360° VR Animation
Melody of Life is a spring 2017 animation project at Carnegie Mellon University,
Entertainment Technology Center.
Melody of Life is a 360º animated short that tells the story of Manny, a doll who comes to life and goes on a journey to find where he belongs. On his travels, he encounters three dolls from three different countries—India, Ghana, and Brazil—whose dances he attempts to learn. In the end, he has a bit of each of them in him, and proceeds to do a unique dance that is all his own.
Team size: 6 people
Duration: 15 weeks
Cultural dances: Indian, Ghanaian, Brazilian
Motion Capture animation pipeline for all dances and animation
4 dancers were recruited to choreograph the dance
Role: Model, texture, VFX
Role: Character artist, texture artist, AE VFX, troubleshooter,...etc
Designed, modeled and textured the cultural dolls
Using PBR workflow, textured all objects in the workshop space
Created the VFX to lead the viewer's attention in the finale
Post composited Maya render in Nuke
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