harley - It’s great to see you again, as well! Just like old times again! Thanks for the kinds words, and yes, I was just thinking that the other day. I want to add some yellow and white markings to the middle and shoulders. Maybe some bike symbols or other stuff, as well as those reflective plastic markers that you sometimes seen in the middle of the road. As it is now it’s a bit bare. I wish I knew how to add decals to the material (like a decal they would use in a game), but I have no idea if that’s even possible in Cycles. It would be an easy way to add potholes and cracks to add some interesting details to the tiling road texture.
Anthony - I noticed the repetition as well, once I placed them side by side. It might look a little silly, but it does add some extra detail which I like, and I think as long as I don’t place them too close together in the video (and maybe add some props in front to add variety), I think they will work well. There should be enough going on in the foreground that duplicates won’t be too obvious (or so I hope!).
minoribus - Thank you! I assume you’re asking about the events of the story that occur in the environment (correct me if I’m wrong). “Story” might be a bit grandiose for this video, but as a special insight for those of you taking the time to follow this thread, I’ll share the whole outline here. It will be interesting to use as a comparison to the final video. If you don’t want to see any script spoilers, just skip ahead to the next post!
Happy Wheels 2
Sad music plays (or just sad ambient sounds). Body parts are strewn along the ground. Something is hanging from a hook? An axe is spinning mindlessly with a foot stuck to it. A Segway lays toppled on it’s side. Blood is everywhere. A severed head tracks into frame. The eye twitches. “Restart Level”. The body parts move in reverse, like a tape rewinding. Blood spills back into the body. Limbs reattach to the torso. The Segway fall into place under the feet and hands grasp it. The head flips through the air and lands perfectly on the shoulders. Strange slow motion sound design to compliment these events. The man takes in a deep breath as if finally breaking through the surface of the water.
The body, finally together, rockets backwards, back to the finish line, for the next run.
“Your goal is to… Survive. Again.”
The music starts.
Segway Guy rolls through panes of glass. Easy at first, gradually harder. The last one is very thick, it takes a second hit to get through.
At the neck test, his head is stretched very far from his body, impossibly far, but he manages to squeeze through.
He passes a man directing traffic and enters the construction zone. Someone is using a jackhammer. A man pushing a wheelbarrow is in front of him, he jumps over the wheelbarrow and into the man, knocking him down and landing on his head, crushing it. He jumps and runs into the side of a porta potty, which a man just went into. Screams are heard from inside. (Maybe three porta potties, all three tip over?).
The sidewalk ahead of him is blocked off. He turns off the sidewalk and is immediately hit by a car, and flies backwards into a garbage truck just as the garbage is being compacted.
Instead of turning off the sidewalk, Segway Guy jumps and blasts through the barricade. He jumps and lands on a guy coming up from a manhole, crushing him. Mini obstacle course with stand-alone weapons and workers holding weapons. And jet engines. Wrecking ball smashes him into building (or into vehicle).
Maybe a mini montage of death and gore here, many failed attempts?
An arrow (or harpoon) misses him and hits the driver of a steam roller, causing the machine to drive into a fire hydrant. The water shoots up, Segway Guy drives into it, and is propelled up and over the wrecking ball. He drives over a bumper pad, which sends him upwards, into a speed booster. He flies upwards, narrowly avoiding death on the spike walls on either side of him (but still losing an arm). He lands on a rooftop.
Balcony Terror drop. He drops from balcony to balcony, seeing some of the characters from that level. People say things. Someone shouts, “Boy, don’t make me get my tractor!”. Someone calls the police on him. There are also jets here. One of the jets catches him, and sends him flying upwards, into a helicopter. The blades turn him into confetti.
He falls from the balconies, avoiding rockets and people/bodies. At the end, he grabs onto an umbrella and floats gently down onto the ground.
He rolls merrily forward. “Finish Line ->”. Strolls past that sign and up to an area that says “99.9999% impossible” or “implausible”. A tank is there (and fires at him) as two trucks collide head on and floating bombs go off. Harpoons and crossbows fire into him, and he just has to get over a wall and cross the finish line. He does it in one go, amazingly. Maybe all that is left is a chunk of meat (his heart). It achieves victory and farts to death.