Here is the animation I created last night using extruded masks inside Element 3D to build some kind of angry aperture. I animated the various group values to ‘reveal’ parts of the object. I usually do the sound design last so when animating it helps to have a lot of movement to motivate the sound FX. You want stuff to look good and sound good!
Even though I usually use 3Ds max for modelling, I decided to spend some time playing around with Element 3D and the extrusion tool. This entire scene was built directly inside of Element 3D with simple extrusions.
I was actually pretty surprised by how much you can do with it in combination with the particle replicators. Originally we designed the extrusion feature for making 3D text and extruding logo’s but with a little bit of work I created some interesting designs.
I created a velociraptor-nail shaped mask and extruded it for the aperture blade and the same for the ring and star. For the star I used the ring replicator mode to distribute around the outside edge. I’m going to clean up the project a bit and release along with my final animation so you guys and gals can dig through.
Recently I had the opportunity to work with J.J. Abrams on the new Star Trek film to design the Main and End Titles. The project was massive! Over 30 unique credit designs with a single camera flying around space through nebula’s and galaxies. Maybe a few shattered planets too, cause they just look cool in 3D!
I’m actually working on some in depth behind the scenes video to show you some of the work and what went into the sequence. The titles were designed at IMAX resolution and rendered in stereo so everything in the the scenes had to be completely 3D! (and yes I used Element 3D. 100% rendered inside After Effects!)
They even let me go to the premiere… it was kind of insane!
It is always fun to work on challenging sequences and I couldn’t be more thankful for the chance to be part of such a cool project! To hard work and innovation!
If you are going to be around LA tomorrow, I’m doing another presentation at DMALA to talk about this and other cool projects.
Food and drinks plus the Adobe Guys are going to be there too. http://dmala.eventbrite.com/
Here is a look at an upcoming tutorial using After Effects to create a procedural glass effect with automatic 3D displacement with built-in tools. Plus a possible look at a future Video Copilot plug-in… Win win!