“Hairy & Scary” by Rijsselberge

  • ©Jan Van Rijsselberge  Menfond Electronic Art and Computer Design Co. Ltd



    Hairy & Scary




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  • Menfond Electronic Art and Computer Design Co. Ltd


    The story is all about two totally opposite civilizations, Hairies and Scaries. The Scaries chose technology and an oppressive profit- based belief system, while the Hairies opted for spirituality and a rather austere ecological philosophy. The only thing they shared was their mutual mistrust of each other. Until the day when two kids, Constance and Shloofy, a girl and a boy, a Scary and a Hairy, formed a group of friends who meet in the border zone, sneaking back and forth between worlds to have fun.

    There were always technical challenges during the production of “Hairy & Scary.” We used 3ds max 5.1 for modeling, motion, and rendering. G buffer channel was our solution to overcome the difficul- ties of motion blur. Using Max Platform, we developed our own tools for efficiency purposes. Also, two shaders (Hairy world & Scary world) were created to illustrate the complex variations in the color shaping of the two camps.

    Entirely done in 3D in a simple and very colourful design,” Hairy & Scary” highlights impressionistic sets and a large number of charac- ters.


    HARDWARE: 1 GHz CPU, 1 GB RAM. Rendering farm: 20 CPUs. Graphics card:
    NVIDIA Quadro fx 500 and Oxygen VX1.


    SOFTWARE DEVELOPER: Modeling, animation, and rendering: 3d max R5. Dynamics: Shag plug-in for hair simulation. Compositing: After Effects 5.0. OS: Windows NT/2000.

Additional Contributors:

    Producer: Alphanim
    CG Production: Menfond Electronic
    Created & Designed by Jan Van Rijsselberge
    Pilot produced in association with Happy Life

Additional Information:

    Modeling: polygons. Rendering technique used most: scanline rendering, proprietary shader. Average CPU time for rendering per frame: approximately five minutes. Total production time: 90 days. Production highlight: Limited number of lights to control the rendering times. The creative aspect of the project is the result of the merging of French and Chinese cultures.

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