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ROGERBOT GETS DOWN (MozCon 2017 Contest Entry)

ROGERBOT GETS DOWN (MozCon 2017 Contest Entry)

Q: Why do I want to go to MozCon 2017?
A:

BONUS: Download your own 3D model of Rogerbot! Get the FBX (with color layers and a static pose) here.

My Process

1. It always starts with a search! I started by collecting Mozbot concept art in a big file. The goal was to understand all of Roger’s different incarnations, dimensions, and poses.

roger-mozbot-search

2. I then rendered a 2D frame in 3D. This helps in predicting what kinds of 3D objects (or shapes) will best be used to fill out an actual 3D model.

2d-3d-roger

3. Next up was the modeling! Fast forwarding quite a bit, I ended up with a great 3D model and a nice matte finish.

model-roger

4. Once I had a base model, it was time for the truly excruciating part: painting all the different planes, bit by bit.

painting-roger

5. Now we’re getting somewhere! With an (almost) T-positioned 3D model in full color, I packaged things up as an FBX and framed the model.

6. Party time. With a framed character, the next step was source the best dance animations I could find, then tie + tweak them until Roger was really getting down.

animation-frame

Roger’s pointy antenna, lack of chin, and thick arms made dealing with clipping a really fun challenge!

7. Using Sketchfab, I transported my dancing robot off of the square grid and into a beautiful universe of warm lighting and poppy backgrounds.

8. At this point, I put on my director’s cap and began capturing Roger’s moves. After several hours of framing, editing, and rhythm-matching a dope Rick Ross-inspired track, voila! We’ve got a movie!

Regardless of the MozCon 2017 Contest results, I had a blast making this. If any of you Mozzers want to get in touch, email me at n [at] nate.life or tweet me at @nateonawalk!

Softwares used:

  • 3d Builder
  • Paint 3d
  • Maya 2017
  • Blender
  • Mixamo
  • Sketchfab
  • iMovie
  • Movie Maker
  • ezGIF

Nate

Sushi-munching digital dude. I fix sites to improve ROIs. Sometimes I eat banana peppers right out of the jar. @nateonawalk to meme or n [at] nate.life to chat!

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