1980s Queens, New York. The Alley - Night
A hazy, dirty alley near Queens Boulevard. Wastes that lay beyond the rear of the houses, the old boarded up houses. The walls ran with slime which covered the now long forgotten graffiti brickwork, dripping with unseen dangers. It is after midnight. It has been a long, cold night...
This is my reel from 2012 that was done at the Vancouver Film School over the course of six months. I'm still very proud of my work because it was my very first animation project and I won the first prize at the CG Student Awards in 2013 ( now "The Rookies" ) in the category Viewers Choice and got an honourable mention for it. Instead of a usual modeling diorama seen in other modeling reels, I decided to make a good mixture of showing my technical skill, atmosphere and storytelling.
Living in Vancouver, I had the city as a nice reference pool available. Before starting with the actual process of modeling, I grabbed my camera and roamed through the streets and alleys of downtown to make myself a catalogue with assets and inspiration. It helped a lot during the process of building the world of the Dumpster King. For inspiration I used movies such as Goodfellas, Sopranos and of course the GTA.
I utilized Maya for polymodeling and the whole movie was rendered out in Mental Ray. For texturing I used Photoshop and for some parts Mudbox.