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    Crazy things clients ask for...

    We've had one of these threads a while ago, but with the borked forum search I can't find it. One of the best I remember was a client wanting a render "about 20% more mysterious".

    I have a new one, in hot off the press. A client just asked me:

    "Is there a setting on your rendering programme that gives 'a more softer countryside type appearance'?"

    Go on - indulge me - give me some of your best client requests.
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    a regular one: "I need more magic!"
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    I've been asked once for a "white rounded rectangle on white background jpg"

    oh and the classic "Bigger logo".

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    Oh so you don't know: http://clientsfromhell.net/


    To me the regular things is them wanting plastic materials almost without reflections. So reflections and specular passes are a common practice.

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    I had a client that requested happiness levels of a 3d character to be increased by 5%

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    What we get is: "We need all of your source files."
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    Quote Originally Posted by kopperdrake View Post
    "Is there a setting on your rendering programme that gives 'a more softer countryside type appearance'?"
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    I am way too busy to be viewing this thread, let alone having the time to laugh so much.... oh, pmsl.

    What was your response?


    Quote Originally Posted by spherical View Post
    What we get is: "We need all of your source files."
    Oh that old chestnut. Please see T&Cs.


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    Just yesterday, client said: "give it more atmosphere" And no, it's not a planet. (blank stare.. blink, blink)

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    All you have to do is cut the foreground out to see the background!
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    Physical architectural model. A week later client returns with the model with a very precise request. Can you shrink the model to 94%, it is too large for the site!
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    For a change I'm in the other side of this source files dilema, A client had still renders and wanted them animated, the design studio doesn't do animation, so we had to ask for the source files or we'd have to recreate everything in a very tight deadline.. The design studio was cool about it tho and after some negotiation we got the source files.

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    we got source files once or twice...subpatched mesh completely frozen at a very high level and texture maps with 256x256!! nice or what?
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    A lot of those vague requests like 50% more happier or up the coolness by 11 are actually quite reasonable if you realize they are coming from someone struggling to get across what they see in their mind but don't quite have the language to say it, those sort of things don't bother me at all, it's the totally impossible ones like JonW's make the physical model shrink by 94% that I consider crazy, usually said by a client that is paying very little on a tight deadline that you should of said no to in the first place.

    I had a Bee Movie toy figure that had been scanned by a laser into the computer to make a high density mesh, this was before the days of re-topology I guess, and I had to texture map it by selecting polygons and giving them different surfaces, thousands of tiny little tri-polys. It was ridiculous and I can't believe I went ahead doing it like a good little slave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waves of light View Post
    What was your response?
    Some great ones here!

    I played safe and tried to figure out what he meant - ie more of a natural media look, or softer lighting. It turns out the natural media look was it, after showing him some samples - so everyone's happy and the job just landed

    But the email trail between various people involved, having seen the manipulated images, mentions somewhere "The power of Photoshop never ceases to amaze me" - I haven't the heart to tell them Photoshop never got a look in!
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    ??? What is a "natural media look"???
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