So at :22 in the linked video (http://pandapanther.com/2011/05/25/yahoo-mail/), there’s a neighborhood that slides over the top of a curved landscape, along with houses, and roads. I’ve tried a number of solutions to acheive this effect to no avail. The grass is easy using the shrinkwrap modifier. If however I try to constrain an object like a house (which has height), everything is scrunched down by the shrinkwrap. I’ve also tried to shrinkwrap a “path” curve to the landscape and have the house slide over that using the curve modifier, but it causes crazy distortions in the object.
Is there any way I could use the landscape as a lattice? I messed around with it for a bit, but couldn’t get it to work.
Ideally, if I were to recreate the effect, I’d want a landscape plane for the hill, and I’d design the neighborhood (houses, roads, etc) on a flat surface that I could contrain to the contour of the hill (much like the shrinkwrap, but without flattening anything).
Thanks for reading. Let me know if you think you have a solution.