Pretty pictures from my new movie (compositing I am Nightmare)

So as of now I'm composited 45 minutes of the new film- almost halfway- It's going pretty good so far-

I'm really happy with the look of the film- I used really simple low poly models- basic, mostly badly hand painted painted textures ^_^ and simple atmospheric manual lighting setups- the 3d render times were pretty fast- about 20 seconds to 3 minutes per frame-

Compositing is going really fast- I can do 35-95 shots a day- speed depends on whether I need to generate After Project files or not to track in my 2d skies- check this video to see my process

If I squint most of the shots look like they're stop motion- which I was going for so I'm happy about that ^_^

The simplicity and flaws of the models + the imitation resin shader I made helps sell the stop motion look-

I was stoked when I saw this comment on the films teaser trailer "Looks Like an Awesome Stop Motion Film"

The thing I didn't do that would have helped sell the look even more would be too dirty up the models- I didn't use any grunge maps or baked AO or hand painted dirt to make them look more realistic- I'll do that in future projects-

It's been fun to work with daytime scenes for the first time- I'm enjoying compositing all the different looks- there's daytime stuff, sunset stuff, and of course night time scenes- and a special "nightmare" look-

I should be done compositing everything in another week and a half I'd say-

My wife @Rakelmusicbox has been helping me with stuff a lot too as well- She made all the extra's models (you all are going to love the versions of you she made ^_^ ) and she started on the sound design- so when I get to that she'll have done the most tedious part- all the foot falls- and she also cut a trailer for the film thats WAY better than what I could ever do 0_0 So I'm glad to have her helping with the film!

Since the Xmas deadline is probably going to be missed by a few weeks I feel sort of bad about that BUT I realize a lot of super low budget projects like mine get delayed by YEARS not weeks so its not such a big deal-


  1. Man those renders look great! Glad to see the film is turning out the way you want it to. That's what is most important. Can't wait to see Rakemusicboxe's trailer, too.


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