zanz - well, as a fan, it probable comes out in my work by default to some degree…
Romeo - cheers. The clean white one is growing on me the more I look at it. I love the lighting in Alien (as well as the movie in general). I’ll probably watch it now for ideas. Assuming I ‘make’ the time.
Bigglesworth - Well, truth be told, most of the geometry was made for another project, I’ve stripped it down and rearranged it into room form. There is more detail I want to add still, but I can’t get carried away if I use this as a background. That and it is around 3 million poly already. As per your message:
Lighting is pretty staight forward really. Single spotlight in the top ‘ring’ - I plan to make actual light fixtures for everywhere I put a light - and then three rings of dulpiverted lights.
One around the top just behind the pylon ‘tips’
One behind the base of the outer wall ‘beams’
One behind the tops of the outer wall ‘beams’
The AO is set to ‘Add,’ a value of 0.2 and a hdri map is applied to the world settings using ‘Ang Map’ and Hori - with ‘real’ horizon selected. Raytraced AO as it doesn’t work for AAO.
(on second thoughts - this is quicker.)
Got the map from turbo squid. There are some neat ones there for pretty cheap. I use it for several things, I didn’t buy it just for a subtle effect in this project. The main thing that makes this look neat is the fact I put the samples up to 16 and was just patient. The ‘light’ render is simply a dark one with ‘levels’ used to adjust the brightness. Not bad for a drastic change on an 8bit jpg. Exr file would obviously have been better for that.
- larger cleaner render, this time without the light rings. Still the spotlight though. Subsurf on the geometry closer to the camera too, bringing it to around 4 million poly now.
Render took 20 minutes, did a bit of a doodle while I was waiting. This is as far as I got, but I think I may finish this one into a final concept. I don’t have time to model it though, and if I did, I’ve made myself a rule that if I ever get around to making a sci fi short film that it won’t contain jedi. There are enough of those shorts out there, some of them quite entertaining, but many just feel like ‘some dude with a saber’.
I like where the drawing is heading though, so if anyone wants dibs on modelling it once I’ve finished, go for it.
Done. Now back to work… :o
And one more large render for luck - I think this is now my favourite.