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    "Final Inspection" short film (warning: brief CG nudity)

    A flawed building inspector, and some shoddy construction collide and make for a real bad day.
    The brand new Harley Hotel & Casino is about to become the newest ultra luxury hotel and casino in
    Las Vegas. Only one thing that stands in their way...the hotel must pass their final inspection.






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    This is a 3d short film I have been working on for a long time. It began with me modeling a slot machine, then the project expanded into a complete 3d hotel / casino resort, and then finally, into this short film. Over the last year I have had a WIP thread which can be found here WIP casino thread . I really appreciate all the BA members who followed my progress.

    A special thanks to these creative / technical advisers that played a big role in helping me overcome roadblocks throughout the project. Minoribus, MonkMonk, Photox, Oldghost, and VickyM72



    I have licensed, for non-commercial use, all of the music used in this video through audionetwork.com. The artists who wrote/performed the music are noted in the credits. Additionally, Some other artists 3d models were used from Blendswap, they are also noted in the credits. Most of the sound effects were cc 0 but some were cc by. Below is a complete attribution list of all sound effects used. Thanks to those people that make these available.

    Thank you for taking time to watch this video, I really hope to hear your thoughts on the video.

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    Last edited by harleynut97; 30-Aug-14 at 08:23.
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    Absolutely great Carl. It keeps your attention and a big smile throughout. 2 Big thumbs up!
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    Wonderful work all around! This really had me laughing, you have a great sense of humor I loved the sinking kayak(nice touch with him putting his legs up on the sides), the faulty spa bed, him driving the Segway through the window, and all of his other misfortunes. You got it all here...great story, great scenery, physical comedy, alcoholism, and even some blackmail to boot! Great stuff Carl, it was really a pleasure to see this come together, and I can't wait for the next



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    @photox and VickyM72
    Whew.... I was worried, I've watched this thing so many times in the editing process, I became a little numb to it, so I'm glad it felt to you the pacing was good and it brought some smiles. OK... now admit it VickyM72, you really only watched for the brief CG nudity

    In these days of 1 minute viral cat videos, I know a 8 1/2 min short film is a tall order for people to commit to watch, but I'm glad you both enjoyed it, but most of all, thank you so much for your contributions to the project.
    Last edited by harleynut97; 25-Jun-14 at 09:27.
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    Amazing! The over all scale of the production is inspiring.
    Very well done. Looking forward to more.



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    The pacing is very well done, I was never bored or felt rushed. There were several big laughs for me, The biggest was the exchange between the hotel manager and the inspector and the back and forth with the stamp and the ipad video proof of the inspector doing a bit a boozing.
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    Haha! That crash dummy...
    Great stuff!



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    remember vaguely first time I went for car licence and the inspector was drunk too LOL


    well done and funny!

    gives us some statistics!
    8 min so
    how many frames total ?
    how much time to render per frame these high res ?
    total render time ?
    size of anim for 8 min?

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    I'm watching it now. Lol @ flask. Falling down the stairs=perfect, haha. LOL @ 3:00 and 3:50.

    Angry face @ 5:00! 5:30-5:40=perfect. The finger haha. Great job man!
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    Epic and funny, full of creative ideas. And a really catching and plausible story. Congratulations to this fine work. It was a fun to watch and I can't tell by now which scene is going to be my favourite, because there are so many nice scenes. But the inspector and the canoe is one of the top scenes as well as the scene with the massage couch And was totally surprised by the end.



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    Goooolllllllllll! This is really great my friend. What a personalit you've put on it.
    Everything is great: story, modeling, animation and a great sense of humor.
    Looking forward to see more.



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    Very nice end product. all of the details and effort really paid off. And it was quite funny to boot!



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    What a massive undertaking and it ended up great, Carl. A laugh a minute with the visual and pacing right on. If ever anyone needed a damn hardhat it's my boy the inspector. Segway through the window, still laughing here.

    Some RickyBlender stats for us all when you have the time please. With maybe the shortest and longest frames in render times thrown in. But, take your time since you need a well deserved break. And, a Blender decompression period here after a production this huge.
    Really nicely done in MHO.



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    @everybody First off thank you for taking the time to watch the video, and I'm relieved and happy that it brought some smiles and most of all, that it kept your interest throughout and gave you a few surprises. Originally the video came out at almost 10 min, but I really edited down as much as I possibly could... I felt like crying during this process, because I knew I was litterly "throwing away" hours upon hours of render time with each slice of the editing knife. But I think it was worth it, especially for the overall pacing of the film.

    From a creators standpoint, it really is interesting to me to see what stood out as a memorable scene. Case in point, the canoe scene, I would have never thought that scene would have been mentioned. I can tell you it was done out of pure lazyness I had a problem with water breaking through the canoe mesh, so I said to myself, if you can't beat em...join em and came up with the idea for a leaky boat. What was really challenging was getting the animation right with the character paddling and then switching sides.
    I hope to hear from others who watch the video what were some of their favorite moments

    @icon Crashdummy originally was going to play a much bigger role in the video than he ended up doing. But the storyline changed and my very odd thought of a love story between the inspector and crash dummy never was to be

    @frobenious I spent so much time modeling those damn stairs I had to find something to occur there, I wish there was an easier way to set up a ragdoll setup, but instead I ended up animating him with keyframes. But I am still happy with animation.

    @cc So good to see you back my friend... I know the world cup hosted in your country must be making for good times and lots of fun.

    @Anthony Thank you! The scale and scope of this project about brought me to my knees, but in the end I learned a lot and enjoyed the ride.

    @old ghost I'm happy that you enjoyed it, ghost was very instrumental both creatively and technically behind the scenes. I very much appreciate his input thoughout this project.

    @SterlingRoth Thanks for your kind words and thanks for following my WIP progress.

    @Minoribus - You, more than anyone else, have been a lifesaver for me thoughout this project. Minoribus was the one who made the Inspector character. He modeled, textured and rigged him. This film would have never happened if it wasn't for the generosity of Minoribus, and it has been a joy collaborating with him.

    @ Ricky I'm going to go back and look up a few things but I mention a couple stats right now

    -If my math is right... 24 frames/sec x 8 1/2 min is about 12,240 frames, The compressed H.264 file that was uploaded to Vimeo was 483 mg's.

    -This is a quick screen grab to show the scope and scale of what this project takes up in pure harddrive space, I'll come back later with some other stats you were asking about and talk about some of the workflow.

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    Last edited by harleynut97; 26-Jun-14 at 09:12.
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    did not expect it to be that big with cycles!
    250 GB I mean it is huge!
    a normal video movie takes like around 1-2 GB !

    give us an idea on the render time for this!

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    The scale of this movie combined with the fact that it's a one-man show, is quite mind boggling. Great work and crazy amount of dedication and patience! I think you can be proud of the end result



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    Fantastic work Harley! I hope that after all the hours you have put into this you are feeling as pleased as you should be. If anyone is looking for someone to inspire them in terms of perseverance, they could do no better than to look at your amazing WIP thread.

    The canoe scene was a personal favourite, it works as a great CG gag. You said it was laziness, but as the character reacts it is funny. Another scene I like is him waiting for the lift with the crash dummy slouched on the floor. You can almost hear him thinking "right, I've had enough now."

    I look forward to the inspectors return. You should be proud of yourself.

    you have inspired me, I've long put off the idea of doing an animation, but after watching this, I think I'll be starting my own shortly.

    keep up the great work Harley!
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    That was so good - I didn't expect to even want to watch 8+ mins but actually enjoyed every second. It is certainly inspiring.



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    Hi Harley, a long time I had the question about the this big project of casino, I thought it was some advertisement for a real casino XD (Oh Harleynut have his own casino on real live ).

    congratulations to you and all who helped, really I enjoy much this animation, I do not stop laughing at times when the camera save the video and the crazy things to the inspector xD.

    thanks for sharing, and greetings!



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    @joseperez Glad you enjoyed the video and that it brought some smiles!

    @swmo Thanks a lot, thoughout the editing process in the back of mind, I kept thinking will the viewers be entertained enough to stick through watching a film of this length. I'm really happy and relieved to hear from so many like yourself, that it did.

    @Wega Yea it definitely was a one man show, but I kept being inspired to push forward by this community and also received a lot of help working out the numerous issues I ran into along the way. You were a frequent contributor to my WIP, and I really appreciate your support on the project.

    @ Monk Monk is one of the key people who inspired this project, and also helped me with many technical issues, but also contributed in a big way creatively. If the resort was real...Monk would have been promoted to Head Marketing Manager I really hope you do dive into some animation, your such a talented artist in many disciplines, I have no doubt you would prosper.

    @Ricky ... first off there may have been a translation issue... The 241 GB represents ALL files that went into making the film, not just Blender. ( this includes many test files, photoshop files, aftereffects files , image sequences ... everything

    The film itself that was uploaded to Vimeo was only 483 megabytes. OK on to some of the rendering facts.
    -There is no way I can possibly even begin to guess the total rendering time, I did not use any render farms. But let me describe how the workflow was making these individual scenes.

    1) I used 3d rendered Background plates for nearly every scene. I counted about 128 backplates.... each backplate averaged between 3 -6 hrs each. Most were rendered at 3,000 passes and were 720p in size. These backplates had to be rendered using CPU.

    2) Character/action and foreground element animations were rendered separately at 300 passes.... I think the smallest foreground animation was about 45 sec per frame - the longest was about 11 minutes/frame. If I had to take an average time it would probably be about 3-4 minutes per frame. The foreground animations were then composted over the background plates. These foreground animations were mostly rendered using GPU

    3) I rendered many other background plates for night views that never made it into the film, but I did make a slideshow of them here
    Casino at Night slideshow

    4) But the render stuff noted above, was just the starting process of every scene ... more on additional workflow tomorrow.
    Last edited by harleynut97; 29-Jul-14 at 21:59.
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