In the bad old days, I chucked some solar panels on our extension roof, ran some cables to the attic, and had this sort of mess going on: Cheapo MPPT solar battery charger connected to lots of old car batteries.
Not pretty, but it let me wire the house for 12v, and fit lots of lighting and stuff that wasn’t reliant on the grid. Finally got round to tidying it up last year… Continue reading →
No CGI! All captured with my zany mo-co contraption on a Canon 7D, then comped together in After Effects.
Got the camera to do 4 passes:
1. Normal speed to capture the hand at the start
2. Frame by frame to do the stop-motion chips
3. Normal speed again to capture the hand at the end
4. Normal speed, all lights off apart from one, and a spray of stage smoke (you can see it at the top of the frame)
Piano instrument: The Maverick (a Kontakt library). Really like it – sounds very natural, configurable without being overly complex. Love the ringing of the strings at the end, and the way you can (if you want) hear the sound of the damper pedal.
Testing the Animation Nodes add-on for Blender. Fairly quick to animate lots of objects (in this case, the buildings’ rotation and scale is based on distance from a key object, so their animations end up staggered).
Had issues with rendering. AN kept throwing an exception and stopping working halfway through the render. Got to either have AN burn keyframes (to all those objects… [gulp]) or just write a script to do it.
Half the info you need is in the blog post, the other half is in the comments below. The only trouble I had was iris control, which I couldn’t get to work on the cheapest Canon kit lenses (though my better lenses all responded fine):
Updated my stock “earth in space” scene – my old scene just didn’t stand up in HD. Not perfect – haven’t got the atmosphere looking right yet – but it’s soooo much better than before. Looks lovely in motion. Click to embiggen.
Made by Howard Matthews at Push Pictures
Music by Poseidon.tv
Created in Blender, composited in After Effects
Additional modelling by Richie Phillips
Additional model credits from BlendSwap:
Mixing desk: simonrepp; kitchen mixer: swmo; Anglepoise lamp: up3danimation; Clip light: bmanjones; PC: modelyna; drill: bdfspace69; table fan: shivraj; milling machine: WiKKiD Widgets; laptop: MarkLaBarr
Always a challenge to make business graphics look engaging; the messages are usually pretty dry and abstract, and if you’re not careful you end up with something looking like a PowerPoint presentation with better transitions.