Steampunk Myths and Legends Entry: Nico Strobbe


Looking good Nico can’t wait to see this move.


Thanks Guning and DogBreath!

i’m really hard at work right now to get ready for setting up the rendering. I had a little playblast but already changed some animations details, and added another scene. But i’m not gonna put any time into trying to upload it. It’s just not worth it.

Let’s hope i make the deadline.


:slight_smile: very nice modeling and textures :slight_smile:


Thanks monart, wait till you see it all together!

At the moment i am ready to start getting into setting up my renders and hoping i can start some. I have lost a lot of time due that maya 2009 has what seems a bug with the parti_volume that is needed for some good volume fog and ray effects. But luckily i found a work around.

The quality just wouldn’t have been the same without that.


And here is the first piece i show you about the indoor. It’s way much simpler than i first had in my mind, but hey, time is closing in.

And so i show you i’m not dead … yet!
Soon i’ll set up the fog and test the rendering with the characters. Then i’ll set up the rendering passes so i’ll have much freedom in getting the style i really want. Cause this render is waaaaayyyy too softy.

cheers all


I’m glad you still alive nico :stuck_out_tongue:
Looking nice, I hope the render won’t take much time! How long will be the animation?


Hey Arnaud!

I’m not sure how long the animation is. I think i have around 50 seconds of animation, while i still have no animation yet for the exterior. And for the full video there should be a little slo-mo clip inbetween so not really sure.

At the moment the computer is rendering so heavy that i can’t really do much else. I have completed the rendering of my first 4 seconds and now i’m almost up to another 4 seconds for the next shot. So it’s really slow. But rendering was first around 2 minutes or lower, and for some reason this sequence is around 3 minutes.
Now i should still make it to the deadline, but the problem is that i can’t really do anything else. In osX i am able to work in other apps at a very comfortable speed, but this windows vista sucks so much, that it takes up to a few seconds to open a lousy 640x480 image.
Otherwise i could have been busy doing compositing and stuff.

Really annoying.
But anyway, the result looks way better then i expected at first. But i still don’t even have ambient occlusion or my fog layer. So let’s hope there is time to still do that. Not really in need fot the AO but would love the fog.

cheers all and thumbs up.


to make the movie make a little more pro, i did a logo while the rendering took away all resources to be able to make any more.
At the moment the rendered stuff i have look very great and i so want to finish this one.
I will drop the fog layer (don’t even think it would make it look any better, but would make it look scaryer) and not sure if i will get around of doing a AO pass.
The rendering for the biggest shot just got higher and higher which means i could be still rendering by the end of monday. Bu i so hope not.
I still have to set up the scene for the outdoor rendering, that also needs a very subtle camera move, and also the setup for the render passes. Cause i know that this scene will look like crap when it’s rendered out. I also hope that it will render really fast cause otherwise i will be forced to drop this frame.

So, this is one of the last updates and ifo to let ya’ll know this is a huge hit or miss. Can’t show you any more cause it’s not composited yet and the computer is way too slow to do something else. I so much hate windows for this. Thanks a lot microcrap! Apple should show you how it’s done.


Hey Nico, I feel your pain!

I too have only one 32bit machine on which to get everything done and at the moment it’s not playing nicely!

Best of luck finishing, your entry is one I’m really looking forward to seeing:thumbsup:


Software: Maya

Frank of the FrankAndSteam company is a robot spending late night time building creations from various parts and trying to get them to life.
One foggy night he wakes his creation after adding the last important piece and not knowing what the creature will be like.

Play Video >>


Well, i sure do wanna know if anyone got closer to the deadline then me ?! I got a 3 hours and 15 minutes left.

But now i’m gonna say something about the video, cause i don’t think anyone has seen these things yet. The main reason is because they were done in a short period of time.
So i think the video sucks but i do like the separate shots.
There does seem to be some issues with the animation, but hey, i’m not an animator and this is the very first real animation i did. Not to mention i had to animate my own rig and i’m not a rigger.

The time for rendering was way too short so i had to cut back on quality en therefore there are some final gathering issues and a low aliasing that bothers me so much.
These last 18 hours, i’ve done all the compositing (and rendering of zdepth passes), i’ve edited all the shots together, then i added the sound (and i think it’s horrible), put the video’s together and i even forgot to say i also did the graphics. So this is just way too little time to do any of these any good. I spend most time on compositing and have to say, i like compositing.

So i also hope you forgive me for the poor quality, the lack of necessary attention to parts of the video, and sorry for the louse making off.

Cheers all and i really need some rest now.


Hey, glead you make it! Very nice entry,nice designs and the mood is so good!Best to you!


Really good entry! I like your models, they have a very unique style!:applause:
Btw. We managed to get even closer to the deadline… actually only 5 min.
I wonder if anyone can beat that… :curious:
To be honest we really thought we could submit much earlier…
but i guess you know how these things mostly turn out to be… :smiley:


Nice final !

I like it. And I’m glad you finished :slight_smile: Good luck…


Great movie!!

Very nice style! We had the same problems with our movie. We wish we could have more time to fix a lot of problems but the deadline was our priority!! Actually we had a problem with the uploader and we almost miss it!!

Good luckl!!




Hey Nico,

Really beautiful work! Love the idea and the designs. Great details in the animation!. Congratulations for this splendid work! All the best and cheers!! :beer:


Hey Duncs, hope you’ve seen the video. It also lacks a lot of attention to the finishing of it but at least i can rest now.

Hey Adib, thanks a lot. best of luck to you too.

cmdrpi, i doubt anybody got closer. I didn’t want to spend another hour or 2 to do sound better just out of fear of being late having problems. I haven’t uploaded a video before. And thanks about the models. I hope i can at least get a chance of getting the character prize :rolleyes:

deje3D, i’m glad i made it too man. I guess you’ll know what a tension it is to get it done in time. And you always wish you got more time.

Thiago-Pires, thanks a lot. Your entry was a killer too. Really loved the 3d part and the nice scenes. A good thing you made it in time then.

Hey DogBreath, nice to see you back and looks like you didn’t need to express yourself with lot’s of words :applause: Soometimes it’s more then we need :wink:

Hey Fernando, thanks for the heads up. I really wished i could have done more to the story but we’ll just have to try harder next time. But the most important thing is that we learned a lot this time.

cheers all


You did a great job here Nico !
I am not a huge fan of the final movie but the “creature” is amazing !


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