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    My big balls...

    Since I posted my small ones, I figured I'd post a few big ones here.

    I'll start with my Late Ordovician earth from the first episode of Animal Armageddon. These rendered fairly fast, except for the hurricane, which took anywhere from 5 to 16 hours per frame. There's no bump maps on that thing, it's all different layers of transparency so I could get some shadows casting across them. It doesn't look all that impressive as a still, but when it's animated, it's a different story. That animation is here:
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    The atmosphere is a bit 'fluffy' in these, as an attempt to show that the Earth is very young here, and the composition is different than it is today. With each episode, I gradually tightened it up as the earth aged. The map on this is huge - 10800x5400 in most cases. I also have a 5k version I used for more distant shots, and a 21k version that I used portions of for close up shots. I used a few of those 86400x43200 Blue Marble image for my texture sources, which I spent about a week or two blending & converting into the correct land masses for the Late Ordovician period, circa 450 million years ago.

    The last image shows a gamma ray burst causing global aurora in the upper atmosphere.

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    Devonian Balls.

    Here's a few images of the Devonian Earth, circa 370 million years ago. Slightly tighter atmosphere and a whole new map, again, ranging from 21k down to 5k, showing the land masses just before they formed Pangaea.

    The extinctions caused at the end of this period were volcanic in nature, so I had to create some plumes for super volcanoes, both on land and under the sea. I also had to heavily pollute the atmosphere. Where I could get away with a simple color change for the nitrous oxide that the gamma ray burst would have created out of the ozone layer, here I had to fill it with ash clouds. I also discovered that LightWave renders brown the slowest of all colors, since nearly every time I had to do a brown earth, it took a while. Stupid brown.

    I only needed a single map for this again, but there were a couple shots that animated the coloring. The first was showing a large algae bloom in the shallower seas, and the second showed vegetation growing along rivers & coast lines. Both were done by running the base Devonian image map through a Color Tool node and animating the hue, saturation, value and contrast of it, and having that output masked by another image and then blended back with the original. This required five different Earths, where the previous episode only needed three (base, deadened, and animated ice cap). My opening shot (first two images here) zoomed in from space and flew into the clouds in one long single pass.

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    The Late Permian Period

    Next was the Permian Extinction, about 260 million years ago. This was the first one that involved life on the land. This was another volcanic extinction, this time centered on the Siberian Traps, which covered a pretty large area of the surface. As before, I only really had to deal with one surface map. I used the Color Tool to blacken areas of the surface, and deaden others. For the lava flows, I either used a painted mask, or just a scaled Crackle node with falloff to add them to the surface. For a while I had a back lighting effect on some cloud cover, but this proved to take too long and washed them out too much, so I dropped that idea. Most of the changes occurred in the atmosphere again. It's amazing how much the look of a planet can be altered by just changing the color & density of its atmosphere.

    I also added the moon into the setup, and the first sequence has it pass behind the Earth. Everything is to scale, and the relative brightnesses should be about right.

    Again, I was faced with a nasty brown earth - twice - and they were long shots. I'll repeat... brown takes a long time to render.


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    Late Triassic

    The Late Triassic period ended 220 million years ago and was yet another volcanic extinction, this time along the fault that divided the North American, South American and African continents as Pangaea began to split.

    Basically more of the same here, but again, new maps. As I got closer to the current map, things started taking longer to do, and working at 21k with a few 86k maps loaded didn't help matters, especially when it took upwards of 20 minutes to load or save an image.

    To break things up a bit, I utilized the moon a bit more, with a couple of nice establishing shots of it. Later shots with the moon ended up causing some interesting problems with the client and their 'scientific expertise' on the matter, because they didn't know what it was. Sheesh, it's only been in the sky for a long time; I think it was launched in the early 60's so was had somewhere to go to.

    I started off with a Space 1999 type of shot where we pass the moon on our way to Earth. The next shot starts with the moon in the sky and then pans down to a jungle covered surface.

    Then all hell breaks loose, lava everywhere, and it's brown atmosphere again and the render farm cries. Actually by this time I solved the brown-is-slow problem, and stuff was rendering in the happy 20 minute range again.

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    The Katie Event

    Er, the K-T Event, where the T stands for Tertiary and the K stands for Cretaceous. Sorry, but C was already taken.

    I had started on the asteroid that hit Earth, but the day I was about to start animating, I got pulled onto another project (two actually), and I not only missed out on doing the cool impact effect, but also all the magic science that turned this thing into a comet that loses its tail as it gets closer to the sun, as prescribed by the ten year old science adviser to the show (literally, he was the ten year old son of one of the producers).

    I did work on the second part of the two parter, so I still got to have some fun.

    This map was the toughest yet. In involved a map that's actually pretty close to what we're all familiar with (you can recognize the Americas in a couple of the image below), a second map for after the impact, showing a crater, and a another map showing the crater many years later. I also had to animate flooding of the southern US, which, according to the shot list, took place before the rain of fireballs, or the burning of the landscape, which would have actually all taken place at the same time.

    Then there were more brown earths (and a grey one), but this time I had debris in orbit, that gradually formed rings for a while. These later shots are some of my favorites, and I would revisit them in the last episode.


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    The Play-dough, er, Late Pleistocene period

    About 50,000 years ago, another super volcano exploded and nearly wiped out the early humans at the time. This one was located in Sumatra, and to this day you can see its large water-filled caldera from the air.

    The map for this is extremely close to present, with only slightly lower sea levels, and more land in areas like Florida. I also needed two maps since the before the eruption, there were no ice caps, but after, the planet was covered in an ice age.

    One again, I tweaked the coloring of the maps with nodes to create the burnt look of the land & ashen seas, which saved me from having to paint yet another map for these changes.

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    Modern Earth.

    NOW, we're talking.

    Well, slightly in the future that is. This episode showed a theoretical K-T type impact about 20 miles off the shore of New York. I got to dust off my K-T asteroid sequences and render them for this. I also got to blow New York out of the water.

    The map is pretty much the full Blue Marble map, with a few alterations, including a big crater.

    I'm still not sure how I'd do this without nodes. With them, I was able to push the cloud cover away from the impact and erase it, spread out a ring of fire across the land, and kick up a huge volumetric shock wave across the surface an into space. I also did what I think might be the first volumetric ring crossing in LightWave.

    I have an animation on my FaceBook page that contains the entire sequence here:
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/video/vid...v=270546175670


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    Big and nice balls

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    Ha, great work and as always very amusingly narrated! Shame the videos are on Facebook, I can't see these at work!

    Will check them out tonight!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Jerrard View Post
    I have an animation on my FaceBook page that contains the entire sequence here:
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    For those of us who do not have Facebook, could you arrange for us lesser beings to see that animation?

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    Lovin' your big balls Dave!

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    Nice renders and animation!
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    Beautiful balls!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cageman View Post
    For those of us who do not have Facebook, could you arrange for us lesser beings to see that animation?

    You shouldn't need an account to see these; I made them public to everyone. If the link doesn't work, let me know & I'll post it on Youtube or Vimeo.


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