Mile high paper stack effect: Blender + Photoshop + FCP
Finished an interesting 3D composite (and modeling) effect with for episode #1 of www.artoftheproblem.net. Working on this effect to help demonstrate the huge number of five letter word combinations if you enumerate them all with one on each page of paper. Planning to use Blender for the CGI paper stack. The idea is to have a stack of paper reaching 1.2 km high. Here was my process….
First I shot the empty background plate, which takes place in a forest.
Then I fired up blender (first time using it!) and tried to mimic the virtual camera angle I’d need.
Then I applied a material and texture to the stack:
Next, I wanted to simulate the patterned shadows that the trees would cast onto the stack. So I created a “burn layer” in Photoshop using a textured brush, and animated it changing over a few frames.
Then I asked the Blender community what they thought I could do to improve and got some fantastic advice from this thread.
Mainly I was told that the contrast on the stack doesn’t match the forest….They were right! So I bumped the whites on the stack layer to get this. I was happy to see that the upper parts of the stack now looked ‘burned’ from the sun which was the problem:
Then pasted it into the scene with great results….