When tasked with creating realistic tigers for their latest project, 4th Party Creative chose Yeti to achieve the desired result. We were blown away with their work and recently spoke with the team about how and why they used our product.
“The Tiger: An Old Hunter’s Tale”, is a film about the last tiger and a hunter of the Joseon Dynasty period in Korea. The main character of the film features the “King of Joseon’s Tigers”, his family of five, and a pack of wolves.
“We started to study and research fur which is essential to convey characters such as tigers and wolves realistically. To achieve this we needed to divide the texture of fur, movement of muscle and the surface area of characters into several parts. Yeti was just right for this work method and way of expression. Yeti is easy to work with, so even someone who uses it for the first time can learn it easily and quickly. Also, the node-based workflow enabled us to control many parts and groom more details with only basic and simple node.”
“What we especially liked about Yeti was that it’s really easy to move fur between each model. We made many kinds of tigers (with varied ages and appearances) based on a single tiger model by modifying its shape. Yeti helped us save tons of time because it’s easy to convert fur between different-shaped models with the same topology.”
“Lastly, we are very satisfied with your Technical Support Team’s quick and kind feedback on Yeti Central. We will continue using Yeti for future projects.”
Thank you for your kind words and for choosing Yeti, 4th Party Creative! We can’t wait to see what comes out of your studio next!
Watch the trailer here. Warning: contains graphic content.
At Peregrine Labs we believe it is important to foster creativity and innovation in educational institutes around the globe. That’s why we are pleased to offer a significant discount on permanent Yeti and Bokeh licenses to qualifying schools. One such institution who recently used Yeti for a short film is Media Design School, New Zealand’s most awarded tertiary institution for creative and digital technology qualifications.
We spoke with James Cunningham who wrote, produced and directed the short film titled, “Accidents, Blunders and Calamities” that looks at all the perilous ways humans inadvertently bring death to animals. Thirty-one creatures were developed, 11 of which had fur or feathers and were created using Yeti. Inspired by the Edward Gorey classic, “The Gashlycrumb Tinies”, James created an alphabet storybook that a concerned father possum reads to his kids.
In total, 44 students were involved in this project and all visual effects were completed by those in their final (third) year of their degree. The team included 3-D generalists for model, texture and light, animators and compositors. Some students were set up to be fur specialists and groomers but in some cases, strong students would complete a creature in its entirety, including adding the fur.
We asked why Media Design School chose Yeti and James told us, “We had been wanting to play with Yeti for a while and finally had a project that screamed out for the control and complexity that Yeti could achieve for us. One of our more precocious students was also mad keen on Yeti. He ended up being the lead fur designer on the possums. Yeti also fed well into our Maya and Vray pipeline. Peregrine were very supportive of the project and donated the licenses we needed for this educational production.”
He went on to explain that, “With the quails, we attempted to not use Yeti as we didn’t have that many artists trained up and interactive licenses. However the texture-only approach was just not selling it. We got an extra seat and very quickly another student got up to speed on Yeti and it turned out much better doing the feathers properly. The rendering of the close ups of the possum shots were very heavy in memory usage but once we nailed the culprit we were able to keep even these hero close shots in reasonable render times.”
James also told us that he is “no longer intimidated by creating creatures with fur. And the audiences love watching cute furry creatures.”
We are so glad Yeti could help you get over your fear, James. Fantastic work!
Watch the trailer here.