The first part of the assignment involved research, storyboarding and concept art. After the research was done, I started designing my pod racer and some props to decorate the race scene. I used a mixture of pen and paper, and Photoshop to create my designs. I also came up with the racetrack layout, and some ideas for storyboard frames. Starting with some rough ideas, I then began to refine those that I liked the best.
|Rough pod racer designs|
|More rough pod racer designs|
|Pod racer rough scale|
|Rough designs for plants and props|
|Some ideas for the storyboard|
|A draft storyboard frame|
|A very rough real-world model of my scene (made from Lego!), to help me work out the scale|
|Draft racetrack layout|
A test-2D-animation of some beacon ideas
|Pod racer concept|
|Props and plants concepts|
Once I had my designs done, it was on to the next part of the assignment - content creation and integrating the work of my virtual team mates. Using my designs, plans and story board, I created the models that were required for my movie, and imported assets that the other members of the team had created. This 3D work was done using 3ds Max. I textured and animated these models, and placed cameras and some basic lights - so that I could see how the scene would look from each camera angle.
|Pod racer cockpit - test renders|
|Modeling the pod engines|
|Test renders of the pod racer cockpit and engines|
|Some texture ideas|
Once I was finished with this, I was ready to move on to the final stage of my assignment - lighting, rendering and editing the movie. I created the title and credits sequences, and also created some music and gathered sound effects, using Music Studio for iPad. Lighting was kept simple - to speed up rendering times, and editing was done using Premiere Pro CC. Finally, I rendered and compressed the finished movie file, and I was ready to submit!
The Race movie
I passed my course =).