There are a multitude of ways to build up your own Cinematic Reference Library. I’ve talked about created your own cinema library. I’ve been using Evan E. Richards website for years. My VFX/concept artist friend, Adam J. Ely recommended it to me long, long ago. It’s been a phenomenal resource and has been a trusty go-to tool for me. Whenever I’m looking for inspiration or to do composition/lighting studies.
There is now a newer website called SHOTDECK. It’s in Beta mode now but you can email them to be added to their website. It has an amazing catalogue of films and search parameters. I first heard of it from Jan Urschel. Here is a link to his free youtube link talking about it in more detail.
Both sites are great for you to search out key cinematographers and top visionary films.
Here is a great talk from Siggraph on the process (and using Unity’s delighting software):
They are using Reality Capture for scanning. It’s pretty cool. I’ll have to do some tests to compared it to Agisoft’s Photoscan. Autodesk has their own software as well, ReCap. Things have really taken off since the days of RealViz’s Image Modeler.
Royalty free photography is nothing new, stock photography has been available from companies for some time. But now artists have started to use websites like Gumroad to sell their photography individually in a more even playing field with larger companies.
I also wanted to highlight the power of doing a quick paintover on top of a detailed matte painting to resolve some elements of it’s design and look.
To all the men and women who have died in service to our country, we remember and honor you today.
My wife, Tamiko, and I went down to Lyon Air Museum with her Dad. It was the last weekend where an official Tuskegee Airplane was on display. It’s located on the west side of the John Wayne Airport in Santa Anna. It houses an exhibit comprised of authentic aircraft, rare vehicles and related memorabilia, with emphasis on the defining event of the 20th century – World War II. The pieces in the collection are just stunning.
Here is a sampling of the photos I took as we experienced this wonderful museum.