City generator – Custom Maps, Modifiers, Curves and Paths
These tuts don’t fuck around 😀
Created this today:
First hand try at photogrammetry. Fun stuff. I can definitely use this in the future!
Used Photoscan for the 3d render using about 30+ photos. For some reason the backside didn’t turn out. Oh well.
Then did post, CC and quick animation in Photoshop. Lots of issues with this obviously. But kinda cool for 30minutes of work 😀
February, 20, 2016 – Watched:
The Thing (1982)
In the year 1982, John Carpenter decided to release “The Thing” – hailed nowadays as a “classic horror movie” by some. I’ve never had any interest in Carpenter’s work for the most part, and only by sheer chance tonight I decided to watch this film-making “attempt” at horror. I didn’t read into it, no reviews, no details, no nothing. Just sat down and watched it from start to finish.
So, I’m left with the burning question that most of us ask ourselves after watching a movie.
“Did we enjoy that? Was it good? bad? perhaps only mediocre?” “Did we waste our time on that? Was it life changing?” Thankfully, that’s an easy answer in this case.
The Thing starts off promising and suspenseful in the opening scene and quickly shifts into horrifically bad for an array of reasons.
- No characters depth, no interesting developments, shallow plot.
- Bad acting. What were they thinking? Kurt Russel’s stupid hat in the blistering cold? Come on, it was absurd and stupid.
- Where was the script? All I heard was repetitive lines over and over again. Laziness at its core. The writing was bad and laughable.
- Repeating story arc. One death after another for no good reason other then showing off the fancy 1980’s special effects.
- Really boring score.
And that’s where we’ll stop. Too many flaws, no point in listing them all.
I really didn’t think much of this coming into it. So my disappointment isn’t really that high, its actually expected. It seems Carpenter’s work overall never really concentrated or achieved proper character design/development, which should of been a read flag from the start. Thankfully real horror gems (ie. Carrie, The Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby) take all these important aspects into consideration and as a result stand the test of time.
The only good points in the movie? The VFX for the time period. Quite uncomfortable at times which was impressive (even now in 2016). And finally, the best for last, let’s not forget this:
VFX – 8/10
The rest – 6/10
If you want a real horror, don’t bother with this, unless you want a “horrifically” bad attempt at a scare and storytelling.
Feburary, 13, 2016 – Watched:
Blade Runner (1982), Final Cut (2007)
Spur of the moment watch tonight. Completely unplanned for. It’s fucking freezing outside, so why not watch more films? 😀
Got my eyes on the Remastered Final Cut Blu-ray edition tonight and it was a hell of an experience.
I had some interest developing towards this one in the past few months but couldn’t find a good time to watch it. Either the mood wasn’t right or I simply wasn’t interested. Sometimes its better not to rush and wait for a practical time and place to view a film. Other times, its good to just take the plunge.
BR is a slow riser and builds up steadily. At first I wasn’t really that impressed or taken with it, but as time went on it dragged me in further and further. It requires multiple viewings to really appreciate it in its entirety, and seeing as I’ve viewed it for the first time tonight, I’ll be re-watching this one some time in the future again.
The opening establishing shot is something to really feast your eyes on. It’s long, slow and hauls you into a grim dystopian landscape. A lot of double exposure sequences in the fire scenes. The visuals throughout the film are from another planet. For 1982 this was a huge achievement.
Another thing to add is, unlike a lot of films nowadays that rely heavily on (poor) CGI that simply looks fake to the eye, this one relies on the various ancient methods of illusion and disbelief in film making. It’s got that 80’s charm to it, something that has been lost in the current films of this generation. (I may go into this in greater detail sometime later since its a subject of its own)
One thing that really escalates this sci-fi classic to another level is the score. It’s absolutely PERFECT from a musical standpoint. The minimal synths interact brilliantly with the shots and glide your eyes over the futuristic cityscape like nothing I’ve seen in recent memory. I could listen to the score alone for hours. Actually, I’m obsessed with the score. It’s haunting, dark, miserable and you can feel the hopelessness of this city within it.
It’s pure awesomeness and inspiring as hell.
This is looking quite promising. I’ve been hearing good things about it. Can’t wait to get my eyes on it.
Feeling very accomplished right now. 😀
Design process on Monday, look over on Tuesday and test cam projection on Wednesday. Loads to learn still, but that’s to be expected. Only thing left now is to CC, reduce HL to recover some more details, boost the SAT slightly, sharpen, apply some N/G, and maybe add some CA. So far the initial render looks dope and the process only took 3 days for a fairly simple comp.
All this makes me want to tackle Nuke & Maya…the student version looks tempting.
It shall be an interesting year. 🙂