How Pedro Conti and Fernando Peque rendered a 3D short for Ron Artis II using V-Ray. Go behind the scenes and learn about their first experience with Phoenix FD.
Was it important to render with photorealistic lighting from the beginning?
PC: Sure! I love super-stylized designs with a realistic approach. I think this tactile feeling is something really important as it allows viewers to believe they can touch what they can see. Somehow, this makes the world feel more believable, in my opinion.
We tried to be smart when it came to the environments as we wanted to reuse as many materials as possible. So we created a little library with concrete, wood, metal and lots more, and we use V-Ray Triplanar Textures for all the maps — so we didn't need to worry with UVs at all. V-Ray Dirt was also very handy as we achieved some really cool aging effects on our digital set without painting any maps. It was pretty much all procedural.
We had two splashing-water shots that we didn’t know how to approach. We had no experience at all with simulation and I decided to give Phoenix a try one weekend. It felt like the most artistic tool for simulation ever created.
Pedro Conti, Director and 3D Artist
What was the audience response like when you revealed the film at THU 2019?
PC: Sponsorship was something we didn't plan. We accepted the music video before we had all the resources we needed to produce it. For some reason, we felt confident that people would like it so we started developing things as much as we could. I have a really good friend that encouraged me to reach out to companies that I would love to collaborate with. Gustavo Ribeiro and Thais Peixe really helped us out with this. And for that, I'm also really grateful.
Everyone we reached out was really open to contribute in some way and it was a really surreal feeling. Rendering licenses and render power was something I was really worried about and we managed to make it work with Chaos Group and Rebus Farm. We were already invited to talk at THU, so we decided to share the project with Andre Luis, THU Founder, to see if he liked it. He not only liked the project but really loved Ron's music, too, and he decided to fly Ron to Malta for the event as well. It was surreal!
Ron is a really blessed person with huge talent. In my opinion, he made a big difference this year at THU by bringing his own reflections with his lyrics and creating some really special moments for and with attendees. We showed the film together there and it was just crazy for me. I never thought this project could get this big and it's very touching to think how many kind people we met on this ride.
Will there be more music video projects in your future?
PC: I used to play guitar, so 3D and music bring my favorite things together. There are so many artists I would love to collaborate with, including Gary Clark Jr., John Mayer, Derek Trucks, Tom Misch, H.E.R., Emicida — working with any of these amazing artists would be so surreal. I’m just leaving these names here for the universe to see if it somehow returns!
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