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Character Emotions (ut3)

Outline

The CGI in the new series of Battlestar Galactica is absolutely stunning… except for the Cylons! The new Cylons are extremely bland and completely lack what made the originals so awesome.  Naturally I had to have a go myself

Challenge

One unique element to this piece was working out a way of rendering the bright lens flares glimmering off their chrome armor.  I needed a solution other than Photoshop fakery as this was originally an animated sequence and therefore would require a more procedural solution. I achieved the effect not through the native Maya solution of camera lens’ but through a modified specular render pass.

Reference

Maya Model

Vizor Animation

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Final Render

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