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Old October 28 2012, 05:41 PM   #946
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So any idea how close we are to rendering shots with this?
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Old October 28 2012, 05:58 PM   #947
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I'll be delivering the model to Dennis by tomorrow, for sure this time. I've already tested the OBJ conversion and it appears to be working properly again. It's possible I may send some updates to a couple of parts and pieces later, but I'm not going to delay any further on sending the model as a whole.
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Old October 28 2012, 06:26 PM   #948
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I'm hoping we can finish converting it and start rendering before December.

The more I look at Vektor's shots the less interested I am in clotting it up with a lot of mapped detail - some plating and weathering, but not much. So much specificity of detail is built into the mesh that if we can develop good procedural textures comparable to his for purposes of specular highlighting, etc. that'll be good.
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Old October 28 2012, 06:48 PM   #949
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Some details can be done with textures and others can't, at least not very well. I modeled the panel lines, for example, because they usually don't look very good textured unless you use some VERY large maps. On the other hand, I did the hex pattern on the sails as a texture map because it would have added a ridiculous amount of polys to model it and it wouldn't have looked much different.

What I would mainly like to see for the texturing pass is some weathering and general wear and tear. This ship doesn't need heavy aztec patterns or hull rivets and whatnot, it just needs to look like it's not so fresh off the lot. I was even going to add some battle damage, some patched hull plating, torn or warped surfaces in a few places, but I've simply run out of time for that.

If I get the chance, I'm still going to do some paintovers of a few areas just to show what I had in mind, but that's all pretty much in Dennis' hands at this point.
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Old October 28 2012, 07:06 PM   #950
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Fantastic news, really looking forward to seeing her in action.
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Old October 29 2012, 05:30 PM   #951
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Good to hear that things are moving along. Please sell Polaris to SyFy. They desperately need more Sy in their Fy.


A recent sampling of movies on the former SciFi Channel:
  • Lake Placid: The Final Chapter (as if the first chapter was needed)
  • Two Headed Shark Attack
  • Ghost Storm
  • Sharkoctopus
  • Piranhaconda
  • Arachnoquake
  • Jersey Shore Shark Attack (One can only hope Snookie and The Situation are first in line)
  • Snakehead Terror (set in Maryland but filmed in BC!)
  • Dinocroc vs. Supergator (how do you make fun of this one? It writes itself.)
  • Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York (maybe Sandy will put it out)
As Johnny Carson once said, "I'm not makin' this up." Or as Jack Paar once said, "I kid you not."

What has happened to this once fine cable operation?

Starship Polaris to the rescue!
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Old October 29 2012, 09:26 PM   #952
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Who doesn't love a two-headed shark?
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Old October 29 2012, 09:28 PM   #953
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Very good
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Old October 29 2012, 10:22 PM   #954
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FredCFO wrote: View Post
Good to hear that things are moving along. Please sell Polaris to SyFy. They desperately need more Sy in their Fy.


A recent sampling of movies on the former SciFi Channel:
  • Lake Placid: The Final Chapter (as if the first chapter was needed)
  • Two Headed Shark Attack
  • Ghost Storm
  • Sharkoctopus
  • Piranhaconda
  • Arachnoquake
  • Jersey Shore Shark Attack (One can only hope Snookie and The Situation are first in line)
  • Snakehead Terror (set in Maryland but filmed in BC!)
  • Dinocroc vs. Supergator (how do you make fun of this one? It writes itself.)
  • Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York (maybe Sandy will put it out)
As Johnny Carson once said, "I'm not makin' this up." Or as Jack Paar once said, "I kid you not."

What has happened to this once fine cable operation?

Starship Polaris to the rescue!

I, for one, would love to see Polaris on tv.

However, I should point out that maybe there's a niche for craptacular b-movies which is only being filed by Syfy? It's possible they're doing what they're doing on purpose.

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Old October 29 2012, 10:26 PM   #955
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Albertese wrote: View Post
I, for one, would love to see Polaris on tv.

However, I should point out that maybe there's a niche for craptacular b-movies which is only being filed by Syfy? It's possible they're doing what they're doing on purpose.

--Alex
Polaris should fit right in then.

(I kid, I kid!)
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Old October 29 2012, 11:21 PM   #956
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To truly fit in, Bruce Boxleitner would have to have been cast as Captain Fredericks. (Bruce starred in Snakehead Terror.)

Thankfully, Paul Sieber got the job.
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Old October 30 2012, 12:23 AM   #957
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To truly fit in, Bruce Boxleitner would have to have been cast as Captain Fredericks. (Bruce starred in Snakehead Terror.)

Thankfully, Paul Sieber got the job.
May we all be grateful for small mercies.
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Old October 30 2012, 01:24 AM   #958
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Fireshark!

Starring: Michael Ironside and Denise Richards.

"It's not about the Fireshark, damn it. It was never about the Fireshark!"

You'll Believe A Shark Can Fly.


Give me all your money. Thank you.
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Old October 30 2012, 09:48 AM   #959
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I'd watch it!
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Old October 30 2012, 01:05 PM   #960
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Again an amazing job.

I'm sure I speak for other hear as well when I say thanks for posting up the WIP images and allowing us to see this puppy being created. Been both educational and a privilege...

Only thing left to do:

/emote pack up the popcorn machine
/emote move to the Grandeur thread
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