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Airlift: Frame Grabs by steve-burg Airlift: Frame Grabs by steve-burg
This is a sequence of still frames from a single 90 second long CG shot establishing the overall scene.

The full video is posted on my Vimeo page: [link]

The camera tilts down revealing a huge refinery in a heavy snowstorm. The view moves downward to focus on an industrial vehicle as it carries a group of soldiers up a ramp and out onto an expansive airfield. In the distance, gigantic ore carriers taxi through the blizzard, preparing for takeoff. military.

I've done a lot of animations of various scenes, but this is probably one of the most elaborate. The scene had to be split into several pieces when rendering it, just to fit into memory. As a result, each segment was rendered on its own and seamlessly blended together to make the final shot without apparent camera cuts.

In addition, there were separate passes for the snow and atmospheric elements, which were composited into the base render to produce the final look. The snow was a mix of techniques, using both particles and 2D textures animated across large pieces of simple geometry.

The 3D was created using Lightwave 3D, with textures painted in Photoshop. Compositing was done using Adobe After Effects.
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StarrZEE Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome video man - truly epic. The music played nicely from that wide shot of those escape ships.
I think the only thing missing was the environment sound fx - like snow blizzard - the vehicles
and alarm sirens would've been great too :)

I'm in the process of doing a 2d comic style animation i've been planning it for years -[link]
The storyboard is complete but painting each scene will take me weeks or months to complete.
I may need some tips of you to carry out certain scenes - your video skill knowledge will be vital for my project.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
That clip definitely needs sound FX! :nod:
I don't have any time to add any in right now - but when I do I'll upload the revised version :D
I think with books and sequential art (like a graphic novel) the main challenge is to come up with a style that suits the story but is quick enough to streamline the amount of work involved. It's a lot of work no matter how you break it down :nod:
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StarrZEE Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You done an amazing job bro regardless of the soundfx the music of the video really drew me in -
the camera work, the animation and specialfx were all excellent :)
When you get the time, which I hope you do - check this [link]
here you can find some cool royalty free soundfx.
(registration is free).

I look forward to seeing the revised version - keep me posted man.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for the link! Sound is really the big problem for doing animations on your own time. The cost of "pro" sound clips is (last time I checked) out of sight!
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StarrZEE Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I find adding the soundfx the fun part in making a film. Its just like painting the world to life.
Theres always that learning curb but once you get the know how - adding soundfx shouldn't take
too long to finish :) Took the time to view your other videos pretty awesome man.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I love adding the sound effects. Just need time, and to find some good sounds! There is a lot of good stuff on that link - thanks once again. Now I will try and include sound.

Of course, the other problem is music! I don't suppose you have any leads on that front? :D I can't see getting much further - getting serious - about video as long as I "pirate" soundtrack music - but it's such an important element. (In fact, the music in some cases inspires me to create the visual).
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StarrZEE Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, there's always that big risk of using copyrighted material for personal projects -
I often mention in my descriptions that my work is not for commercial use and I always
add reference where I got the music from (must give credit).

As for the music I believe I found the perfect background music for your film its from the GEARS OF WAR 2 soundtrack:
titled: Dom and Maria
Composer: Steve Jablonsky
[link]

My second recommendation is Two steps from hell : Dawn of war [link]
That's if you want a military might feel in the scene.


If you are still concerned about using (C)Music then check out this [link] Im not 100& sure if its royalty free but have a look bro ;)

I can never do art without listening to music its the fuel of my creativity ^^

Again That Gears of war 2: Dom and Maria is my number 1 choice ^^
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templar127 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
NICE IMAGES!
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2753Productions Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Again with the amazing work! :wow: Beautiful scene and shots :faint:
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3Dapple Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hot damn. Amazing! What is it for?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It's entirely just for myself, as an exercise in seeing how far I could push 3D in terms of making a complete scene :)
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3Dapple Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, it's amazing. It has the quality of a game intro/3D movie.
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AshleySmash Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your work O_o wow.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks very much :)
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AshleySmash Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your Welcome :)
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Really nice! all the little tech details are great! Don;t forget to post a link to the video if you get it up - i'd love to see it...there's also Vimeo [link] , i think its only got a 1gb limit tho
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I'll try and get something uploaded - there's a lot going on at the moment though :eyepopping: - it's a busy life...
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karanua Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderfull in every way, I'd better not let my RPG referee get a look at your art or she'll be having me and my son inundated with equipmeny redesigns for our traveller game.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Haha don't let her see it :D! Thanks, I appreciate you comment - and good luck with your game ;)
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rich35211 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Very nice, can't wait to see the video.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It's coming - not sure how quickly, but I'm working on it. Video formats are a pain...
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100SeedlessPenguins Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
you have some serious skills mister . you are massive . i'm glad you crossed my mind yesterday and that i pursued the thought
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :) I'm glad too :D
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SimonWeaner Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
this look really cool, I'd like to see that movie shot ;)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I'm going to try to get it posted somehow - stay tuned :)
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Shydrow Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
fucking breath taking
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :D !
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Shydrow Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
np. What program are you using on these? If you don't mind be being a bothersome wanna be.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It's all made in Lightwave. There's a more detailed breakdown of the process in the description (or at least I think there is...) :)
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Shydrow Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
well i feel like a derp for not reading that. thanks for the info and thanks for posting such amazing work
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Professional Filmographer
No worries - the picture's the main thing, eh? And I do that all the time ;)
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Shydrow Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
I'm just started at college for animation and man do i hope to be as good as you some day.
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Megawarcat Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
AH! I want to see it so bad! The sequence here (as described) looks really cool. Youtube or something please!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Don't hold your breath - but I'll get it up there pretty soon :D!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
I hope you can find a way to upload the vid. I really like those open top troop transports you've got here. It'd be neat to see this all in action. So was the video just done as a portfolio piece for you?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Actually (and who knows if this comes across?) the notion is that the soldiers are "hitching a ride on a forklift" - the vehicle is a loader, part of the industrial facility's equipment (as are the shuttles).

I have a story for these (which is kind of under wraps, since I want to do something with it) and the military guys basically have showed up like the National Guard or FEMA due to a crisis.

The animation was done purely for my own amusement - and trying to improve my skill ;)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ah.... I thought there was a chance those were more like utility vehicles. All the same, they're cool :)

So what venue do you hope have this blossom in?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional Filmographer
My intention is to develop my own concepts as illustrated books.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
*waiting in line with a fistful of cash*
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Armandacyd Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!! Everything is so realistic!!! Great!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! I always feel like my 3D stuff has kind of a stylized look (not intentionally, BTW) - but I'm trying for realism, so I really appreciate your comment :)
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
WOW! I did not know that the picture above was part of a series of images.
I love the vehicle. It is one of my weaknesses. The dig and construction vehicles are one of the best examples of the evolution of machinery with a real and practical use. Also this is pure design. From 1 to 10 it deserves a 10!!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I also love construction vehicles - it's why this one is yellow. It is some kind of forklift of the future, and the soldiers only use it because they are in a rush to get across the huge complex :D
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
All my vehicles are based on construction vehicles and submarines.
The two I love.
Well, the tanks also ....

But what is surprising is how you look pure engineering.
That envy! :)
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lenlenlen1 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
So youre saying this is a few years old. If you did now how would you do it and how would it be improved?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I've actually considered revamping it. I would add some details to some of the environment, but mostly I would try to find a better human head to put in the helmets. The character was more or less a Poser figure from a much earlier version. That's my downfall - characters :)

Overall, the scene holds up pretty well. I think I've learned a few tricks in compositing since then, and I would probably put in some little light flares and things - subtle stuff.
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lenlenlen1 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
cool. And what about the video issues? By the way did you do all thw rok alone? If so how long did it take?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I did the whole thing. It took a couple of months, because I had a full time job so I could only work on it weekends. Design and modeling of vehicles and suits took about half the working time. The full render alone took 2 weeks (all on one machine).
Now I would render it at HD - so it would probably take just as long even though I have a much faster machine (originally, it was 960x something - not quite lower end HD).
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lenlenlen1 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
wow. great work
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :D
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