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Studio: Pikcells

‘With [Leeds retail development] Broadgate, we were getting into film production on a scaled-down platform’ says Pikcells’ Richard Benson. His visualisation studio usually works from accurate AutoCad drawings, using 3D models (usually supplied by architects in SketchUp format) as a reference. The animation is split into sequences which are lit and rendered separately using 3ds Max and V-Ray rendering. All the separate elements are then composited into the final shot using Autodesk Combustion and Adobe After Effects. ‘The important thing with these programs,’ says Benson, ‘is that they have a non-destructive workflow. Each action is recorded in a history, allowing you to go back and undo at any stage.’

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