We Will Rock You: Flash/Seven Seas of Rhye

We’re in pre-production for this year’s school musical, We Will Rock You.  The school had a large, 5m stereoscopic 3D screen which we’ve used for the past few productions.  And with WWRY we’re getting a chance to increase the amount we’ll be using it.

We’re not only providing 3D FX for the production though – as the projectors will be on the whole time, we’ll also be adding a number of 2D “virtual sets”.

This is the first completed example of one such set:

Flash Booths - WWRY

Some imagination has to be used here.  We started with a photo to sort out scaling and placement.   That photo was imported into Cinema4D where we cut out the screen and then modelled the “booths” behind it.

It’s for the scene where Khashoggi is torturing the prisoners.  On command, each one in turn is electrocuted to “Flash, AHA!”.

Flash - WWRY render view

This is the view we’ll actually render out.   We’ll be playing the whole production through Stereoscopic Player which has playlist capability, so the electricity bursts will be made as separate videos and stacked, to be cued manually.

A daft little extra feature I’ve added is the generator in the background.  I’ve set it up so that its spinning “generates” the electricity when it gets to a certain speed.

It’s all done using simple Xpresso:

C4D User data

C4D User data

Xpresso set up

Xpresso set up. Visibility tags on the lightning bolts turn them on and off

The settings for the range mapper

The settings for the range mapper. Once the generator turns beyond 90 degrees, the spline jumps the output to 100%. After 990 degrees, the output drops back to 0%

And finally , the settings for each of the formula nodes

And finally , the settings for each of the formula nodes

I downloaded the lightning bolt file years ago and have used it a few times.  You can find it here.

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