Monday, 24 September 2012

The Art of Dressage with Mitt Romney

By posting this today I hope I’ll stop tinkering with it and move on to something better. As you’ll see, it’s hardly well directed satire and is really nothing more than a prolonged test bed for my first attempts at using dynamically generated cloth. Those experiments began with the reigns to the horse and then the form of a flag. The old man’s coat came last and was a nightmare to figure out. Word to the wise: pre-cache your dynamic materials and turn them off completely when animating. Needless to say, I’m probably doing everything wrong but these two rules seemed to work for me.

The ending isn't quite what I wanted but I haven't yet figured out how to make liquids create a reasonable spurt of blood. On reflection, it's probably best without it.

Parts of this were rendered in software, others on the graphics card. iRay (the renderer I’ve grown to love in the past due to it using my CUDA card) doesn't allow you to tile textures. Seems like one the dumbest features to leave out of a rendering engine but what do I know? The whole thing just doesn't work (or doesn't work for me). Hence, I had to render all the city scenes in software, making the whole job more laborious than it should really have been and making for a noticeable difference in the look of the two parts.

As for the film itself, it’s a rambling mess poking fun at a target which is now probably beyond satire. Saying that, he’ll probably win the Presidency and throw us into a new Ice Age where fundamentalist types force us all to wear nylon pantaloons and quote randomly from the Bible.

Next up, I’m thinking of spending some time improving the quality of my models and texturing by rendering a still image. I can only render low detail animations on my machine but might be able to do something of more quality if I restrict myself to a single image. I really want to figure out subsurface scattering and realistic human skin.


  1. Brilliant!
    (is the flag because of me saying about moving backgrounds?)

  2. The flag was precisely because of you talking about moving backgrounds. I'm just disappointed that I couldn't get a whole city animated, though god knows I tried... ;o)

  3. Ha ha. Sorry.
    Thought it might have something to do with me the way you focussed on it at the beginning :)

  4. Well, I have to say that your criticism sent me to the whisky bottle for a long hard night of reflection, during which I came to the conclusion that I just have to work even harder knowing you're a stickler of detail.

    BTW. I'm slowly working my way through the panoramic crowd photo of the United match and I haven't spotted you yet. However, I've only covered 3/4 of the ground and have yet to work my way through the Kop. ;o)

  5. I've not been able to go to any matches this season yet, though I have all the tickets.

    Reading is the first one I'll be at - 20th October. Will be in the Kop.

  6. Shocking. But then, it would have been nothing but misery for you. Is it still too early to mention Rafa's name?