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03-29-2015, 07:53 PM
Dear Friends:

I just watched the movie surf's up.
I really liked it.
I was very impressed by the cg water, many shots, all great looking.
Did anyone else also liked ?

03-29-2015, 08:39 PM
I'm a big fan of this film. If you haven't watched the bonus feature "making of" stuff I strongly suggest you do. They were doing the "virtual cinematographer" just before AVATAR. (Although I am sure AVATAR was in production around the same time.) The natural camera movements and even the details of "scratches" on the lenses used were impressive. It is the little touches like this that most people, myself included, may never consciously notice but still register on some level. If these things weren't there you would probably think "Something here is wrong, but I can't put my finger on it." (It is how I feel watching a western or other period piece and think "everything is too clean and crisp.)

Also, on a performance level, I noticed that the dialogue was recorded in group sessions largely. It allowed for a more natural flow, and ad lib opportunities for the performers when interacting. Rather than having individual sessions recorded and pieced together.

Combined with the camera technique I thought the movie had a very organic/natural feel going on missing from most 3D animated fare produced to date.

04-20-2015, 10:28 AM
I would second the comment of watching the "making of" if you get the chance to. If your local library has a copy of the art of Surf's Up I would also recommend checking that out as well. Even though the water was done in Maya, (using Nurbs, splines and Linear Blendshapes) it doesn't mean the same thing could not be achieved using any application that you want to use.

The water really takes me back to my time spent in Hawaii.

I am half way tempted to re-create some of the water FX from Surf's Up.

04-20-2015, 05:29 PM
@ Darksuit

I totally challenge you to recreate the water in lightwave !!!

04-20-2015, 09:51 PM
The question then is where to start a WIP thread. Should start a Tech Challenge Thread. Let me see if I can drum up some visuals and such. And find a good spot to put this.

04-21-2015, 09:37 AM
Some reading first...


04-21-2015, 09:53 AM
Someone did a tutorial in 3d World about re-creating a curling wave effect, specifically for LightWave, using displacements etc. It was actually a pretty good technique, and looked okay too.

I'll try to dig it out, or maybe it's online somewhere?