Learning Dark Arts

Come learn the art of 3D computer generated art and animation. This blog deals with the lessons learned and the art created by Robert G. Male using DazStudio from Daz3D. Also covered are the ancillary software, tools, techniques, and processes needed both before and after rending in the 3D software.


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July 26, 2010

The Ghost In the Render Engine

I set about a while ago to make a new ghost video. More precisely, I wanted a video of some poltergeist activity. Something nice and subtle. To that end I decided on making a time-lapse video. I had the idea a while back further than when I started laying out the scene and running the animation rendering. Back then it was to occur in a photographic kitchen with a rendered cell phone creeping its way across the counter. In between I had seen a ghost hunting video at some abandoned building. There was a long shot of a hallway and squares of light against one wall that moved as the sun outside set. I decided I wanted to try something similar. I do not have the moving light this time, but I further decided to combine my sun setting "in" a room with the poltergeist moving the phone video. You can see it on my YouTube page under "Haunted Time Lapse Video (CGI)".

What I did to make the sun set in the room was take a distant light and rotate it down until the room went dark over the desired number of animation cells. Simple stuff. What I'm here to talk about though it not the sunset, not the intended haunting bit of the animation, but instead an unintended haunting effect... or something to that effect. As the sun lowers a light, or glare, or reflection appears on the bed, spreads, changes shape, and then disappears. Other lights appearing and moving on the bed follow this. I do not know why they appear or why they vary the way that they do. There aren't exactly windows in the animation just transparent sections. There is nothing to reflect the light, not that I've even seen anything in the render ever cast a light reflection before. Is this some kind of mystery? Something spooky going? I don't know, but it adds cool realism.

Music: One Way by Vince Neil.

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