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Jason Donati rendered this image in development of his upcoming student film "Head Quarters."  The scene was inspired by the basement soda machine outside of his History of Animation classroom at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  The main character in the animation will actually be the stick figure on the men's room sign.

About The Artist:

Jason is a second year graduate student in the Computer Animation program at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  He received his BFA in Computer Animation at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1997.  Last Summer, Jason worked for the Boston-based company Animation Technologies, Inc.  You can see more of Jason Donati's work on his web site, http://www.rit.edu/~jad2782/.

Behind The Scenes:

Jason created the scene using Alias|Wavefront's Alias Power Animator 8.5.  He first created the soda bottle as a 3D model, and rendered the bottle and ice to produce the image now texture mapped onto the machine.  He created the texture maps in Adobe Photoshop after taking photographs of the actual environment.

Jason describes the lighting as both "the most difficult and most rewarding part of the piece."  There are thirteen spot lights in the scene.  Many of the objects have exclusive links with dedicated lights, which provides more control over their lighting and allows an emphasis on particular objects in the film.  The image below is a wireframe view of the scene in Alias Power Animator, showing many of the spot lights.