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3 dimensional simulations

I always like to invent worlds that aren't there.  There is a beauty to spaces that are empty, abandoned and no longer exist.  Crafted entirely in Maya 8.0 and Cinema 4D 16 - with a bit of Python scripting - these renders are a tribute to these spaces.

The Eldorado Cabaret

I was always fascinated as a kid by the insanity of Weimar Berlin and the movie "Cabaret."  The Eldorado Cabaret in the Schoneberg district of Berlin was a wild nightclub where Berliners and tourists partied until the early morning hours.  It was actually the inspiration for "Cabaret," saw the likes of Isherwood and Dietrich, and home to the transgendered, gay, lesbian, straight, prostitute, and hustler.

Inside the Eldorado on the first floor.  

Inside the Eldorado on the first floor.  

Transgendered patrons enjoying a night out.

Transgendered patrons enjoying a night out.

I've always wanted to recreate the nightclub during the evening.  New challenges with this design was the use of multi-shaders to vary the sidewalk images and controlling the lighting from the street lamps with backlight shaders.  

The light in the scene, from the sky, is specific to Berlin in December at 1.30 AM.

Here is an image taken in 1932 of the building during the day.

Here is an image taken in 1932 of the building during the day.

In 1933, on a purge to rid the city of "degenerates" and "perverts," the National Socialists closed down the Eldorado and converted it to a district headquarters.  It was the end of an era of sexual and artistic freedom.

In 1933, on a purge to rid the city of "degenerates" and "perverts," the National Socialists closed down the Eldorado and converted it to a district headquarters.  It was the end of an era of sexual and artistic freedom.

Old Subway

This project has taken me forever.  It uses too many complex polygons and I don't like the way the tracks have been modeled.  I'm happy with the walls, however.  Future iterations are to have the subway swoosh down the tracks and the trash blows accordingly with wind dynamics.

This project has taken me forever.  It uses too many complex polygons and I don't like the way the tracks have been modeled.  I'm happy with the walls, however.  Future iterations are to have the subway swoosh down the tracks and the trash blows accordingly with wind dynamics.

 

Route 32 Abandoned Texaco Station

This was inspired by Edward Hopper paintings I see here at the Whitney Museum in NYC.  I've always been a huge fan of his, and this is my first foray into exteriors with natural lighting.

This was inspired by Edward Hopper paintings I see here at the Whitney Museum in NYC.  I've always been a huge fan of his, and this is my first foray into exteriors with natural lighting.

 

Strange Days

My tribute to Magritte:  I found a new library of models, shaders, and lighting rigs.  I've no idea what to call this one -- but I sure had fun.

My tribute to Magritte:  I found a new library of models, shaders, and lighting rigs.  I've no idea what to call this one -- but I sure had fun.

Heads growing out of the rock.

Heads growing out of the rock.

Another Magritte tribute with presets.  Again, it was great fun.

Another Magritte tribute with presets.  Again, it was great fun.

The title didn't come out that well but I really enjoyed making this as it reflects my views about demographics in New York City.

The title didn't come out that well but I really enjoyed making this as it reflects my views about demographics in New York City.

Religious Animation

This is my first animation with C4D.  The wind speed on the candles need to be adjusted in the votive holders, but otherwise I was happy with this quick exercise.  The 2 statues on the wall are flat, trump de l'oeil -- and therefore save on time with renders and workflow.

Lighting Interiors

I'm always fascinated by different lighting scenarios - how luminosity, specular, and color lighting attributes can change a scene.  Here are some examples with different HDRI ski mapping to vary each scene.  And yes, some images have a man walking on water in the near distance.

Simple daytime lighting with no weather-preset (storm, clouds, etc).

Simple daytime lighting with no weather-preset (storm, clouds, etc).

This is my first animation of a human.  I've always loved the blown-out media atmosphere of Japan and have incorporated here with a video I edited with Japanese commercials.  The environment is Cinema4d with an HDRI sky map (clouds are animated, also).  I had further fun doing this catwalk animation with the help of Adobe's Mixamo application. And the song is "Axis" by The Pet Shop Boys.

My Pop-and-Lock Video!  The trio in the back isnt' timed, but I liked the outcome that made a bit of fun of the students I went to school with at Parsons.  

As the trio breaks for an instrumental in their set, Little Jonny does his Pop-and-Lock routine to adoring crowds.

Teaser for Turner Classic Movies

I've always been a huge fan of Turner Classic Movies and film noir.  I made this teaser with a cube filled with light -- the light is filed with a soft turbulence with looks like smoke.  There are textures of film on some of the letters.

I've never been a huge fan of motion graphics as I'm not a graphic designer and think its a bit of a cop-out when one could be learning 3-D.  This will probably be my closest attempt into this realm.

The music is by Chet Baker.

Teaser for The Idea Time, Inc.

I made a video teaser/commercial for my startup: The Idea Time, Inc.  The clouds were done in After Effects with a noise/turbulence filter.  Enjoy!

Poly VFX Particle Smash

This was my first experiment with destruction in C4D.  I used our company logo with an infinite floor, a chrome texture, and a Poly VFX destructor that slides along the text.  I used Random and Time Effectors to mix the rotation and size of the destruction.  I actually liked the outcome of the mirrored particles with reflection.