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Entry for Andrew Hickinbottom ( Andy H )

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Milestone: Final Image
Date Submitted: Saturday, 19 November 2005
Title: FINISHED!!
Notes:
Finished!
I thought id try something different for the challenge.
Rather than a typical view of 'spectacular' such as majestic landscapes, big explosions, futuristic aircrafts and action packed battles, I wanted to portray a more mundane and unusual view.
2 grumpy old English grannies skidding around a corner in a small village fighting it out for a large stash of booze and cigarettes! Using typically slow and cumbersome mobility scooters makes it more comical because they are going so fast!
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Milestone: Post Effects and Compositing
Date Submitted: Saturday, 19 November 2005
Title: Final raw layers - uncomposited.
Notes:
Im only really posting this to make the last but one milestone. Its not really "post effects and compositing" but just so i can show you what the raw render data looks like before i run it through photoshop for compositing. The pic on the left is the result of my regular lighting, whereas the one on the right is the ambient occlusion pass. Ill apply it to the base layer using multiply, then add a blurred, desaturated copy of the base layer on screen, and add various tints and blurs in photoshop to give it a softer, less CG feel.

Frozt - Funny clips! I love the bit where theyre fighting with the zimmerframes and when he gives the old lady a new intraveinous drip for her birthday!

Finished image coming soon! Either tonight or tomorrow afternoon!
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Milestone: Rendering
Date Submitted: Tuesday, 15 November 2005
Title: Any closer?
Notes:
Ive tweaked the lighting some more.
After a few completely different approaches, I (and several of my workmates!) prefered the existing shot. Using that as a base, i tried to make it more contrasty and less flat.
Here is the end result.
Do you all think it is better? Im no lighting expert, so im not sure if i can do any better really...

Unfortunately, the textures look quite ugly at really high res, so i might have to do a bit of photoshopping to blur them or change the contrast.

I hope i can get the lighting sussed soon - im getting so damn sick of this image!
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Milestone: Lighting
Date Submitted: Monday, 14 November 2005
Title: Closer....
Notes:
Developed the lighting further. Im using 3 point lighting and an ambient light, with an ambient occlusion pass and some photoshop meddling to get the tint and levels right. Added some dust/ smoke behind the grannies too.
I made the lighting a bit more dramatic because overcast lighting makes it look very dull and static. I really like the saturated yellowy tint seen here.

Not much more to do now - just refine the lighting, improve the shaders where theyre needed and add tiny details that stop it from looking horrible at higher resolutions.
Hopefully, it will be finished within a week.

Cheers for the feedback.
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Milestone: Rendering
Date Submitted: Saturday, 12 November 2005
Title: Nearly there
Notes:
Not that much of a significant update, but ive filled granny 2's cart basket with booze and cigarettes! Added a sky backdrop and tweaked some of the background textures. Also added the final facial expressions.
All ive got left is to get the lighting right and add the proper effects. Should be completed this time next week (hopefully!)
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Milestone: Texturing
Date Submitted: Monday, 07 November 2005
Title: Texturing almost done
Notes:
Background it pretty much textured now. Id like to add darker patches where rain has pooled, as well as some litter and bits of moss. The house in the background needs work too.
I will probably tweak the colours or the contrast of the background as well because the characters are getting lost in the composition.
Ive also modeled the cloth and hair on the grannies to flap in the wind too. Ive yet to model anything in granny 2's basket.

Gonna try and knock this on the head in the next week or 2. All thats really left is lighting and compositing.

Crits anyone? Its been a bit quiet recently!
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Milestone: Texturing
Date Submitted: Monday, 07 November 2005
Title: Environment Texture WIP
Notes:
Ive still to texture the drain, the fence and the house in the background. Might paint a bit of sky, but ill keep it fairly simple, grey and overcast.
Most of the textures are from photos I have found or taken myself.
Hardly any of the textures have bump maps or specular maps. Not sure if they need them really.

Thanks for the support so far.
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Milestone: Modeling
Date Submitted: Wednesday, 02 November 2005
Title: Background modeling complete
Notes:
Here is the background as it is so far.
I couldve added litter, lamposts, boxes, street signs, bins and other little bits, but they would only clutter the composition. I wont add any detail unless its integral to the image and doesnt distract the eye. Also, the characters take up so much of the image, its not worth modeling what you cant see. The textures are gonna sell this really.

Nice idea with the dog by the way. Im too lazy to model it at this stage. Ill probably just fill her basket with gin and whisky bottles!

Cheers for all your comments!
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Milestone: Modeling
Date Submitted: Monday, 31 October 2005
Title: Re-jigged the composition.
Notes:
Im quite pleased with this now. The umbrella (just a temp object at the moment) being held up creates a focus and makes the image more exciting, like a battle is taking place.
I have lowered the camera, tilted granny 1 more so she looks like shes about to 'wipe out' and ive added BASIC cloth waviness to simulate the forces and wind being applied to them.
To make it more dynamic, i intend to have their clothes flappinf in the wind, granny 1's hair flapping, bent, skidding wheels, debris, dust, skidmarks, gravel, sparks, motion blur and speed lines. Ill also add some shopping in granny 2's basket, though it blocks up a lot of her coat and the mesh messes with the composition.
The composition is not perfect - in fact, its a bit of a mess - but once basic lighting is applied, you can easily make out the 2 focal objects anyway.
I just want to finish the entry and i think im spending far too much time arsing about. If its simply modeling and texturing, then im ok, but i keep stalling cos im worried about screwing up the overall composition!

Thanks a lot for all your comments and suggestions!
Must.... finish..... entry!
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Milestone: Modeling
Date Submitted: Tuesday, 25 October 2005
Title: yet more arseing about
Notes:
Im starting to lose heart with my entry due to composition troubles!
I made this quick mockup to try and visualise what it will look like and put my fears to rest. 2 images comped together - one with GI, one with basic lighting. The finished thing wont look that washed out.
Im quite pleased with it, but i still think the composition needs work.
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