Sunday, 20 May 2012

Movies is uv'd and textured

All the Letter have been modelled now to quickly make rigs for them ready to animate

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Sky UV'd and textured

This is where I'm at at the moment with the texturing of the letters I will continue with these tomorrow. They should all be finished for their simple rigs and then I'll put the scene together ready for animating and post production of the explosion.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Sky Movies Lettering Modelled

I've finished modelling the lettering for the sting now on to UVing them ready for texturing.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

NCloth Part 7: Weld Adjacent Borders Constraint (Candy Bag)

TNT Boxes in Maya

NCloth Part 5: Custom Presets & Component to Component Constraint (Balloons)

Box Design

For the sting there needs to be TNT boxes which the letters will clumsily run and dive away from as they explode. Coming up with a design for these boxes I took inspiration from the current Sky Movie logo. The boxes will have rounded edges much like that of the Sky Movies logo and the text is in a similar style and the box similarly coloured to the current logo's design.

Depth of Field: Using Luminance Depth

Mental Ray: Round Corners Node

Mental Ray: Using Maya Layered Shaders with Mental Ray Nodes

Individual letters

Here are the individual letters drawn up neater with the pen tool.

I will work on mocking up a neat version of the TNT crates to model from as well.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

NCloth Part 3: Bouncy Castle (Cache Blending)

80's action hero sting

A time full of dodgy one-liners, over the top action and explosions and some questionable acting the 80's was full of classic action hero movies. This sting will aim to be an 80's type Expendables sting with the letters of the sky movies logo dressed as 80's action heroes attempting to defuse a lit fuse before it blows up. Before I take a look into linking the designs of these heroes with the curvature and style of the sky logo I've just made a rough idea on what I want them to look like. I've had trouble with conveying Van Damme in the line up as his action films were mainly martial arts orientated so I may need to take another look into this design but the others I'm pleased with.

NCloth Part 2: Netting (Indirect Deformation)

NCloth Part 1: Flags (Ncloth, Collider, & Nucleus)

Ambient Occlusion Lighting & Light Decay

Monday, 7 May 2012

Action Hero Idea

After thinking more into the action hero idea I thought about making up the letters of sky movies with iconic images and objects of 80's actions hero's.

 So I had in mind quick fast paced camera shots of each letter and a corresponding icon with an action soundtrack and action sound effects - 

S = Sly / Schwarzenegger
K = Karate – Van damme
Y = Yippee ki yay – John McClane
M = Machine Gun
O = one liners…
V = vest – john McClane
I = Indiana jones
E = Explosions
S = Sly/ Schwarzenegger

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

80's Action Heroes

The Action Movie Sub-genre features large explosion, incredibly musculur men, gunfire, cheesy one-liners and unrealistic survival odds. They aren't well known for their plots however they provide incredible adrenaline rush to appeal to testorone and their humorous one-liners that edges on the uncomfortable.

To figure out the icons that I can use for my sting I'm going to look at the different heroes of this sub-genre and the iconic features that come with them i.e. John McClane and his white vest top.

Die Hard - John McClane - Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis only featured once in the 80's as an action hero as John McClane, the one-liner spouting New York cop, who has featured in the Die Hard tetralogy (soon to be a pentalogy)
Die Hard - 1988

One ordinary New York cop fights against an office building full of terrorists who have taken hostages, one of those being his wife. Wearing his trademark white vest (which doesn't stay white for long) he causes havok for the terrorists in order to save his wife cutting his feet through the absense of shoes on glass.

Iconic things to add in the sting -

White Vest
Machine gun
Cop badge

Arnold Schwarzenegger 

Arnie is a  key figure in the 80's action hero starring in many of the memorable and classic action fests. 2 Conan films, The Terminator, Commando, Predator and The Running Man. Arnie was a bodybuilder in his early life and this physique made him the perfect action hero for the 80's. Also his aggressive austrian voice was great for the genre wise-cracking one-liners.....GET TO DA CHOPPA!!!
Iconic things to add in the sting -

Conan's sword
Terminator's Sunglasses
Bazooka from Commando
Big Guns

Sylvester Stallone

Sly has had successful career, also being of an extremely muscular build he is a perfect fit for the action hero role. Being part of two successful action franchises - Rocky and Rambo. Other films featuring Sly in the action hero sub-genre is Cobra and Tango and Cash.
Iconic things to add in the sting -

Rambo Bandana
Rocky boxing gloves
Rocky Chicken
Rocky punch bag
Cobra Gun, Sunglasses and Toothpick

Chuck Norris 

Chuck Norris has become an internet sensation due to his involvement in action films and his beard. He uses lots of guns and also uses martial art skills and he ticks all the boxes for making bad films that are just good for a good testosterone fuelled evening.
Iconic things to add in the sting -

Martial arts uniform

Jean-Claude Van Damme

Van Damme is well known for his action/martial arts films. He learnt martial arts from a young age and became Mr Belgium. His first successful film was Bloodsport a martial arts film where the charcacter enters a tournament where he could be killed.
Iconic things to add in the sting -