Hybrid Mud is about age regression with the aid of technology in the art of Visual Effects! So I came up with this idea of making a new age-reduction test. It had to be more challenging than my previous one. It had to be in Super High Resolution of 6K.
A huge thanks to my beautiful actors Michele Valley and Panos Kranidiotis, who trusted me with putting a Nip-Tuck spell on their image, Markos Holevas for his precious support, and of course Ted Regklis for his beautiful score for this mini film!
Watch here the Nuke Scripts :
A brief description of the technical details:
Shot and processed at 6K in EXR, on my old i7-2670QM 2.20 GHz Laptop ( what a stupid idea )
Dealing with vector paint and spline nodes was tough. Endless pre-rendering and rendering!
1. Nuke, for the 2D work on the bodies and faces.
2. Mocha for some tracking.
3. Photoshop, for painting the young/old beard and body hair.
4. Maya 3D, for Adam's hair, the crystal snake, and the leaves.
5. After Effects, for color and finishing.
For this test, I had to figure how to make some basic 3D animation/ rigging, and 3D hair grooming. However, the bodies and the faces are done only with 2D techniques. I painted tiny details such as the pores of the skin...but they don't really show in this resized Vimeo version. Due to the zero 3D skills I had during the filming period, I decided to keep the action in the shots fairly simple. Additional hair for Adam's hairline was painted directly in Nuke...It was "fun".The time lapse of the rotting apple took nearly 3 months.
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