Oskar Holmstrand Showreel breakdown

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00:00 Intro
Created winter 2005, updated autumn 2006.
Idea, Design, modelling, animation, and rendering by me.
Advanced skeleton pro used for rigging.
3d in Maya.

This Robo-girl was designed and modelled exclusively as presenter for my showreel. For my first showreel, I used a rig done by myself which worked good. After studying on the garden a while, I've gotten used to the Advanced Skeleton Pro rig, so for this version I switched over to that rig.

To make the robot in a fresh style, I decided to encompass the shapes of her limbs and body by making circles with air between them.

00:08 Lowman-walk
Created autumn 2006.
Animation and rendering by me.
Advanced skeleton pro used for rigging.
Model: Lowman
3d in Maya.

Just a looping walk-cycle spiced up with some funky walking plates

00:12 Lipsync test - Kiss You robot(1)
Created early 2006. Updated autumn 2006.
Idea, Design, modelling, texturing, rigging, animation, and rendering by me.
3d in Maya. Reference model : Rosanna.

Using the method taught by Jason Osipa in his book "Stop staring: Facial Modelling and Animation done right", I modelled and rigged the face. My idea was to test some lipsync in preparation for the Kiss You project, and getting some lipsync into my showreel aswell. The whole setup took quite some time. To describe it briefly, the whole facial setup is broken down in parts, which are animated independetly for great artist control. Instead of using phenomenons each motion is broken down into several different intermixable sliders.

The design of the character was actually mostly developed on-the-fly after the initial facial modelling. Rosanna has rasta dreadlocks, which translated into the pipes and tubes going into her hair and attaching to her body.

00:21 Uncharted Disorder - Cardflight
Created summer 2003.
Idea, Design, modelling, texturing, animation, and rendering by me.
3d in 3dsMax. Textures in photoshop.

Uncharted Disorder was made to compete at the Remedy 2003 wildcompo. Result: Won. Uncharted disorder is a story of a lonely girl sitting in a room and making up imaginary friends which ultimately leads to tragedy.

This is part of the the assembly of "mixed stuff robot" seen in (Uncharted Disorder - Happy robot). The cards fly and become the robots eyebrows. Other items (not seen in this clip) is also animated and become different parts of his body. The cards was animated with bend deformers and alot of keyframing. I really like how the flow of the cards came out - they feel so alive.

00:25 Mr pink - hanging
Created autumn 2005. Minor update winter 2006.
Idea, Design, modelling, animation and rendering by me.
Free rig downloaded on the net.
3d i maya.

I wanted to do some animation which could fit in a game (imagine a loop cut out from the arm-climbing). Ofcourse I was stupid enough to use a rig that wasn't optimized for animating hanging, but it came out ok anyway.

00:37 Shades of Divinity - Mixing Idle
Created autumn 2004 to early 2005. New Animation winter 2006.
Project idea: Me and Fredrik Mäkeläinen.
Character design, modelling, texturing, normal-mapping, rigging and animation by me.
3d in maya. Textures in photoshop. Some texturing in bodypaint3d. Some usage of nVidia's normalmap-plugins for photoshop for extra detail.
Programming by Fredrik Mäkeläinen.

One character with intermixable textures/normalmaps created for realtime viewing. For more information and the executable, check out http://oskarholmstrand.com/sod/.

The rig was created with IK, reverse footjoint and a dynamic particle setup that made the hair automatically move as she moved. It was then baked to FK to be exportable by Fredriks custom-made plugins.

The current animation is just a idle-animation that I created to make the fades between the texture-sets more visible.

00:47 Uncharted Disorder - Radiator walk
Created summer 2003.
Idea, Design, modelling, texturing, animation, and rendering by me.
Character studio rig. Cloth using simcloth. Hair using Shag-hair.
3d in 3dsMax. Textures in photoshop.
(mentioned earlier)

This is the girl walking on the radiator. (yup, it's all imaginary)

00:54 Lipsync test - Kiss You robot(2)
Created early 2006. Updated autumn 2006.

More of my first lipsync test... what I learned mostly from this was that you need alot of work to get it right. Additionally, I learned that lips have loads of subtle changes that needs to be animted in order to get a better result. Next time, I can hopefully use a camera to record the lips, in order to get a more detailed animation.

01:05 The bulb - Insect flight
Created summer 2002.
Idea, Design, modelling, texturing, rigging, animation, and rendering by me.
3d in 3dsMax. Textures in photoshop.

This is the lightbulb from the bulb, which just has turned from a mechanical fly into this more organic form. This is one of my favorite parts from "The Bulb", since it feels like the insect really has some character as he flies up and investigates the camera.

The pillars in the background is clear evidence that I was under influence of Final Fantasy at the time. =)

01:12 Kiss You - Robotic Arms
Created autumn/winter 2005.
Idea, Design, modelling, texturing, rigging, paricle effects, animation, rendering and post-production by me.
Modelled in Maya. Post-production in Digital Fusion. Textures in photoshop.

These two robotic arms symbolizes a sensual meeting between two persons, and a spark of desire/love that is lit when they touch. Ofcourse, this can probably not be understood by just watching this clip.

One of the more interesting things about my setup here is that I rigged the cables so that they automatically bend when the arms are animated.

The lightning bolts was posted (animated 2d splines), as well as the glow from the spheres.

01:16 Lowman-walk
Created autumn 2006.
Animation and rendering by me.
Advanced skeleton pro used for rigging.
Model: Lowman
3d in Maya.

Assignment from the garden - sit animation

01:20 Uncharted Disorder - Happy robot
Created summer 2003.

This piece is here because I really like the way I managed to capture the emotion I wanted in the robots face. The cards used as eyebrows are the same ones from the cardflight clip (which has landed on top of the cola-can eyes). Together with a CD-spindel, an IDE-cable, a diskette, 3 razors, a foldable ruler, a scissor and a vacuum cleaner, this makes up the currently visible parts of the robot.

01:25 Mr pink - box moving
Created autumn 2005. Updated the walk autumn 2006.
Idea, Design, modelling, animation and rendering by me.
Free rig downloaded on the net.
3d i maya.

One of the biggest problems when animating is the rigging. It seems to far too often end up inadequate and hampering the creativity in the animation process. This project was all about avoiding this, and try how good I was at animating with a more professional rig. Well, the dear old friend Murphy made sure that this rig wasn't problem-free either, but atleast it gave me more percentage of animating contra problemsolving than usual.

And I also learned that the grass isn't really greener on the other side.