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Animated Writing Using Dynamic Paint Reveal

In our pilot episode, we have a montage in which Georgiana and Hiromi go through some of the traditions of a Russian space launch from Baikonur. One of these is signing the door of the room they stayed in at the “Cosmonaut Hotel” in Baikonur. By now, these doors have a lot of signatures on […]

Soyuz-SF Console

Materials Rigging for Console Lights and Screens

This week, I’ve just about completed finishing work on the Soyuz-SF Descent Module Interior (SDM) set. A major feature of this set is the complex console which has many lights and screens we want to be able to animate. These elements are represented by materials with “emit” values and video textures. Rigging textures and materials […]

Fully-composited render of "Aquarium Room" set with Press Extras in the gallery, showing the handling of ink lines for foreground and through-transparency objects, toon shading, and base room lighting.

Compositing Technique for Freestyle Transparency and Proxies

The last couple of weeks, I have been very happy to get back to some blendering! I’ve been working on the materials, lighting, rendering, and compositing setup for a set and the associated scene in the pilot episode. This is the “press conference” scene which includes most of the “true dialog” in the prolog. Since […]

Asset Classification Scheme

Reclassifying Assets for TACTIC Migration

Migrating data from one system to a radically different system typically requires a lot of thought and reorganization, and this post is about the plan I’m formulating, which I hope will be workable. We still won’t want to save everything, but on the other hand, with TACTIC, we will be able to practically manage a […]

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