Zach Rodgers writes:
My company, Cloudland Studios, was hired to create a full-CG teaser as a crowdfunding tool for an upcoming movie trilogy.
This 1-minute teaser follows a short scene from the Bible where Jesus encounters a demon-possessed man. Watch the YESHUA teaser in 4K here:
Our work on the project
A demon-possessed man violently interacting with Jesus in A.D. 30 (in full-CG) is no small task. We handled everything from storyboarding, to creative art-direction, modeling, sculpting, texturing, rigging, grooming, cloth simulation, wind simulation, effects, lighting, and animation.
How we used Blender
Blender is the primary 3D software that we use at Cloudland. On this project, we used Blender for modeling, rigging, grooming, animation, lighting and rendering.
We used ZBrush for sculpting, Substance Painter for texturing, and Marvelous Designer for cloth sims. But everything else was done in Blender.
Egyptian Fayum Portraits as references for the characters:
A large part of creating this Yeshua teaser was developing the characters that would bring it to life.
To remain as true to the times as possible, our client wanted to use real-world references of people that actually lived during the times of Christ. So they provided us with reference images taken from the Egyptian Fayum Portraits, a large historical collection of paintings of real people who lived between 100 B.C. and A.D. 300.
We were tasked with creating full-CG versions of these people to play as the Demoniac and Yeshua characters in the teaser video. Our artists worked meticulously to sculpt, texture, groom, rig, and animate these ancient characters, resulting in the most detailed 3D re-constructions ever created from the Egyptian Fayum Portraits.
Our client, Yeshua Productions, is setting out to create a trilogy of feature-length Bible films that follow a combined Gospel account of the life of Jesus. To learn more about their exciting project, visit the Yeshua Movement website.
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