TL;DR: Mountain temples, sky replacement and robots! The first assignment on my way to become a VFX artist.
Digital Visualization at Campus I12, which is the program I’m going, has two different orientations. Both are aimed towards the Visual Effects industry but they differ quite a lot. It’s either Compositing or 3D.
But since everyone who starts this school doesn’t have a background in Visual Effects or even film at all, it can be hard to choose. So the first weeks were pretty basic to get everyone familiar with what visual effects is and the industry in general.
The first assignment was split in three parts. Nuke, Maya and Photoshop. For the Nuke assignment (compositing) all we had to do was a simple sky replacement. Even though I’ve never worked in Nuke before I felt pretty comfortable thanks to my experience in After Effects.
The Photoshop assignment was to make a sketch or previs and then make it look good. I’m not very happy with my result, but it’s really hard to find good temples from that angle! There’s more than just the temple that is wrong in that image though.
The part I put most effort into was of course the Maya/3D task. It felt really awkward navigating around the viewport and just working in Maya at first. But after playing around for a while I got used to it. Like last time I tried to learn Maya I was a bit frustrated with having to learn everything from scratch again. It’s so different from Cinema 4D, which I’ve used before.
The task was to make a robot. It took me longer than I wanted to finish the robot. Perfectionist as I am, I deleted my work multiple times before I started on my final model. I got so frustrated because I couldn’t produce what I saw inside my head. But after a while I made a head that I liked. And after that it was just(…) a matter of finding a good body shape to fit the head.
After finally finishing the model I textured it and fixed the lighting. It was a lot easier than I expected. Below is the final image.
It was a fun challenge and perfect for getting to know the software a bit better.