Saturday, June 11, 2005

False Idols Update



I've been plugging away at False Idols. Here are some more screenshots. I've taken a page from the experts and started rendering in layers. This speeds things up & saves memory on heavy effect shots. So, for example, in the top shot, I removed the rocket & the fire, and rendered the background and sky. Then I removed the background / sky and rendered only the rocket (with the lighting from the fire particle object) using my background animation as an environment map. Then I rendered the fire (with the rocket as an invisible mask so that the fire that was supposed to be inside of the rocket wouldn't be on top of it) with the previous rocket/background animation as an environment map. As this part involved a wacky amount of particles, it still took three days to render. However, rendering everything at once would have taken the computer two weeks.

Speaking of tips from the pros, kudos to 3d World magazine's Mental Roy column for commenting on how horribly trendy & slick the new Dr. Who show is. "Is the Master going to be wearing a North Face jacket?" Blech. Time to pop another Tom Baker episode into the VHS player.

-TTFN
Tony

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh nooooo, I LOVE the new Dr Who! They just spent a little more on cardboard boxes this time.

Tony LaRocca said...

But where are the things that make it Dr. Who? Where is the Kodak light meter wrapped in aluminum foil, whose dials twirl when measuring time waves? Where is the time-wave emitter, which looks suspiciously like a flashlight wrapped in celophane? Where are the hand-puppet dinosaurs? Where is the Dalek Army - which looks for some reason like a bunch of thimbles with toothpicks stuck on them shot through a blurry lens? ...sigh...

steve said...

I luv working in layers. I don't know how I ever survived before learning to use them. Say, do you remember that delicously obvious Frankenstien monster episode with Tom Baker where he had to battle an old nemesis whose brain has been transplanted into a patchwork zombie. My fav line is when Tom and his friend show up at the castle during a rainstorm and when the Igor character opens the door the good doctor quips 'Oh, yes hello. I was wondering if I could borrow a glass of water ?'. Dry humor, great timing.
:-)

Anonymous said...

Agree layers are a good way to spew creative expression. It's a lot easier now instead of photocopying, cutting and pasting. Very nice 'false idols' :)

Tom was my favourite Dr Who; knitted my first and only scarf to match his. I was going to marry him one day. Then Leo Sayer came along with the same hair. Now that crush is embarrassing. Yes, DO remember the glass of water! I miss the rocks that crumble and have white styrofoam balls under their outer rocky appearance.

steve said...

Don't forget about his sonic screwdriver, Anonymous! It was just a rachet with a paint job and a humming sound effect. And lets not pass up the flashing inverted camera lighting that occured whenever th' Daleks would shoot people with their plunger arms. Fun stuff!
:-)

Tony LaRocca said...

That was "The Brain of Morbius" which was extremly censored by the BBC at the time, though you can get the Special Edition on VHS & DVD. Imagine that- an episode of Dr. Who too violent for prime-time!
Some of the ones where Douglas Adams was script editor were great- there's one Tom Baker episode where he's reading an Oolong Caloophid book (Hitchhiker's Joke)

Anonymous said...

If you miss the terror of Daleks Tony, have you seen this? http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/ Mwhahahahaaa