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04-25-2006, 03:49 AM
More a background scenic than a matte painting but I thought it would be good to share this one with you before it comes to the end of its run:


Those in the UK might recognise it as the office and atrium space behind the newsreaders on the BBC One national news bulletins. I put this together following designs by Simon Jago with a brief to make it architectural and to give it depth. The image is split across three animation loops that are back-projected onto three screens at the back of the studio. I built the image using three zones using Max and rendeing in Brazil before adding details, refinements and colour tweaks in Photoshop. The animated monitors and people were added in Combustion. To get the right look we had to apply a ton of DOF blur overdo all the colours and to get white, I had to use pink, hence the candy shop colour scheme.

Getting the image to work in perspective was tricky as we had to combine the desire for depth with making sure that the perspective still worked.

When running it looks like this:


and this:


The screen grabs are a little flakey, but you get the idea.


04-25-2006, 09:07 AM
Jim, i definitely recognise them. Great job!


04-26-2006, 09:50 PM
will you animate all the small screens ?

Oo !

04-27-2006, 01:34 AM
it looks great to me :)

04-27-2006, 02:37 AM
Nick/tobiasth: Thank you!

wib: Apart from a few that were left switched off, all the monitors had footage running on their screens. I applied the footage as animated materials in Max using the video loops for textures. I rendered out sequences with just the monitor footage and then composited them into the scene using combustion.