Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The Outsiders - Fort Kerris




Here are 4 of my renders of the CG Model that I made for ITV's The Outsiders. The live action shoot for this sequence took place at 'Salisbury Dock' in Liverpool, a brief history of which can be seen lower down this page.

When Niel from Qurios contacted me during the summer he already had a whole bunch of stills taken by Matt Turner, also from Qurios, to show me what needed building. I also travelled over to Liverpool with Niel one day while they were shooting various parts of the live-action to get more reference photos and get a feel for the actual place. The job was to take the Clock Tower and surrounding area which sits in the dockland and make it look like it was a Sea Fort out in the middle of the Outer Hebrides somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. The whole island was built as a CG location to match up with the real location, the parts of the island we didn't see in the live action we expanded upon, adding some wartime pill boxes and other details.There's even a Portaloo, the orange box on the far right of picture 3. The Clock Tower, or Victoria Tower as it's known was modelled first, this was chopped into around 1000 parts so it could be seen to explode at the end of the episode. Most of the textures were derived from the location, or matched to the reference we had taken whilst on location.
Once the model was complete it was passed over to Qurios who completed around 6 shots for the show, these included an ariel establishing shot of the island, complete with CG guards and birds flying overhead, a view from an approaching boat, and the destruction of the Tower and aftermath as it stands smouldering.


I was very pleased to have been given the opportunity by Niel to work on this show, and on such an unusual location, especially after building spaceships for Hyperdive, this really made a change and had it own challenges.


Check out the Qurios Blog where I'm sure more info on their work for The Outsiders will be getting posted over the next few weeks. http://qurios.blogspot.com/



The Real Location
Victoria Tower, Salisbury Dock, Liverpool. UK.

Salisbury Dock is one of a group of docks opened on the same day in 1848 and all designed by Jesse Hartley - the others being Collingwood, Stanley, Nelson and Bramley-Moore Docks. The Victoria Clock Tower is located at the entrance to Salisbury Dock. As communication routes became more complex in the 19th century the need to know the exact time increased.

An Ariel photograph of the Salisbury Dock entrance.

24 comments:

Tidyfiguremaker said...

It looked really good on TV Andy, well done. I loved the aerial flyby, was a great shot!!

Andrew Glazebrook said...

I kept telling them to have a little bloke coming out of the potaloo,but would they listen !? :)

allen said...

Very Nice.

allen said...

I showed the profs out at ITT the stuff that you were doing and, needless to say, several jaws hit the ground. Nice, nice, frickin' work.

BTW, I posted the first phase of the painting that was based on the drawing you liked.

Lee said...

Andrew you have some really nice work here excellent!enjoying your Blog! more work going up on my Blog soon!

Chris Weston said...

Hey Andrew,
Chris weston, comic strip illustrator here. Just wondered if you did commissions... and if so, how much you'd charge to make some Dan Dare-style cgi spaceships, based on my designs?
You can email me through my website, www.chrisweston.com
Hope to hear from you.
Best wishes, Chris.

Michael G Clark said...

I thought that artificial island was real. Bloody nice work and not a spaceship in sight.

They should of listened about the portaloo, maybe David Caruso was inside replaying his part from Hudson Hawk.

Andrew Glazebrook said...

Yeah Michael the guys at Qurios really did a superb job of selling those island shots. Always harder to do stuff that has to look realistic.

Sam said...

I love your renders. They look amazing!!!

Hans said...

Wow, what a great location and really great job on the modeling and texturing, it looks awesome! Hope I get to see the show someday.

Take care,

Hans

GhettoFab said...

wow thats some phenominal renders! Mighty fine stuf Andrew!!!

Jampix said...

I saw the trailer of the outsider...your work was on there and you couldn't tell it was CG..great work Andrew! You're starting to become a celeb...;)

Andrew Glazebrook said...

Hey all,thanks for the comments. The model was only part of it,I really can't stress enough the outstanding work that the guys at Qurios did at making this model look like it was real location out at sea. Then the crazy fools went and blew it up !!!

kend said...

man these renders are sweer. man that dude looks like me! A clone in france awsome. apparently we both look like this dude from ufc.just less muscles

Michael G Clark said...

Colours and textures are spot on, the Qurios team as you say did a nice job on the rest. It would be great to see more work of this quality on regular TV.

So have the Mill been on at you yet for work, they should be. Good luck with your current and future projects, Andrew. I think you have more IMDB credits than me now, I'll have to get busy to keep up.

Dave said...

These are really awesome - you have a great eye for detail! Can't wait to see them in action.

Goobeetsablog said...

well done!

Paco Morales said...

Fabulous work !!!

The Furtive Wangler said...

Dammit! I missed The Outsiders. I really want to see the show now, after seeing your wonderful work here!

kend said...

http://www.ufc.com/index.cfm?fa=fighter.detail&pid=406
the ufc fighet

allen said...

Post more cool stuff! I'd love to see the scene animated. Showed it to some of my other students and they were totally convinced it wasn't CG.

Andrew Glazebrook said...

'The Dean of Mean' classy name !! :)

Andrew Glazebrook said...

I'll do some more renders of the islands details in the next day or so, maybe Niel from Qurios will upload the flyover shot so you can see whatb this looked like in the TV show.

Chuang Shyue Chou said...

This is breathtaking work!