Render Setting Tips

I just noticed that the batch rendering uses only 2 out of 8 available CPU cores on my new PC.
I did some research on Creativecow.org and Creativecrash.com for a solution. It’s pretty simple. Here is a step by step with image guidance:

Step 1: Go to “Render” tab.
step1
Step 2: Click Render menu and select Batch Render with the box. You will se this window pops up.
step2
Step 3: Uncheck “Auto Render Threads” then type in your preference of how many cores you’re willing to contribute.
step3
Step 4*: Some folks on those forums suggest that you might want to un check “Render on the network machines” as well, so I gave it a try.
step4

The render performance should be improved by now, which I found it made my day.

Plan Clarified

As I’m waiting for my machines to render out the scene 1 and 2, I finalize the visual  breakdown accordingly to to my edit.

planned

It really seems to be a tight schedule situation here.

So… I planned to finish up the whole scene 3 by tomorrow night. Then Move on the the longest scene, scene 4, as quick as possible (hopefully, to finish the whole thing by Monday night).

Parallel Rendering

The deadline is approaching very soon, so I started to render background layer of some shots that got the stable timing.
Also, I have done finalizing the lighting and render setting for most of the first 8 shots now.

shot 1 lighting test

shot 1 lighting test

shot2 lighting samplingshot2 lighting sampling

shot 2 lighting sampling

shot 2 lighting sampling

shot 3 lighting sampling

shot 3 lighting sampling

shot3 luminance depth sampling

shot3 luminance depth sampling

shot3 luminance depth sampling

shot3 luminance depth sampling

shot4 shader workaround: BEFORE

shot4 shader workaround: BEFORE

shot4 shader workaround: selective Blinn with Additional Color

shot4 shader workaround: selective Blinn with Additional Color

shot4 shader workaround: AFTER

shot4 shader workaround: AFTER

shot4 shader workaround: pumping up some more intensity

shot4 shader workaround: pumping up some more intensity

shot 5 lighting sampling

shot 5 lighting sampling

shot 1 lighting test

shot 1 lighting test

shot5 frame #0124

shot5 frame #0124

shot 1 frame #0144

shot 1 frame #0144

shot 8 background layer frame #0228

shot 8 background layer frame #0228

[WIP] shot 8 backgroundLayer from Thanasak Patanasin on Vimeo.

Scene 1 Playblasts

Some playblast examples from scene 1:

Shot1

[WIP] playblastShot001 from Thanasak Patanasin on Vimeo.

Shot2

[WIP] playblastShot002 from Thanasak Patanasin on Vimeo.

Shot3

[WIP] playblastShot003 from Thanasak Patanasin on Vimeo.

Shot 4

[WIP] playblastShot004 from Thanasak Patanasin on Vimeo.

Shot 5

[WIP] playblastShot005 from Thanasak Patanasin on Vimeo.

Shot 6

[WIP] playblastShot006 from Thanasak Patanasin on Vimeo.

Shot 7

[WIP] playblastShot007 from Thanasak Patanasin on Vimeo.

Preproduction Thingy Updates

Almost forgot about this. There are a few important changes in the story and stuff.

To wrap things up here… I’d like to put Tagline, Logline, Synopsis, and Treatment here.

Lurked

An animated short created by Thanasak Patanasin.

“When ‘Sa’ is alone in the dark, an uninvited guest always crawls out of the darkness … and seek for her.”

Logline:
This is a story of ‘Sa’, who is diagnosed having Achluophobia by a doctor, but Sa knows that what she sees isn’t just her imagination.

Synopsis:
This is a story of ‘Sa’, a woman who is diagnosed having Achluophobia by a doctor, but Sa knows that what she sees isn’t just her imagination. She can see it. She can feel it. It is there in the dark. Others say it’s just an illness of hers and have no idea of what Sa really is resisting against. It always approaches her when she is alone in the dark. Her strong mind won’t last forever, yet it won’t stop at any cost until it achieves its ultimate goal: to be “together forever” with Sa.

Treatment:
Sa got nervous and panic after the power outage affected her well-lit bedroom. She struggled through out the night. On the day after, she went to see the doctor who is taking care of her Achluophobia. The doctor said that she did well so far as this exposure treatment has been proceed. And her final stage for the treatment had arrived – she needed to stay in the room alone for a while without loosing the control over her “fear”.Sa entered the room and sat down as usual. The doctor then turned off the light and shut the door to begin the exposure treatment. He was quite satisfied with the beginning of the process while Sa was calmly sitting alone inside. The fear greets Sa by grabbing her shoulder with one of his hands. Hundreds of hands filled the room’s wall and floor up. Sa is surrounded. She resisted and started to shout. The doctor saw nothing but Sa talking alone in the room. He tried to calm her down, but it was unsuccessful. Sa began to get physical with hands of the fear, but she stands no chance of winning. Those hands overwhelm her and pin her back on the chair. The fear’s head showed up and laughed at her. It said that today is what it has been waiting for a very long time. It smirked. Then come closer and closer. The doctor decided to abort this operation. Sa screamed. The doctor got off this observation desk and enters the room. Those corruption images in the room vaporized after them got touched by the light from the opening door. The doctor walked in and calmed Sa down and told her to redo this operation next time. Sa promised to get it done next time. The doctor offered his hand to pull Sa up, but she refused and asked him to go out of the room first. The doctor then left. Sa smirked just like the fear and said that there’s nothing to fear any more. She laughed in her throat.
END