“Quill: birds of a feather tool” by Heckenberg, Gray, Smith, Wills and Bone

  • ©Daniel Heckenberg, Damien Gray, Bryan Smith, Jonathan Wills, and Chris Bone




    Quill: birds of a feather tool



    Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (LotG) features over sixty distinctive, art-directed, hyper-realistic feathered characters. We developed a procedural feathering pipeline, Quill, to efficiently realise more than fifteen unique bird species required by the story. This toolset allows a procedural representation of feathers to be developed by surfacing artists, augmented with automatic deintersection, animation, character effects and dynamics and rendered with extensive level-of-detail support.

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