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#1 kv


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Posted 08 May 2010 - 08:46 AM

Working on stairs and platforms to be released when finished for everyone.

I have successfully got the puppets to be able to navigate up and down stairs, but also to navigate around stairs that are not in a straight line and ascend 3 levels all in one click.


Now I would have liked to make the stairs a bit steeper to make them suitable for house use however by doing so it results in the puppets always putting their feet through the model as they ascend, so for now I have settled for this current size where the puppet will make one step on each step rather than skipping sometimes two at a time which really does not look right. Also these current stairs have little issue with the feet passing through them.


I currently have two stairs, one small and the large one as seen above, both work very well and are customisable since they accept user textures/images on the sides and on the surfaces.

There are platforms aswell, the also accept user images/textures on the surface, the platforms legs are invisible to the camera.

I currently have cast shadows disable for the stairs (platforms do no cast shadows), I thought about allowing them to cast shadows but in certain lighting conditions they cast shadows that can obstruct any scenes below.


Check out my extensive demo as I discuss the achievements and some of the difficulties in this work in progress.

Blog updated number 2

Of course feedback is much appreciated.

#2 squirrelygirl


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Posted 08 May 2010 - 09:12 AM

This is sooo Awsome, kv! I can't wait till it's done! smile.gif


#3 kibishipaul


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Posted 08 May 2010 - 12:06 PM

Same here. Can't wait for this!

#4 kv


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Posted 09 May 2010 - 01:55 PM

Progress report, its all good news too.

Catch it in my Video blog number 2 wink.gif

#5 Fulkster


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Posted 09 May 2010 - 02:00 PM

(hmmm... I thought I commented on this yesterday...) This is very cool!
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#6 kv


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Posted 09 May 2010 - 02:21 PM

QUOTE (Fulkster @ May 9 2010, 02:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
(hmmm... I thought I commented on this yesterday...) This is very cool!

Can`t find your comment blink.gif Ahwell laugh.gif

Anyway blog 2 is todays report on progress wink.gif

#7 kv


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Posted 11 May 2010 - 10:34 PM

I am almost set for releasing this set and this is what you will get:

10 platforms (5 low and 5 high) ranging from 1meter square to 16meter square
3 stairs (1 small 2 high)
2 hand rails (one shortish the other longer)

All props accept user images/textures, all platforms and stairs can be walked on, and all the platforms can stack. The legs on all the platforms are invisible to the camera wink.gif

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Hopefully I will have them released tomorrow along with a demo video of them in action in a real film environment.

#8 brandon_montoya


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Posted 11 October 2010 - 06:35 PM

Awesome, I'd like to do an interior industrial shot and need some catwalks. Hopefully it sounds like I can adapt this to that....
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