Johnny’s Workshop

August 23, 2008

UFOs at the You Yangs (Part 1)

Filed under: Vue 6 xStream — april15th @ 5:04 am
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Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of UFO footage.

Enough to warrant the design of a simple, hierarchical classification system?

Err … sure, why not?

You may have noticed the absence of a category for crystal clear, non-hoaxed footage of extra-terrestrial spacecraft. I’m afraid that’s because I’ve never seen any footage that would warrant the inclusion of such a category. Find me some and I’ll update the system, otherwise I’m sure whatever you’ve seen could easily find its way into one of the pre-existing categories.

Here are some examples:

Type 1-Ai1, 2, 3,

Type 1-Aii1, 2, 3, 4, 5,

Type 1-B1, 2, 3, 4, 5,

Type 2-A1, 2, 3, 4,

Type 2-B1, 2,

I’ll keep adding links until there are at least ten for each category. If you want to nominate any, just let me know and I’ll do an update.

Now, I’m not saying spacecraft flown by extra-terrestrials have never been filmed by humans; only that I’ve never seen any conclusive footage. All the high-quality UFOs videos I’ve seen have been hoaxes or artwork.

Why are there no high-quality videos of the real thing? I know what Occam’s Razor would have us conclude … but that’s no fun. I’d rather believe the government has seized all the best footage and kept secret our regular contact with extra-terrestrial civilisations. Bastards!

I’m probably coming across as skeptical to the point of being close-minded but I’m not. Honestly. I would love nothing more than to be provided with unassailable proof of the existence of advanced extra-terrestrial civilisations; it’s because I’m so taken with the idea that I can’t settle for lousy footage of some tiny, blurry shape in a distant cloud. Nor can I settle for eyewitness accounts because I have no way of knowing whether or not people are reliable / honest / capable of distinguishing between oil refineries and flying saucers. There’s a huge difference between seeing something incredible with my own eyes and merely wanting to believe the testimony of an eyewitness.

The reason I brought this up is that I’ve decided to create CG footage of a UFO (or two) at the You Yangs. I’m going to make the entire video CG and strive for photorealism but I’m not going to try and pass it off as real. Mine will be Type 1-B footage; a project undertaken so that I can learn more about visual effects.

I’ll post blog entries as I complete each stage of the project. Partly to keep you, my loyal reader, in the loop but mainly because I’d like to receive feedback and ideas throughout the video’s development.

Sound good?

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November 15, 2007

UFO Design.

Filed under: 3ds Max 9 — april15th @ 3:32 pm
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Ever since posting that woeful UFO picture on April 1st, I’ve been meaning to use 3ds Max to come up with some better UFO designs.

No-one’s impressed any more by simplistic-looking flying saucers. They don’t want to see a lamp shade held up by barely-visible string or a nicely-thrown hubcap. They want to see something cool; something Barzloff-esque so that they hesitate for a split-second before writing “FAKE” into the video’s Comments section.

My Uncle Ben always used to say, “With great 3D applications and post-production software comes great responsibility,” and in the years since he was gunned down by street hoodlums, I’ve gained a much better appreciation for what he meant.

For most of the past week, I’ve been suffering a bad cold and sore throat, so I’ve happily devoted less time toward studying and more time toward projects requiring no serious thought, including this new UFO design. The work was very stimulating, mind you, because it was all done whilst listening to lectures about the decline of the US dollar, the arrival of peak oil (and its catastrophic consequences) and the possible collapse of the US economy in the near future. The lecturers were kind of hazy on the details but essentially we’re all doomed.

Anyway, check out my UFO design! As you can tell, it’s a work in progress and not at all complex but WIPs can be fun to share, too.

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