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evolross
12-17-2011, 02:51 PM
The following is my new feature film VFX reel for 2012.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX1rPidsWU0 (Watch in HD 720p.)

Almost all of the 3D is Lightwave with just a few shots that used Maya and MAX when needed (mostly for particles and FumeFX respectively). Compositing is an even cross between Nuke and AE. There's a little bit of Vue sprinkled in. I use Synth Eyes for all tracking.

I spent quite a bit of time on the gathering, editing, and packaging of this. Because most VFX houses refuse to give you any assets or before-and-after shots, I had to take everything from blu-rays and "paint" all the layers in to show what work I actually did. This is why there's no wireframes of anything. I enjoy the result of taking the time to make a reel that's self-explanatory and fun to watch.

Thanks to Denis Pontonnier and all his amazing plugins (http://dpont.pagesperso-orange.fr/main_en.htm). They are used extensively in most projects I work on, especially DP Instance, DP Kit, DP Filter, and DP Verdure. Great stuff that helps bridge the gap in Lightwave. :thumbsup:

The attached garden shot was a scene I made for my website and reel. I was going to create an animation for the beginning/end of my reel with it but I decided to skip that, for now.

:lightwave :)

Sekhar
12-17-2011, 03:11 PM
Awesome reel, I love the way you showed your contributions...though the annotations went by tad fast, so I had to pause on some of them. Yes, wire frame's would've been good, but I can't say I missed them too much.

valu
12-17-2011, 03:20 PM
Owesome work ! Really amazing !

archijam
12-17-2011, 03:33 PM
Holy Crap .. that's a reel! :D

Rabbitpenny
12-17-2011, 03:57 PM
Very slick work. Hollywood pro, right there.

Creativetone
12-17-2011, 04:21 PM
Yeah! :thumbsup:

abdelkarim
12-18-2011, 05:03 AM
great and awesome just one think in reality thats no existe sky black see in realworld i see what i mean at night see the sky :D dark blue no black as u did


But awesome work :D

Traveler
12-18-2011, 05:18 AM
Nice, I enjoyed that.

UnCommonGrafx
12-18-2011, 05:55 AM
Nice breakdown.
Enviable work.

SubDProxy
12-18-2011, 12:38 PM
Great Stuff, thanks for the break down! Nice work on the "I am Number 4".

Glen

bazsa73
12-19-2011, 04:31 AM
atomic coolness!

safetyman
12-19-2011, 08:25 AM
Great work, man. You're living the dream! I'm jealous. :)

alesxander
12-19-2011, 08:57 AM
i was hypnotized for a few minutes. brilliant

pilF
12-19-2011, 12:44 PM
that was great, a little quick perhaps, but realy great

robpowers3d
12-19-2011, 04:17 PM
Thanks for sharing this is really fantastic work! Top Notch! I've mentioned it to our PR team and they should be contacting you for a few press interviews / profiles soon.

Cageman
12-19-2011, 04:42 PM
Good work Evolross. :) Nice to see you are a multi-application user and drawing benefits from the apps you use. :thumbsup:

And nice plug by Rob as well.

:)

Mitja
12-20-2011, 01:07 AM
What can I say... a pro is a pro! Congrats!!! :thumbsup:

evolross
12-20-2011, 02:09 AM
Thanks for the kind words! It means a lot coming from you guys.

As far as the labels going by quick, it's that whole thing of trying to show your work, but also keeping things short and to the point. I was trying really hard to hit two and a half minutes. I had quite a few additional shots that I edited up with labels and layers and all, but ended up cutting out for time. In the end, I figure anyone who's nerdy enough to want to read the labels (like us :hey:) can just pause, everyone else can just sit back and watch. Looping each shot back again helps with that too.

I've found no matter how simple or complex your work is... putting a little polish on it when it's time to show it off goes a long way (e.g. good editing, a fitting song, good timing, etc.). I like having all the information in the reel too... it sort of puts the breakdown "in the reel", quickly showing your audience (a VFX house recruiter for example) what you did, how you did it, etc.

Does anyone know the official way to get on the beta team? Rob can you help with this? I'd love for the VFX house I work at to be able to get beta versions of Lightwave to test. Please email or PM me on this if you can help with that.

SaleVonGeist
12-23-2011, 03:05 PM
Great work Evolross! Those HV energy effects from Green Lantern are super cool! :bowdown: :thumbsup:

oliversimonnet
12-24-2011, 10:48 PM
Wow, Amazing work!
Brilliant touch adding the little notations mentioning where and what was used :)

rdolishny
01-17-2012, 11:32 AM
Any other link? YouTube has blocked in in Canada.

evolross
01-17-2012, 12:56 PM
Any other link? YouTube has blocked in in Canada.
For our Canadian neighbors... :)

http://vimeo.com/33820886

evolross
01-17-2012, 01:02 PM
Great work Evolross! Those HV energy effects from Green Lantern are super cool! :bowdown: :thumbsup:
Thanks. I created them using multiple donut-shaped objects, spinning them like a gyro, then adding animated deformations, adding luminous micro-hypervoxels, subdivide like crazy, then hide the objects themselves. Then add a bunch of passes and tweak levels in comp. You can do some really cool energy effects using this method.

Waves of light
01-17-2012, 03:35 PM
Excellent reel, have left comments on the YT site. Nice to see LW being used more than others in VFX. Also, thanks for sharing the 'how to' HV energy effects.

Awesome work.

Ricky.

Cryonic
01-17-2012, 08:19 PM
great and awesome just one think in reality thats no existe sky black see in realworld i see what i mean at night see the sky :D dark blue no black as u did


But awesome work :D

Without light there is only dark. The blue of the night sky comes from reflected city light or a very bright moon (as the blue is the refracted light in a Nitrogen atmosphere). I've been out in the true dark and the sky is black at night on a new moon.

madelgado
01-18-2012, 05:29 AM
Fantastic! Bravo!

rwhunt99
01-21-2012, 02:12 PM
Now that is what I'm talking about, Great job!!

eagleeyed
01-22-2012, 03:07 AM
Got to say, that is an absolutely incredible reel. Second I saw Jack Black knew you were talented to get in that position, but the reel just kept getting better and better, reel was extremely well put together. Good to see LightWave being used a lot aswell. :D

thomascheng
01-24-2012, 10:54 AM
Great reel and I love how you broke down the shots without needing the individual passes.

Philbert
02-10-2012, 01:45 AM
Fantastic work. I have a feature film coming up in April using LightWave. I don't know any of the details yet but I'm sure it's nothing this big.

bananahead
02-15-2012, 07:20 PM
great!

newo
03-14-2012, 07:37 AM
all i can say is WOOOOOWWWWWWWW!

digitaldoc
03-14-2012, 09:32 AM
Great work!

:thumbsup:

khan973
08-17-2012, 12:47 AM
wow, I just saw it, really good stuff man and inspirational!