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The Spinning Ranger Badge: Camera Projection and Simple Texture-Mapping
of the most successful two hours I spent on the digital effects for
Hell is Texas involved two added close-ups on the Ranger Badge,
spinning on edge after being discarded. Primarily successful in that
it only took me two hours to complete the shot, and a single render
to call it done. Plus it enhanced the final slow-motion sequence significantly.
rotating disk was quickly modelled in Softimage 3D and spun off axis,
while rotating. The ground plane is a piece of the wider live-action
take (I had failed to shoot any close-ups) projected (via the Camera
Projection mental ray shader) onto a curving "cyc" acting as floor and
backdrop. Soft shadows and Motion blur are a result of the Mental Ray
renderer and two small area lights. Because the scene was so simple,
rendering times were very reasonable.