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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Ruffles - 3d animated short created with Maya

We finally completed our Major Project for University of Kent, Ruffles a 3d animation created with Maya.

We used Autodesk Maya 8.5, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere and Adobe Photoshop. 
We started this Project in the beginning of June 2008. In the 3 month we had to come up with a script, animatic, set design , character design , model everything with Maya , rig the characters, texture everything and of course animate it.  
Unfortunately the render farm at our uni was totally unefficient, either because it didnt work or due to a lack of Maya licenses. We rendered the animation over a period of 3 weeks on about 4 - 5 computers. We used 6 different render passes, a background pass, character pass, shadow pass, occlusion, depth of field and a motion blur pass. 
The occlusion pass was the slowest to render, wherever a character is closeup to the camera the computers took around 10 hours per frame to render. 
The story takes place somewhere in England during Victorian times around 1848. Thats all I can think about at the moment. Hope you enjoy our animation :)



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