Back-to-back VFX supervision, tutorials hiatus and winning the Amanda Award.

It’s been a while since I posted anything here. I was encouraged by all the response I got to the tutorials I wrote here and had plans to do even more in the future. I bought gear to be able to do video tutorials and all! The hard part has always been finding the time and energy to do it since I work fulltime in the visual effects industry. When I went from being an artist to a supervisor, my plans for this got put to a halt altogether.

Back in spring 2018, I got the chance to be the supervisor for Filmgate for a project called ”The Quake,” a Norwegian disaster movie featuring an earthquake hitting Oslo. Our part was to create set extensions and full CG shots featuring an elevator and a shaft. It was my first time being the primary visual effects supervisor on a project. It was a bit stressful at times, but in general, I had a great time working on this project.

After a few weeks off during the summer, I jumped right back into supervision for another Norwegian project called Amundsen. A story about the famous Norwegian polar explorer from the director of Kon-Tiki, Espen Sandberg. The movie featured a massive amount of visual effects, and Filmgate took on a large chunk of it. We had several CG assets to build and some very complicated full CG shots. So even though I shared supervising duties with a college, the workload got increasingly higher the further we went into the project. And the pressure was by far the most I’ve ever felt in my professional life. During the last stretch, I worked like crazy to keep everything together and only stopped to eat and sleep. I was at the office for 32 days straight after coming back from a short Christmas break and logged 70-80 hour weeks. Eventually, we got everything done in the end to everyone’s satisfaction which was a huge relief.

After the project, I took almost a month off and was trying to rest and find my way back to a healthy life. That was easier said than done after being so focused on one specific goal for such a long time. Eventually, I got back to work and had a good work-life balance just being an artist, working regular hours, and not thinking about work after leaving the office. But I didn’t find the energy and passion that made me want to do tutorials and such in my spare time that I had before. So even though I had the time to do it, I didn’t pick up where I left.

When they announced the nominees for this years Amanda Awards (the Norwegian equivalent to a Swedish Guldbagge or Academy Award), I got some great news though. I got nominated for Best Visual Effects for both projects I supervised along with the supervisors for the other vendors. So I got to attend the ceremony in Haugesund on the Norwegian west coast and wear a tuxedo for the first time in my life. In the end, it was ”The Quake” which won the award which I got to share with the supervisors from Gimpville, Storyline, and Storm.

It was a great experience to work as a supervisor for these two films, and I learned a lot even though it was overwhelming at times. And, of course, it was great to be rewarded being nominated and winning an award for it. So I guess writing about it here is a way to close that chapter of my life for good (and brag about the award a little bit). Not sure if anyone will read it though, but that doesn’t matter that much. Hopefully, the next time I post something here, it will be something cool about creating shaders in V-Ray or something like that.

That’s me to the right. The only one of the winners who properly followed the tuxedo dress code.

Mastering CGI shader ball 2016 converted to Maya

I’ve converted the Mastering CGI shader ball (2016) to Maya. It’s a complete Maya scene with lights and shaders (manually converted so not pixel perfect but close enough) so it’s ready to use. If anyone is interested you can contact me (use the Contact Form here on the website or write a comment below). The max version of the shader ball is shared for free on cgtricks (https://cgtricks.com/shader-ball-2016-mastering-cgi/) with the following restrictions: ”You can use the shaderball for personal and commercial use, but you don’t change the base textures or resell the ball. Now, enjoy and share it around.” I assume the same rules would apply here.

Python scripts for Subdivision and Texture Input Gamma in Vray for Maya

The first Python script  will apply a Texture Input Gamma from Vray Attributes on selected File nodes.

The second script applies Subdivision from Vray Attributes on selected Shape nodes. The script automatically converts a selected transform node into a shape node, which means that you can select the objects you want to subdivide in the viewport. I also set the script to not Override Global Values in order for you to set the values you want in the Default Displacement and Subdivision tab, instead of typing them in on every object after you flagged the object for Subdivision.

 

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/Magnus