About MikeV

I’m an eclectic homesteading geek with a creative streak. While I’m proficient on Mac and Microsoft, my development platform of preference is Linux. I currently create 3D images and animations using Blender 3D and use many of the creative tools available on Linux in my projects. I also have experience with Photoshop, Illustrator, QuarkXpress and PageMaker. In the end, it’s ultimately about the art. Additionally, I am also experienced in managing and developing for LAMP, have experience in Linux systems administration, networking and systems diagnostics, troubleshooting and building computer systems and networks.

Jurassic Park Scene Recreation

They only had five days to produce the CG for this short clip for theĀ Film Riot Movie Challenge, all done in Blender. But it came out spectacular, IMHO. And anything with dinosaurs just has to be cool. The end result was a convincing recreation of the initial T-Rex scene in Jurassic Park. Here is the breakdown of how the T-Rex was made and animated for it.


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More Camera Tracking with Blender

Integrating a model convincingly into an actual video shot is definitely a challenge. Especially when you have elements in the video that’s moving, the camera is moving, the lighting is diffused and the model has specific movements required to enhance it’s realism. In this case, the road was a little bumpy and the car had to move over it like you’d expect it to, with the suspension moving with the irregularities in the road and the car rocking slightly as a result. Very subtle. A lot of work for a few seconds but with remarkable results.

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