Catching a few lobsters...
/ Moving the Chains of Capitalism, Ian Hartman Week 01 PPJ
April 10, 2017

Coming back out of break with reviewed style frames, there were a few clear changes that I needed to make that could really enhance the look of a couple shots. I’ve focused on the effects for ATM 020, GHL 010, and NOV for the past week, tweaking some and adding some.

In ATM 020, I was less than pleased with were I left the re-entry burn effect last term and I definitely wanted take another swing. I tuned the velocities and coerced the pyro simulation into feeling more fluid and less like giant fire streaks coming off of the ship. Here’s a frame of the effect from Houdini (glad I posted this, realized that I left the ship on/not as a hold out object):

Compared to the last iteration, this simulation will feel faster and more fluid. There (shouldn’t) be any weird bursts and pops, and the simulation should transfer to the belly of the ship as it turns in atmosphere. It’ll be better.

GHL got some much needed tweaks. The contrails got a quick revision in sizing of the puff shapes and then overall shaping work with layers of noise to help spread the trail around and add shape.

NOV got some cool new procedural textures. I build a streak system that travels along a tube and particle trails that rip towards the supernova. I passed the tunnel streaks through NUKE to add a blur and break out the color channels with an offset. Not sure what the final look for these will be, I wanted to play around.

The streaks for NOV 010 are still rough. I want to add a alpha fade as they go on, helping them dissipate better and I want to refine the leading tip, right now its just a sphere. This effect then gets passed into CC Flo motion in after effects, which looks great.

Today I was working on clouds for GHL. One note we made about this shot was that we want the clouds to feel like they exist for a reason (and why they weren’t over the hole itself). It made sense that the hole was emitting heat (geothermic, that’s that orange hot bit at the bottom) and thus there would be a pocket of hot, rising air above the hole that pushes the clouds away and the clouds along the fringe are wispy and upturned.

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