Archive for December, 2009

31
Dec
09

Lets texture this baby!

Got all the windows in and she’s ready to start texturing and bump mapping. What really helped get things right on this model were all the good Smithsonian pictures of the studio model before it was restored. Most of the plans are all off and the early pictures of the model from the pilot and the 4 footer really can through you off. It sure did AMT and some of the plans that are out there.

More tomorrow.

Steve

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30
Dec
09

CGI Enterprise update

Got all the main parts made and installed. Got all the NAV lights and beacons on. Got a few test windows on the secondary hull. Now I have to do all the indents and windows tomorrow. Then I can start texturing. More to come soon folks.

Steve

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29
Dec
09

More work on the CG Enterprise

Spent the day getting lots done. Still have the impulse engines to do and a bit more on the secondary hull. Then it’s booleans windows. And fun with texture and bump maps.

Here’s a look so far. She is devoid of any texture, windows, and still missing a few parts. But it’s getting there. These are low res renders in Lightwave.

More tomorrow.

Steve

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27
Dec
09

CGI Enterprise Wire Frame Pictures

Here’s some early in the making wire frame shots of the model I’m making in Lightwave.
Tomorrow I finish off the secondary hull details and parts and move on to the nacelles.

Steve

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27
Dec
09

Busy, busy…..

Sorry for the lack of posts but with the holidays I’ve been a little busy.

Lately it has become apparent to me that in order to get work within the CGI community one needs to specialize in one particular aspect of the field. I have been all over the map from models, effects, comps, animation and more. My work for History Channel, A&E, and the others, has always been free lance. I worked at home and did the whole job. Get the plates, make the models, animate, and composite final shots for their shows. But recently that work is being outsourced at break neck speed. And in my quest for work I’m always told I need to specialize.

So be it. I love model making in the physical world, why not the 3D world then also?

I’ve started with one of my favorite subjects. The Enterprise. NCC-1701. I have been working for several days now on her and have the wire frame up to the point of making the nacelles. Soon I’ll post some images. It is my hope that in addition to the little practical model work I get I can add the CGI model work additionally.

This weekend for fun I’ve been working on a model of the X-1. My favorite Rocket plane of all time. It’s a small free flight kit that flies on a rocket engine. The first time I saw video of one flying I was hooked.

In the past I have built from scratch a few X-1 models that flew as RC ships with props and electric motor.

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Here’s one of them I still have. I’m looking forward to flying a simple free flight model on real rocket power!

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Here’s the kit laid out.
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So far I have built the wings.

For those of you new to my work you can always visit my website for lots info and fun! http://www.sneillfx.com

Steve

21
Dec
09

Hello world!

Hi you guys. My name is Steve Neill and I have worked in motion picture visual effects for over 30 years. In all that time I have worn many hats from Make-up effects, miniatures, and now CGI. As time allows I will attempt to update this Blog with images and comments from my past work as well as my current projects.

To learn about more about me for now please visit my website: sneillfx

Enjoy the blog folks.




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