I've finished my script and loose boards for the first magic show. What started as a simple idea for an ice spell has become a lot lot larger. For example, originally there was only one script, but now there are five... each covering a different element or force, sigh. Then the first script was initially a simple effect show off, but now there's a little set up and stuff. I think I'm going to work on the hardest shot first then determine how much help I'm going to need to finish it! haha!
Now that the boards are close to what I want, I'm going to start building the environment for it. Its going to be an abandoned subway station entry way. The stairs to the train will be sealed or covered with rubble. The whole thing is going to be lit with magic lights... but I'm getting ahead of myself. I need to build the geo and set up the scene and light it in Unreal. After that I'll do the first environmental VFX pass and see what it looks like. I'll start the scene based on these shots I took around NY and go from there.
I'm going to do a concept using the references above. I'll probably take a couple more reference shots today, but it shouldn't change the initial space. Chances are, there probably won't be as many supports, but it depends how the scene progresses. The concept will also have a color scheme and a lighting test. This will also help me come up with a list of items, so I know what else I need to build. That will be my next post, with a plan on what I'm building and an art direction, as I don't want it to be 'realistic' nor do I want it to be 'comic book'.
Until next time... (BTW this is not an April Fool's Joke).