involved creating visual effects for the disintegration of someone unfortunate
enough to come into contact with 'The Gift', and was inspired by the animated
film 'Heavy Metal'.
The main challenge page, is here.
I decided to start by doing some
experiments with materials. I exported models for a man and a male skeleton
from Poser as obj files, and imported them into Cinema4D. I then scaled and
positioned them so they roughly matched. This gave a simple 'hollow' model
consisting of one layer of skin, and an interior skeleton.
For the materials, I wanted the bone to have a fairly rough appearance, with
streaks of blood on top. For the skin I wanted a two layer effect, with lots
of holes burnt through. The two layers represent undamaged skin on the top,
and a reddish raw-flesh layer below it. To make these two layers match up
well, I used the same procedural noise for both, but with different thresholds
determining transparency. This allowed the patches of undamaged surface skin
to always be surrounded by raw skin.
After an evening of experimentation, I came up with this (click for larger image):
These materials were produced using the SLA procedural shaders in C4D - no textures.
The next stage was to animate the
disintegration spreading over the body. I had to write a custom shader plugin
to provide this control.
A test animation is here
. A still from this is shown below (click for larger image).
This looks fairly good for a start. The biggest problem is that the person clearly
has no internal structure other than the skeleton, so this needs to be dealt
And then a period of extreme hecticness intervened, and I had very little time to work on this before the deadline.
What I did manage to do was:-
- Project a realistic skin texture on to the model.
- Create and animate the Orb.
- Get the Orb to emit strong volumetric light, split into beams by the rib-cage.
Unfortunately, what I didn't have time for was to add any animation to the
character. This is a shame because I think it would have added a lot to the
The final version as submitted for the contest is here
(320x240, 1 Meg download).
A higher res version is here
(640x480, 2 Meg download)