Gemini Rising

This is a bit of info about the project that I’m working on this summer. A few days after I returned home from college, I began browsing the BlenderArtists forum for animation contests and possibly a short film or something to allow me to get some portfolio material and general experience in 3D. While I was looking around, I saw a request for artists to work on effects for a film called Gemini Rising. This got me both excited and a bit cautious. GR is a feature-length sci-fi film about a top-secret research facility studying aliens. The fact that the director wants people from the community to use Blender and contribute shots to the film is unconventional. Despite the fact that it is different from other visual effects-driven movies that use a studio workflow, this over-the-internet approach has been going smoothly and producing some fantastic work.

The process begins with the director posting sequences on the website’s forum and Vimeo channel.¬† The project members choose what to work on, model, texture, animate, composite, and whatever else may be required, and then submit bids. If a bid is accepted, then the artist or team is given the opportunity to finish the shots. New work has just been posted, so I’ll be working on that for some time. I’ve got some texturing work coming up also that I arranged to do in collaboration with another artist. Drop me a message or leave a comment if you’re interested in helping out.

You can also look at some great renders and concept art on the Flickr stream here.

Night of Music

In April, I attended an event called the Night of Music at HU, which was hosted by the Student Activities Board. I listened to some great music and had an opportunity to stretch some photographic muscle. This was a good opportunity to exercise some techniques that I needed in the extremely poor lighting situation. Since the spotlights often did not directly illuminate the subjects and sometimes gave harsh, partially lit results, I realized that using flash was important to get good images. I used a CTO gel to balance flash with the ambient lighting, due to the slow shutter speed I was using. I also taped a diffuser in front of the flash to both soften the light a bit and absorb some of the flash output so that¬† the flash didn’t overwhelm the existing lighting.

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