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robpowers3d
09-26-2011, 11:18 AM
Terra Nova Two Hour Premiere Tonight (Monday) at 8/7c in USA - Rendered in LightWave!
Just a reminder, Terra Nova two hour premiere is tonight (Monday) at 8 / 7c in the USA.

http://www.fox.com/terranova/

http://goo.gl/hqQ2r

Check out the gorgeous LightWave 10 Dinosaur renders and dynamics done by the very talented artists at Pixomondo including Supervisor Eric Hance and longtime LightWave artists Jennifer Lynn Hachigian and Dickie Payne among others. Congrats guys!

GandB
09-26-2011, 11:23 AM
I'll have to set the DVR to record this series!

thomascheng
09-26-2011, 02:49 PM
I'm eager to see this show. Need a new sci-fi series to watch.

rcallicotte
09-26-2011, 02:50 PM
Can't wait...and knowing it's Lightwave - wahooooo!!

robertoortiz
09-26-2011, 09:17 PM
Ok Saw it and liked it.

Then Again I am sucker for Dinos.


Toall who worked on this, TIME TO TALK.

The NDAs are down.

ncr100
09-26-2011, 09:26 PM
http://goo.gl/hqQ2r This URL might be what was intended - FC talks about TN - the initial link seems to have been truncated by the forum.

Cryonic
09-27-2011, 12:02 AM
I tried, but just couldn't get through the first 10 minutes of the pilot.

robpowers3d
09-27-2011, 01:12 AM
I saw it and thoroughly enjoyed it and not just because it was LightWave renders. I found it interesting, I liked the setup, and in general I'm a sucker for Sci-FI. Pixo team, Good on you!

robpowers3d
09-27-2011, 01:12 AM
http://goo.gl/hqQ2r This URL might be what was intended - FC talks about TN - the initial link seems to have been truncated by the forum.

Thanks! Fixed now.

zapper1998
09-27-2011, 05:43 AM
When will it be on tv again???

I missed it ...

Nicolas Jordan
09-27-2011, 06:59 AM
I watched it with my wife last night and we both enjoyed it. Those who worked on it did a great job! :thumbsup: I'm looking forward to watching the rest of the series. I tend to like almost anything with dinosaurs in it. :D

-EsHrA-
09-27-2011, 07:31 AM
so...where's the press release..?
the coverage.. ?..

biliousfrog
09-27-2011, 07:47 AM
I heard that this will be the only series after all the trouble creating it.

Serling
09-27-2011, 09:08 AM
The dino renders looked awesome. The chroma key when they were on the overlook of the camp was horrible. Nothing screams blue screen (or green screen) like perfectly even lighting on the subjects and directional lighting on the background plate. The color temperatures.of the foreground and background didn't match, either.

Other than that, it was the Robinson family from Lost in Space meets Jurassic Park: Ok but not something we haven't seen before.

Celshader
09-27-2011, 10:54 AM
When will it be on tv again???

I missed it ...

Saturday, October 1st at 8PM EST and 7PM Central time.

Titus
09-27-2011, 02:59 PM
I really don't care too much about the software used. The production values are very good, and certainly looks better than the average SyFy channel series. The script looks fast paced, and there are just a couple of things I don't liked from the story.

I may become a fan of Terra Nova, and hope they didn't spent all the VFX budget in this first episode. Good work guys!

Dexter2999
09-27-2011, 03:32 PM
I have had a couple of debates with people on the topic of stories with children in them. The opposing view is that children are part of the formula for a successful "four quadrant" project. Young viewers need to see someone on screen that they identify with in order for the film to be a success.

My opinion is that they underestimate children as viewers. How many children were in IRON MAN? Or BATMAN? How many children were in TRON? My point is that children only require a fantastic premis and for it to be well told.

This is the source of my anger when film makers produce a piece of trash packed full of "eye candy" and cop out with the phrase "it's for kids" or "it's fun".

Please don't take any of this as comment on TERRA NOVA. I haven't seen it yet. For some reason my DVR has been missing shows since the last software push. I am hoping to catch it when it re-airs.

Dennik
09-27-2011, 09:04 PM
I heard the fx on episode 2 will be hand drawn, cause they run out of money! hehe.
I enjoyed it very much. However they have a long way to go story wise, plus the character development was very weak so far. I hope they prove me wrong and that we will see many improvements in that area.

sammael
09-27-2011, 09:10 PM
It was pretty good visually, but a fair bit uneven. I didn't care much for the writing though, it was too weak for my taste and the whole family/teenage drama is rather vomitous, I can't stand watching crap like that. The overarching plot could be pretty good, but I really hope they dump the mediocre filler content. Sometimes the dialogue was simply cringeworthy and people would say things in situations where it made little sense - or literally change their minds from one sentence to the next. It doesn't bode well in terms of writing.

I'm used to Dexter, Game of Thrones, Deadwood, Spartacus, The Borgias and other top notch shows. Terra Nova is not in the same league at all, so far, when it comes to delivering great writing, drama and acting.

I have not seen this yet since it premieres here this Sunday but based on what I have seen I'm expecting my own opinion about it to fall in line with yours. Reviews seem to compare it with Lost which lost its appeal for me during the first episode.

Anyhow I noticed in your list of top notch shows that Breaking Bad is not listed and on the off chance that you have not seen it I would highly recommend it. In my opinion it's the best TV series ever made.

precedia
09-27-2011, 09:53 PM
The Premier is free on iTunes.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/genesis/id455880961?i=466178999&ls=1

colkai
09-28-2011, 07:08 AM
The Premier is free on iTunes.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/genesis/id455880961?i=466178999&ls=1

Only available in the States alas.

Chris S. (Fez)
09-28-2011, 12:12 PM
I'm used to Dexter, Game of Thrones, Deadwood, Spartacus, The Borgias and other top notch shows. Terra Nova is not in the same league at all, so far, when it comes to delivering great writing, drama and acting.

Agreed.

Let me add Rome to that list.

Boardwalk Empire is also an excellent ongoing show.

I have a couple friends who literally get angry because I have yet to watch Breaking Bad or The Wire.

Philbert
09-29-2011, 12:55 AM
I saw "rendered in LightWave" was that all that was done in LW? Either way I saw it and liked it. Unfortunately this is FOX, if it's any good you can expect them to cancel it.


The Premier is free on iTunes.

Shame it's not free on Amazon.

Celshader
09-29-2011, 01:26 AM
I saw "rendered in LightWave" was that all that was done in LW? Either way I saw it and liked it.

All but a few Terragen landscape renders came out of LightWave.

LightWave was also used to model, surface and create cities, vehicles, set extensions, matte paintings and space scenes. The dust/dirt VFX were also created in LightWave.

Philbert
09-29-2011, 02:51 AM
OK, thanks Jen. That's what I thought. Just odd wording on Rob's part.

Philbert
09-29-2011, 03:00 AM
Here's a nice FX Guide interview on the show.

http://www.fxguide.com/featured/dino-sized-effects-in-terra-nova/

Celshader
09-29-2011, 09:29 AM
Here's a nice FX Guide interview on the show.

http://www.fxguide.com/featured/dino-sized-effects-in-terra-nova/

Good interview. Thank you for posting that link.

The interview mentioned CG foliage. In addition to the LightWave VFX listed above (http://forums.newtek.com/showpost.php?p=1185449&postcount=27), LightWave handled CG foliage. Mark Shimer (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0793629/) rigged, lit hand-keyed a lot of CG foliage in LightWave whenever the dinosaurs brush past bushes and trees. There were also two or three shots that used CG branches animated in Maya and then rendered out of LightWave, too.

LightWave was/is also being used to create leaf, straw and dirt animations wherever the dinosaurs' feet interact with the ground.

I also forgot to add this to the list (http://forums.newtek.com/showpost.php?p=1185449&postcount=27): LightWave rendered all the RealFlow waterfalls in the show. I am not sure what else I am forgetting.

Emmanuel
09-29-2011, 12:40 PM
"fxg: What was the next step in modeling the dinosaurs?

Zimmerman: Dan modeled and created them in ZBrush and then handed it off to someone who rigged them, and then it was handed off to the animators who worked primarily in Maya. The Maya animation was cached out and we actually did lighting and rendering in LightWave. "

I really DO wonder how hard it can be to find decent LW animators these days ? I mean the studios jump through some hoops to get Maya animations into LW, why not do it all in LW ? Is it really still so bad for a few dinos ?

Dexter2999
09-29-2011, 01:02 PM
I really DO wonder how hard it can be to find decent LW animators these days ? I mean the studios jump through some hoops to get Maya animations into LW, why not do it all in LW ? Is it really still so bad for a few dinos ?

LW users are probably less than 10% of the CG artists out there. It is probably far easier to find a good animator and switch between software than it is to find a good animator in a specific package.