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Old 30-05-2003, 11:15 AM   #16
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nice mirrors. i first thought they are pictures, only the texture missing. the mood in the shot just feels great

the doorframe needs some work though, seams a bit too low resolution. and maybe softening the edges on the round lamp (if it is supposed to be round).

keep it up
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Old 31-05-2003, 08:05 PM   #17
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Thanks Duckie! I'm feeling a lot better about the project as a whole and the more I render things and tweak them, the more proud I feel. A few explainations about that render. First off, the mirrors aren't mirrors at all... they're glass/Plexiglass planes for poster frames. I just haven't finished the posters to put in there yet. I've toned down the relection quite a bit and in the included render, you can see the difference.

As for the door frames, when I built them, apparently there was a minor inconsistancy with the actual splines - uneven or something - and that makes it look unround (is that a word?). Basically making it appear low res. Not sure how to smooth it out.

By "softening the edges on the round lamp", not sure which lamp you mean and how you mean to soften the edges. The light, the sconce... what? LOL!

Thank you so much for the compliment of the mood of the shot. I'm surprised I was able to get such a dark and kinda scary look going on. And I'm not even a professional. LOL! (Yeah right, like I'll ever get to a pro level with my stuff. LOL!) Remember, it's not a horror film, though the darkness makes it appear that way. Thanks to this list, I've gotten a lot of great ideas and they've truly helped me get that right look. Now if I can fins a way to get a little more of a photorealistic look to happen. I'm close but I feel I'm missing something. Phil McNally, who created the great short,"Pump Action", once told me GI isn't a technique... it's a style. I wish I could just find a way to get that "Pixar" look. I know they use Renderman and I'm sure it's available for Maya. But we have MR now and, with a fast enough computer, I'm sure there'd be no problem getting that look.

Thanks for the kind words and all the help. I'll get this movie looking good yet!

- Russell

P.S. - Included is my latest render of same scene... I added another sconce with both point and area lights to give it that bounced light effect.
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Old 31-05-2003, 08:07 PM   #18
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You can't see the sconce b/c it is on the facing wall to the wall with the frames. I needed more lights to light the floor but apparently, the floor isn't lit any better than before. Oh well...

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Yet another render... you can see the new light I added on the other side of the arch... look closely now...

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Default The Suspended Animation of "Identity Crisis"

No pun intended...

Anywho... It's been many a moon since I've updated you all on the progress of my short, "Identity Crisis". Well, I regret to inform you all that "IC" is being put on the back burner for a while. My life has been forever changed by certain events in my life I do not wish to discuss here and it is with a heavy heart that I must put this baby to rest for a while.

I've learned a lot from this project and from all of you and I must take this opportunity to thank each one of you for your continued support and help ... thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you,... THANK YOU! Did I miss anyone?

The good news is because of the evolution of my life, I have chosen to begin a new project. This one is going to be an outdoorsy kinda piece... I want to pay homage to such great film classics as "Gettysburg", "Last of the Mohicans", "Blair Witch", "Army of Darkness", "Friday the 13th", and, most importantly... "Gone With The Wind". Remember the shot near the beginning where you see a plantation in the background and Scarlett is in the foreground with her old pappy standing near a tree and the camera pulls back to reveal Tara (the plantation) at sunset? That's basically going to be the final shot of my film. Imagine that and you'll have the basic campiness my film will try to convey.

I'd better get going... time to find a new job and to start researching my new big/small screen debut! Wish me luck!

Russell

BTW, "Identity Crisis" is currently dorment but look for it in the not too distant future... :thumbsup:
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