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    Squirrels



    Animation by the incomparable Sean Scott. Fur set up by Tim Albee. I did lighting, included fur baking. The squirrel model came from Daz for $15.
    http://www.box.net/shared/static/6kuvdh4jqu.mov BTW, the QT will probably appear a little dark on a Mac.

    The Daz model as it appeared before modifying (tails are transparency mapped layers)-
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    Using the surface baking camera, I first rendered the model without fur, which yields a trippy UV sequence-
    http://www.box.net/shared/static/ig1gt9u0rn.mov

    The UV sequence is then applied in the fur's color channel. This way, shadows are already baked into the fur color, thus avoiding the need to render shadows in the fur pass, saving a great deal of render time.

    Simple lighting, GI, one RGB pass, and a cast shadow pass.
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    Last edited by Mr Rid; 12-02-2009 at 01:52 AM.
    "O K, so what's the speed of dark?"

    Demo reel 2017
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    If the video had sound, it would go something like,

    "Where did this tree come from?"
    "It just blew up outta the ground!"
    "Don't bs me, Skippy."
    "I swear on my nuts!"

    My awe, once again, has been inspired with your work. Always impressed. Thank you.

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    Really cool ... SQUIRREL ... work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    Really cool ... SQUIRREL ... work!

    Yes that is the first thing I thought of as well when I saw this
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    Fantastic! How long is the whole spot?

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    amazing as always mr rid
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    the animation is spectacular :0
    AAA work

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    Nice!

    How long time did you guys spend on it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cageman View Post
    Nice!

    How long time did you guys spend on it?
    I never know exactly as I am usually flipping back and forth between different jobs, but it went pretty fast. Tim Albee has spent more time with fur than any human probably should. It maybe took him a few days I guess to make fur. UV maps came with the Daz model so they only had to be tweaked. Mike Ash used the 'push' tool in Modo to shrink the torso of the squirrel a bit to compensate for the fur that would be added, otherwise the squirrel would look a little too well fed. I spent about an hour lighting. Sean Scott nails animations like this overnight, and I cant praise his brand of mojo enough. I recall that Sean first did a rough, then a final animation for each shot, and then there may have been one more minor tweak version. Most creature animations I see even on big features, suffer from that telltale, spliney, floaty feel. Sean just nails performance and physics right out of the gate. But then the devil is always in the details.

    A snag was that Tim Albee was hired to provide the fur and only temp lighting apparently. When I applied final lighting, it drastically ruined the way the fur looked (squirrels turned black and bright orange). Sas is so finicky, it takes light differently than geometry, and settings are intimately tied to the lighting.

    When I asked Tim for final lighting, there was some confused communication as I gathered that he had moved onto another project and we were only able to communicate with his 'agent.' The agent insisted that the lighting Tim provided should be good enough, but it was certainly not, I sent concise examples of the problem and wasted time debating with him. Tim had only suggested we bake the fur which I had already planned to do, but that was not at all addressing the issue. The employer was not going to pay any more money, and Tim was not going to do anymore work.

    I had other things to do and was not too familiar with Sas, but was forced to sit down and spend a couple of days figuring it out enough to remedy the problem. At the last minute, Phil Giles added the leaf, pebble motion and little dust poof. Then the comp was straightforward with only a few CG elements for Brad Moylan to integrate.
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    good Mr. Rid..

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    Really excellent work for everyone. Great work!
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    Absolutely superb!

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    Brilliant.

    A very minor issue, I would have the leafs on the ground move around a bit more than they do as those squirrels are moving very fast when they run across them. I really like the movement of the squirrels.
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