Thursday, December 31, 2009

Another Shot I Worked On

This is a shot called "Cock a Doodle Die" but when I worked on it, the title was "Killer Cocks" which I still like better. Anyway in this shot I did much the same as the last one (rendering, shading, comping) except in this one I also did the fluid simulation. The simulation was done in realflow.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

1000 Ways To Die Season 2

So I have been working since October on 1000 ways to die season 2. I though I'd share a couple of shots I have worked on and what I contributed to each shot. As a preface for these shots I want to stress the fact that everything you see is obviously supremely exaggerated. Ok that being said There were two I wanted to show but the other one title "Titty Titty Bang Bang" is not on anymore so Here is one called "Nurse Case Scenario". In this one I created the magnetic pulling effect and did the shaders as well as comping. Albeit the comping is minimal for these shots and the the shaders are pretty basic. Titty Titty has some fluid sims in it that I'd like to show but I'll have to wait until it goes back up.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


nParticlesMeteor from Doug Holder on Vimeo.

So after Dave sent me some content on nParticles from Siggraph it made me want to dive into nParticles a little more. So I took the Shipkov/Shoneveld method for fluid shading particles in Dave's meteor tutorial, and applied the same technique to nParticles. Let me tell you, that was not as easy as I had hoped it would be. Albeit, it wasn't as hard as I'm making it sound but there were a few things that made it kind of tricky. I did like the built in curve for controlling the radius of the particles over age or ageNorm but I wanted to be able to use more of the curves to control more of the PP attributes instead of using as much of the particleSamplerInfo node. A while back Dave had me add this sonic boom like effect to the meteor I did a while ago so in the spirit of more goofing I decided to try the same effect with nParticles since the nParticles will work within the same solver and I have more control over how other nParticles are affected by each other within the solver, which is awesome. I had to kick up quite a bit of particles (300,000) but the "thick cloud" preset has a defaulted fluid shader attached to it and this made it easier to shade them accrodingly. It worked great. My only complication really was caching the nParticles. You have to make sure that in the nParticleShape node itself you need to set the cacheable attributes to "all" and make sure the box that says "cache data" under "memory caching" is checked. This caused some problems when trying to network render the sequence. I'm not sure and I haven't tested it yet but I think that because nParticles have a default fluid shader on the thick cloud preset that they handle fluid shading the particles better than normal particles. Like I said I haven't tested it yet but I could swear it moved a lot faster than the original meteor I rendered with normal particles. Anyway here is a preview of the nParticle fluid shading I did. The speed is wrong and should be faster but you can see where it was going. The real thing I would pay attention to is the sonic boom sim because this worked a lot better than I expected it to.

Monday, September 21, 2009


testFire from Doug Holder on Vimeo.

During my lunch break i created a quick fire sim. Someone on CGTalk was saying that people in the thread (a thread I subscribed to. Not important) were not using an oversampling method to create a better moving fire sim. This is a technique of creating a cache the evaluates however you want but saves the cache every 2 to 3 frames depending on how you tweak it. So when you play it back it appears to jump between shapes. If you watch a camp fire you can see how erradically it changes shape and how fast. Anyway, I like practice thes things when i get a chance and there you have it.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Secret Asian Man. Or is it Agent?

Secret Agent Challenge Final from destruct007 on Vimeo.

Dave and I tag teamed the hell out of this. This was a CGTalk challenge in which you have a limited amount of time to complete a project based on a theme. While we both worked on it Dave did the brunt of the work shooting, editing, FX, audio, modeling and comp. along with a slew of other things it took to get this done. I did about 6 or 7 shots and created the title sequence. My work revolved around creating some CG assets and comping the shots he assigned me. Here is a list of what I worked on.


I created the holographic pen hud that he opens with the schematic. This shot worked out really well because dave had the foresight to create a green practical light cast on the actor.


In this shot I simply added the other actor on the left. It’s the same actor on the right just added. You know multiplicity effect.

evilMoonBase1 and 2

In this shot i created the matte with the earth and moon surface along with the 3d window in front of the actor. I created a 2.5D comp for this to create a subtle camera push in and cast the actors shadow on the wall with a light using the footage as the occluding object for the light.


In this shot the actor or spy is attempting to hack the terminal on the wall. This one took me a little longer because I didn’t know what I was going to put on the wall for him to hack so things just fell into place as I worked. I created the 3d assets, lighting, and comp.


In this shot the actor is on the edge of a building escaping from whatever peril he is in. Just some masking/roto and matte pf buildings.


In this shot the spy is using a computer touch screen to disable a bomb. You may have to watch it a couple of times to get that from it because there is a lot oging on all at once but I had hoped the timer couting down would get that across.

Well that’s all I did. Dave did the rest and I’m happy with how it turned out.Special thanks to Dave for including me in the project and my girlfriend for not leaving me while I worked.


I havent updated my Blogin some time so as a catch up here is my work in recent time. I will just roll off a few and the rest you can check outon Vimeo.

This is a meteor effect I worked on.

finalSkyMeteor from Doug Holder on Vimeo.

This is a shot I worked on for an Indie film in San Antonio

nukeTown from Doug Holder on Vimeo.

This is a shot from the same movie. Girl gets fingers bit off a Blood Squirt.
The squirt I did in Realflow

mjFingers from Doug Holder on Vimeo.

So that's what I was working on and a slew of other things that are on Vimeo and some things that haven't made it to Vimeo yet.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Quickening

so i was engaging in some very intellectual conversation with a friend of mine about a mutual friend of ours. the mutual friend in question is awesome at everything and its ridiculously unfair to the rest of the human race. Ity was in this conversation that i said "if this were highlander, i would take his head." This is a sort of dark compliment but a compliment none the less. this got me thinking about the theory in question of the quickening. the other friend (tony) was saying something about him taking his head and getting his power and so i had the though and question of how could be both benefit from the quickening of only one immortal death. i think that if we held the sword together then maybe we could both benefit from the resulting quickening but what it each of us only got part fo the things that he had to offer. and what if the quickening could offer up physical traits? could tony get his abs and i get his Asian eyes? or could i get his awesome skills of flipping around and tony get his dancing. this then had me thinking "if i had some Asian eyes but the rest of me were to remain the same that would piss off a lot of people." they might think that im making fun of Asians or something and try to kick my ass but i would just flip away.