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Ritz Mini: Juggling

Visual Effects Supervisor / Texture Artist:

Animating crackers is tough. They need to have life and personality but they can’t appear to be soft or rubbery. The decision here was to feature the kinetic energy and sense of panic the large cracker feels as he gets overwhelmed at his juggling act going out of control. Motion blur was also a huge challenge on this one. Without it everything strobed and was impossible to watch. With it turned on in the render the time-per-frame was too long. I rendered each pass separately and put them through an intelligent motion blur algorithm. This led to additional problems – the algorithm did fine with broad movements but with small ones it created a rubbery shimmer on the surface and this of course needed to be crisp like a cracker. I ended up with a team of painters under me, carefully restoring the surfaces while retaining the much needed motion blur. I also painted all the photo-realistic food product textures and supervised the composite and on-line.

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