Wednesday, 23 September 2015
Ash Thorp is a graphic designer, illustrator, artist, and creative director for a multitude of media, including feature films, commercial enterprises and print. In early 2015, Ash was contacted by 3AM to co-direct a very unique viral spot for the upcoming film 'The Martian'. Ash brought Michael Rigley on to head the design and animation of all UI and hologram elements throughout the piece.
X-Particles was used for the suit holograms to generate really fine point clouds on the mesh with a gradient texture emission. The solar system shot used the most XP, it was used to generate particles that would follow the orbital path of the planets and displace those in proximity to them. For the planets themselves, there are a few layers of XP. They generated point clouds, curl turbulence trails and trails with connections combined with hair spline dynamics. There’s also a burst of particles at the beginning of the shot that was a simple setup with a sphere emitter and speed modifier – so the particles would explode from the center and slow down as they reached the end of their life.
“XP makes it super easy to generate a lot of variations very quickly. During design I’ll do a ton of variations with one setup – changing emitter setting, swapping modifiers, altering trail parameters, etc, then doing current state to object and rendering out a bunch of passes. This allows me to not worry too much about the specifics of the system at the beginning stages and test various looks in comp.”
Territory use X-Particles a lot when it comes to detailed simulations for feature film UI. The ease of use means we can turn work around quickly without sacrificing a demanding quality bar. - David Sheldon-Hicks / Territory Studio
INSYDIUM Fused helped me to accomplish the hardest shots of my career, but more important is the pleasure I get out of playing with these awesome tools! - Francisco Sánchez de Cañete
Designer-friendly and technically advanced, simply powerful and art direction-able, X-Particles is an integral tool of my workflow, always impressed how Insydium are constantly developing and refining the most important toolset for Cinema 4D. - Brett Morris
X-Particles is my all time favorite plugin for Cinema 4D. Complex designs with very easy workflows is an art director's dream. - Thanos Kagkalos / MotionPunk
I use X-Particles at every opportunity because it offers limitless possibilities for creating amazing imagery and animations. I couldn't do without it! - Matt King
Using INSYDIUM Fused, we've been able to illustrate complex scientific breakthroughs accurately and beautifully on high-end ‘Life & Health’ projects for global brands. - Remy Williams / Fluent Studio