This year Shepherd and the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens asked us to create a 2 minute looping holiday animation that plays on screens in the zoo during the Zoo Lights event. These are the concepts we put together for them.
In the end, the client chose to go with the ornament option, and the look evolved from there. One of the biggest hurdles we had to overcome was the timing of the job meant we only had a couple days to render, comp, and deliver. Our first couple of passes at lighting and texturing were physically based with some pretty awesome blurry reflections. But the more we pushed that idea, the more unlikely it became we'd be able to meet our deadline. So we had to take a step back and use some more old school approaches that rendered in a fraction of the time. Lesson learned here was that physically based rendering with all the bells and whistles is awesome and looks beautiful, but it doesn't do you a bit of good if you can't render it in time.
Even with our shortcuts we were still facing a time crunch so it ended up being a good chance for us to try RebusFarm, which was an awesome experience.
Check out the full finished piece here!