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by z00story
Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:22 pm
Forum: General Archive 2009
Topic: MKVFX a contender for VFX Emmy - for Knight Rider
Replies: 15
Views: 6335

MKVFX a contender for VFX Emmy - for Knight Rider

Hey guys, long time no post. Just caught an article in Variety that discusses my companies work on Knight Rider as a strong contender for Emmy Consideration. We did apply for the Emmy's, specifically citing our work on the KITT vs KARR sequence in Episode 112. Help us spread the word if you can, any...
by z00story
Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:29 pm
Forum: General Archive 2009
Topic: MKVFX KR Wallpaper
Replies: 23
Views: 11603

MKVFX KR Wallpaper

Hey dudes, During that online chat thingy we did for 112 some people asked if we could make some wallpapers available. So I pulled some choice stills from the raw KITT vs KARR battle and one shot of KITT going down a tunnel that we made and cropped them into 1600x1000 rez images. Please, please don'...
by z00story
Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:48 pm
Forum: General Archive 2009
Topic: Sorry to bring bad news
Replies: 44
Views: 15638

Re: Sorry to bring bad news

I cannot speculate on the future of KR, because I simply do not know. However, I can tell you this, from my experience on TV shows both past and present, and as someone who worked on a show during the writer's strike last year. Right now, both post production and visual effects are still alive and k...
by z00story
Fri Jan 09, 2009 3:08 pm
Forum: General Archive 2009
Topic: CG Explosions in Knight Rider 2008
Replies: 31
Views: 10752

Re: CG Explosions in Knight Rider 2008

Some l33t cr3w pwnage going on here, eh. Well to answer that thing about the 3D reflections, et cetera. Let me start off by reiterating that I am a 2D guy. What does that mean? Means I am in NO WAY a CGI expert. We have other people here that do that that are much more informed and can probably give...
by z00story
Thu Jan 08, 2009 10:40 pm
Forum: General Archive 2009
Topic: CG Explosions in Knight Rider 2008
Replies: 31
Views: 10752

Re: CG Explosions in Knight Rider 2008

What's cheaper? Hiring someone like the late Peter Diamond who has been working on miniatures/special effects for years or hiring a fresh out of UCLA undergrad with a computer degree who spent his free time in between classes playing World of Warcraft? Have you seen the vids posted of the FX depart...
by z00story
Sat Dec 20, 2008 11:29 am
Forum: General Archive 2009
Topic: SEE the new KARR - NOW!
Replies: 157
Views: 80671

Re: SEE the new KARR - NOW!

Scheduled power outage. They informed me power and site should be back up in a few hours at the most.
by z00story
Fri Oct 17, 2008 6:18 pm
Forum: General Archive 2008
Topic: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight
Replies: 22
Views: 14547

Re: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

To be clear, I do these boards AFTER they have shot an episode and edited the cut. This is the bridge process from post production to VFX. Story boarding / previz for the show is a completely different beast. We also do our fare share of that. So these boards come from me watching the show, which is...
by z00story
Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:05 pm
Forum: General Archive 2008
Topic: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight
Replies: 22
Views: 14547

Re: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

Knight4life wrote:Zoo story i would humbly request you to ask the VFX guys in your team to please improve the quality of work as far as chroma shots are concerned.Those shots look very fake.


If by chroma you mean keyed Green Screen shots - it's not my department, sorry!
by z00story
Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:04 pm
Forum: General Archive 2008
Topic: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight
Replies: 22
Views: 14547

Re: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

Sometimes I trace over really low quality stills provided by the post production department, sometimes I draw from memory. You can see examples of both here. For the HUD, I created a series of brushes in photoshop, brushes like reticules, chat windows, digital noise, even KITTs orb is a brush. I reu...
by z00story
Fri Oct 17, 2008 1:17 pm
Forum: General Archive 2008
Topic: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight
Replies: 22
Views: 14547

Re: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

even more...
by z00story
Fri Oct 17, 2008 1:15 pm
Forum: General Archive 2008
Topic: VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight
Replies: 22
Views: 14547

VFX Storyboards for A Hard Day's Knight

As promised a while back... here are some storyboards I drew for "A Hard Day's Knight" for the in house VFX 2D team. Basically, I draw a board for each shot we do in 2D for every episode. The complexity of the drawing varies based on the complexity of the shot. Some are as simple as words ...
by z00story
Thu Oct 09, 2008 5:26 pm
Forum: General Archive 2008
Topic: Requesting your support
Replies: 5
Views: 2653

Requesting your support

Hey guys, We here at Master Key VFX (The In-House Team for Knight Rider) just came across a rather upsetting article in VFX World Magazine that was published right near the premiere of 101. At the time of this article, Master Key had already assumed full creative control of Knight Rider. While some ...
by z00story
Thu Sep 25, 2008 4:56 pm
Forum: General Archive 2008
Topic: Thanks for the Gift Basket!
Replies: 22
Views: 9034

Thanks for the Gift Basket!

A shout out and a thank you to all the supporters at KRO for the awesome gift basked received here at the in-house 2D HUD department!

oh... and if you're going to photoshop someones face on to Hoff's speedos, I suggest any of the other members of my team as displayed here:
by z00story
Sat Sep 20, 2008 7:39 pm
Forum: General Archive 2008
Topic: HUD screen grabs discussion
Replies: 15
Views: 25887

Re: HUD screen grabs discussion

To a certain extent, the HUD dials are a fictional creation (by me and my team), but we have based everything in reality. A few of them are: krSpeedometer - standard from 0-100 then it goes into hyperdrive x1 x2 x3 x4, outfitted with MPH and KPH krTachometer - you get it rVelocity - rotational veloc...
by z00story
Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:45 am
Forum: General Archive 2008
Topic: My cameo
Replies: 19
Views: 7802

Re: My cameo

Well it looks like I found my new facebook avatar :)
by z00story
Tue Sep 16, 2008 8:26 pm
Forum: General Archive 2008
Topic: My cameo
Replies: 19
Views: 7802

Re: My cameo

Wow, Kudos to the artwork. The whole team here just about fell over laughing!
by z00story
Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:22 am
Forum: General Archive 2008
Topic: My cameo
Replies: 19
Views: 7802

Re: My cameo

Oh God, I look like a deer in headlights.
by z00story
Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:32 am
Forum: General Archive 2008
Topic: My cameo
Replies: 19
Views: 7802

My cameo

If you watch Justin's interview while he's in KITT on a greenscreen stage on youtube, I'm the dork in the orange shirt who keeps coming up to KITT. I'm putting motion trackers on his windshield.
by z00story
Mon Sep 15, 2008 11:57 am
Forum: General Archive 2008
Topic: It's Finally Time to See How KITT Rolls! New Commercial
Replies: 23
Views: 9145

Re: It's Finally Time to See How KITT Rolls! New Commercial

Thanks guys! It's as exciting for me to see this is as it is for you!
by z00story
Sun Sep 07, 2008 10:14 am
Forum: General Archive 2008
Topic: HD Screen Caps Dicussion
Replies: 33
Views: 24483

Re: HD Screen Caps Dicussion

Heh. I guess you could say that is an older OS of the HUD. Since KITT is an intelligent computer, constantly learning and being upgraded, you guys can keep a look out for lots of revisions in the future. Also, take a close look at KITTs "eye" in the first episode. I think there will be som...
by z00story
Fri Aug 22, 2008 4:45 pm
Forum: General Archive 2008
Topic: The "Parking Lot Transform" REVISITED - From the KR VFX Team
Replies: 19
Views: 7799

Re: The "Parking Lot Transform" REVISITED - From the KR VFX Team

To get 3D footage into a 2D shot, like what you are seeing, one employs the use of 3D tracking software like "PF Track" or "Boujou" or the cheaper, but very effective "SynthEyes." These are specialty programs specifically designed to look for points in your 2D footage a...
by z00story
Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:37 am
Forum: General Archive 2008
Topic: The "Parking Lot Transform" - From the KR VFX Team
Replies: 40
Views: 34684

Re: The "Parking Lot Transform" - From the KR VFX Team

wow, lots of replies in one night! First off, thank powers above me, who actually suggested we show you this shot. Believe it or not, a LOT of us come to these forums. In fact, I see a lot of great questions here about how we make things, and some of them would be better answered by other people I w...
by z00story
Tue Aug 19, 2008 1:26 am
Forum: General Archive 2008
Topic: The "Parking Lot Transform" - From the KR VFX Team
Replies: 40
Views: 34684

Re: The "Parking Lot Transform" - From the KR VFX Team

so are you the guy who did the shot? I shot the video with my camera. Our 3D lead did the transform CGI. I did a lot of the 3D tracking. One of my 2D artists and I did the compositing (marrying the 3D and 2D elements), then I did the temp sound. Thus I would say it was a team effort from Knight Rid...
by z00story
Tue Aug 19, 2008 1:16 am
Forum: General Archive 2008
Topic: The "Parking Lot Transform" - From the KR VFX Team
Replies: 40
Views: 34684

The "Parking Lot Transform" - From the KR VFX Team

Yo people. HUD designer guy here (actually, leader of talented HUD design team, it's not just me anymore!). I got permission from above to share the transform that you guys saw on the Olympics commercial and elaborate a bit on it. I was amazed at how close a lot of you got. First off, this was a tes...