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Norton Commando Transformer by Steve Twist

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Hey everyone,

(I would have posted this in the gallery/finished work forum, but it appears to be having issues atm, so I've posted it here instead... moderators, feel free to move this elsewhere if needed :))

Alongside my work over at www.3DBuzz.com (with which you may be familiar), I’m also a university student at the NCCA (National Centre for Computer Animation), Bournemouth University. I’ve been studying BA (Hons) Computer Visualisation and Animation for 3 years, and am due to graduate this year (I should get my results any day now!).

As a significant portion of my degree, I had to produce a “Major Project”. Comprising of around 8 months of work, from concept to completion, the Major Project is an open ended brief allowing us to produce a significant piece of work of our choosing.

Hugely inspired by ILM and Digital Domain’s work on Transformers, I set about creating my own Transformers based visual effects project. You can see the result on the following link:

All modelling, shading, rigging and animation was produced in Houdini 9.5, with the base layer of animation being driven by motion capture, through .bclip files and CHOPs. Textures were painted in Photoshop. The live action footage was filmed on a Canon XL1 and tracked using PFTrack. HDR Shop was used for basic HDRI operations. The project was rendered with Mantra, and composited using Shake.

I thoroughly enjoyed the project, and am very excited to hear what you all think :)

Thanks for taking the time to read this,

All the best,

Steve Twist

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Great work Steve, really slick shaderwork!

Nice attention to detail - if you're willing to share your report, I'd love to read it!

Good luck with your future projects!

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Hi Steve

It looks awesome man, the only thing I could say is that the real tires

are cleaner that the CG ones :D

Very nice.

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