View Full Version : Milestones, a still life in motion

01-15-2010, 06:34 PM
A short animation and making of from a still life project I recently completed called 'Milestones'. I hope you like it and comments are always welcome, cheers.

Milestones_Animation (http://www.vimeo.com/8691870)


01-15-2010, 08:35 PM
. . . . . . Wow ....... and Wow Again.

01-15-2010, 08:45 PM
Some camera motions make me a bit confused (yes, im easly confused), but other than that, your work looks really, really, really, nice.

Thanks for sharing.

01-15-2010, 08:48 PM
Third. Really terrific work. That must be some school you're attending.

Well done.

01-16-2010, 04:59 AM
Beautiful stuff. How did you get those caustics?

01-16-2010, 05:18 AM
Beautiful work, great job.

01-16-2010, 08:51 PM
Just perfect. Thanks for sharing. May I ask one question? The book page edges are so convincing. Do I presume correctly that was done with UVs? If not, then how? Thanks in advance for your reply.

01-16-2010, 09:04 PM
Those stills are as close to perfect CG as it gets. Wonderful work.

01-17-2010, 02:14 AM
Thank you for your awesome feedback, delighted you like the work :).

The pages of the book are generated with a displacement map. Bump mapping was nearly good enough but displacement added some subtle depth at the cost of render time. You need high resolution maps to pull it off because of all the fine layered parallel edges.

Caustics are generated by using a spotlight through the glass, the same setup basically as used in the photo studio. There are also localised caustics for the gold bands on the pen and the pocket watch lid. I used Nuke to control the effect and composite.

The Lightwave renderer and FPrime were fantastic during production.

Thank you again,

Cheers :beerchug:

01-18-2010, 06:58 AM
Wow... i like the caustics of the whiskey jar ... how did you do those? Are those LW Caustics? Which Camera did you use? I also tried to create caustics, but failed.

01-18-2010, 06:58 PM
Really Beautiful images. I would love to see much slower camera moves. I want to stay on the subjects longer and then dissolve slowly to the next image. I think you may have rushed the pacing in order to show all of the different angles.

Very nice work!

01-18-2010, 07:01 PM
Also, I'm sure you've seen this but watch the pacing.


01-24-2010, 11:02 AM
Very nice work. It would be nice to hear what your workflow was. In the movie I see various programs, including what seems to be Maya, a comp program and some others.

I think the whole thing might benefit from a light AO pass. Takes that CG edge off.

02-01-2010, 03:35 AM
very impressive modeling and surfacing !

02-01-2010, 04:53 AM
I think the whole thing might benefit from a light AO pass. Takes that CG edge off.

I agree. I think all this is lacking to make it an awe inspiring piece is some AO or vignetting to take it beyond realism to art.

Amazing work.:thumbsup:

02-03-2010, 11:24 AM
Vray style... in Lightwave.

great render!

02-04-2010, 09:57 AM
I agree, a slight AO pass, I would also like to see just a touch more contrast, and maybe some slight film grain.

But otherwise really great.

Thomas M.
02-05-2010, 03:12 AM
The textures spoil the whole thing. Everything looks 100% cgi and not real. There are no imperfections, scratches, grime, subtle changes in diffuse and reflectivity, nothing! So the modeling, lighting, etc. might be on a very high level, but the textures aren't. Nothing, which interests the eye as the eye doesn't have any "bus stops" where it could rest. Too clean and therefore to slippery.

02-08-2010, 03:55 PM
I see where some of these critics (AO needed, too clean, etc.) could enhance the images/animation, it's still over all a very solid piece of work.

02-16-2010, 07:41 PM
I want to have your baby… I mean, awesome work!

02-25-2010, 03:48 PM
yes great work :D WoOooW :P

03-26-2010, 02:17 AM
Very, very superb. I can definitely see the nuances of a fine artist here. And I like the "clean look". To me it's obviously intentional and a choice you made to go for the glossy, dirt-free, perfect world look. The fact that you have so much time in the models, caustics, and lighting shows your direction.

I really like the caustics and all the etchings on the pen. Are the etchings geometry or surface based? Also, what are you using for reflections outside of the object raytracing? An HDR? Luminous polys?

04-06-2010, 11:33 AM
Outstanding work sir!

04-06-2010, 04:13 PM
You need to submit this to the Lightwave gallery. The new marketing person is looking for submissions.

Nicolas Jordan
04-07-2010, 07:00 PM
You need to submit this to the Lightwave gallery. The new marketing person is looking for submissions.

:agree: This would definitely be nice to see in the new gallery! Great work! :thumbsup: I really like the caustic effects in this.

10-05-2010, 03:37 PM
Perfect! And I like this unusual solution on the screen shot: :thumbsup:

10-16-2010, 01:40 PM
wow that's some amazing work rite there, i especially love the glass of whisky, looks incredible :)

10-19-2010, 03:56 PM
Ummmm....well that was .....how did....that was awesome and it toke ONLY 3 weeks i wish i was 1/10 as good as you but im not if you dont mine me asking how did you get the golds?
and what kinda computer can render that in a week?

11-04-2010, 03:05 AM
That's an exceptional work and great recreation of real things. I'd like slower camera movements but then there would be lot more frames = render-time so i understand faster movements :).

11-04-2010, 07:45 AM
Beautiful work. Congrats!

11-09-2010, 05:17 AM
It's really great! It is very realistic. Good job.

11-11-2010, 02:57 AM
awesome work man,you rock \m/Oo\m/