Sunday, 25 June 2017

YPGTTO - The Joy Of Collaboration

Just wanted to share this recap of some of the creative goings-on here on planet YPGTTO in celebration of the joys of collaboration. The scale and ambition of producing seventeen minutes of animation to accompany live performances of Benjamin Britten's The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra demands we collaborate effectively.  The visualisation and realisation of The Overture - the first of our animation's fantastical environments - has seen graduates collaborating with current students, and current students with staff - with exciting results!

YPGTTO aka Red & The Kingdom Of Sound  / The Overture / Concept painting by Emily Clarkson

YPGTTO aka Red & The Kingdom Of Sound  / The Overture / Digital set modelled by Samantha Niemczyk & Deanna Crisbacher

YPGTTO aka Red & The Kingdom Of Sound  / The Overture / Digital set textured, lit and composited by Alan Postings

YPGTTO aka Red & The Kingdom Of Sound  / The Overture / Digital set textured, lit and composited by Alan Postings

YPGTTO: Overture Compositing Motion Tests



Clean render (Watch in HD)


Compositing test (Watch in HD)



Compositing with colour correction test (Watch in HD)

R&D outcome:
In the short motion / render tests above  a few things were solved regarding viewport feedback, rendering, and memory usage in Mental Ray:

1) Mental Ray needs extra memory allocation to render / batch render.
2) Models should not be smoothed (smooth preview) in the viewport to improve feedback and loading.
3) Smoothing for rendering should be implemented using an 'approximation node' instead of smooth preview (to help with viewport manipulation)


Saturday, 24 June 2017

YPGTTO: Overture Compositing and Texture Tests


without depth of field


with depth of field

A few more texture and compositing experiments, this time for the Overture district.


YPGTTO: The King & Queen Are In Residence!


YPGTTO / The King & Queen orthographs / Julien Van Wallendael
I'm pleased to announce the King and Queen of the Kingdom of Sound have taken up residence - courtesy of Ethan Shilling, who has translated Julien Van Wallendael's character designs into fully-rigged and ready-to-animate 3D models.

YPGTTO / The King / Design by Julien Van Wallendael / 3D model & rig by Ethan Shilling



YPGTTO / The Queen / Design by Julien Van Wallendael / 3D model & rig by Ethan Shilling




Thursday, 22 June 2017

Modelling: The Oboe District's Bridges

The Oboe District now has bridges and is ready for initial set construction.


Digital Sets: The violin District

Some Screen shots from the main Violin District block out. Still need to put some paraphernalia like signs in place then it should be good to go.
 





Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Digital Sets: The Overture #3

Some of the objects in The Overture set needed to be updated so they wouldn't collapse in smooth preview mode. I also added the striped to the centre orb and some lines in the roads, so hopefully it's now ready to go.