Editor’s Note: This post is part of our weekly In the NVIDIA studio series, which celebrates featured artists, offers creative tips and tricks and shows you how Nvidia Studio technology accelerates creative workflows.
3D artist Jae Solina, who calls himself JSFILMZ, takes a step In the NVIDIA studio this week to share his unique 3D creative workflow in making Cyberpunk short film – a story shrouded in mystery with a tense exchange between two secret contacts.
As a film buff, JSFILMZ is inspired by innovative film directors Christopher Nolan, David Fincher and George Lucas. He admires their ability to combine technical skill with storytelling augmented by gripping twists.
The Cyberpunk short film the setting displays stunning realism with ray-traced lights, shadows and reflections, complemented by rich, vibrant colors.
Amazingly, JSFILMZ created the movie in just one day with the NVIDIA Omniverse platform for 3D design collaboration and world simulation, using the Omniverse Machinima app and Reallusion iClone Connector. He has alternated systems that use an NVIDIA RTX A6000 GPU and a GeForce RTX 3070 laptop GPU.
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An odyssey of the omniverse with Machinima
JSFILMZ’s creative journey begins with creating scenes in Omniverse Machinima, connecting and moving objects in the background to create the futuristic cyberpunk restaurant. Its RTX GPUs power Omniverse’s built-in RTX renderer to achieve fast, interactive movement within the viewport while preserving photorealistic detail. Reducing distracting denoising allows JSFILMZ to focus on creating without having to wait for its scenes to render.
Drawing assets from the NVIDIA MDL material library, JSFILMZ has achieved the ultimate in realism with every surface, material and texture.
The artist then populated the scene with human character models downloaded from the Reallusion Content Store.
The voice animation was generated in Reallusion iClone Connector using the AccuLips feature. It simulates the behavior of human language with any shape of the mouth, naturally assuming the qualities of those that precede or follow them. JSFILMZ simply loads the voiceover files from its actors and the animations are generated automatically.
To capture the animations while seated, JSFILMZ turned to an Xsens Awinda suit for body motion capture, reciting the movements for both characters. Using the Xsens software, he processed, cleaned up and exported the visual effects data.
JSFILMZ has integrated unique walking animations for each character by searching and selecting the perfect animation sequences in the Reallusion Actorcore store. He went back to iClone Connector to import and apply separate motion capture to the characters, completing the animations for the scene.
The last 3D step was to adjust the lighting. For tips on lighting in Omniverse, check out JSFILMZ’s live streaming tutorial, which offers Omniverse know-how and its lighting technique.
According to JSFILMZ, adding and manipulating lights revealed another benefit of using Machinima: the ability to conveniently switch between real-time ray-tracing mode for smoother motion in the viewport and interactive path-tracing mode for the most accurate and detailed view.
It then exported the final ray-traced renders using Omniverse RTX Renderer, which is powered by NVIDIA RTX or GeForce RTX GPUs.
Working with multiple linked 3D applications from Omniverse has saved JSFILMZ countless hours of rendering, file downloading, file type conversion, reloading and more. “It’s so crazy that I can do all of this, all at home,” she said.
Completion Cyberpunk short film color modification and correction required in DaVinci Resolve.
The color grading, video editing and color scope functions implemented by JSFILMZ are all accelerated with its GPU, allowing for quick edits. And the NVIDIA hardware encoder and decoder make GPU accelerated export very fast.
And with that, Cyberpunk short film it was ready for viewing.
3D artists can take advantage of JSFILMZ’s NVIDIA Omniverse tutorial YouTube playlist. It’s a broad overview of the Omniverse platform for creators, covering the basics from installation and configuration to in-app features like lighting, rendering and animation.
JSFILMZ teaches 3D creative workflows by specializing in NVIDIA Omniverse and Unreal Engine 5 on its YouTube channel and via Udemy courses.
Learn more about NVIDIA Omniverse, including tips, tricks, and more on the Omniverse YouTube channel. For more support, explore the Omniverse forums or join the Discord server to chat with the community. Take a look at the Omniverse TwitterInstagram and Medium page to stay up to date.
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