Friday, April 8, 2011

VFX: Meteor/Missile Trail

3D VFX Final from David Hall on Vimeo.


Sunny said...

Nice work... can you describe the process... the angles and movement is very smooth.... and the detail you showed was amazing... what did u render this out in?

davidthehall said...

Hi Sunny,

Sorry to get back to you so late, haven't been on here for a minute.

Looking back my process was actually pretty sloppy... No storyboarding, no planning really of any kind. I had a few spaceship models I had done previously for personal work, so I just combined that with the assignment of "making a meteor/missile/energy trail".

I animated the ships straight ahead, it's rough and sloppy, but I wasn't worried as much about the animation as I was the missile trail (the whole point of the assignment) so I had to prioritize.

When I'm under a deadline, I designate how much time I can spend on this and that. If I can get it perfect first go around, awesome, but most of the time I have to get it as close as I can and move on.

I actually rendered this out with Maya Software. I wasn't that confident with Mental Ray, still not very much, so I went with what I knew. It was definitely a learning experience, and it's a piece I'm proud of, so I'm happy.

I guess the bottom line is, if it gets the end result, go with it! But I've learned a lot just in the past few months, if I were to go back now I could make this even better.

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