Saturday, 20 June 2009

Matt and me spent thursday night (till 5am) putting together the final cut, we managed to shave about 7 seconds off and swapped several shots around to make the cut less linear and more interesting.

After submitting the film at 4pm on friday, we sat down as a group and looked over the film again and again and wrote down what we thought could be changed. After this session, I set up two shots to re-render, sorting out the lighting for shot 50 and the sheriff animation and ncloth for shot 29, somehow we deleted the elbow locators before putting it on to render, so the result was inpropper arm movements... you couldnt really notice but it was one of Kanika's main shots so it had to be re-rendered!

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Todays work.

Wednesday.. two days till submission..

Today I finished animating the second last fight scene (Shot 45c), and put it on to render. This took longer than exdpected because I had to keep doing lighting tests as firstly, the skin shader wasnt visible, then one character was too bright and the other one too dark, etc etc etc... so about an hour later I got it finished. I also had to render out another pass of the Chairs to lay on top of El Bandito as he rolls behind them. I comped it all up into after effects using the depth channel as a lens blur on the EnvRGB. I Made it so El Bandito jumped above the EnvRGB layer at the point of impact, but his left arm still needs masking out.

I also set up the breaking glass for the shot using the dynamic Create Shatter effect, and then selecting the created faces and adding gravity to them with a value of 19.8 as the shot was fast and needed the shards of glass to fall to the floor quicker and more dramatic. I Set this up to render on my laptop and gave the RGB, AO and Shadow pass to Harvey to comp up. I think I will do another one tonight for him to comp in, but using smaller pieces. I Also might render out an alpha channel so he can use it to burn colour into the scene.

I gave the footage and AE file to Harvey as he will be comping the remaining shots all day tomorrow.

I also added the sheriffs nCloth waistcoat to shot 61c, but the movements of the sheriff were duplicated from shot 24 and then changed every so slightly, so it was a simple task of importing the cache from shot 24 and keying the waistcoat group to fit over the new sheriff.

As we were running out of time, I was given shot 49 to try and get it finished to put on to render. I spent an hour or two on it, but inbetween adding ncloth to shot 22, and I'm happy with the results. I mainly worked on the marshalls and the sheriff's key frames, but also touched quite a bit of El Bandito.. sorting out some of his key poses and timings and most of his secondary animation.. so that is Kanika, Matt and Me animating all aspects of the shot! fun times! I just need to sort out the prisoner and then it will be good to go on to render first thing tomorrow.

I Also comped up three scenes in After Effects.
To use the depth layer we selected the background rgb pass and added a lens blur effect to it, and then used the depth pass as the depth map layer. See below:

Shot 48 didnt have a Depth pass, so to make the background look like all the other shots with the depth lens blur I created a mask and added a gaussian blur to it and added it above the background layer.

I also did a basic comp of shot 54, and gave it to Harvey, mainly to save Harvey time. He wanted to animate the lens blur opacity over time, and I think this shot is one of my favourites.

Monday, 15 June 2009


So today I just sorted out some animation for the shot when the prisoners and marshalls come out the mines and realise they are fighting each other... I also sorted out some animation for shot 61, where the marshalls pick up el bandito and drop him. And I set up two scenes with the sheriff ncloth shirt (Shot 24 and Shot 45c)

I set up two renders (Shot 24 and Shot 45e with the bandit in) and sorted out the lighting rig Sam had made for them so they rendered correctly with the models in place.

Im now rendering out some of the other fight scenes on my laptop at home, If it won't reder at least I have set up the scenes to be put on first thing in the monrning on Tuesday.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

end logo

Just had a thought about the end logo, It would be nice if a cattle brand appeared to burn/stamp the logo into the blank paper.. kinda like this.. If everyone likes the idea, I could knock up the model and texture it properly with the right logo etc and render it on my laptop as it would only be about 20 frames.

Friday, 12 June 2009


another long day, but its been good..
After talking with Matt about the fight sequences, we decided that the bandit was missing in quite a chunk of the film, so I went back to shot 45, and added the bandit and animated him. Origionally Matt wanted the bandit to throw a punch at someone, so I looked over the animation clips I had and decided It would work best in the one below. I felt it worked better as a slap, so here it is:! Should be rendered tomorrow.

Job for this weekend: Sort out my submission folders and cut myself a showreel!
spoke tooooo sooon!!!!!

it animated the first 20 frames, which was an animation buffer as the animation i needed was from 20-89... so I think I've spent too much time on it and Its gona get cut out. Maybe harvey can sort it out in the compositing stage and duplicate the chains that are working..


After looking on, I found a plugin called Ikas render viewer ( which renders out your images using the render view inside maya and then automatically saving the image in a folder you choose, which would have saved me a full day of work.. why didnt I look earlier? I downloaded it and tested it out anyway, and it still broke at frame 21, so I feel slightly better at least.
After spending quite a chunk of time yesterday rendering chains, I think I've found out what the problem was.. Sam's user account had run out of disk space due to space allocations, so the temp file renders were not saved to disk correctly.. After setting the project to the Local drive, It seems to be working fine. So Shot 40 will go on to render today :)

Thursday, 11 June 2009

some more playblast compilations

// Ta-da //

the progression of some of the work I've done over the last week or so, mashed into easy digestable movie clips and coloured pixels you just have to glance at.. nothing else.. amazing.

busy busy week!

Shot 27:
I animated the prisoners at the end of the shot.

Shot 61:

I was supplied the bandito animation and asked to animate the sheriff jumping behind him, tapping him on the shoulder and running off, I think the quick hobble works really well and Matt laughed when he saw it which is gooooood.

Shot 62:
I started out with the Sheriff holding the gun with two hands, but as the arm collided with the ncloth I decided to make it one hand, what to do with the other? hmm, make him like an emperor at a gladiators match, or atleast make him in control of the marshalls.. up, up... down with you!
I think it works quite well anyway :)

Matt didnt like the first few playblasts as the marshalls went up at the same time as the bandit, then he didnt like the marshalls going down, but after some role play I convinced him it is what they would do due to the bandits weight, so I carried on with it and he liked the final outcome.

Shot 20:
I nclothed the waistcoat, and keyed the problem vertices and then used the scult geometry tool to smooth out the jagged edges. I think this is a really good way of combining the tools to work to your benefit as you can easily and simply smooth or move the vertices in the frames that you dont like. I then added a simple bend deformer to the poster plane and animated it. I think it looks alright and Matt says it looks nicer than the tests he did with joints. It was put on to render tonight so I will get to see how it looks tomorrow, so its all good!

I painted the rigidity onto the vertices of the ncloth pretty roughly, but its enough to add a bit more sway to the animation. I painted the other attributes in previous shots, but found that they didnt really influence the animation enough in a low poly shirt to matter, so I just do rigidity maps now.

I then keyframed the attributes of the ncloth like damping and friction and also the position of it so it didnt intersect with the badge etc.


Added some coins to my previous table throw animation - I set up the scene today but ran out of time and got kicked out of uni, but it should be rendered tomorrow :)

Shot 32a:
Used the ncloth and cache from another shot and moved the waistcoat closer to the camera, as you didnt need to see the other side. short cut and a half :)

Also, Today with the help of Kanika, I've been rendering out chains for the initial shot of the prisoners, which will hopefully be finished by tomorrow to composite into the already rendered shot.


Tomorrow I plan on getting the table throw shot 34 to render, and the chains in the prisoner establishing shot to render. I also have to add ten frames of animation to each of the five fight scenes in shot 45.


I also had a say in the synopsis which will be printed in the brochure at the degree show, Which went from 'unfortunatly, he has a rollercoaster of events... .. blah blah' or something similar, to now 'but has he still got the skills to pay the bills?' This man thinks yes.

Monday, 8 June 2009


Ahh I missed the monday meeting with Dan Dali, Sorry!

However, today has been a productive day, I have sorted out ncloth for two scenes, finished animating the chains in the breaking chains shot, which is now ready to render tomorrow, and have started to sort out the dynamics for the chains in the establishing shot of the prisoners. I also spent about half an hour messing with Matt's shot of el bandito breaking through the carriage window, he decided not to use my animation as I moved quite a lot of the key frames and It was keyed on every frame pretty much, so the end of it looked like he had ants in his pants, but he liked some of my ideas and implemented some.. so thats coming on nicely.

also, were starting to see the final renders Sam and Harvey have been completing, and I have to say they're looking really nice. I think about half the film has been rendered so far and I cannot wait to see the finished film with the final sound added too.. excited XD

Saturday, 6 June 2009

This week

This week I have sorted out the ncloth for shot 35 (the sheriff shooting the gun) and also shot 32a (the sheriff growling.) Again, it took me several attempts at getting the settings correct for the movements the characters were doing. After every change I cached the animation and kept the cache so I could use it later on and compare how things were changing, and after myself and Matt decided upon a cache that worked, I keyframed the rogue vertices to sort out interpenetration etc. So these two shots took me about a day to finish and hand over to Kanika, Sam and Harvey to render.

I have also been through some old scenes (mainly my fight scenes) and tweaked the animation of the characters, making the kick flip faster and more weightier/adding more suspense, and more movement to the prisoners also. I'm glad I have time to go back and do this, as animating 6 characters at a time tends to mean less time animating each character, so its nice to go back and add nuance to the characters and give them a bit more personality.

I sat down with Matt and we changed some of his bandit animation for shot 40 (the first fight/sliding scene) We got his head moving correctly and added breathing movements to him.

I started and completed the sheriff animation for shot 61 (the sheriff jumps up and taps the bandit on the shoulder.) This didnt take long at all to animate, as his movements are quite rigid due to his short dumpy legs.

I started animating the chains on the prisoner for the shot where he breaks them. After thinking about and testing with dynamics to animate the chains, I decided It would look better to keyframe the chains instead, as there are only about 6 or 7 frames when they are joined together then I plan on them shooting in all directions. Its looking nice so far, hopefully get it finished by the weekend!

Plan for this Weekend:
Overall I think I am on schedule with animation, I just need to do some more artwork to add into my artistic folder for the final submission (thats the job for this weekend anyway!) I was thinking about knocking up some storyboards of the prisoners floating in the sea on the carriage, and landing on a desert island. - could maybe add them to the end of the film as a collection of postcards or something, just to see where they ended up. Anyway, I'll post some images soon.

Saturday, 30 May 2009

first light shot

Shot 45 is 94 frames long, and in the playblast there is 5 bits of light, making 5 x 10 frames of action (end shot with 4 more) and 4 x 10 frames of darkness, which works with the music,
but from an animation point of view, a lot more could be done if it was, 5 x 15 frames of light and 4 x 5 frames of darkness.. I will have to talk with matt and see if it cuts to the music.

In the playblast it is one continous camera angle/shot, I think it would be nicer if there were close ups of the fighting instead, so with this in mind, here is the first 10 frames of action:
(my playblasts are messing up, so hopefully its timed alright!)


Heres the full sequence of shots!

The bucket shot has changed to make it more dramatic, as Matt and I liked all the action points of the other shots, and felt this didn't have one:

sun day saturday

right, im finally starting to feel better, so time for some work,
this weekend I have to put some ncloth waistcoat on the marshall for shot 35.
Also, have to start on shot 45, the third fight scene with flashing lights.

I've been thinking aqbout this shot, in the blockout it is from outside the train with sillouettes in the windows, I feel it would be better to move the camera inside and have the lights going past the windows outside instead. This would allow me to manouver the characters more.

so.. down to business!

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

shot 9 - again!

Playblasts of the scene again. This time the ncloth didnt mess up, so its all in one scene file.

I keyed the ncloth attributes of dampening and friction to allow it to stay in place at the start and end, but be free in the drop, I then cached it and 7zipped it and emailed it over to matt.

He emailed back and said he thought it was too stretchy at the end, so I spent a bit longer on it and after tweaking attributes (stretch resistance from 20 to 30) and creating about 10 new caches I had two caches that would be good to cut together, so I sent the following email back to him!! exciting!

yo, hows this?
more playblasts on my blog, basically whats happenin is if the end looks good to me, the middle doesnt, and visa versa, so i think this is probs the best one,
i know you wont like the cloth spinnin at the end, so what i suggest is:

ive got two caches of the ncloth,
so render out frames 1-62 using nclothShape1Cache10 enabled (folder Shot_9_render_10_88_weds_
, then render 63-88 using nclothShape1Cache5 enabled - (folder Shot_9_render_10_88_weds_ncloth8)

(to enable the different caches, put both folders in the data folder, then select the scarf, go to the attribute editor and select the nclothShape1Cache# you want to use, and tick enable.)

in the zip is the single playblast, and the sequence is the cut one as described above..

hope that makes sense dude.

So the final render should look something similar to this quick edit in premiere! :

Previous Playblasts:


yesterday (may 26th) matt sent me shot 9 to add the ncloth scarf to. I found that it messed up half way through, at around frame 50, but thankfully this is where the scarf was out of shot. It was therefore possible for me to break the scene into two scene files, one with frames 10-50, and the other with frames 51-88.

heres the two playblasts and the final one joined together.



Joined together:

Today I found out that matt had tweaked the scene file again, so I'm just about start again and add the ncloth scarf all over again, which should only take about half an hour or so to get it working alright.

I then need to start working on the third fight scene/silloutted scene.
I'm a bit worried about time, as Ive just had about a week off from being ill, hopefully I can get everything sorted out in time!

Monday, 25 May 2009

2nd fight.

Over the last three days I have had quite a bad fever, so no work has been done, however, last week I completed the second fight sequence.

You will notice the first few playblasts were about getting the camera angle right, as the windows were quite small (alot smaller compared to the initial storyboards) I had to come up with actions that were easily viewable. I feel that the final outcome works really well in dealing with these constraints.


also, I was playing about with the marshall losing his hat half way through being shaken, Im not sure if it works or not. The floating down hat definatly didnt work as the timeframe was too short to get the full effect. I wasnt keen on it just dissapearing either, so I think the final shot will be with his hat in place. It all depends on what matt thinks though as he has the final say!

Final shot:

Also on matts blog there are some videos of shot 14, The first video (type 1) is the on he had in mind for the camera angle, but I didnt think the angle worked well as it was clear to see that el bandito was rolling out of the opposite carriage wall. I moved the carriage and the camera so he was rolling down the carriage, towards the door, which I feel would make more sense, (type 2 and type 3). I also suggested that he make the two shots into one shot, or at least have the first shot ending camera angle the same as the opening angle on the next shot. His only concern with this new camera angle was that el bandito didnt fit through the window propperly and he didnt want to change the key poses of the bandit, this could be easily fixed by widening the window for this shot.

uhh, Ive not eaten anything but bread for about 2 days now, and all I can think of is a nice juicy lamb steak I've got waiting in my fridge! bad times.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

quick catch up

I've just spent a day or two working on the bandits ncloth scarf,
although this will only be used in a few scenes it has to look good!

heres a compilation of playblasts from the last two days,

and the final one:

This two days has taught me a lot about ncloth, painting the different maps onto it, and the diferent constraints for example, also If you cache the animation, you can key the individual vertices, which I found useful in dealing with problem keys.

Also, Harvey and I looked into changing the ending sequence, as it was still a bit jarring having the 2d and 3d change like it was. I thought it would be nice to have elbandito scratching in the credits on the wall in his cell. This would be done with a 1 second shot of a close up of his hand finishing off scratching a name into the wall, then panning out to show the whole wall covered in credits.

I also helped out matt with some key poses for the shot of el bandito hanging onto the side of the carriage, hitting his head against the train, which is looking good!

I have started working on the final two fight scenes, where the prisoners get back on top, one in full light, and one with a sillouette/flashes of light, which is going to be nice as it allows me to massivly exagerate the poses.

Friday, 15 May 2009

heres one I made earlier.. after all these attempts!

I just made a comp of all the playblasts from the last few days.. I think its interesting to see how I work, probably going to do more of these.

fight scene 1 progress playblast compilation:

added the the final playblast:

Monday, 11 May 2009

Monday Catch up.

This week I have been working of several shots..

It took about half a day to assemble all the characters into the maya scene file, all grouped separately and on their own layers, I think its worth spending at least an hour or so making sure the scene is set up how you want it, as it makes animating and organising animations a lot easier.

As the first two shots are sequential, (breaking chains and throwing table) I was playing with the idea of them becoming one shot, So as the prisoner breaks his chains, whilst pointing to the sheriff with his left hand, he swoops his right hand down and throws the table. This worked quite well, but matt was keen on having the two different camera angles to allow the table to end the cut. As it would be better to not have the middle animation between him breaking his chains and approaching the table, I recommended matt to add a quick shot of the Marshall looking surprised which would allow me to move the characters dramatically from one pose to the other.

Throw table shot -

Today I have been working on the first fight scene. So as the train falls vertically the prisoners and the marshals fall into each other and start to scrap. I thought that as the last prisoner has so far been sat down, being too dumb to realise what is going on, he would still be sat down, enjoying himself. This allowed one to one combat between the other four, with the sheriff ducking and diving out the way.

Playblast from moving Graph editor from stepped to linear tangents: so still work in progress -

The shot in the animatic and storyboard was from the other side, behind the prisoners looking towards the el bandito, the marshals and the sheriff. But as I started to animate the scene I found that all of the action was only viewable from the other side. I think it adds more weight to the prisoners from this side, and adds a sense of danger for the marshals perspective.

This week I need to finalise the previous shots, finish this shot, and move onto the next fight scenes which shouldn't be too hard because they are near enough just still posing. I am currently on schedule with the shots, but want to make sure I have extra time at the end to sort out all the dynamics for everyone's shots and make sure everything is working in order.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

just a thought..

about how the cons could escape..

After watching Harvey's playblast of the prisoners jumping from one carriage to the next, I think it would be funnier if each time a prisoner lands on the other side, the carriage breaks slightly, and when the final prisoner lands, ha causes the wheels to buckle, which causes the carriage to break free and it slows to a stop,

This would replace the prisoner pulling out the pin to escape, which might make more sense. This could be a nice slow motion shot to allow some great expression in el bandito's face as he realises what has happened.

Friday, 1 May 2009

Breaking Chains

Today I've been working on the shot where the prisoner breaks out of his chains, and I am getting some nice aggressive poses.. here are some pics, and some playblasts. Ive animated the shot longer than is required so I can take out the best bit of animation in the middle.

Still not added chains to it yet, not sure whether to animate these individually for this shot, or use dynamics..

Wednesday, 29 April 2009


I got the textured prisoner mesh of Sam on Tuesday, and swapped all the prisoners in the scene file for the textured ones, then i changed the rig to include changes like new eyelids, moved bones, jiggle deformers weight painted better, and the blend shapes work!!

Jiggle Issue:

Painting jiggle deformer weights properly:

I created one scene with the prisoner in, and copied it three times and renamed the files Prisoner1, prisoner2, and prisoner3, this is so when I imported the three files into another scene there would be no naming issues.

So with the new models in the scene, and the animation transferred over I tidied up the scene and almost completed it.

Moving new prisoners into the scene and transfering the animation:

Scene with textured prisoners in place:

also harvey matt and I were discussing a few camera angles for the shot where the prisoners break through the back of the carriage, We added a camera angle, and I would love to see a slow motion part when the prisoner is in the air jumping to the next carriage. Hopefully put it in without extending the shot time!

Monday, 27 April 2009

monday meet

Showed my first animated shot to the group and discussed with matt and Kanika,
matt thought prisoner 2 should be moving slower, but Kanika thought he should be moving faster.. tried out both today and chose the slower version.

Also got the layout of the carriage has been sorted out. As I am animating the fight scenes in the carriage I needed this to be clear in my mind, so after a somewhat lengthy discussion with Matt and Harvey I drew a floor plan we all agreed upon, so I can now start animating the next two scenes (convict breaking free of chains and turning over table) which I hope to complete by the weekend.

Also had a quick look at the bandits scarf, seeing if its better to use nCloth on it (as it has volume -so looking at air pressure etc) - or should we just use joints or clusters to animate it.. will find out after a few test renders.

Help Please!?
Still can't link up the textures in my scene correctly as Maya cant seem to find a mel script and I've tried everything.. putting it in every script folder I could find, pasting the mel into the script editor, putting it on a shelf button.. nothing worked.. no idea what's going wrong.. any ideas?

Monday, 6 April 2009

Importing / Exporting Weight Maps

As well as backing scene files up to CD's, I have been exporting the weights after every time I touched them.

Its easy to do and hopefully this will help me if anything goes wrong.

Once your object has been UV mapped, With the Skin selected, simply go to Skin -> Edit Smooth Skin -> Export Skin Weight Maps. You can then choose the format of the map images and the resolution etc. I have been using the default values.

It then saves an UV image per bone with the weight maps painted on in black and white, for example, SkinName_BoneName.jpg. By doing this, you can also clearly tell what bits of the mesh need sorting out.


Select the mesh skin you want to use, making sure it is bound to the same skeleton hierarchy as your exported skin weights and the skeleton is in the default bind pose. tThen go to Skin -> Edit Smooth Skin -> Import Skin Weight Maps. Select the file you want to import and voilĂ ... sorted.

Slow mo..

I was thinking about having a shot of a convict getting punched in the belly, an having a nice slow motion bit of the hand reaching far into the fat of their belly, and then the belly wobbling... so I was just looking at how I would achieve this, and its pretty simple really.

Inside Maya you can change the settings of the timeline to 100fps, or 150fps etc, and you can do this once you have animated a scene, or before you have. If you do this after you have animated the scene you have an tick box option to keep the key frames at their current positions, or keep them relative (which is what I did)

I think it will have to be a separate scene file for this shot as I think it would work best if the model's belly was a soft body reacting to a rigid body fist.

This video is the one I posted earlier, rendered out of Maya in .tga's at 100fps, then composted in Adobe Premier and rendered out at 24fps.

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Sunday, 29 March 2009

just been reading about autodesk fbx viewer for quicktime:

wondering if this is a good way to show each other what we are doing...
It basically allows you to show interactive 3d models on a webpage as a movie file.

You download the export dll from autodesk (click!) to allow you to save files as .fbx, and download the plugin for quicktime to allow you to view the files..

I wish there was some other way for displaying your 3d models easier..

click here to try viewing a fbx of the LQ prisoner!

Friday, 27 March 2009

messing around with mel!

I Realised that I didn't freeze the transformations of the feet controls correctly when I was setting up the rig, so instead of going back and doing it again, and I don't want to remember the XYZ values for each foot control, I've decided to make a little Mel script to do it for me.. so after doing a little bit of reading.. this is what I came up with:

if (`window -exists ConWindow`)
deleteUI ConWindow;

window -widthHeight 260 100 -title "Convict Editor" ConWindow;

columnLayout -columnAttach "both" 5 -rowSpacing 10 -columnWidth 250;

button -label "Zero Left Foot" -command "ZeroLFProcedure" ZeroLFButton;
proc ZeroLFProcedure()
select -r leftFootControl ;
setAttr "leftFootControl.translateX" 0.01;
setAttr "leftFootControl.translateY" -0.16;
setAttr "leftFootControl.translateZ" 0.215;

button -label "Zero Right Foot" -command "ZeroRFProcedure" ZeroRFButton;
proc ZeroRFProcedure()
select -r rightFootControl ;
setAttr "rightFootControl.translateZ" 0.212;
setAttr "rightFootControl.translateY" -0.16;
setAttr "rightFootControl.translateX" 0;

showWindow ConWindow;

This creates a little box with two buttons inside it, once clicked, moves the feet controls to the default positioning. So, added to the custom shelf makes a nice little control I can distribute to the group for when they're animating with him..

(I'll probably go back and correct it properly later on, but this will do for now, and I wanted to have a mess about with Mel!)

I've been sorting out the weights more, and its looking better, should be all finalised soon and ready to start animating with..

anyway, probably time for bed.

Wrap Deformers

alright, so ive completed the rig for the convict.. all looking nice, and ive bound the low poly skin to the joints like normal. This allows easier weight painting using the component editor as there are less verts!

Low Poly on its own layer:

High poly on its own layer:

Selecting the high poly model and then shift selecting the low poly version, I then applied a wrap deformer with default settings.

posed the model to see if it worked:

the low poly version still moves...

which then moves the high poly version!

still some weighting issues, but these can be tweaked with ease on the low poly version.

Also: quick note: animating the scene with the low poly version and rendering the high poly version is fine, but make sure the high poly version's layer is visible, as the low poly will not render even if its visible in the view port or not!

Rendering doesnt seem to be slower with this set up.. so hopefully when there's a lot going on, It won't be my fault when we have to spend weeks rendering!

On the low poly I added a simple jiggle deformer, and did some shoddy (10 min, 4am) animation to test it. Ha I know it looks ridiculously bad, but by using this test I can see what needs to be weight painted etc, (a lot!), and how the jiggle is playing out.


still lots to catch up on.. and its almost summer! I can smell it!

Monday, 23 March 2009


the rig for the con is complete, also, i was reading about the wrap deformer, using the low poly version of the mesh and wrapping a high poly round it.. been reading good bits and bad bits, think im gona test it anyway, so im weighting the low poly. so i bound the skin and i just spent a few hours fixing the weighting etc.. looking pretty good.

Sunday, 22 March 2009

convict : the begginings!!

A quick con update for matt..

jiggle video:

probably stick a bit of jiggle in his moobs too.. still work to do!

Con1 update

Heres a playblast of the Prisoner rig.

For the rigging matt wanted to use two rigging tools from highend, It took us both a day and a bit working next to each othe to realise that it wasnt what we wanted, and we could have rigged it ourselves in the time taken. In the end we followed a tutorial to make sure the rigs were consistant over the four characters.
It took a lot of weight painting to sort the shoulders and belly out, and I mainly used the component editor to do this, which allows you to add specific weight values to specific vertices.
It was hard to paint weights on a surface that is so far away from the underlying bone, if I had to do it again on a character so fat, I would probably add more bones in a sort of rib cage fashion.

Monday, 9 March 2009

Sheriff nCloth test

Quick render of the sherif's nCloth waistcoat..
still need to edit attributes by painting them on.
still need to look into initial state and rest state so I dont have to start the animation with the character in the default pose.

I have been assigned to do all the animation in the film after the mines. I look forward to doing this as I like doing character interaction, and the animation should have some consistency.

Monthly catch up!

heres some renders from stuff Ive been doing this month, not been posting as Dissertation is more important at the moment!

Although the character design of elbandito was with a cartoony beard, i thought I would have a digg into the fur creator in maya. If you plan on using fur, its advisable to duplicate the planes you want fur on, and place these duplicate planes on another layer, then parent it to the original object, and apply the fur to this. This means you can turn the fur's/beard's visibility on and off which will help for animating, and also for rendering.

As I was modelling the face Matt was saying it needed to be more like the Star Wars Clone Wars design, and after a short look though the artwork, I decided that this meant harder edges on the facial features, ie, the end of the nose, where the eyebrows meet the nose, grooves in the beard, basically a generally more 'stylised' style.

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The bandit has a jiggle deformer on his belly and chest, also the blue shirt is nCloth which has been constrained to his wrists and waist. Ill post some test vids soon , looks quite nice.