Saturday, 24 November 2012

GIANT fluid simulations at GIANT resolution!

Earlier in the year I was wrestling with Realflow to get some art-directed, continuous fluid simulations rendered at 8K out for the guys at Universal Everything.
There were a number of films designed to play at a huge size and the rest of the team at ANALOG sorted those while i sorted the fluids.  There were 3 sims in all - two i rendered with Krakatoa and the third one was made of millions of individual balls/spheres and rendered with Vray.
The shading is speed via velocity.

It was a huge challenge to maintain control of the fluids throughout each sequence and maintain the energy and dynamism the designers required. I used the SPH fluids only and would run low resolution versions to get the timings and daemon/collision animation right. The final simulations often took up to 2-3 days with millions of particles to hold up at 8k rendering!

You can have a look at the ANALOG website for more info and ive posted some full resolution frame crops and sequence frames here on the blog. Head over to Universal Everything if you want to see more of what those guys get up to.

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Interview with ITSART

I was interviewed by Sebastien Tafani for ITSART online magazine where i talk about where im from, where I started, how I entered the industry and what we do at Analog Studio.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

ANALOG rebrand/relaunch and updated REEL

Its been a busy summer at ANALOG studio - with lots of international shoot attendances to Prague, Japan and Malaysia.  We have also had our studio rebranded and redesigned by the talent at A Practice for Everyday Life - including website, typography and an all new Showreel for public launch.

Analog Showreel 2012 from Analog on Vimeo.

I then went out to LA with my girlfriend to attend the Emmy awards. I was nominated for outstanding visual effects and the work was up against the American Juggernauts of television - such as The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones! The latter scooped most awards that evening - and deservedly so - it was an honour to be rerecognized up there with the best of the rest.
The aftershow dinner and party was pretty epic.

Ive also just returned from a long awaited holiday in Peru. A 4 day trek through the mountains and outer jungle regions, passing through ancient Inca ruins and finding our way to Machu Picchu.
I can assure you that it was EPIC and well worth the knee punishing ascent/descent through the mountains.  Camping at 4300 metres above sea level and above the clouds was a particularly inspiring moment.  
All i gotta do now is sort through the thousands of photographs i took....and no - the weren't all texture references.