Yeahhh because today it’s all about that trendy and smartie “Environment Art”. :keenly:
Everything must be full/3d/stereo/ultra-hd/occulusVR/whatever !!
Mountains 3000km away, foggy and out of focus ?? - Yes sculpt them in hyper high poly meshes and please don’t forget the 16k textures. We never know (when/how/where/why) director will want to place that camera… and how many times he (can/should/will) change his mind.
Cards ? Cycloramas ? Noo, thats past
to be a hipster you need a beard, a crazy camera animation and lots of rendering power.
And if at the end it looks creepy, no problem: we can always ask someone to paint on top and reproject. So glorious !
Well, sorry. Just an untrendy outflow of feelings.
Now, seriously speaking: I dont have any problem when full 3d environments are used with intelligence and in a smart way. At the end we just want to deliver shots with excellent quality in a reasonable time. And if we can cover whole sequences with a 3d set, thats awesome. But we should never forget (and dont let others forget as well) that we are the cheaters in the pipeline. Otherwise it will loose its magic, at least for me.
And I agree with David Edwards. His points were extremely successful: we are going towards a reality where the environment team should deliver a slapcomp ready to be merged with the plate and other elements. You need to be a TD, that knows 3d, but at the same time being very smart on projections and have a good eye. With currently modern physical renderers, pbrs, photogrametry, material scanning, etc, we are acting more and more like set dressers and virtual photographers. And as mentioned above, I also believe in the procedural future of our work
I think i havent open photoshop for properly paint an image for the last month or so: the only think ive been painting are maps for scatterers, displacements, and other images that will drive procedurally the look/dev of my scene. Drawing shapes with 3d lights and 3d shadows. Adjusting shaders. Thinking in therms of AOVs. Ah, and Clarrisse’ is the name of the french girl I spend most of my time in front of. Shes very good and very kind and Im sure she understands when I often cheat her with those old ladies, Mss Projection and Mss Reprojection.
This is a great topic. I hope more Matte Environments, you know, trendy people, contribute with their views.