Tools: Houdini, C4D, Maya
Languages: Python, Vex, Mel
Genre: Abstract, Procedural Animation, Visual Music
Possible techniques: Data Visualization, AI, Deep Learning
"A visual music film which explores the complex interconnections of nature and shows the triviality of humanity"
LUCA - Last Universal Common Ancestor
Luca is the most recent common ancestor of all current life on Earth. LUCA is not thought to be the first living organism on Earth, but only one of many early organisms, whereas the others became extinct. There is evidence that it could have lived deep underground in iron-sulfur rich hydrothermal vents.
Journey of LUCA
Starting from LUCA in the hydrothermal vents, the film will follow the cycle of nature. Different environments and natural phenomena will be connected by movement and musical cues.
The film will consist of three sections:
1. A film that people can instinctively appreciate
Music is a crucial part of society, culture, and history. Understanding music or liking music does not require any education. Everyone has some sort of musical taste that they have acquired naturally. It is human instinct to react to music.
“Only humans are able to understand both rhythm and pitch simultaneously.”
2. Fantasia in 3D
Realistic rendering + musical movement
Music: Lauda Jerusalem by Vivaldi
Houdini - Simulations (fluid, pyro, dynamics, crowds)
Cinema4D - Organic animation (coral, plants)
Maya - Lighting and Rendering (Redshift)
Motionbuilder - Crowds mocap data clean up
Substance Painter & Designer - Texturing
NukeX - Compositing
Simulation > Animation > Texture > Lighting & Rendering > Composite