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How to make a house of cards...?

Postby davids2 on 08/6/2015, 8:05 am

I need a rather large house of cards collapsing in a background shot with an actor talking to the camera about how hard he works on it.

Problem 1: I am bad at making real houses of cards.

Problem 2: Although I know I can have cards flying around with element 3d, I don't know how to make a card-looking structure beforehand.

Ideas?
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Re: How to make a house of cards...?

Postby star+circle on 08/6/2015, 9:58 am

Easiest solution: Use the attached module, add texture, duplicate as many times as needed.

You'll need a bunch of card textures. Unlikely that you need all 52. I would not worry about having the same texture on both sides -- I doubt it will be noticable -- just have about half the cards with back-side texture. You'll save a lot of time not trying to make the back faces different from the fronts.

There is a hidden roof element card that can be used to bridge from one module to the next by unhiding it.

At least I build my real-life card houses in this manner :)
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Re: How to make a house of cards...?

Postby plae57 on 08/6/2015, 1:40 pm

star+circle wrote:Easiest solution...


How does it collapse?
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Re: How to make a house of cards...?

Postby Farmfield on 08/6/2015, 3:31 pm

Sounds like the OP wants/needs a RBD solution - I for one would point to Blender as that is pretty easy to get into the dynamics stuff and pretty easy to create the cards as well, just planes with an unwrapped, double sided texture.
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Re: How to make a house of cards...?

Postby star+circle on 08/6/2015, 11:31 pm

Good question. Creating a believable collapse in Element is not an easy task. I guess you could animate it with the animation engine with set beginning and end stages and a directional animation. Not necessarily going to look that great. The end stage will have to have the cards rotated in various ways so that they don't just fall flat down. With a physics engine it will be way more realistic.

On the other hand, if you just want the house of cards to explode, no problem in Element :D
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Re: How to make a house of cards...?

Postby plae57 on 08/7/2015, 5:08 am

Farmfield wrote:Sounds like the OP wants/needs a RBD solution - I for one would point to Blender...


I use Blender as my 3d software and I agree it (or a similar 3d app) is the way to go with a collapsing house of cards. But if you are not familiar with 3d apps, I don't think you could do it with out a week or two of getting use to the software.
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Re: How to make a house of cards...?

Postby krisq on 08/18/2015, 5:02 am

Wouldn't Newton2 plug-in help here? Never used it but it looks like it was made exactly for these kind of things.
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Re: How to make a house of cards...?

Postby plae57 on 08/18/2015, 9:50 am

krisq wrote:Wouldn't Newton2 plug-in help here? Never used it but it looks like it was made exactly for these kind of things.


Not really because it doesn't do 3d.
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Re: How to make a house of cards...?

Postby krisq on 08/19/2015, 12:49 am

plae57 wrote:
krisq wrote:Wouldn't Newton2 plug-in help here? Never used it but it looks like it was made exactly for these kind of things.


Not really because it doesn't do 3d.

Oh, good to know.
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