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twoodall661
03-05-2004, 02:01 PM
Hi,

Here's some opens I recently completed for some shows for CMT. Would love your feedback.

An open for 100 Greatest Music Videos. A link follows w/a quicktime....

http://fivestonefx.com/cmt/100GMV_style01.jpg

http://fivestonefx.com/cmt/100GMV_style2.jpg

http://fivestonefx.com/cmt/100GMV_endpage.jpg

Quicktime of 100GMV open (4.2 megs) (http://fivestonefx.com/cmt/100GMV_open.mov)

And here's one more. A pretty cool show about African American's struggle to get into County Music. (quicktime link follows image)

http://fivestonefx.com/cmt/WITW_endpage.jpg

Link to quicktime movie (4.1megs) (http://fivestonefx.com/cmt/WITW_open.mov)

Special thanks to Magnetic Dreams for modeling the head of the microphone and to Respower for some crunch time rendering!

Cheers

Traylor Woodall
CMT

randysolo
03-08-2004, 06:20 AM
Traylor,

thanks for the linkand the inspiration! I've seen that intro and wanted to see the special but I keep forgetting to watch. I'm very impressed. Have you been using Lightwave for a long time? How did you break into the 3D business? What do you use to render your images (faster?) I always have to ask several questions when I find someone professionally using 3D. I've been playing with it for years but I've never made a living from it (alone). I've done some 3D images of products from time to time, but no one has taken an interest in what I do other than me. I would be thankful if you have any tips. Although I've been toying with it for years I still consider myself a beginner. I've bounced between 3d programs and recently I've settled with Lightwave and Wings 3D. I would someday like to enter the 3D world as a profession... but that's more or less a dream. Thanks again for your good work. I'll keep watching CMT for new 3D examples!!

Randy "Bluesman" Power

twoodall661
03-08-2004, 06:46 AM
Randy:

Sorry, I have to answer so briefly, but I am running out the door...I have been doing lightwave for over 10 years. My career began as a freshman in college when I won a contest in AVvideo. A local production company read the article and contacted me. It began as an internship and then grew to free-lance and then my own business.

To render quicker I use an incredible service called Respower (http://www.respower.com). They are fast, cheap and have amazing customer service (not to mention 250 networked workstations).

The stuff I have posted is a combination of Lightwave and After Effects. For most of my opens I render things out in separate passes so I can control how elements are composited. With the 100 Greatest Open most of the Elements were rendered out in black and white and I used them as masks.

I take the elements into After Effects and add effects, color correct, etc. For instance, the film scratch and video elements were layers added in AE, not done in Lightwave.

On one side of the coin I say Go For It! If this is what you want to do, then you need to work on a demo of some type and find professionals (use this forum or locals in your area) that would be open to looking at your work. Get as much feedback as possible. Constructive criticism can only help you grow as an artist.

The other side of the coin is that some people may only do it as a hobby because not everyone has the design skills. The fact is today in broadcast design you really do need a good eye for design, movement, color, etc. Going to school doesn't just do it. You can know everything about color theory but if you don't have the innate sense of how to make things look good, then you won't be successful professionally. BUT, you can always enjoy it as a hobby

I don't know on what side of the fence you fall, and I would never be arrogant enough to say I know where the line is. Many times I wonder why anyone hires me to do anything :) I wish you the best in your journey.

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Traylor,

thanks for the linkand the inspiration! I've seen that intro and wanted to see the special but I keep forgetting to watch. I'm very impressed. Have you been using Lightwave for a long time? How did you break into the 3D business? What do you use to render your images (faster?) I always have to ask several questions when I find someone professionally using 3D. I've been playing with it for years but I've never made a living from it (alone). I've done some 3D images of products from time to time, but no one has taken an interest in what I do other than me. I would be thankful if you have any tips. Although I've been toying with it for years I still consider myself a beginner. I've bounced between 3d programs and recently I've settled with Lightwave and Wings 3D. I would someday like to enter the 3D world as a profession... but that's more or less a dream. Thanks again for your good work. I'll keep watching CMT for new 3D examples!!

Tiger
03-08-2004, 10:28 AM
Wow! Excellent! Very nice!