Motion Design & 3D Animation
Client: Netflix
Company: Adolescent
Creative Direction: Man-Wai Cheung, Mina Muto
Producer: Turner Poth, Mina Muto
Art Director: Rad Mora
3D: Rad Mora, Joe Fuller, Anthony Serraino
Animation/Compositing: Rad Mora, Joe Fuller
Synopsis:
Roman Empire: Reign of Blood, is a docudrama for Netflix that Adolescents invited me to help provide 3D animation support to the main title using Maxon's Cinema 4D. My deliverables list was to help 3D animation and simulate the cracking and destruction of the statues and building structures ( Roman Empire ). Improve on the quality of the details of the arm and hand of the statue.  The 3D animation and simulations were done in Cinema 4D and beautifully comped in Adobe After Effects by the talented artists at Adolescents.
Challenge:
01: Simulate a hairline crack running along the statues and building structures.
02: Add modeling details to a low polygon statue's arm and hand. This would be used in a dynamic simulation and needed to be at a high enough resolution to be fractured apart.
03: Simulate breaking, crumbling, and bleeding of the statues and building structures.
Project Key Frames
Anthony Serraino Motion Design key frame from main title of Netflix's Roman Empire: Reign of Blood Motion Graphics
Anthony Serraino Motion Design key frame from main title of Netflix's Roman Empire: Reign of Blood Motion Graphics
Anthony Serraino Motion Design key frame from main title of Netflix's Roman Empire: Reign of Blood Motion Graphics
Anthony Serraino 3D Animation key frame from main title of Netflix's Roman Empire: Reign of Blood Motion Graphic Design
Anthony Serraino Cinema 4D branding from main title of Netflix's Roman Empire: Reign of Blood Motion Design
Anthony Serraino Motion Design key frame from main title of Netflix's Roman Empire: Reign of Blood Motion Graphics
Solution 01:
An animated grayscale displacement map in Adobe After Effects.  Added it to the Cinema 4D texture shader displacement channel.  It was an easy solution to a high resolution cracking simulation on a low-resolution model for easy workability.  The gradient in gray tones provided different elevations to the cracking stone.
Solution 02:
Took the low-resolution mesh, where the details came from a displacement map and sculpted in the details using Cinema 4D's sculpting tag to increase the quality of the model to get it ready for a close-up shot, to be broken and fractured after it falls to the ground.
Anthony Serraino 3D Animation key frame from main title of Netflix's Roman Empire: Reign of Blood Motion Graphic Design
Anthony Serraino Motion Design key frame from main title of Netflix's Roman Empire: Reign of Blood Motion Graphics
Solution 03:
Using NitroBlast 2.0 plugin for Cinema 4D for the fracturing and dynamic simulation in Cinema 4D, the statues and buildings fell with the empire.
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