Flowers - In Love With a Ghost ft. Nori
“Sometimes, I just want to chill by the lake to the sound of my favorite music on endless repeat.”
[Pic above: When everything is still nice and dry before the rain fall.]
Inspired by the beautiful music of In Love With A Ghost and original 2D animation by Curie Lu, I’ve decided to do my own interpretation of the music video.
A fun little personal project made in Blender 3.0a (experimental cycles-x), post in Blackmagic Fusion. More renders on my ArtStation: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/g2lr48
This is by far my most ambitious video for a personal project to take on. On and off, I’d often listen to chill hop music on youtube while working that are always accompanied by some sort of looping 2D animated anime wallpaper. Sometimes I wonder, wouldn’t it be awesome if they were 3D, and would react to the sounds and beats of the music? Hence, the idea to make this music video was born.
I chose Flowers as the music of choice because I can never get tired of listening to it on an endless loop. It certainly made my job easier and more enjoyable because working on a project like this requires countless wip preview playback to ensure that the animations are in sync with the music.
I tried to animate as many details as I could for this project; the rain drops affecting the environment and everything getting wet over time, the rain causing realistic and believable ripples on the water, the lily pads floating and drifting randomly on the water surface and reacting to the ripples, lip syncing Hana’s (yes, that’s the name I’ve given her) mouth to the vocals, her expressions and body language reacting to the music, the clothes she’s wearing turning semi transparent from the wetness over time, water droplets dripping down the frogs, and much much more. Yet, there are still many more details that I wish I could add and refine but I had to draw the line somewhere or else it would take forever to finish.
I wanted to express the emotion and feeling that I get from listening to the music, and hope for the viewers to have the same experience too while watching the animated music video. Just let go of everything, forget about the world, and chill for a while.
[Pic above: Very early scene construction/blocking phase using megascans and simple shapes for frogs. Experimented with various HDRIs to find a suitable backdrop/lighting for the scene. As you can see, render time was a nightmare even on cycles-x before optimization.]
[Pic above: A WIP screenshot of Hana while animating the lipsync and body. Naturally, the hair simulation has to wait until the character’s primary animations are final.]
[Pic above: Viewport shaded mode]
Made with Blender v3.0a - Cycles X branch
Total frames rendered: 6400 (25fps)
Render details: Cycles render at 1920x1080 with OpenImage Denoiser, 512 samples, DOF and motion blur enabled.
Average render time per frame: 2 mins (RTX 3080), 4mins (RTX 2080)
Total render time: roughly 8 days
Project duration from start to finish (including render time): 3 weeks
Compositing software: Blackmagic Design Fusion 16 (for additional motion blur, caustics effect, color correction, mist/fog, foreground droplets on camera lens)
If you have any questions about this project, please do not hesitate to ask!
You can purchase Flower’s Art Poster here: https://www.artstation.com/prints/art_poster/WEJP/flowers
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