This was a really cool and fun project that has since been retired, as we no longer use VizRt. A little while after North Carolina got the lottery, someone thought it would be helpful to have a template with changeable numbers in an interesting format.
I built the billboard in Lightwave, in layers. One of the fun things about VizRt is that when you are importing 3D objects, they have to be divided up into multiple objects if you want to use more than one image for any given part of it. Viz will not accept more than one surface image on any one object. The other fun thing is that it does not import objects to scale. If you import a space shuttle and then import the shuttle bay doors and drop them in the same project, they’re both going to be the same length and one has to manually re-size the doors down to match the shuttle again, which may or may not lead to being able to line them up correctly. I had to import my football in 5 sections, one for each quarter and one for the laces. When I last used Viz, it did not do a good job of bending images, so ball objects required quite a bit of arranging to get images to line up right.
I imported the board, walkway, number border box and pole separately so I could modify their colors. The dollar sign is a permanent symbol, and the the others were rectangular planes that you could choose which number to display. Or you could type it in, I forget which. I had some help with the VB script. The background displays a moving video loop of traffic on I-40, and the rotating ’14’s. The billboard image was originally a .jpg saved out of photoshop.
I readily admit this turned out better than I expected. Chris Burnside is one of our resident “Generic Jedi” at our Blue Ridge Base with Rebel Legion. We had an informal/non-event photoshoot a couple days ago to get some character shots, and he half-jokingly posed for this “YOU SHALL NOT PASS” shot. Half an hour ago, I asked him if he could think of any particular shots he wanted glammed up. He said no, so I took it as a personal challenge.
We had an informal Star Wars photoshoot this weekend with members of our local Rebel Legion group and one of the Carolina Garrison. Technically, I was in my Garrison version of Mara, since I have the purple lightsaber here that I picked up from SaberForge last year, as a gift from my husband for an anniversary present. This is the second lightsaber I’ve gotten as a present, and I got him one last year too for the Corran Horn Jedi Robes I’m making him. Eventually, I’ll make him a CorSec flight suit/uniform as well.
I made my original Mara cat/jump suit based off Twi’lek Pam’s information and instructions here: Mara Jade suit
I’m wearing a brand new suit made of 4-way stretch material. I broke down and bought the good quality vinyl/spandex for from Spandex World, after ordering some samples. I ordered from the ‘fake leather’ line, which is a 4-way stretch fabric that sewed surprisingly well. The suit is also extremely comfortable – I fully expected to sweat it in, but I didn’t. I’m not saying it’s breathable, but I could wear this thing all day with no problems. I haven’t added the piping yet – my serger worked fine on the fabric, but the regular machine that I was borrowing did not. I had finished up some details before crashing at her house before the shoot, and was unable to add the front or back piping using her machine. My first suit was a lighter, ‘dancer’ type material, and looked good in photos, but it did not hold up. The original material was so stretchy that I kept getting various lines of bunching when I stitched it together. This new fabric is much hardier and easier to sew.
We collected out at the Fayetteville Botanical Gardens and had permission to take photos an hour before the regular crowds started showing up. I got a few photos that I was more or less happy with, and so did everyone else, so I’m calling the event was a success.
I’ll be adding Mara Jumpsuits to my list of things I’ll do on commission, now that I’ve done a few and have figured out the little tricks to it.
The PDF has complete instructions for making the cloak. Later versions will include the skirt and other items. Midna is my first true costume love, and I still haven’t really retired her, even if I haven’t worn her in over a year.
Purchasing the file also gets you the above pattern that can be printed out full size for someone who is between 5’5″ and 5’8″. Any more or less, and I’ll do an adjustment and save out a new file, otherwise it can be difficult to position and keep in proportion.
I’ve done some virtual sets for work, but I haven’t really attempted to make something from existing plans. The virtual sets tend to be 3-walled rather than four, and single room, or implied single room only. Final renders with lighting and textures were needed, of course, but the structure of the room itself wasn’t all that important. I also feel a little rusty since no one at work has wanted or requested a new virtual set in a while.
Here are one of the preview plans that my husband and I rejected for our future house building adventures. As you can see from the linked page, the plans are not complete. It seems to not be showing the light house like tower as a separate plan, but that shouldn’t be a problem. As an exercise, potentially for the plans we do settle on, I’m going to see if I can replicate the house in Lightwave. I’ll likely populate it with free table and other household objects, since plenty of those already exist online and there’s not much point in spending time on chairs and say, curtains.
If it all works out, there will be two final versions of the house project. One project will have furniture and lighting and be rendered. The other will be empty and suitable for 3D printing in blocks.
China recently made the news with 3D printing components of houses. This kind of put a little bug in my brain about possibly doing 3D printed mini-houses in a compartment manner so they can either be assembled or snapped together in boxes.
So, sometime in the past, News 14 asked for a Gas Station sort of virtual set. The reporter that requested it wanted to be able to render out a short animation that showed the entire gas station from a distance and then zoomed into the pump. My boss okayed the project, and then never told me to stop working on it after I finished what the reporter asked for. For a few extra weeks between other projects, I added a bunch of extra props to flesh out the scene. I added dumpsters modeled after the ones in our parking lot, a phone booth and air/vacuum pump, some basic shelves inside the store, wooden pallets, the ice machine, and a few other bits. They finally got around to telling me to stop working on it, or I would have flattened the curb in front of the store to make a wheelchair access, and improved the lighting rigs. I made or modified all the textures in Photoshop, and took some of the texture photos myself from a local gas station.
Close up of the pumps:
further back, older file but shows more.
A friend said she wanted to look more like Morgana, and took the original photo of herself at the Festival of Legends in Chapel Hill. I tweaked it for her, to look more like a specific character photo.