June 20, 2009

I have been learning how to Motion Track for the last couple of months and have not had a lot of luck. I only found out over the last couple of months that Maya can do it through mayaLive. It is for sure not a flawless system but it is accessible to me for free, so i have been trying to learn this and have recently had a couple of breakthroughs.

This is the best that I have gotten it so far. The live action part was filmed in the MultiMedia Lab in the library at BYU. The parts that I am comping into the scene are the rocket and the block underneath the rocket.

I think the best part about this shot is the shadows, but i think the tracking still needs a lot of tweeking.

The next step is to add in some smoke effects for the thrust upward (which actually might help distract the eye away from the tracking problems. I will also be putting some fairly detailed textures on the rocket.

June 16, 2009

I am taking a little break from my wingman project for the time being.  I have been asked to do the VFX for a commercial for independent study.  This is a very rough idea of what it could look like.

The rocket will be modeled and animated in maya and the smoke and explosion effects will be done in Houdini and combined with a liv action plate.

More to come on this soon.