Niklas Wolff - Portfolio 2020
I am currently studying Animation at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. I am a generalist with focus on Lookdev, Lighting, Compositing and FX.
A fished up life
"A fished up life" is a short advertising film about a guy, whose life gets turned upside down by a talking fish that is sticking out of his head. It is a student project I worked on at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. My role on the project was Compositing Lead, so I was responsible for visually integrating the fish character into the plates. I comped 10 of the 12 VFX shots in the film.
You can watch the full film in its seperate project-entry or here on Vimeo.
The main challenge of the project was to make the talking fish character look believable and like its actually interacting with the main actor.
This was a personal project I did in order to learn a few new workflows. It is the racer of a fictional racing team representing Mars. It competes in a Championship with other racers to be the fastest in the solar system. My goal with the design was to depict, what a Formula 1 racing car might look like in a few hundred years.
The video is meant to look like an advertisement for the racer. Therefore I kept the textures quite clean and used studio lighting.
I designed the racer and built it in Fusion 360, in order to learn the software. Out of Fusion 360 i generated a very dense highpoly mesh. I optimized it using Houdini, because it would have been too heavy for the engine.
The texturing was done using substance painter. I split the model into two seperate substance files to get better performance while texturing. I prepared a lot of decals of fictional sponsors beforehand and placed them onto the surface to make the racer more believable.
Lighting, Shading and Rendering were done using Unreal Engine.
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