Bootje varen (ENG)
The main character, the captain, is all hat, teeth and beard. Fortunately, CINEMA 4D's own excellent Hair module provided a nice integrated and efficient way to create the look. The styling for the captain and the overall look and feel of the animation was developed through character sketches and feedback from the advertising agency for which Streetmonkey produced the ad. Ian added, "We wanted to ground the animation somewhere between modern 3D animation and a feeling of nostalgia, with robust characters and environments that almost look hand-crafted."
One of the more complex effects in the animation is the use of the fishing net to capture quotes, but, with CINEMA 4D, it worked out to be an easy task, as Ian revealed, "The cloth used in the fishing nets was a fairly simple setup, the net being a single cloth sheet with a hi-res fishing net in the alpha channel. Around the edges of the net, we belted on some floats that had a dynamics simulation applied to them, causing the net to fall and wrap around the collider objects on the land."
On other elements of the animation, the character tool for rigging helped a great deal and enabled Streetmonkey to concentrate on more creative aspects of the animation rather than get caught up in technical mumbo jumbo.
A basic GI setup was used to create the lighting, using Physical Sky and careful placement of additional non-GI lights to pick out certain areas and provide highlights. This kept the all-important render time down, and with six Mac Pros (2.66GHz, six-core Intel Xeon) they were able to render three to four scenes overnight, providing the clients with daily updates.
Once various render passes for each scene had been created, they were composited in After Effects. Ian explained how the finishing touches were applied, "We edited it down to the timings, graded the whole animation and applied a few post effects, including the steam on the coffee mug and the sea spray when the boat comes to a stop, both created with the Red Giant Particular plugin. The seamless export process of 3D cameras and lights from CINEMA 4D to After Effects meant this was easily done. At Streetmonkey we have used CINEMA 4D in our creative pipeline for over 10 years because of its ease of use, stability, and speed in turning around a project within the timeframe."
By Duncan Evans, a freelance journalist, photographer and author.
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