DF: Could you tell us which software you use ot handle your renders?
JT: Currently we are using Rush
for rendering on our render farm. Once you get the hang of it it?s not
that hard to use. It does have a learning curve that may seem daunting
at first but when you?ve got everything figured out and it?s all
running it?s a really good tool with a lot of control of what you do.
And it?s very stable as well.
DF: Talk about your pipeline.
JT: After Frostbiten we started working on a new pipeline since we had
some issues with our previous one. We have been using Maya?s
referencing system quite heavilly, during Frostbiten we had so much
headaches beacuse of it?s limitations and bugs that we decided to work
out a new pipeline here at Fido Film. Still based on the referencing
system, which really is a great concept, we tracked down most of the
errors to the step from animation to rendering. When stuff starts to
get keyframed the reference system sometimes went totally crazy (too
often I?m afraid), exploding geometry and messing up connections for
example. So what we are doing now is that all animation gets baked out
and then it?s
referenced in from a completely new file with only the baked geometry
in it. Thus eliminating the problems we had with keyframed control
objects and what not, but still using the good things that comes with
referencing. So far it seems to be working out great! Time will tell :)
We have also put together a
comprehensive documentation on how to properly name stuff and organize
our scenes to allow for easier scripting of various parts of the
production. The document also covers the compositing process and
guidelines on how to try and keep you projects as streamlined and easy
to understand as possible. Working a lot with freelancers it?s really
important that there is a common structure that everyone uses, so that
if the person who initially did a project isn?t still around someone
else can still open it up and get into it and understand whats going on.
DF: Do you think this movie would have a worldwide release?
JT: Yes, at this years Cannes
festival it was the hottest Swedish movie and was among others sold to:
Australia (TV), Singapore, The Filippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey,
UK, USA, Canada, Spain and Germany (DVD).
DF: Any thing else you would like to add?
JT: I?m really glad to have had the opportunity to work on a project
such as Frostbiten, even though there were some endless days, for me it
was just a dream project come true!
I truly do hope that this
project could help Fido Film to get seen by producers and presumtive
clients all over the world. This interview is most certainly a step in
I also would like to thank you
Luis, and the entire Death Ffall team, for all your time and patience
that you have put into this interview.
DF: Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions and good luck!
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