Saturday, 31 December 2011

The (almost) completed first 25 seconds! + Breakdown.

So here is the latest bit of eye candy from Team Ticked Off. I'll post the video first, then those interested can read a little about it afterwards. Please watch it on youtube in full HD, the compression isn't the greatest.

We've rendered and composited a rough shot to test our pipeline, complete with breakdown. It's a good thing we did because we hit a lot of issues... but solved the majority of them with some quick fixes. A decent learning curve, and we're glad we won't have to deal with this kind of stuff when it really matters. We've got a lot of stuff to re-organise next year, and will no doubt have to re-make the master project file. Tedious but it's going to save us a lot of trouble in the long run. 

I've got quite the extensive list of crap we need to sort with this render, obvious things like the trippy magnifying glass, feather glitch and floating/clipping issues... as well as some less obvious things. I'm going to take another look at some compositing bits n bobs, maybe minimise some of the discolouration on the edge of the "film" etc. 

We're also going to check out doing the depth of field in maya, as Z depth doesn't allow you to blur foreground objects without a harsh outline. Also, possibly slowing the camera move by about 25% as it feels slightly rushed, as well as adding fiddly things like dust particles...

The main purpose of this shot is to ease the audience into the film, describe the character, and grab the attention of any industry folk... none of which really comes across as well as I'd like. 

This was comped entirely in After Effects, we're still looking into Nuke and how we could fit that into the pipeline, we don't feel comfortable doing any actual effects in Nuke... but we might use it in combination with After Effects to composite final frames for colour correction etc. 

All in all though, this is mainly to give you guys... and ourselves... an idea of what the final film could look like. This is the first time we've seen any sort of finalised outcome, and we're pretty excited!

- Kieran

P.S. a free beer to anybody who can spot 10 easter eggs... there's at least 20. 


  1. I've spotted 7 easter eggs, plus two things I recognise but can't identify. And if the animator's lightbox counts as one, that makes 10 things, right? Can I have my beer now?

  2. Im working on a new tutorial which covers how to use depth of field in mental ray. Will drop you a link when I post it. Just in case it's f any use, but the shot is looking really good. Sans the issues you have already mentioned.

    Keep it up, looking forward to seeing this!!

  3. Also...checkout The opening shots and style are in a similar vein to what you are going for, split might be worth a look.

  4. Cheers mate, the DoF tutorial would be spot on! Look forward to it :D

  5. Fantastic, it's absolutely gorgeous. So proud! :')