Sunday, January 27, 2008

Azerothian Supervillains 5: Sneak peek

It's been a hectic month for me, working on my own upcoming machinima(previews soon), on my first commercial video editing job, as well as contributing to a couple other movie projects- in particular, Ian Beckman's excellent Azerothian Supervillains. Featuring some of WoW's biggest goon squad members as a rather campy set of supervillains scheming from within the Black Temple, it features ever improving animation and consistently excellent voice acting. Number five, potentially out as early as this week, is the most ambitious yet, and from the bits I've seen, I for one can't wait to see the rest!

Ian and I met in IRC(#machinima on quakenet- check it out!), and he asked what I could do about making a courtroom in wow. It was an interesting idea, and it was definitely a fun, if somewhat frustrating, experience.

My first attempt was to use a room model directly out of stormwind city- you might recognise the one I chose, the large building in the corner of the dwarven district. Looking at the model, though, revealed it to be horribly constructed, presumably due to automated optimization, and so I ended up modeling and texturing the entire room and a few of the objects from scratch, with the originals used as references. Most of the textures are edited version of wow standard ones.


Norswap said...

Really nice !
Tough I don't like the false 3D effect on the walls.

Pinkhair 3d said...

Thank you!

That(the false 3d texturing) was done, along with a lot of the other non realistic touches, to make it resemble wow more closely. Also, in the actual camera angles used in the show, they look better, I think(just like in wow, for that matter).