MATCH TO LIFE
Maya | Arnold | Nuke
About the Project:
Match to Life is a project that challenged me to recreate a CG object as realistically as the original in order to fool the viewer.
I chose to do an egg because although it is a simple object, there is little room for error. To challenge myself, I also animated the fake egg to "fly away" by using n-Cloth FX in Maya.
I am responsible for all aspects of this project, including the photography.
I was definitely challenged when it came to finding the correct texture of the egg. After experimenting with 2D textures in Maya (and failing), I found that using the 3D texture, Brownian, to procedurally texture my egg was the most effective.
Using render layers and AOVs in this project was very beneficial when it came to compositing. I had to ensure that I rendered out all the necessary passes such as the shadow, ambient occlusion, and the egg with AOV passes such as specularity direct and indirect, diffuse direct and indirect. Color correcting my egg to the original was also challenging, but I believe that I found a perfect match in the end.
N-Cloth was fairly new to me when I made this project. There was a lot of experimentation when it came to animating because I wanted it to move a certain way in the scene. I finally achieved the inflation/deflation effect and got it to "fly away" in the scene as well.
I did some photography and different shot compositions to get a background plate that works. I took a clean plate, a twin, a reference cube, a reference sphere, and a chrome ball photo in order to create this project. The chrome ball was used to create an HDR for the environment. This helps create all the necessary reflections needed to recreate the lighting for the egg. I have one spotlight in this scene.
Here is the reference in comparison to my recreation.
This project was very challenging and satisfying all at the same time. Troubleshooting different issues and trying to find the best solution to any problems I faced were definitely challenges. I actually enjoyed doing my own photography for this project as well. It is fun to show my family and friends the sequence I made because they are always in disbelief after the egg suddenly flies away.