We are a pair of third year students studying our final year of a VFX degree at the University of Hertfordshire. We are making a short film and would like to post our progress here in order to take on valuable critique from others outside of the University.
We will be tackling challenges which would benefit from the advice of those who are more experienced and hope that posting our progress here will ultimately improve the quality of our film.
We are at the stage where we have shot the film now and are in the editing process. Once we have got the edit locked down we can progress with keying, tracking, modeling, texturing and all of the other jobs which need to be done.
I'll add some of the work we have done prior to shooting the footage to give an idea of the process we have gone through and the style of the film.
Here is the treatment we wrote for the film:
The character in the film is a mature man, around 50-70 yrs old (depending on what happens with casting). He is an Artist. He is working on a painting in his studio which he completes, then takes it to hang on the wall. He takes a look at his other paintings and finds there are elements he is not pleased with. As the Artist raises his hand to the painting he is able to interact with the content there and move things around. He takes a boat from one painting and straightens up the sail before returning it to the canvas again. As he moves around his work, he comes across one painting which he is particularly pleased with.. he steps inside. The painted world is swirly and oil painted. There are moving elements in there such as birds in the sky, blowing leaves on the trees and possibly a car or some other moving vehicle in the foreground.
There will be nice effects in place for the interaction with the paintings and the painterly world will feel alive and ‘swirly painty’. The studio environment will all be rendered realistically and as the artist enters the painting, he may become painterly also. The shots which contain any interaction with the painting will be a massive focus for us, we will be working on some pretty VFX techniques to make it all look fancy. The title of the film is Inspired.
Also, there will be some nice camera moves in there. We have tracks and dolly shots in some places so it should all look very glossy and polished.
Here is a link to the pre-viz for the film. It is VERY basic! It was done to give us an idea of how things could work.
Here are some images from the footage we shot:
And I'll have to work out a way to display our pre-production work on the thread nicely.
Thank you for looking over our film and I hope it holds a few peoples interest.