Final

Well, maybe not final, but it’s the final delivery here on this blog. I still aim to improve certain parts, like the movement of the lantern in the third clip. There are parts that ended up better than expected and parts that ended up worse, but overall it has been a very fun and rewarding project!

Comp

 

light

firstshot

Proved a bit difficult balancing the warm light of the lantern with the cold blue from the environment. Looks a bit too saturated at the moment and I still feel I’ve gone a bit too dark in some areas and a bit too subdued with some of the highlights, so right now I’m making some final touches before the gradshow.

 

Matte painting / Camera projection

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWwBFd-8XMw

Getting the background to look good is essential to the whole feel of the clip. My first concept was way too flat and basically felt like a painting, so I took some time to redo the whole concept.

Old concept

Old concept

New thumbnail

New thumbnail

Final

Final

Lantern movement

The middle ring was made an active body and then connected to the passive rigid body lantern using string constraints to have it move in a more natural way. The actual strings are ncloth, I thought about using hair but I figured this would work just as well for this project as the strings aren’t very visible.

lantern

 

I am however struggling a bit with matching the actual basket to the hands movement. I hoped to be able to fix it all in comp but the rotation threw it off so I had to change and render it yet again.

Progress

Would love to render a progress-shot but the time is too valuble at the moment as I was ill for a couple of days and ended up a bit behind schedule (Hopefully I’ve caught up by monday.) You’ll have to make due with two stills containing the old BG.

firstshot1 secondshot2
The movement of the lantern is a bit jumpy and stiff at the moment, but as everything was rendered seperately this should be an easy fix with a transform node and the motion vector pass. I made some quick light changes but the main compositing-job is coming up next week. Now I’m finishing up the matte painting and the camera projection. More on that in an upcoming post.

Balcony/Ledge

kasbah_balcony_evening

The wooden-look did not quite do it for me, so I removed any thoughts I had of that and used some pictures from Morocco and Thailand as reference for the set extension. I ended up with a much better feel of a warmer and “magic” climate and atmosphere. I rendered it separately with a diffuse, indirect, reflection, refraction, specular and translucence-pass as well as AO and have a pretty basic setup in maya that’s easily changable if the need arises. -There’s probably a risk that I’ll need to change the light setup a bit in order to get Kajsa to integrate better with the overall scene and if I’m unable to fix it in comp I don’t want going back redoing things taking too much extra time. First1

AO1

With more detail on the background I was able to see some small skipping in the beginning of the track.  I did not think I’d end up with this problem when using RED-camera footage, but alas! Hello my old nemesis! “Luckily” this is a problem I’ve stumbled upon in a previous project, so I tracked the footage in Nuke instead and was able to get a better track, then used a gizmo to export the camera and point cloud into maya.

At the moment I’m working on integrating the lantern. I rotoscoped the shadows under Kajsa, matching it with the original footage and enhanced those to match the light in the scene, but will need to simulate those caused by the lantern. I’ll do this in separately so I’ll be able to fake the flickering coming of the lantern by just animating the the opacity on the merge node.

Milestone 2

For safety reasons we had filmed a couple of extra shots last wednesday which I’m very thankful about now. Having just one long shot became slightly boring and adding a short clip from another angle made for a much more interesting sequence. I might have to cut it a little differently to achieve a good flow and I had to flip the second shot horizontally in order to not break the 180-degree rule, which means I’ll have to remove/move the lighter in her hand.

For the MS2 presentation I made a mockup of containing the different elements. Everything from will be improved/replaced later on (the background will most likely become vastly different and have an elevated horizon), but this gave me a good look on what needs doing and how to achieve it.

Filming

Wednesday was the day of shooting. We filmed at the school’s own studio which was great fun. We managed to get a couple of good shots, including some from the opposite direction in case clip will end up in need of some embellishment. Big thanks to everyone involved, especially Kajsa and Mattias whom I might have tormented!

RED camera

RED camera – providing us with some amazingly crisp footage.

People pretending to look important.

People pretending to look important.

I’ve tracked the footage and done an initial key and now I’m working on a mockup including all elements for MS2.

track key

Preparations

The first “real” week of project the has flown by. As we’re not shooting until tomorrow (wednesday) I’ve been able to do more research and also took the time to model and texture an initial lantern and airship that I’ll be able to use in my mockup. I’ve gathered 2GB of royalty free stock images to have everything set for the matte painting and also made some preparations for the shooting of the clip. As we’re going to film with a RED-camera we had a very informative lecture last friday on how to work with the material.

My friend Kajsa has agreed to be my actress for the day and I promised her to be a gentle director. Hmm. We’ll see.

lantern

Project Start

Welcome to my project blog, here you’ll be able to follow my specialization project in which I will combine filmed greenscreen footage with a camera projected mattepainting and other 3D elements.
The first week has been dedicated to research and concepting, as well as writing the inital project documents which you can find under MS1 in the Milestones category.

Previz, moodboard and concepts:

moodboard concept