Hey, guys! Long time, etc, etc. For a while now I've sort of promised myself that I'd not do any star wars work, after a series of...bad interactions with Lucasfilm. All well and good to say that you'll ignore one of your favorite IPs, but following through? Nah.
So, that leads us to this thread. I've got some render tests of an animation I'm working on in the little free time I have. Comments, suggestions, and mockery are welcome!
First up - an animation, lighting, materials, and vfx test done with Ansel's gracefully donated TIE Mangler model...
And now the more WIP shots - For the first two of these, I was using 3dsMax and Mental ray. I've since moved to VRay, as its massively faster with much better quality, especially when rendered on my GPUs using CUDA. Here's potential scenes 1, 2 and 3...
And a further on combat test, still using Mental Ray:
And now - a much improved actual combat clip from even further down the line of the short, now using VRay:
Now, the action in this needs a bit of embellishment as it drags abit in the last 2/3rds - and I need to add the laser blast hits on the X-Wing, and the two Mangler Turbolasers going off, missing the first shot, and blowing new holes in the BFF-1 Freighter.
Speaking of Blowing new holes - I've also been working with VRay's Phoenix FD simulator for explosions. Here're some of those tests!
The first, laaaame one:
And now some better ones:
And then I started playing with...slightly large scale explosions.
Before finally getting to something I really quite like!
Yes! Feeling a bit more ANH-y with the blueish explosions. I still needed to work a bit harder on this, though... So I started working on just a recreation of a famous TIE Fighter Death...You know the one:
And then went some revisions, adding back in some orange:
Annnnd then we reach tonight...where I've got the result I'm most proud of! Check this out.
Anyhow - I'll keep posting updates. hope you guys enjoy this crap.