GENERAL INFORMATIONS

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A sneak peek about what you will learn in this course. Check out this teaser video to see some amazing shots you will work on following Primal Predator Masterclass.

DURATION

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START DATE

MAY 6TH

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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

M O R E D E T A I L S C O M I N G S O O N

Primal Predator is the perfect course for anyone wanting to learn more about scene assembly, set dressing, populating procedual environments, shading, lighting, creating complex dynamic setup, adding amazing particle, pyro, water and volumetric effects, managing data between shots and different tools following a step-by-step series of lessons simulating the entire creation and planning process.

Some topics we are going to cover with this course :

  • complex and heavy VFX shots plannning

  • shot/project management

  • previz techniques

  • set dressing and procedural environment creation

  • creating complex natural environments with plants and thoushands of assets

  • managing I/O data between tools and software

  • learn how to use 3ds max in heavy VFX shots

  • understanding professional workflow and pipeline

  • TyFlow : Terrain, soft and hard surface dynamic, grain solver, simulating rain, caching and optimization, etc etc

  • Chaos Phoenix : creating and managing ocean sims, adding foam/spray, creating waterfall, playing with wet mapping

  • complex realistic materials creation for realistic creatures and environment

  • production ready lighting setup and look development techniques

  • creature interaction FX with environment and plants

  • pyro and explosion simulation and rendering techniques in Embergen / V-Ray

  • understanding multi-pass compositing

  • working in post production to achieve cinematic look and adding a lot of secondary effects

  • many more stuff.....

Shot 01 Final look
Shot 01 Final look

SHOT BREAKDOWN

A sketch of a valley
A sketch of a valley

Initial sketch

Primal Predator project is based on 7 full cgi shots. Here you can see some informations showing the storyboard idea, final look you will reach and what you will learn following all course lessons shot by shot. For all scenes we'll take care about naming convention, layering, scene and asset management in a efficient and professional way.

SHOT 01 - "The Primal Land"

Final look

It is out 1st shot, we are moving down to the ground slowly with the camera to arrive to the land where dinosaurs lives :

  • Preparing camera animation

  • Terrain modeling using tyFlow, procedural texture generation

  • Exporting and optimizing terrain mesh

  • Daylight lighting

  • Scattering plants using Forest Pro/Chaos Scatter, masking and variation techniques

  • Clouds setup with Embergen, export to VDB, shading with V-Ray

  • Multipass compositing techniques / Look tuning and additional effects in DaVinci Resolve

SHOT 02 - "Dinosaur swimming"

A dinosaur swimming sketch
A dinosaur swimming sketch

Initial sketch

Final look

We see dinosaur hunting and swimming in a calm water river :

  • Preparing camera animation

  • Water simulation with Chaos Phoenix, interaction with dinosaur, spray and foam setup, dynamic optimization to achieve best compromise between realism, speed and quality

  • Wet mapping simulation, exporting data to material setup to simulate wet effect over dinosaur skin

  • Water plane extension

  • Dinosaur animated cache management

  • Daylight lighting

  • Realistic dinosaur material setup, skin SSS shading techniques

  • Multipass compositing techniques / Look tuning and additional effects in DaVinci Resolve

SHOT 03 - "Small waterfall"

A sketch of a dinosaur
A sketch of a dinosaur
A dinosaur moving under a waterfall
A dinosaur moving under a waterfall

Initial sketch

Final look

Dinosaur is hunting in a forest and it comes out from a small waterfall :

  • Preparing camera animation

  • Creating a nice looking background environment using Megascans assets, tweaking materials

  • Procedural animation of moving plants

  • Small scale waterfall setup using Chaos Phoenix, dynamic setup, wet mapping simulation

  • Rendering optimization

  • Daylight lighting

  • Realistic dinosaur material setup, skin SSS shading techniques

  • Multipass compositing techniques / Look tuning and additional effects in DaVinci Resolve

SHOT 04 - "Raining on foilage"

Initial sketch

3D layout

Rain falling down in a forest, macro camera on foilage details :

  • Preparing camera animation

  • Creating a nice looking background environment using various assets, tweaking materials

  • Procedural animation of moving plants

  • Generic falling rain setup with tyFlow, caching and optimization techniques, tyMesher setup

  • Rain interaction and secondary collision dynamic simulation, setup done with tyFlow / tyMesher

  • Realistic rainy forest look dev

  • Multipass compositing techniques / Look tuning and additional effects in DaVinci Resolve

SHOT 05 - "Hunting in the forest"

A dinosaur in a forest sketch
A dinosaur in a forest sketch

Initial sketch

Final look

Dinosaur hunting in a forest full of plants, rocks and muddy terrain :

  • Preparing camera animation

  • Creating a nice looking background environment using Megascans assets, tweaking materials

  • Procedural animation of moving plants

  • Dynamic simulation of Dinosaur moving between plants and foilage prepared with tyFlow

  • Mud terrain simulation and interaction with dinosaur feet done with tyFlow, exporting simulated data, rendering techniques of grain sim data

  • Realistic cloudy lighting setup

  • Massive scattering techniques

  • Multipass compositing techniques / Look tuning and additional effects in DaVinci Resolve

SHOT 06 - "Falling sky"

A dinosaur watching a meteor falling down sketch
A dinosaur watching a meteor falling down sketch
A 3D Dinosaur
A 3D Dinosaur

Initial sketch

3D layout

Some small meteors falling down from the sky, a larger one collides with the ground behind mountain creating an amazing large scale explosion, debris, dust all over the camera  :

  • Preparing camera animation

  • Creating a nice looking background environment using Megascans assets and procedural techniques

  • Procedural animation of moving plants

  • Falling meteors setup done with Embergen, rendering setup

  • Large scale multi-layer explosion setup in Embergen, realistic lighting and shading, rendering setup, exporting frames to comp

  • Realistic lighting setup

  • Dust setup with Embergen, exporting data to VDB in 3ds max, shading with V-Ray

  • Massive debris setup and animation prepared with tyFlow

  • Rendering tricks to manage all datas together

  • Multipass compositing techniques / Look tuning and additional effects in DaVinci Resolve

SHOT 07 - "No place to hide"

A burned landscape sketch
A burned landscape sketch

Initial sketch

3D layout

Time goes fast, but not fast enough, explosion is over, life is over too, we are in a dead and cold land, dust, smoke and fire all around :

  • Preparing camera animation

  • Creating a realistic dead and cold land using Megascans assets and procedural techniques

  • Cloudy sky simulated with EmberGen, simulating lighting / thunders between clouds

  • Various smoke and fire assets simulated with Embergen and Phoenix

  • Burn effect custom shaders

  • Realistic cloudy lighting setup

  • Dust setup with Embergen, exporting data to VDB in 3ds max, shading with V-Ray

  • Ember particles setup prepared with tyFlow, working with forces and collisions

  • Rendering tricks to manage all datas together

  • Multipass compositing techniques / Look tuning and additional effects in DaVinci Resolve

A 3D scene of a cgi valley
A 3D scene of a cgi valley

3D layout

A 3D scene of a swimming dinosaur
A 3D scene of a swimming dinosaur

3D layout

A 3D dinosaur
A 3D dinosaur

3D layout

Final look

3D layout

A meteor explosion in a jurassic world
A meteor explosion in a jurassic world

Final look

Final look

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