Modeled in 3Ds Max, Vray and Photoshop.
To promote the year 3 degree show that will feature the works of games design, web design and animation, the group was put into teams that were responsible for various aspects of the degree show set up. I was on the team that was responsible for branding and promotion; as well as having ideas for the logo design, I also produced two contrasting flyer designs that were to promote the event for the public showing.
First I did a simple, yet to the point design that featured mainly text and a small map to direct people to the event.
Although this design was liked by the majority of my peers that I showed it to, our tutor suggested that a more visual design that somehow promotes what we do and hopefully grabs peoples attention may be a better route to go down.
I started to do some research into flyer design on various sites; including the ones below.
During my research the design below popped up several times and really caught my eye; it was this design that inspired and influenced me to create my design.
Find this and more of their work at https://www.behance.net/andersdenkend
To get a 3D feel to the flyer I used 3DS Max to model a scene that would be familiar to video gamers as well as people who are interested in digital media.
Although this flyer was not used to promote our event, it proved to be a good source of research and development for myself.
In our western environment, we wanted to try to achieve the look of a real western town. During our research we noticed that large hanging canvass signage was a major way of advertising and promoting of businesses and such. Although I had used cloth before in previous projects, the move to UE4 meant that I had to download the Nvidia PhysX plugin and learn how to use it with 3DS Max, as this is the only way to achieve real time cloth physics that react to wind and gravity in the UE4 engine.
This is the general appearance that is achieved with the cloth modifier, the Apex clothing modifier is added to a mesh which is then weight painted in order to determine the scale of movement that the forces of wind and gravity will have upon the mesh in the UE4 game engine.
Here is the three textures that were used to create the material for the sign, opacity mask to give the appearance of rips and tears in the fabric, the normal or bump texture and the diffuse texture.
Perhaps the main feature of the Last Resort is the TV wall that is situated on the back wall. I felt that having this playing a video in real time would look really good. Originally I intended to have the actual video that featured on the screens in the movie to be playing, but I have been unable to determine what these videos were. I may create a video montage of my development work to be playing during game play.
This is my TV wall asset rendered in 3DS Max, to achieve the look of the one in the movie I created it as a multi-sub object with two material channels; this allows me to place an image or in this case an .avi movie clip on one channel to represent the screens and a gloss black on the other to represent the boarder space between the sets.
Upon my decision to build up the area directly outside of the Last Resort, I have gathered some images that show limited views of this space. Through these photos I have been able to roughly determine what some of the small stall type buildings and other structures look like and where they are situated.
Here is a render of a few of these structures that I assembled in 3DS Max.
And this picture shows the development of this area in the game engine itself.
Although I wasn’t initially going to model the outside of The Last Resort, I thought that including the exterior and a small section of the street out side of the building would give a more flowing and immersive atmosphere to my project.
This screen capture shows the exterior of The Last Resort as well as showing that the town in which it is located (Venusville) is in fact in side an excavated void on Mars.
This is an in engine view of the exterior of The Last Resort which is still very much work in progress, the textures need tweaking a little but the most important thing that I need to get right is the lighting. There needs to be more of a red-orange Mars like glow to the environment, which is show in the movie.
With only around six weeks until our degree show, I am starting to populate the interior of The Last Resort with the assets that I have and still are producing, as well as creating the textures and materials that will give them a realistic appearance. Below are two in engine (UE4) screen shots showing some areas that will be familiar to people who know the movie.
This shot shows some assets that populate the bar area as well as the tables.
This angle shows the area directly opposite the bar, and gives a good view of the floor space.