Position in this job: VFX/ CG Supervisor
VFX Company: Supercluster/ CG9
Cruzer's helmet redesign;
Cruzer's helmet 3D model, textures, shaders;
Cruzer's chest piece redesign;
Guron Base's redesign;
Guron Base's 3D model, textures, shaders;
Fornax 3D model, textures, shaders;
Fornax tunnels and cockpits 3D model, animations, textures and shaders;
Aside of the 3D models and Look Development of them, I also made the 3D rendering of the entire movie and coordinated the animation team that came to help us. All the scenes that I did entirely in the production part, Broki fully made the post production and composition himself. Some of the beginning scenes needed matchmoving, so I did. Some of them needed me to help with the animation, which I also did.
Decoupage from the Youtube video:
0:28 - the entire scene;
0:31 - 3D camera matchmoving, animation, scene rendering;
0:33 - 3D camera matchmoving, animation, scene rendering;
3:08 - animation, element rendering;
3:33 to 3:56 - the entire scenes;
3:57 - scene setup, camera animation;
4:00 - the entire scene;
4:04 - animation, scene rendering;
4:08 - animation, scene rendering;
4:12 - acting myself on set as a animation reference for the robot, scene rendering;
4:16 - scene rendering;
4:18 - animation, scene rendering;
4:20 - animation, scene rendering;
4:30 - element rendering;
4:32 - the entire scene;
4:33 - scene rendering;
4:49 - the entire scene;
4:52 - the entire scene (the hero there is put in the post-production);
5:41 - the entire scene. Here Broki made a really cool collage with the elements I gave to him!
On The Rocks is the latest big project I was involved.
This one took almost an year to accomplish, and a very big effort from all the crew.
The music video was directed by Fabiano Broki and Ariel Wollinger. My function was like a second director, as CG supervisor. I was on set helping the directors with the practical - 3D space integration, as gathering visual and spacial information for that purpose.
Broki contacted me because of the Juspion 3D personal project. He knew that I was deeply inserted in the Tokusatsu genre, and Ariel also had tried contact with me several years ago because of the same project. So, initially I was invited to join the team without any known function.
1. THE HERO
I was presented with the hero's concept art (his name would be Cruzer to ressemble Ricardo Cruz's name) created by Alessandro Fonseca (who created basically all characters of the film). The concept was very cool and had been approved by Ricardo Cruz and Ariel. His name would be Cruzer to resemble Cruz's name. The problem was when I modeled the hero, I realized that that design wouldn't totally work. The concept was too anime-like, what made it look cool in the drawing, but certain elements were not recognizable as of a tokusatsu hero and had no way to work in practical/ 3D dimensions. The helmet had many design problems when turned in 3D: by 3/4 and side views it did not look like a helmet (by the way, the model I made of this concept for test was used in the first version of the film's poster). So what I did was rearrange the elements - I picked up the helmet's main idea and made it work. The directors also wanted that it had a middle opening to make it easier to be worn. I have created the metal and light details in its totality. The result is in the video from the right.
I was assigned then to rearrange the armor's chest elements too because the directors weren't sure that the original concept would work. So I did too, after the practical armor was already built, and the suit was modified and had the chest details added. All the practical costumes were made by Alessandro Fonseca but the helmet, that was made by Eduardo Augusto.
There is a 3D final version of the hero (called Kessler) with a totally authoral and new armor for a possible future short movie.
2. THE ENEMY SHIP
Fabiano Broki built the first enemy ship based on a concept art of himself. I picked up this concept, remodeled and reinvented the thing. I had put a super crystal underneath it to shoot a deadly laser (that wasn't used in the music video, but would in the short movie)
3. THE ROBOT
The idea was to make a ship that resembled a sound system. So I began scratch some ideas in the very beginning. So I had to built a mecha/ transformer that would be a ship that turns into a robot.
After the greenlight of Broki and Ariel, I begun modeling what I had scratched.
In 2 days I had a totally funcional transformer, with textures and shaders. So, this model is a VERY simple one because I had not much more than those 2 days to finish it. I am currently working on a final version of my own (I liked him so much that I thought that he needs more attention than 2 days). Viviane Adade and James do Carmo worked together to rig the character (not the ship transforming - this was made animating groups of pieces in FK by myself in a real hardcore/ old school way).
More images of it in the next page.
Well, I can't be more detailed than that.
To finish, I want to thank every one involved. I made a dream come true working in a Tokusatsu related material. This made me happy for the rest of the year!
Film produced by Supercluster, with support from O2 Films.
3D Effects produced by CG9, with support from Vetor Zero and Lobo.
Directors: Fabiano Broki & Ariel Wollinger
First Assistant Director: Thomas Veit
VFX/CG Supervisor: Rafael Segnini
Production Designer: Alessandro "Von Victor" Fonseca
Photography Director: Andréia de Marchi
Photography Director Assistant: Lucas Barreto
Stefano Capuzzi Lapietra
Luis Augusto Correa
Heroe's helmet (main prop): Eduardo Augusto
Production Assistant: Luiz Neme
Production Assistant/ Translator: Henrique Dan Fuzitani
Digital Image Technician: Victor Pollini
Make up: Dri Chepezan
Dress Maker: Carolina Piedade
Studio Manager: Fernando Lopes
Studio Assistant: Maurão
Unit Driver: Maurício Manzieri
Editing and Compositing: Fabiano Broki
Additional Compositing Crew:
Jefferson Ietto Novo
Colorist/ Color Grading: Andréia de Marchi
3D Lead Artist: Rafael Segnini
Additional Modeling: Radamés Araujo
Additional Animation Crew:
Lead Rigging/ Character Setup: Viviane Adade
Rigging/ Character Setup Assist: James do Carmoz
Artistic crew and casting
Galactic Warrior Cruzer: Hiroshi Watari
Galactic Warrior Cruzer (in armor): Gutemberg Lins
Black Higen: Cauê Moura
General Victor: Alessandro "Von Victor" Fonseca
Mekraken: Alexsander Salas Rodrigues
Groyz Soldier #1: Alexsander Salas Rodrigues
Groyz Soldier #2: Jardel Fernando de Oliveira
Groyz Soldier #3: Ruam Hiroshi Yshii
Groyz Soldier #4: Eric Rubin de Freitas
Groyz Soldier #5: Vinicius de Moraes Gregorutti
Groyz Soldier #6: Ricardo da Silva Sobreira
Attacked Guy: Henrique Dan Fuzitani
Pilot Girl from the unreleased short film: Frana Ayumi
All stunts performed by Action Kung Fu
ON THE ROCKS - Music Video