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orez
10-07-07, 23:20
This was done just for my own amusement and as a Maya learning process. It's an alternate to the "A Tough Choice" cinematic from TRA. Some of the sequences (3) in the clip are from the original cutscene in the game. It's rather short, but I'll be adding to it. The animations are keyframed, and are a bit rough.

Really low-res Youtube link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qd5WCABTmGo


Half-Res Quicktime MP4 version, 27.6 mb (http://individual.utoronto.ca/skt/TRA_QTMP4.mov) (Right Click, Save As)

Half-Res Xvid version, 6.57 mb (http://individual.utoronto.ca/skt/TRA_XVid.avi) (Right Click, Save As)

http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/3236/scene020004ey6.th.jpg (http://img178.imageshack.us/my.php?image=scene020004ey6.jpg)

SLY
10-07-07, 23:30
coool how larson kicked her off that was awesome!!!!!! i loved and caint wait for more

Sara Croft
10-07-07, 23:39
Thats awsome! :tmb:
Fantastic work!

Lara Coft Baby
10-07-07, 23:52
:vlol: I loved it :jmp:

Tomb Raider 5194
11-07-07, 00:00
:vlol: Really great work! :tmb:

xMyrax
11-07-07, 00:46
LMFAO!!! XDD How the hell!! That was genius =DDD

Zamboni
11-07-07, 06:13
Orez, how did you manage to animate Larson? What program(s) or process did you use?

scoopy_loopy
11-07-07, 06:26
What does Larson say? lol


Very well done, congratz on working out how to mod the game like that.

Rynn
11-07-07, 06:50
Wow, that looks great. Did you actualy build the models in Maya yourself, or did you somehow get them out of the game into Maya?
Great animation work! :)

kryptonite23
11-07-07, 08:01
That`s Great!!:tmb:

tomblover
11-07-07, 08:40
LMFAO! :vlol:

But as the Larson <3 Lara fanboy I am, I can't believe he did that. :p

michaeldt
11-07-07, 09:19
how did you put larson in there and make him kick lara off the ledge?

Alex Fly
11-07-07, 09:22
Wow ! Excellent work ! :tmb:

shockwave_pulsar00
11-07-07, 10:31
how did you put larson in there and make him kick lara off the ledge?

I'd like to know that as well!

I have a Maya project I need to do for one of my upcoming classes, and being able to have Lara in it would be AWESOME!

Please do share your secrets ;)

Marija_Croft
11-07-07, 10:37
LoL!:vlol:

Legend Killer
11-07-07, 11:13
Great job! :tmb:

touchmyheart
11-07-07, 12:41
That was brilliant!!! :jmp:

Rivendell
11-07-07, 12:50
Spectacular work :tmb:

Jin Uzuki
11-07-07, 12:55
It just went to my favorites. Wow. I'm looking forward to MORE of your works! :tmb:

vespertea
11-07-07, 13:04
Wow, excellent! :vlol: I totally didn't see that coming.. Though at the same time, it's about time someone's done that. :D

Tomb Raider Master
11-07-07, 13:08
Really outstanding. :tmb:

KurtisLonely
11-07-07, 13:12
WOW!!!! COOL!
OMG, can you send me Larson, lara and Natla please? (if you do, please in .obj format =p)

DMC
11-07-07, 16:29
OMG that was like awesome.Jeesh

Loved it!!!!:D

SparkleCroft07
11-07-07, 16:45
Lol. Excellent. :vlol:
How did you do it?

only Croft
11-07-07, 16:58
Really cool :vlol: :vlol: :vlol: :vlol: :tmb:

orez
12-07-07, 03:47
Thanks for the comments. :) And I do apologize for the lack in length of the clip.

To answer some of the questions about how it was done; all the textures and geometry are from the game (with the exception of a few walls seen in the background and the really bad procedural looking lava). These were brought into Maya (http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/index?siteID=123112&id=7639525) (6.5) and tweaked before rigging/animating/lighting/rendering.

Rigging was probably the least amount of fun and took the longest for me. As an example, I went through several complete rigs and over a dozen partial rigs for Larson before creating one that performed well enough. It was basically a trial and error process since I was (still am) pretty clueless. But once the main body rig was done, rigging the face wasn't too bad. About 40 blendshapes were created for Larson's facial expressions... some were a bit over the top and unnecessary. Most were created with the aid of a mirror and using my face as a reference.

Animating was the most fun and it does eat a lot of time. You could easily spend hours tweaking a 10 frame sequence you just spent the previous day to create.

There were also some sequences that didn't make the cut because they were either really poorly done or did not fit the 300 theme. I initially wanted Natla to kick Lara, but her dress made that difficult. Another problem was what could she say before the kick? So resurrecting Larson to do the deed was the next choice. It doesn't make much sense, but I couldn't think of anyone else (well, maybe Bacon Lara).


I'm rambling here, but I should mention that I wasn't the one who figured out how to get the textures and geometry out of the game; that would be well beyond my scope. A good buddy of mine, who is quite the CompSci guru, did that. At that time, he was still working on it, so the info was incomplete (objects were in pieces, missing polys, and incorrect UVs). These issues were mostly grunt work to fix. I wrote a simple MEL script to reduce the monotony of it, however, this is something anyone can do. He did say he will release an export utility for the PC version once he completely figures everything out. It would most likely export as wavefront .obj files. :)



And here is a breakdown of the sequences (excluding the stuff from the original cutscene). Click for larger images.

Natla Nod:
http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/8886/scene020004wm9.th.jpg (http://img440.imageshack.us/my.php?image=scene020004wm9.jpg)

Larson head turn:
http://img45.imageshack.us/img45/5489/scene030009xl0.th.jpg (http://img45.imageshack.us/my.php?image=scene030009xl0.jpg)

The "Ssspp" in "This is Sparta":
http://img45.imageshack.us/img45/6312/scene050098zx3.th.jpg (http://img45.imageshack.us/my.php?image=scene050098zx3.jpg)

The kick (I can't say why Lara would just stand there):
http://img468.imageshack.us/img468/3295/scene060007ee9.th.jpg (http://img468.imageshack.us/my.php?image=scene060007ee9.jpg)

The fall (lava looks pretty bad):
http://img45.imageshack.us/img45/5568/scene070009jq8.th.jpg (http://img45.imageshack.us/my.php?image=scene070009jq8.jpg)

The stand (I moved the Scion up at the last minute but forgot to move Natla's head and eyes :/):
http://img399.imageshack.us/img399/3039/scene090030pq6.th.jpg (http://img399.imageshack.us/my.php?image=scene090030pq6.jpg)

:wve:

Shark_Blade
12-07-07, 04:45
WTF ?? :yik:

I LOVE IT! :D

Jin Uzuki
12-07-07, 11:49
Brilliant.

b0bb13
12-07-07, 11:50
:eek:That was great!!The animations are amazing!!:tmb:

Tom1358
15-07-07, 18:50
:eek: damn this is awesome :tmb:
great work!!!

Szynszyl
15-07-07, 21:41
Excellent work, that's brilliant! I can't stop watching it over and over again :jmp:

gtkilla
15-07-07, 22:24
This is ****ing awesome!! :jmp: :jmp: :D Excellent work!!! :D :tmb: :D

Dark Lugia 2
16-07-07, 06:46
:eek: No wai that RAWKS!! :D I cant stop watching! :P

gtkilla
16-07-07, 17:05
^ Same here! I cannot stop watching it! XD I love the nod Natla makes when Lara says 'this is madness'. :D

Crayons
24-08-08, 22:39
:yik: ...oops..
The mods are gunna kill me.

Lara.Jolie7
26-08-08, 16:12
Ohhh
Amazing job

Are u making more?

x2crazyidiot
26-08-08, 17:00
This was done just for my own amusement and as a Maya learning process. It's an alternate to the "A Tough Choice" cinematic from TRA. Some of the sequences (3) in the clip are from the original cutscene in the game. It's rather short, but I'll be adding to it. The animations are keyframed, and are a bit rough.

Really low-res Youtube link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qd5WCABTmGo


Half-Res Quicktime MP4 version, 27.6 mb (http://individual.utoronto.ca/skt/TRA_QTMP4.mov) (Right Click, Save As)

Half-Res Xvid version, 6.57 mb (http://individual.utoronto.ca/skt/TRA_XVid.avi) (Right Click, Save As)

http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/3236/scene020004ey6.th.jpg (http://img178.imageshack.us/my.php?image=scene020004ey6.jpg)

I've always loved this video!! Didn't realise you made it :D
p.s. I think the Mr+Mrs Smith/Lara vs Larson one is AMAZING

young Lara Croft
26-08-08, 17:33
Oh God yes!!!!

I suggested this idea some time ago! you did this briantlly!!!!!! :D :vlol: I love it to the bits!!!!!:tmb:

coolezpunk
26-08-08, 17:53
Brilliant! :tmb:

But an old thread. :p

Golden lara
26-08-08, 23:42
one word !! W O W :cln:

ThatNorskChick
27-08-08, 01:26
:vlol: :vlol:

I LOVED that! You rule. :D

*favorited*

Larapink
27-08-08, 03:05
This thread is old. :wve: