights have a volumetric noise applied, but they also illuminate; you can see their reflections on some of the capsules.
There are only 2 sperm models in this image (one male and one female); the rest are instanced duplications. Each is rotated randomly around the Z-axis; the female tails twist in the opposite direction as well, just for different.
One wag in another forum called this the “Sperminator”; I wish I’d thought of it first