How To Create Virtual Reality with Unreal Engine 4
I create VR experiences with the real-time engine, Unreal Engine 4. It’s traditionally a video game engine but, as dynamic VR experiences have to be rendered in real-time like video games, it lends itself well to it. Epic (Unreals’ creators) have put a lot of time and research into improving the VR capabilities of the engine which is updated about bi-monthly. An alternative is the Unity Engine which comes from a similar background. Unity is just as valid as Unreal and there are benefits and negatives to both, though personally I much prefer the unreal engine for its visual scripting and raw visual power.(more…)
Introducing Louie: The “King of VR”
My name is Louie Woodhouse and I am the local Virtual Reality (VR) specialist at Image Foundry Studios. Over the course of this blog I’m looking to share some of the knowledge I’ve gained, give some good starter guides as well as detail how I overcame particular problems.
360 CGI: Visual Content Your Clients Can Understand
This really is taking CGI to the next level and allowing users from a fixed point to view and explore an area.Take a look at an interior example currently on our Image Foundry Studios Facebook page.
36 Hours in Berlin
Image Foundry decided to soak up some real European culture at the start of the year – we work with a number of European companies and what better way to connect than to get on the ground. Although we shan’t kid you; we are proud to say this trip was less business and more pleasure for the team. Instead of blowing a load of cash on a Christmas Party, the UK Team spent the weekend in Germany’s capital.
There Will Always Be A Demand For Quality
Brexit Shmexit. You might recall I recently talked about our Frankfurt excursion? Well I’m pleased to say we’re starting to see the dividends with work being commissioned from clients in Belgium, Austria and Germany. Great product will always find a market regardless of politics.
A Realistic Lighting Crash Course for 3D Artists
Every visualisation has a story and purpose behind it, whether it’s a still or animation. Lighting plays a crucial role in the mood of a CGI, we discussed this previously on the blog which you can read here. A particular style of lighting can drastically alter the mood from a warm summer’s day to a British fresh morning, but before we can do that, we wanted to go back to basics.
6 Benefits of Digital Innovation
Advances in technology seem to know no bounds; year on year, we seem to progress further. Who would have believed a decade ago that 3D Cinema would essentially be a mainstream consumer technology? Followed swiftly by the advancement of 3D televisions; allowing customers to experience 3D viewing in the comfort of their own homes, needing only a pair of 3D glasses?
What is CGI?
The words are simple enough – “CGI” is defined as Computer-Generated-Imagery, but what do they mean together? Some of the time without even realising, you’ll have come across CGI; in films, television series, video games, architectural projects, product marketing campaigns and other print and electronic media.
How to Become a Leading 3D Artist
Usually a large team of 3D Artists collaborate to create and craft their contributions to a movie, whether it’s an entirely CGI film like Toy Story, or a filmed movie with lots of visual effects such as Transformers. Developing that kind of talent calls for consistent work over weeks, months, years, and decades. With that profile, you’ll be able to work worldwide as leading 3D Artist
The Potential of Virtual Reality in Marketing
You’ve almost certainly seen an ad by now where you get to view a scene from all 360 degrees. Ever wondered how they were made? That ability to capture the feel of what it’s like to be somewhere else through that immersive approach is at the core of Virtual Reality Marketing (VR). And there’s a lot more to come.
How Lighting Plays A Crucial Role In Your CGI’s Mood
Whilst there’s evidence that demonstrates how people are more optimistic about themselves, as well as the stock market (!) on a bright sunny day. Unfortunately, the same is true for the gloomy dull days, for some, reduced sunlight can even result in Seasonal Affective Disorder which may stop the production of key hormones that affect our mood. It just goes to show how crucial lighting is to the human brain, psyche and functionality.
10 Behaviours That Create Superior CGIs
When we look back at some of the CGIs we put out in our early days, it’s astonishing how far we have come. There have been two main factors that have allowed us to take this journey, Technical developments in hardware/software and a drive to re position ourselves as true market leaders. The drive, the reasons behind the drive and how we’ve undertaken that journey are another blog entirely.
One Set, Two Looks
Introducing our Bedroom lifestyle shots for Fern Doors. For use online and in their brand new brochure, to reduce cost but maintain high product quality, we advised using the same set, re-dressed and re-purposed for two different product variants. The focus of the shots here are the sliding doors.
The Importance of a Mood Board
The mood board is something we have found to be of vital importance to the majority of our images, in fact it has been a staple in the production of our interior shots over the last 3 years. It’s easy to get carried away, concentrating on the specific details of a product in the briefing process. Now, don’t get us wrong, the more the detail, the better but the smaller details such as the fabric of a throw cushion or the feet of a coffee table quite often come under scrutiny in early revisions, and quite rightly but a simple mood board can provide a much clearer understanding across both teams.
We are currently looking for an experienced Architectural Visualisation Artist to work on a cross section of projects based out of our Delhi studio. As a large percentage of our work is involved in the production of photo-real imagery / animation, it is imperative that you have work in your portfolio to demonstrate this.
An Update From The Studios
It’s been a big year for Image Foundry Studios and we thought it was only right that we checked in finally! Moving to a new space in the centre of Manchester, opening the doors to brand new faces, working on building strong client relationships and perfecting out latest venture in VR; the Oculus Rift to be exact.