View Full Version : My New Lightwave Feature Film Reel.

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 :)

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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.

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.


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

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.

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

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

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

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


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.


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.

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

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

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

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

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.

02-15-2012, 07:20 PM

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

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


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