Personal CG project of the memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe at Berlin – the site is covered with 2,711 concrete slabs or “stelae”, one for each page of the Talmud arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. According to project text, the stelae are designed to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere, and the whole sculpture aims to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason.
Some time ago I purchased a license of Itoosoft Forest Pro plugin, here is a result of using it. As it was with the “NYC Taxi” project, my simple tests have regrown into a short film. Using this plugin was not quite ordinal, I tried to scatter stelae, tiles and stones playing with plugin parameters; the scene is mostly procedural.
You can read the making of on Ronen Bekerman’s blog.
I’ve noticed that maxscripting become more necessary and useful during my workflow. This time I was really tired to type paths for GI prepasses and all kind of outputs (there were more than 20 cameras in the scene), so a small batch render with automatic saving/loading files (irradiance/lightcache maps and render outputs) was developed. It sends render tasks to Backburner with automatic generated names and camera-based frame ranges.
Done with 3ds Max (V-Ray, Forest Pro), Nuke, After Effects.