Sky Tower (Oblivion Movie) - WIP

Sky Tower (Oblivion Movie) - WIP

Postby castromann » Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:03 pm

Hello guys!

I lately saw the movie Oblivion which was - well, let's say not my favorite, but I thought those "Sky Tower" apartments floating in the sky were quite cool. here's a preview of my reconstruction.

I modeled everything within Sketchup. Scene is rendered in Thea SU (TR2) with physical sky as I'm still struggling to get the IBL right. Hence reflections look pretty flat for the moment.

This is WIP. There is a lot of work to do still. Texturing is missing nearly completely, lightning is in a raw draft and there are also things missing in the model as well. As I didn't have any blueprints this was done only by eye from various images, the scale is surely a little bit off the original.

More views and renders to come soon. Feedback and recommendations are welcome.

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Postby iichiversii » Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:07 pm

That's impressive, crap movie but I like the model, well done
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Postby Bryan K » Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:21 pm

Looking good!
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Postby solo » Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:48 pm

iichiversii wrote:That's impressive, crap movie but I like the model, well done


Why was it a crap movie? I enjoyed it, great twist. Not many bad Cruise movies.
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Postby solo » Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:51 pm

Great looking model, did you model based on what you saw in the movie or did you find additional resources?

That home was it hovering in sky? I ask because the same home in the other zone (in movie) was perched above a mountain.

Now time to add the bubble plane.
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Postby castromann » Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:53 pm

solo wrote:
iichiversii wrote:That's impressive, crap movie but I like the model, well done


Why was it a crap movie? I enjoyed it, great twist. Not many bad Cruise movies.


well, i didn't like it either :-)

beautiful cinematography, but the story was pretty thin IMO. but then again, maybe it's because I don't like Tom Cruise that much (his acting, never met him in person)
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Postby castromann » Fri Aug 16, 2013 4:01 pm

solo wrote:Great looking model, did you model based on what you saw in the movie or did you find additional resources?

That home was it hovering in sky? I ask because the same home in the other zone (in movie) was perched above a mountain.

Now time to add the bubble plane.


I made screenshots from the movie. no other resources. the home is not really hovering in the sky, it is connected to the groud/sea with a telescope like pole. (see image). I still have to model that part.

either way a majority of the structure wouldn't work outside a scifi plot -> overhanging landing area for example. one has to assume that advanced anti-gravity technology is used here :-)

not sure i will do the bubble plane. let's see…

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Postby solo » Fri Aug 16, 2013 4:02 pm

well, i didn't like it either :-)

beautiful cinematography, but the story was pretty thin IMO. but then again, maybe it's because I don't like Tom Cruise that much (his acting, never met him in person)


It was a beautiful looking movie, I actually do not mind Cruise, he has acted in many great movies IMO. I did enjoy the movie as it had all the elements of a good scifi and even with a good twist. The criticism I heard was the movie somehow projects a Scientology agenda, It was lost on me as I have no idea what those folks are about nor do I care.

This weekend I'm going to see Elysium, this I believe will be better.
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Postby Mike Amos » Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:47 pm

I think the only problem Tom Cruise has is he is too recognisable, like John Wayne. Like the renders and the model, very cool.
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Postby jeff hammond » Sat Aug 17, 2013 4:24 am

solo wrote: Not many bad Cruise movies.

agree.. the guy may be iffy irl but generally doesn't pick bad scripts.
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Postby Krisidious » Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:17 am

I enjoyed the movie, I typically enjoy cruise's acting because he puts his all into a part. personally, he's bat$#!t crazy... I too was inspired by the house and started my own cloud house... Haven't gotten very far on it. Yours looks great.
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Postby castromann » Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:02 pm

Here some pics of the model mesh. And they come with some questions on top :-)

In the last image you can see the tapered and rounded structure under the main shell (that is the drone workshop in the movie I believe). I played around texturing that shape yesterday and pulled my hair out. Trupaint, SketchUV nothing seems to work on that kind of shape. Please don't say it's impossible in SU. Any ideas on this are welcome.

And more generally asking about texturing. With all the textures in place and materials roughly designed for thea render, what would you guys think is the most effective way of getting the wear on edges and rust into the models structure. I fear you'll say PS compositing :-)

you guessed it UV texturing and texturing are my absolute killer skills - that's why I make such a good team with SU :lol:

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Postby Krisidious » Sat Aug 17, 2013 8:36 pm

wow... great modeling. very efficient.
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Postby ely862me » Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:02 pm

Verry niice ! :thumb:
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Postby pbacot » Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:25 am

What they say^^^^. Impressive!
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Postby castromann » Sun Aug 18, 2013 5:11 am

…with the missing geometry added. now comes the compositing part... :shock:

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Postby iichiversii » Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:43 am

Really nice, can't wait to see the finished model with texture
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Postby Gareth » Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:10 am

Tom Cruise had to marry an Australian to become famous....

....oh, hang on, it was the other way around wasn't it...??!! :lol:
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Postby srx » Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:05 pm

Great model. :thumb: You need some naked people swimming :) I liked this movie. Good sf story on many levels. I bet the ending was not original. Without it would be the way better (less is more). Beautiful 3d and photography. Tom was good too, as always. His wife was not. :)
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Postby castromann » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:20 pm

frustrating. the more I try to get the textures and lightning right the worse everything gets. maybe best to put this on hold for a week and come back with a fresh mind….

I wish I was better with photoshop, so I wouldn't have to worry that much about getting everything out of the renderer as realistic as possible.
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Postby castromann » Sun Aug 25, 2013 3:06 pm

a first shot from the inside. due to bad render results, rather artistic than photorealistic.

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Postby iichiversii » Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:59 pm

This is highly impressive, I'd like to try that out in a game engine and explore it, looking forward to more updates
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Postby solo » Sun Aug 25, 2013 9:11 pm

castromann wrote:frustrating. the more I try to get the textures and lightning right the worse everything gets. maybe best to put this on hold for a week and come back with a fresh mind….

I wish I was better with photoshop, so I wouldn't have to worry that much about getting everything out of the renderer as realistic as possible.



Or share the model so the guys here can play with various render engines and see what they can achieve.
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Postby castromann » Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:48 pm

solo wrote:Or share the model so the guys here can play with various render engines and see what they can achieve.


I can surely do that, if people want to. So you can see my sloppy modeling on some parts :oops:
Would love to see what some render experts can get out of it. Maybe a render that challenge :bounce:

Questions:

- Where would I share the 50MB+ file. I don't have a filesharing account? (wetransfer probably?)
- How would you like me to share the file. Cleared from all the materials/textures or with them?

I can also share some movie screenshots and images for reference with the model.

@iichiversii: I think those game engines are really an interesting alternative to static still renderings nowadays. Could you recommend one for mac? (Unity, UDK etc.) Is this somehow straight forward to get results with them or is there a lot of coding involved?
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Postby solo » Mon Aug 26, 2013 1:16 pm

Dropbox, here: http://db.tt/SFTUykI

Get free dropbox space, and you can upload model and materials, reference images, just zip and upload, post link.
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Postby castromann » Mon Aug 26, 2013 1:20 pm

dropbox sure!!!

I do have that. knot in my brain. I'll go over the model and rename materials definitions and group names so the structure is easier to understand in english and post it soon.
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Postby castromann » Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:22 pm

OK, there it goes:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/511 ... cation.zip

I also included a HDRI background I did in VUE with a cloud cover beneath the model. It's not the best HDRI but maybe helpful as most HDRIs are only black in the lower half.

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Postby solo » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:02 pm

Thanks, looking forward to seeing some great renders/
I have a couple of open days this week, let me see if I can add a bubble copter, the ones in warehouse are shitty.
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Postby iichiversii » Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:34 pm

I use unity more than others, but cry engine is very powerful and can create very realistic environments, no coding needed what so ever but there is a learning curve, it's not easy to pick up but once you figure it out it can perform some amazing results, thanks for sharing the model, I'm working on a project at the moment and when I get around to it I may try it in a game engine
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Postby solo » Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:08 pm

Had a quick go, fast dirty Presto renders, added a bubble copter.


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