University Project (Jan Willem ter Horst & Jan Riechelmann)

This short CG film shows some important steps in the development of photography, starting in Egypt where Ibn al-Haitham created the first camera obscura in the 10th century, which was originally just a dark room with a hole in a window cover.

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My work:

Egypt scene (outdoor & indoor) [0:20 - 1:10]:
Modelling, materials, lighting, particles, animation

Animated obscura sketch [1:17 - 1:34]:
Maya Toon & 3D Paint effects, animation

35mm camera / Leica scene [2:30 - 2:35]:
Modelling, materials, lighting, animation

All compositing and post work



Software used:
Autodesk Maya
Autodesk 3ds max
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe After Effects
Adobe Audition

The backgroundplates for the DSLR scene have been created from 16 single perspectives filmed
with a Panasonic Lumix GH2.

The entire film has been produced and rendered on two Core I7 quad core machines.


Copyright Notice
All Trademarks mentioned belong to their respective owners.

“Egypt” by Michael Wehr - released under a Creative Commons license
available at

“Silhouettes” by The OO-Ray - released under a Creative Commons license
available at

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