We recently completed some unusual idents for the SMASHHITS channel - with fire & smoke evolving into a viscous nail varnish material, water changing into foil balloons and fracturing ice evolving into jelly!
I handled the fire to varnish and water to foil idents whilst the rest of the team tackled the ice and jelly.
Turning fire into a viscous fluid was a very slow and data heavy process, whilst water evolving into foil whilst still interacting with itself, continually changing and existing in both material states was a huge technical headache that was eventually solved fully dynamically, with no 'cheats' or compositing tricks to blend the two together.
Rendering wasnt really a problem this time around - it was getting the crisp water to become more viscous, begin to solify and crease and form inflating foil balloon shapes whilst still interacting with the remaining fluid - something the client was extremely fond of achieving.
Smash Hits - Fire to Varnish from Matt Chandler on Vimeo.
Smash Hits - Water to Foil from Matt Chandler on Vimeo.