Added by on 2013-03-04

Gloam is a short film by David Elwell & Gareth Hughes.

Wandering a dark forest, a solitary creature encounters something unknown with only curiosity to lead the way.

Gloam – Character and Shot breakdowns for the short film Gloam.

Workflow/Making of Gloam

“Whilst Filming the Plates for the Project, i began work on Modeling, Rigging and Texturing the creature. The model was primarily created in Maya and then Taken over to ZBrush to apply a displacement generated in CrazyBump.

Shot were tracked in PFTrack and then imported into Maya where i animated The Creature, a lot of the time using footage of myself for reference.

Scenes were lit using V-Ray’s rectangular lights, often in a 3-point setup which provided a realistic solution. Used in conjunction with Maya’s IPR rendering I was able to light scenes in very efficient and natural way.

The ease of use when setting up V-Ray was essential for me as i had very little rendering knowledge before starting the project. Being able to control the overall quality through one variable [Adaptive DMC threshold] made the rendering process a lot more enjoyable.

In addition to this, the V-Ray render elements functionality provided a simple approach to separating out my image, giving me grater control in compositing.

The rendered sequences were then taken over to Nuke and composited into the live-action plates. Then, in After Effects, fireflies were added using Video Copilot’s Optical Flares plug-in. Finally, the shots were graded before being sent off to editing.”

Software: AfterEffects, Maya, Nuke, PFTrack, Premiere, V-Ray, zBrush
Camera: Canon EOS 600D w/ SteadiCam Merlin
Lenses: EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5 – 5.6 IS

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  • Animator pro

    Why do companies rehash “projects” that where already mass commercialized several years ago. I saw this almost seven years ago, it was suppose to be big then, now you are trying to main stream it like it is something new? For an artist, it’s like spinning your wheels.