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Curling Particle Trajectories
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Curling Particle Trajectories

Posted 10 October 2013 5:12 pm by Duncan Brinsmead on Duncan's Corner

Software: Autodesk Maya ,

Industry: Games , Film, TV and VFX ,

One can create spiraling motions for particles using expressions. This method propagates a local up vector for the curl so that the twist direction does not go through pole flipping as the particle changes direction.

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Vein Brush
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Vein Brush

Posted 3 June 2013 9:14 pm by Duncan Brinsmead on Duncan's Corner

Software: Autodesk Maya ,

Industry: Games ,

Here is the vein brush from my unfold presentation, along with help on creating brush presets.

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Scene Files from my Maya 2014 Unfold Presentation
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Scene Files from my Maya 2014 Unfold Presentation

Posted 30 April 2013 5:49 pm by Duncan Brinsmead on Duncan's Corner

Software: Autodesk Maya ,

Industry: Games ,

As promised here are the scene files from my Unfold presentation along with some brief descriptions.

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Revised Roman Candle scene with lighting
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Revised Roman Candle scene with lighting

Posted 12 November 2012 10:34 pm by Duncan Brinsmead on Duncan's Corner

Software: Autodesk Maya ,

Industry: Film, TV and VFX ,

I've modified the roman candle scene in my previous post to use lights positioned at particle locations for illumination, along with further refinements.

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Roman Candle with Smoke
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Roman Candle with Smoke

Posted 6 November 2012 9:08 pm by Duncan Brinsmead on Duncan's Corner

Software: Autodesk Maya , Autodesk Smoke ,

Industry: Professional Video ,

Here is a simple example that uses Maya nParticles and Fluids to simulate a roman candle.

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Dynamic Jello Simulation
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Dynamic Jello Simulation

Posted 31 October 2012 10:21 pm by Duncan Brinsmead on Duncan's Corner

Software: Autodesk Maya ,

Industry: Film, TV and VFX ,

One can use nParticles to create a jiggling Jello substance that can be sliced using an nConstraint with breakable bonds. The workflow is relatively quick and easy.

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Boiling Water
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Boiling Water

Posted 12 March 2012 12:00 pm by Duncan Brinsmead on Duncan's Corner

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This scene file shows an easy set up for a relatively fast to simulate boiling water effect using Maya Fluids.

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Torpedo bubble trail with Maya Fluids
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Torpedo bubble trail with Maya Fluids

Posted 21 February 2012 12:00 pm by Duncan Brinsmead on Duncan's Corner

Software: Autodesk Maya ,

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The trail of a torpedo is tricky to do because it combines fluid dynamics, surface and volume rendering as well as fog and light scattering.

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Fractal Fantasy (1987)
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Fractal Fantasy (1987)

Posted 20 January 2012 12:00 pm by Duncan Brinsmead on Duncan's Corner

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I just noticed that someone uploaded to YouTube an old animation I did for Siggraph way back in 1987. It is nice for me to see, as my own copy (on tape) had degraded to the point it was virtually unviewable.

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nCloth Chain
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nCloth Chain

Posted 26 August 2011 12:00 pm by Duncan Brinsmead on Duncan's Corner

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One can create chains with nCloth that are efficient to compute and capture natural chain behavior.

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