The wonderful people over at Panoply London have created a well crafted piece entitled “A guide to happy”
A little insight (for the nerds)
The video was rendered entirely in Arnold for Cinema 4D, making extensive use of the alShaders and the JF Nested Dielectric (so beautiful, but some frames took up to 8hrs per frame on a 20core machine to render). Most of the animation was done in Cinema 4D with all of the heavy effects stuff done in Houdini and then brought back across using alembics and procedurals.
Nearly all the shots make use of in camera DOF (minus the heavy liquid shots) which we managed to get out in a very reasonable render time using AA samples of 7 (a few used AA 8 that used fine wires). Although this still held a little noise we were about clean it up easily in Fusion.
Panoply made good use of the volume rendering for the “disposable money” scene which also used custom attributes created in Houdini what we then took to C4DtoA to help with the shading (burnt edges).
Overall, a fantastic animation, with so much to learn from and drool over.