CGSociety :: Tutorial
21 May 2009, by Paul Hellard
3DCluster is, yes, a cluster of freelance creative 3D modelers in New Zealand. David Partridge, Andre McGrail, Simon Parry and Ben Parry work together catching all kinds of projects for film, game, commercials and sometimes just for fun.
The creation of the 'Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem' began with a request from Gavin Siakimotu, a young Creative from DDB New Zealand, who approached the 3DCluster late last year to see if they were interested in producing a series of print ads and posters for the premiere of Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem on Sky Movies (New Zealand).
"There wasn't much money for this job though," explains Ben Parry, "and the time constraints meant that we would be working long hard hours through most of January. But because they were two of our favorite characters and the idea was so cool, we couldn't pass the job up."
It was a cool concept to see these two characters so much out of context. Gavin chose the original Alien and Predator rather than the newer editions found in the 'Alien vs Predator' movies, as these are the most recognizable versions of the two characters.
After some ideas were conceived, Gavin sent on some sketches of the final compositions and poses he wanted the creatures to be in. Soon afterward, he sent 3DCluster backdrop photos and reference of the versions of Alien and Predator he wanted. From these, Andre drew orthographic views of Alien to assist him during modeling. He used a combination of the reference pictures received from Gavin and from a detailed model from McFarlane toys.