Showing posts with label Night. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Night. Show all posts

Sunday, March 11, 2012

DG's opening scene and the Y smoke stack

I think one of the hardest parts of DreamGiver was getting this opening scene to work.  I looked at a lot of Remington's work for the night colors and got inspired by a handful of films.  Michael Murdock really made it sing by subtly parallaxing the layers and compositing effects.

A funny little production story:

Sometime around 4:00 AM on a chilly night in December 2010, Michael and I were leaving the animation lab at BYU.  We we're talking about the recent tests done on 1A, the opening scene.  I commented how the camera over the town was working nicely but everything looked too clean.  It  looked artificial;  I suggested adding chimney smoke and fog layers.  Michael didn't mind trying that out but worried adding any more to the scene was render suicide.  Even though his Mac Book Pro was pretty powerful, it had crashed 12 times giving us a low-quality test of 1A.  We needed flat layers or already compressed files which didn't force computation on the render any more than it already required.  Anything else was just not feasible with our deadline and resources.  
As we walked outside to the parking lot, both a bit disgruntled by the situation, we gazed up at a giant smoke stack behind the industrial design building.  Out the top billowed a nice moonlit smoke perfectly set against a starless sky.  It was a compositors dream and couldn't get much better than that.  Michael pulled out his Iphone and recorded what we saw.  He placed it directly into the scene with a few transparent fog layers and to our amazement, the scene rendered at high quality in less than 48 hours.  

So, the next time your walking around BYU at 4:00 AM in 22 °F weather and see two guys cheering in front of a smoke stack, remember they probably just finished their film.    


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

DreamGiver on Vimeo

DreamGiver from Tyler Carter on Vimeo.
A regular night of dream delivering turns into a literal nightmare when a boy's book of ancient mythology comes alive and dreams become nightmares.

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For a behind the scenes look at the making of DreamGiver, check out:

DreamGiver is now online for your viewing pleasure.  It is the combined efforts of a fine group of artists from Brigham Young University.  The film has played in hundreds of festivals around the world including the College Television Awards "Student Emmy", Cannes Film Festival, Anima Mundi, Comic Con, Adobe Design Competition, Angelus Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, SIGGRAPH and many more!  

I hope you enjoy it!