Thursday, March 13, 2008

Baking Shadows

Not such a new practice these days is baking. No not cakes, it's the term used by 3d guys to speed up renders. The method is to have the app create really cool lighting and shadow effects which can be rendered out as texture maps with the effect baked in. I've done some tests with a simple version of this. Say you want some shading where a floor meets the wall. You can paint a texture map which looks like a very fuzzy black line with a suitable alpha or matte channel. Then place on a billboard and put wherever you want shadowing. The same goes for lighting efects on a wall. Like sunlight from outside. Right click textures, then right click edit, gets you into the (colour texture blend options) controls. Enjoy.

Oh BTW I'm moving cities/jobs (film at last!) so my blog enteries may be a little light in the next 2 months.

Machiniplex - Skype Chat

Hi everyone! I am a machinima filmmaker and I manage a site ( to quality machinima films. We began in October of 2007 and have "Premiered" 5 machinima films. Recently, I invited filmmaker Tony Bannan to Premiere his film "Folie a Duex" at machiniplex. If you frequent this site much you'll know that Tony won the recent Antics "Medical Theme" contest with his film. I asked him if we could present his film at our site and in addition have a Question and Answer session with him on Skype. He agreed and will be appearing on Skype this Sunday March 16th at 1pm (Pacific Time) to discuss the making of his film and to answer questions. For those who have never heard/used Skype, it is a free internet voice/chat program favored by machinima filmmakers for discussions and collaboration since it can connect people from all over the world via voice or text. Check for details. If you don't have a microphone, you can use your keyboard and join a text chat. "Folie a Duex" is an excellent film; well made, imaginative and uses the Antics program to its best. Come by our Skype chat if you'd like to talk to Tony and learn more about this terrific film. -Ricky