Building set terrain for Latvian Komedie Minute.

Building set terrain for Latvian Komedie Minute.



Working in Maya

We continue with the making of The Latvian Komedie Minute building set terrain back in Autodesk Maya. I took the mocked-up geometry from the first post and used the slice tool at 1 inch intervals from the front camera to create a topological map. With the sliced geo I created single planes which I then extruded. This gave me an accurate representation of what I was trying to create for my miniature set. Once again I double checked from the camera to make sure that the scene still read the way I planned.

Terrain in Autodesk Maya sliced for foam construction.

Building set terrain in Autodesk Maya with sliced for foam construction.

 

Mocking up real-world camera focal lengths in Autodesk Maya.

Mocking up real-world camera focal lengths in Autodesk Maya.

 

 

Foam-core insulation board purchased at Home Depot.

Foam-core insulation board purchased at Home Depot.

Foam-Core

Back at SCAD in one of the sculpting classes which I took, we had to create a relief sculpture out of insulation foam-core. You can buy it in sheets of different thicknesses from most home improvement stores. I still find little pink pieces of it on old clothing from when I had to spend hours sanding it into the right form. Foam-core is a light but sturdy material that with the use of a foam cutter(a heated wire melts through the foam with ease) is easy to work with.

Back when I first started working with the foam-cutter it was just a couple of D batteries running a current through a wire. Oh how the times have changed. I was able to pick-up an electric version with adjustable wire shape and heat intensity from Scenic Express.

 

Electric Foam Cutter used for blocking out the environment for The Latvian Komedie Minute

Electric Foam Cutter used for blocking out the environment for The Latvian Komedie Minute

 

Real-World 3D

Using the sliced geometry outlines from the scene in Maya I traced it onto the foam-core.Then using the foam-cutter trimmed the foam down to the correct shape and size. Here I am in my cramped office cutting away. Once the cutting was done I was able to recreate the mocked-up scene from 3D.

Prepping the foam-core for cutting based on the 3D mockup.

Prepping the foam-core for cutting based on the 3D mockup.

Cut foam-core stacked up for gluing.

Cut foam-core stacked up for gluing.