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Pharaoh's room done for now

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Saturday, June 13, 2020, In : News 
Pharaoh's room was quite the challenge and I spoke about this before. Since he was a royal and thought himself a literal god, I can promise you he wanted the best of the best and wanted you to throw that away and get something even better! lol. No, just kidding. I don't know how much of a brat he was. For all I know he actually cared much for his people, but had a prideful and fearful heart that caused his irrational choices - apart from GOD hardening his heart - which is still quite a myster...

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Abaddon - The Destroyer

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, April 16, 2020, In : Teaching 
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So yesterday, my cousin and I were talking about the end times and a teaching we had listened to earlier in the week concerning the same, and I recalled the part in Exodus 12 (thank YOU LORD) about the destroyer, so I did a little digging to see if the mention on Revelation is the same from Exodus.
Let's start with these:

"And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
And he opened the...

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Slow and somewhat steady

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, December 30, 2019, In : General 
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I'm still on pharaoh's room and while most of it is organized and set to receive some frogs, including Pharaoh, I am still at a bit of a loss as to what to do with the open area left. You could say his room is "half full" hehehe.

So, on that note, let's focus on something that is finished and that is Pharaoh's hand mirror. Now, they didn't have mirrors like we do today and I did some extra digging:



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Pharaoh's room

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, In : News 
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As you all know, we are still at the frog plague (thankfully not for lack of work on Exodus itself, hehe). To be more precise, we are at the point where the plague continues over night, because the conversation went like this:

"And Moses said unto Pharaoh, Glory over me: when shall I intreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses, that they may remain in the river only? And he said, To morrow. And he said, Be it according to th...

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The song is finished

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, April 25, 2019, In : News 
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Spoiler: Yes, the song is finished, hehehe.

I am so overjoyed that it is completed! It took me about two months to get it done, just because I was so busy with other things and procrastinating!

One day I knew the LORD wanted me to work on it, my excuse was to sweep the house, hehehe. It's not because I resented or didn't want to work on it, but there is always the enemy there telling you all manner of nonsense about how it will or will not turn out, about how much people care, or shall ...

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Production status update

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Saturday, March 30, 2019, In : News 
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Long time no post, hehe.

I'm glad to say that Exodus is not a project that has been dropped by any means. I just have a lot on my plate and I'm actually working on an aspect of it that I really want to share with you guys!

For a while now, I really have felt that the LORD wants me to write original music. Considering that I have basically 0 experience writing songs, this was not something that I jumped into with confidence. In fact, I didn't. While going for piano lessons, I learned how...

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Surround sound tutorial is up!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, November 26, 2018, In : Tutorials and tips 
Hey all!

Quick notice - the tutorial is up and here it is:


GOD is so cool!!!

I'm super excited about sharing this tutorial with you guys! I've learned a lot from it and I encourage you guys to check out the post for this one for more info over at the main Panther Dynamics website!

Also, please give this proposal an upvote so Blender can get LFE support!
https://blender.community/c/rightclickselect/qlcbbc/lfe-in-the-vse

Have a great one and GOD bless you!

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How was V.I in converting stereo

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Friday, November 2, 2018, In : General 
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Years ago, we had an LG sound system. 5.1 to be precise. What baffled me is that it only had a stereo input, yet when that thing gave out it's 5.1, whoah! It sounded so beautiful and full. I luvd the sound that came from that system, until...

Yes, until thunder struck it and that was the end of the awesome sound it produced... hahahaha. I remember putting on some music DVD's I had with a 5.1 mix and sitting square center in the living room floor to just take it in! It was so phenomenal...

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Audio and progress

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, In : News 
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I bet you thought I stopped working on Exodus and that it is a tower to defeat, NOPE! Still working hard. The only hold up was that GOD had me take a short break from it to release the node groups and even then I didn't really stop thinking about it. Check out the node groups video and link:


GOD is so amazing!
Link here.

So how far am I?
Well, still at the frog plague (not as little work went on as it sounds) - where Pharaoh is to call Moses and Aaron after the magicians copied them. The ...
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Long time

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, March 29, 2018, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!

GOD is beyond words!!! Just wow!!

 - Re-Rendering a lot...of the same, haha
   Like the last time I got to vlog, these weeks contained a lot of re-rendering. With the new 10-layer method, it means that some scenes have too many artifacts... I tried rendering some shots with it to get a much sharper result, but honestly, some shots are only going to be as good as they are with the methods I currently have at my disposal. A lot of re-rendering has occurred these weeks. On...

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Week of the ReRender

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, February 22, 2018, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!

GOD is so wonderful!!

 - Re-Rendering a lot
   Like I mentioned in the video, after seeing the issues with the upscaling (after noise reduction and even doing them together), I re-rendered the shot like GOD wanted in the first place. HE did give me leave to keep it as-is and just noise reduce and later upscale, but you really lose out on quality... It's like the smear between DVD and VHS - it's really obvious - not indetail, but in overall finish.
   Which leads me to my...

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Post fix

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, February 15, 2018, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!

GOD is beyond words!!! Just wow!!

 - Rendering to video
   After finishing the vlog, I wanted to create the thumbnail for the video and of course, every week I use something from that week to make it and I found nothing in the 2DHD folder when I looked in it in Gimp and when I double checked the rendering itself, guess what, it was rendering to video at only 6000kbps!!!!!!! I had missed switching it back from doing the OpenGL tests (which I render straight to video - no...

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Camera flow

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, February 8, 2018, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!

GOD is so good!!

 - Broken legs no more
   Last week during recording, GOD gave me a solution to the frog problem - that I shared with you guys. This week, HE gave me another one as it relates to random frog rotation. With the first fix - the legs remain perfect, but they can only go in one direction. The fix in the week fixed the legs and they can go in any direction. Both fixes have their place. The first one allows you to have all your frogs go in the same direction....

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Broken legs

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, February 1, 2018, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!

GOD is beyond words!!! Just wow!!
 - Broken legs?!
   I am happy to say that I am not talking about my own legs here, haha. Whenever the frogs jumped in the floor footage, their IK's would lag behind and because of overall rotation, the legs would break and unbreak with every jump. This week I'm aiming to fix it, because just after the recording, GOD gave me the solution and I edited it in. So keep an eye out for that!

 - Shot finally done and wow!
   For the last few wee...

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An open floor

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, January 25, 2018, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!

GOD is beyond words!!! Just wow!!

 - Eevee toon shader update
   I am happy to say that I didn't even touch these this week. I did however find a problem with the documentation page. It kept breaking and I didn't know why until GOD showed me something very interesting. I started looking at the formatting and the images and as I scrolled down the page, I saw that the one image was broken halfway down - the brownish anisotropic toon shader example. The moment I removed th...

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A speech

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, January 18, 2018, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is so good!! Thank YOU!

 - Eevee toon shader update
   I am so thankful to be on this project! It does take up a lot of time, but in the end all that time will be more than made up with the much faster render time - not to mention the multiplied decades saved for other users as well!

   This week I got to kick off with the release of v2 for the Eevee toon shaders. I'll be honest, I thought that it would end there and that my part would be done, but nope, hahaha. I go...

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Back to work

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, January 11, 2018, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!

GOD is beyond words!!! Just wow!!

 - No vlog last week
   Thankfully I was able to let you guys know there wasn't going to be a vlog, but at the same time I hate that there wasn't. Thankfully it is not for lack of productivity, hahaha. Some of this week did go into upgrading and improving the shaders as well (not yet available as v2, haha). GOD willing, soon!

 - Toon shaders for Eevee
   As you all know, Wasili and I recently released a set of toon shaders for the Eevee r...

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Frog fix

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is so wonderful!!

 - Frog problems
   Now I spoke about the frogs two weeks ago. While the frog was finished ito modelling, there were some serious issues with the rig. You'll remember that the eyes were heavily drooped as a result. Now, personally, I don't have a problem with droopy eyes (mine are a little droopy too, hehe), but this was borderline terrified or extremely disappointed. So it had to be fixed.
I noticed a few things.
 - Model adjustments post-rig
   I di...

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Cantillation

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, December 21, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!

GOD is beyond words!!! Just wow!!

 - Musical options
   Generally, most movies would get someone to do what is known as scoring. When you score something, it can be a goal too, but not in music, haha. In music, you are simply writing the coordination for a symphony or orchestra or whatever set you envision for the particular part of the film or production.
   In my case, this comes down to me. I have basically 0 experience in writing for a symphony. After Exodus I will h...

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There is a frog

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, December 14, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog:


GOD is so great!

 - There is a frog
   Haha, finally! We have a frog! Progress people, progress! Small, but still there! Think I'm just plain tired tbh, haha.

Anyhow, I'll get to fixing the rigging this week, GOD willing, and then move on to animating it and then we can get on to chapter 8's more visual production. For the frogs, I would like to record real frogs croaking at night and I know of a location where I can do that, but it'll also have a loooooot of crickets. M...

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The right frog

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, December 7, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!

GOD is so great!

 - Frog choice
   So, it was sooooo long ago, how do we know what frog to use. Well, honestly and truly, we depend on the leading of the HOLY SPIRIT to make the absolute best selection possible. For me, HE takes me through research and in that process directs me to this or that article. For example, the research led to nothing on wikipedia alone. And I mean literally nothing. There was nothing to say what kind of frogs you would typically find in Egypt ...

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Short stop

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, November 30, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is so great!

 - Wind sound
   Yay, finally got it into the video, hahaha. Pardon any poor sound quality this week. I have no idea where the interference is coming from, but it's removal really eats away at the audio quality and I hate it...

You guys know I like to make sure the audio I put out is the very best I am enabled to produce.

  - Writing sound effects
    I absolutely luv this! I've used it so many times I've lost count. Writing sound effects is a gift. I've a...

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Reptilian enough

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, November 23, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is so great!

 - Wind sound
   Of course, the grasshoppers are still a way off, but whenever I do get the chance to, I like to make the sounds that will come up. That way when the time comes I can just throw them into the edit - keeps the work going. Anyway, last week I spoke about using tape for wind noise and this week (recorded it last week) I got to edit it!! Yay!! It sounds a bit repetitive in a way, but honestly, I absolutely luv how it turned out! GOD is so aw...

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Polishing audio

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, November 16, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is so great!

  - Audio to-do list for chapter 7 (excludes music)
    I am so glad to be this close to done with chapter 7! GOD knows how much just this chapter and all the rest of the prep work for it has stretched me in every way!! I am very satisfied with the quality and the length as well. I'm nowhere trying to lengthen it unecessarily, because it's not supposed to bore you to tears - it's supposed to be experienced, like Eric Hovind said about Genesis: Paradise ...

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Last shot remaining for chapter 7

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, November 9, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is so awesome!

  - Audio Super Resolution
    I have been wondering about this for a while and so I really was so driven by curiosity today that I just googled it and I was stunned that it actually existed!! How cool is that!!! I believed it could be done and there it is! Of course, just like SR in video, you also get various means of doing it for audio. The examples in the link below, were done through teaching the computer what the differences are for general spee...

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The almost end of a chapter

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, November 2, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is so great!

 - Sound work
    Almost no sound work for the week. In fact, so little that I don't recall if I actually did any this week, hahaha.

 - Dynamic Plaster
   Thankfully, I did get to play with this effect a bit, but did not get far. The problem here is that for hieroglyphics, you want solid colors (no shadows) and that means the effect needs some modification. Of course, you do get exceptions, because someone always wants to be different, but in this case, I...

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Hand over

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, October 26, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is so wonderful!!

  - Sound work
    Last week I talked about a few issues with the sound. I forgot about these in the vlog, but no matter - it saves drastically on data and honestly, you won't notice much of a difference anyway (a reflection on how small the adjustments are), hahaha.

 - Fire sound adjustment
   I mentioned last week that the fire sounds were too loud - especially on head phones and so I reduced them this week. I do notice that they don't really have ...

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Sound off

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, October 19, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is so great!
Oh, pardon the scratchy sound. I'm not sure whether the interference is coming from, but will look into it, GOD willing!

  - Sound work
    Last week I talked about sound work at the end of the post and pretty much not at all in the video, but over the weekend I got to spend a lot of time on not just recording sound, but adding sound to the project. In fact, here is a list:
 - Spatter contact (same as next)
 - Water hitting pavement (works for concrete too...

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3D Switch

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, October 12, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is so great!

  - 3D methods come together
    Last week I got to share with you guys how GOD gave me a new 3D method that gives supremely sharp results. Of course, it still has a few catches, but it certainly produces! Anyway, this week I saw for the first time that GOD knew I needed it, before I knew I needed it (nothing new there, hahaha).
   The shot where the magicians face the camera needed to be sharp in order to get a sense of space. Yes, they do kinda look li...

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New method

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, October 5, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is so awesome!

 - New 3D method
    In the spirit of posting a new tutorial two weeks ago, GOD gave me two of the coolest gifts for production:
 - A new 3D method
 - that's 2 seconds faster and much higher quality (with a catch though)

Over the passed few years, GOD has given me an amazing amazing 3D method that enables me to do 3D renders for just a few seconds more than a 2D one. Ever since the whole process started, it has been a total dream of mine to be able to pr...

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3D on YouTube

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, September 28, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is so cool!!!

  - Posting 3D content from Blender on YouTube (Tutorial video)
    Last week I mentioned that I would like to do a video on this very tricky and prickly topic and included a lot of technical info on it in the post itself:
http://bibleanimations.yolasite.com/blog/a-single-shot

I recommend that if you are someone interested in uploading Stereoscopic 3D (Side-By-Side), it is certainly worth checking out!

Note: For some reason it does not want to display 3D ...

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A Single Shot

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, September 21, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is beyond words!!! Just wow!!

  - Posting 3D content from Blender on YouTube (requires a middle step)
    This has been a very sore point of contention for me! Wow! I never knew that something so simple could frustrate me to such an extent! I believe the reason it frustrated me so has to do with the call on this project. When you're called to sing and you have to sit in a workshop fixing watches or be in a law firm, you will be so down and so irritated (or just plai...

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Color grading and process

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, September 14, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is so great!

  - Color Grading
    I watched an amazing presentation on color grading a while back. An absolutely brilliant colorist spoke about using various equipment to color grade and how you can actually grade something with much much higher accuracy if you look first at the equipment and know what you're going for. It kinda works like a read-out that shows you where everything is at and how strong everything is and where there is room for improvement. You coul...

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Foley it up

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, September 7, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is so awesome!!!

  - Bokeh blur
    This was an interesting addition to the new defocus node I was not expecting! I saw a render in the banner on BlenderNation and really felt led to add the Bokeh effect to it. You can check out the render I am talking about here.

   I talk more about the differences between the two in the video, but the main differences between the two is the way it blurs. The blur node is a very soft, very even blur, while the bokeh and other blurs...

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Week of testing

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, August 31, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is just wow!!

  - Anime Metal
   Without a doubt one of the hardest materials to produce for a flat shaded look, I really learned a lot about the approach to metal in anime and the results are super surprising!
   Shockingly, in most cases, you were just looking at the equivalent of a diffuse shader or even more alarming, a shadeless one! In almost every situation from the 80's, you would find that metal is purely metal, because it is metal - often times, at the most...

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Next up

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, August 24, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is super!

  - Massive Speed boost
   This is one has me a little frazzled to be honest, hahaha. Blender has the weirdest issues sometimes. When I work in the compositor. The 2D compositing takes a second, if not less. With the 3D node in the project, it takes approx 48 seconds to convert the final 2D composite to 3D with the depth map. That means, a 2:29 render, takes 3:18 to complete. If I make a clean project with only the 3D node and I use image sequences for the...

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Pharaoh's heart

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, August 17, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is so cool!!

 - Anime backgrounds and 3D
   This is one I have been battling with for a very very very very very long time. While GOD has certainly given me a lot of ways to get closer and closer to the look, I think we have to face up to a few things, just to get some perspective here (I've spoken about at least some of them before):

 - Humans interpret
   Something I've heard a while ago is that your brain doesn't store images, but information and when you recall so...

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Magicians get owned

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, August 10, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is so wonderful!!! Just wow!!

 - Keeping track
   I don't recall ever having spoken of organization as it relates to a project like this, but GOD has certainly shown me that my organizational skills for media need some sharpening. It's not always just about naming things (though that is extremely important to make sure you don't waste time looking for things), but it is also about the discipline to keep your hard drive clean and garbage free. In other words - don't ...

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Magicians take action

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, August 3, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is beyond words!!! Just wow!!

 - Technical is not the word
   I already spoke on this in the video, but briefly, so I can elaborate here. Last week I had two re-renders. The one was for the flickering chairs behind Moses and Aaron and the other was the scene where the magicians appear in a cloud of smoke. While these are amazing shots, the magicians one needed a little something more. It was a bit lack luster. While the luster is restored using this transitional eff...

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An epic confrontation

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, July 27, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!!


GOD is super!!!

- Choice in serpent
   I have talked about it before, but I want to write it here again, since this is where the serpent features again. It featured all the way back in September 2016 (oh yeah, it's been almost an entire year! hahaha).

   When you go and look up serpent in the interlinear Bible, you will find that serpent is defined as pretty much any kind of reptile (including dinosaurs). If you look at dinosaurs from a truly Biblical perspective, you w...

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A third trip around the block

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, July 20, 2017, In : WIP 
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Here is this week's vlog!!


GOD is so great!

 - Super resolution revisit
   In the vlog this week I made a stop at super-resolution again, not to be repetitive, but I really saw the video didn't demonstrate what it does well. Now, having redone it and checking it, I'm satisfied you can now actually see and understand what it does on a very practical level. So, if you want to, you can check out Reshade (as always, completely at own risk).


 - Real river sound
   I told you guys last week that...

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In the order of 3 weeks

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, July 13, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog:


GOD is so awesome!!!!!!

   HUGE NOTE:
Of course, as with all software recommendations on this site, through-out all time, results may vary and you use them completely at your own risk. I only share what has worked for me personally and can't make any guarantees for anyone else. In fact, I have to warn you that even something that is supposed to work out of the box, can cause you to have to format and lose all your data (almost lost all my data before due to trying to in...

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Defocus on the fringe

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, June 22, 2017, In : WIP 
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Today's vlog!


GOD is so wonderful!

 - Question the medium: 3D
Simon from DSLR Guide said something a few weeks ago about the whole VR camera and medium, and it was: "Question the medium". What that means is that the medium has to add something to the story, or it's not useful in the first place.
   Before watching that video, I felt that way, but didn't quite know how to define it until watching his video (GOD is so good - always provides the answers!). So my goal was to have 3D actually...

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New intro

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, June 15, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!!


GOD is so great!

 - Dangers and Benefits of 3D
   This week I feel like I'm a bit of a "boy who cried wolf" situation. I've done a little digging on the adverse effects of watching 3D and I found some websites swooning over it and they have not cautions, except that the same precautions be taken as with 2D (things like photosensitive epilepsy, not having the screen too bright, etc.). I have been working on this method for years and I have to be honest, I have experienc...

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What's that sound

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, June 8, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!!!


GOD is so good!

 - Voice actors
   Yey, today this can be the first topic! :D
Last week, I took the plunge and sent out a few e-mails asking specific friends I felt fit the roles, if they would be willing to record those roles for the video and I have so far only heard back from one - Pharaoh! Who could it possibly be?! Just have to wait to find out! There has to be some mystery to this project! :D
   So I am still waiting to hear back from the rest, but I did miss some...

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Altar aid

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, June 1, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!!


GOD is so awesome!

 - A Quiet week
   This week I spent very little time on Exodus. Not tons less than usual, but I just got to spend some time on other stuff as well. Even mowed the grass for the probably last time this season! This week will hopefully have a lot more than just more visual aid! :D

 - The 430 years puzzle
   Now this was interesting! I was lying in bed on Saturday and GOD brought this up with me, as I was reading Galatians again and was specifically at c...

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Move it

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, May 25, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!!


GOD is so awesome!

 - Moses, motion and a stick
   Let's kick off this week with my fav part of the week - walking around with a stick! As silly as that sounds, it has been one of the most helpful practical things I have ever done for an animation. When GOD told me to do it, I didn't think much of it. In fact, I didn't expect what would happen. I found that I would lean on it, hang on it, point with it, play with it while standing around, spin it, throw things with it,...

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Bread on fire

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, May 18, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!!!


GOD is so amazing!!! (^^,)

- Blender Manual - Defocus Node
   The DeFocus node is a very very useful tool in Blender. It allows you to get that filmic look, where the focus of the scene shifts from the background to the foreground or vice versa. It can also be used to create layers in a scene, thus adding depth to the scene - which is also more interesting to watch. You can also use this to great meaning effect. I don't know the show, but a lot was "filmed" through th...

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The bigger issues

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, May 11, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog:


GOD is so great!

 - The Angel Of The LORD = The Destroyer = JESUS?
   Kinda insulting if you think about it, hahaha. JESUS specifically said: "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." Luke 19:10, KJV. To call JESUS a destroyer is a stretch. Not to mention that "the destroyer" isn't capitalized.
   I've also read that some think this is the Angel Of The LORD, but again, no capitalization and we're not even told that this is an angel. I did read...

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Anime in 3D

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, May 4, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!!!


GOD is so amazing!!!!

 - Anime and 3D
   Oh yes, we're kicking off with the main point of this week's video, which ironically only took a bit of the afternoon and a piece of the evening! haha.
   Anime and 3D seem to be at odds with one another in various ways, but particularly in frame rate. There are scenes in anime that get the full 24fps treatment and then there are those, where the head is perfectly still for like 2 or three seconds and only the lips and eyes move...

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Locusts abound

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, April 27, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!!!


GOD is so awesome!
 - Herbs and fruit trees
   In Exodus, GOD specifically makes mention of herbs. I was really in the dark about what they would define as herbs, for the simple reason that I don't know plants all that well. I do know what a fruit tree is and I can see the difference between it and mint, for example, but I don't know what technically qualifies and herb. For example, you also get the ever ambiguous tomato, haha. So, I felt led to simply check out the d...

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An opening that glows

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, April 20, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog! :D


GOD is so awesome!

 - Video progress
   I am so thankful I got to finish it this week! It looked like a big thing to complete and while it took a while, I'm very happy with the result. I cannot emphasize what a difference it makes to storyboard something before jumping into it. GOD really gives you so many ideas that it's stunning! Too many to use and you know exactly which one is the right one! GOD is so good!!

 - Tutorials
   What a week!! GOD enabled me to get two t...

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Storyboards drawn halfway

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, April 13, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is super awesome!!

 - Productivity
   Obviously I've written about this a few times and I am so thankful that GOD made this week stand out among others! In two days HE helped me draw 81 or 82 frames for the storyboards (that excludes the few I had to leave out because of error or poor drawing, hahaha) and a new tutorial for Cycles. I cannot say thank YOU enough!! GOD is so good!!

 - New tutorial
   On Saturday morning, and I mean really early, GOD enabled me to quickl...
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Rough storyboards

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, April 6, 2017, In : WIP 
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This weeks vlog!!!

GOD is so awesome!!!

 - Lice in and on?
   This week I saw another one of those "contradictions". This one follows two verses:

"And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt. And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast....

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Economical Egypt

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, March 30, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!!
GOD is super amazing!

 - Apparent contradictions
In the Bible there are many so-called contradictions. Many of these are purely based on information that's not there or that seems to conflict. In this post, and the video, I get to focus on one I came across this week in regards to Pharaoh's livestock. In the murrain plague, it clearly states that all of Pharaoh's cattle died (meaning all his livestock, not just cows and oxen), but nothing of Israel's died. Later, in th...

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To vision

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, March 23, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog:

GOD is super awesome!!

 - Three days' journey and JESUS
   JESUS is called by many names or titles, but one of those is that HE is the only begotten Son of GOD. In Exodus, GOD called Jacob (Israel) HIS firstborn, because JESUS is the vine and we are the branches. The Jews were the first nation that GOD chose, not because they were the best, but because they were the most difficult of all nations. Not to be insulting, but it's by HIS own words and HE even said that when ...
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Storyboard and flashback

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, March 16, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog:

GOD is so stunning!

 - Storyboards continue from last week
Last week I told you guys in the post that I still had a few frames not yet scanned, well those made it into the video as well as the shot list for the plague of frogs as well as it's conclusion. Progress people!! Plague two be boarded! :D

 - Writing style
Haha, this is something I keep coming back to. The King James is notorious for being not to user-friendly in use of English. Thankfully, that's not an issue her...

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Some color appears

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, March 9, 2017, In : WIP 
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This weeks vlog!!

GOD is so amazing!

 - 7 days passing and other plagues
   I don't recall having spoken about this in a previous vlog, but since we're on the screenplay and storyboards phase, with some experimentation and even final renders, I do find this to be a bit of an issue. We only have a single indication of how long a plague lasted and that is in the last verse of chapter 7 which reads:

"And seven days were fulfilled, after that the LORD had smitten the river." Exodus 7:25, KJV

W...

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Moving into chapter 8

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, March 2, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!!

GOD is so awesome!!

 - Very little time this week
   I had an amazing week. I got to go visit my cousin over the weekend and got to some much needed garden and house work, so this week, I literally had only 1 afternoon and an evening, haha. GOD made it such a productive afternoon - it was just amazing! I still felt pulled to procrastinate, but it was much less than usual.

 - A stinging experience
Also got stung by bees for the first time, haha. I was mowing the lawn and ...

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Sketching a story

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, February 23, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!!!

GOD is super awesome!!! Very very productive week!!

 - Story boarding
   I'm the kinda person that wants to just jump in and do it, but even for Esther I didn't do that. I did for Genesis and I believe that's why it wasn't visually as strong as these are so far. Just do storyboards. If you are making anything you want to have a coherent flow to it, you really need to plan the shots out. Take it from someone who wanted to skip it! It really helps to see it on paper! Pl...
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The first render

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, February 16, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog:

GOD is so amazing!!!

After the bulls I was stumped, I thought I had done a lot more during the week and GOD just told me to go get breakfast and relax and HE'll show me what I missed and it wasn't that I didn't show it all, but I didn't mention it all. In other words, the fields were shortened, characters were fixed back to the ground, shadoof's rigged, landscape modified, etc. It's easy to miss little things, hahaha. After breakfast, I recorded the second part and ad...

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Fields of wheat

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, February 9, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!!


GOD is so incredible!!

 - Fields and detail
   A bit of a touchy subject for me, because I wanted to be able to render the wheat in it's physical, or at least, plane form, but for this scale of scene and my PC, I am so thankful GOD gave me this solution!! It works beautifully! Part of what HE used to inspire this particular idea, was Superbook's clip of Ruth gleaning in Boaz's field (they did a stunning wide shot of the field). They could put a lot more physical detail...

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Israelites all over

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, February 2, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog:


GOD is so amazing!!!

As you guys can see, the focus this week was on characters - extras to be exact! I'm almost finished with them to the point where I can add them to the environment, but I still have a few characters to make single objects.

Definitely a lot of work went into these characters or extras, but just to give you guys a bit more info on how to approach characters, I want to list a few things:


Chamberlains from Esther 6 - All the same base character (second r...

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Dust and Israelites

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, January 26, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is super amazing!!

- Very short update
   Honestly, still struggling a bit with procrastination, but this week I had a lot on my plate beyond Exodus, so I didn't get to as much as I wanted to, but I am so thankful that GOD keeps prodding me to go sit down and work on it, so I always have something to show. Some progress is better than no progress, but a lot of stuff getting done, means leaps and bounds towards completion, so that's the goal for every week. Please ke...

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Citizens afloat

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, January 19, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is super awesome!

- Same day
   Some of you may remember on the previous video, that the aim was to finish the characters and add them to the city the same day. Yeah, I really underestimated the amount of work that was left to get them ready for that, haha. Some of the characters didn't have expressions. I had to see whether the shapekeys were maintained as they were made single objects. I had surprises from modifiers. Goodness, there was a lot of challenges this we...

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Citizens for a country

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, January 12, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is so gracious!!

- Procrastination
   Now there is something everyone can relate to in some way. I've had a serious struggle with this over the Christmas and new year. I was really really irritated by how little I got done and felt like it would take me 10 years to finish at that pace and GOD showed me that the days I chose to do certain tasks were out of wack and not only that, but watching a lot of videos online also stole hours, along with Facebook news feed scro...

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Make dem clothes

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, January 5, 2017, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is so cool!!

 - Clothing
   I am stunned that I have never actually shown you guys how GOD has taught me to create the clothing! HE gave me this method on my second video called Esther 6, which you can watch here:


GOD is soooooooooooo amazing!

For that project, I needed to make quite a few outfits, but thankfully, most of the characters wore similar clothing - like the puffy pants for example. Just like Haman. Anyway, here is a render time lapse of one of the chamberl...

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Scale it right

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, December 29, 2016, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is so awesome!!!
 
Background elements
   Quite a near and dear pet project, haha. I want to have my backgrounds appear painterly and while there are many ways to get close to it, I have not had the leading on it that GOD would help me get it in an evening or something. This is more like one of those insanely complex things that need a lot of different facets to be in place for the look to work, so each facet needs time to learn. This week, GOD's focus was on "brush ...

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Adjusted

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, December 22, 2016, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!!!


GOD is super amazing!!!

- Goats
   The goats are still not a topic that is finished this week. Since they are still the only animals added and the video is named after them, they also still feature (I did not change the camera's animation). What did change about them was their layout and their size (seed adjustment).

- Overall scene proportions
   While the goats got adjusted, they were not the only ones that needed it. The houses were too big compared to the palace, th...

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I herd of goats

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, December 15, 2016, In : WIP 
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Today's vlog!!!


GOD is super awesome!!! :D

- Particle distribution
   Quite a topic to say the least! Particles are extremely useful for increasing scene size (and memory consumption), while keeping render times as low as possible. In fact, it makes scenes that were impossible on a single PC possible! I learned about this during the Esther 6 project, when GOD lead me to use particles to add details to the buildings, just because it was faster and on another project, where I had to make a...

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Normal editing

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, December 8, 2016, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is soooo good!!

 - Normal editing
Now, this is a bit of a topic for me that I really try to avoid, as it's editing is really not as straight forward as I would like it to be, but it certainly not a bad thing. It really enables you to create stylistic inaccuracy while still being well able to move lights and all sorts of other scene objects and still get the right look. In regards to trees, I've wanted that painted and layered look for a while and this is, I believe,...

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A palmy vlog

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, December 1, 2016, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog:


GOD is so super!! :D

 - Snake improvements
The snake was the first thing to be dealt with this week. I spent quite a large amount of time on it in the attempts to re-rig it and see if the kink goes away, but the conclusion, as in the video, was that it was only reduced, but did not go away. What did make it go away was animating the head using the 3D cursor. When the head goes forward, the neck is kept straight, but this makes the nose point towards the ground. Just til...

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A cobra

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, November 24, 2016, In : WIP 
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What a week, check it out!


GOD is so good!!

This week:
   Wow, this week was stunning! GOD enabled me to get so much work done, I am just floored!! Three tutorials (two full and one tip video) and a model for the Exodus project!! Progress is progress! :D

 - The technical stuff for the serpents
   Rigging
Rigging the snake and rod certainly gave some interesting results! The biggest issue was that the snake got full of kings as I tried to lay it flat for the rod (for effective morphing, the ...

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Throne room

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, November 17, 2016, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog!


GOD is so super awesome!!!! :D

- Pillars
GOD's idea! I totally missed saying that in the video, but it is so needed, because I actually felt over the weekend that I was going to have to model new pillars from scratch, because the court's ones were just way too short. In HIS usual calm demeanor HE just let me know that I can stretch out the pillars, no big deal. And it worked amazingly well! I am so thankful! HE helped me fix the alignment as well as the stumped point, s...

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Modeling, post and clouds

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, November 10, 2016, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog:


GOD is so good!!

This week, despite being so occupied with other things, GOD really shone through and enabled me to still get a lot done for the project! I am sooooo thankful!

The biggest reason for this week's deviation from the normal, is that HE has assigned me a week of work in the garden. And I don't mean just a little snip and mow, oh no! We're talking like an overhaul. See, because I do a lot on projects like this, I can't get to everything else as well - that m...

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Timelapses and audio

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, November 3, 2016, In : WIP 
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This week's vlog:


GOD is so wonderful!!

- Audio:
   Voices
   Like I said in the video, the stark reality of a lack of voice actors is kinda a surprise after you start production. Of course, this round, nothing new, but I have considered various means of achieving different voices - even considered using digital voices, but they just don't really act, you know. There are better programs out there that do allow you to get better voices, but unfortunately, my budget does not allow for any n...
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That was busy!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, October 27, 2016, In : WIP 
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GOD is beyond wonderful!

This week's vlog entails a lot. It's shorter, but from a general look back, this may have been the most productive week yet!

- Statues
   Another particle distribution, this one is much smaller. Only about 6 statues. Having said that, making 1 took enough effort, hahaha. I cannot thank GOD enough for HIS insights into how to make it properly. It was so well configured that it worked superbly for Freestyle, even though that was not the final goal.
Additionally, it ...

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Characters galore

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, October 20, 2016, In : WIP 
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Today's vlog maybe? hahaha


GOD is so wonderful!!

What a productive week this has been! I am so thankful for what got done!! I just want GOD to give me such speed that it would make my head spin, haha.

 - Characters
   In the previous vlog, I spoke about adding more variety to certain characters. In the beginning of the week, I was able to edit them quite a bit more. I'm not 100% satisfied with 1 of them (or say 1 out of 2, as in one of the two needs to be changed), because they still look...

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Fan it up

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, October 13, 2016, In : WIP 
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The vlooooooooog hahaha.


GOD is beyond cool!!!

 - Font:
   This was my first time creating a font and I just have to witness that GOD loves throwing me into the deep end and helping me swim, haha. It is such an adventure when you learn to lean on HIM. It doesn't mean bad stuff doesn't happen or that things are just a breeze, but it does mean that all things work together for your good, because you love GOD and are called according to HIS good purpose (Romans 8:28).
   The font itself, too...

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Smoke and hieroglyphs with Make Human

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, October 6, 2016, In : Tutorials and tips 
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Today's video:


(GOD is so good!!!!!)

 - Make Human for Egyptian hieroglyphics
Hieroglyphics have 3 sections, from what I have seen. Might be more if you can actually read it, hahaha. Those three are:
1) Fine print
   Everyday reading type of figures. These include the bowl, horned viper, numbers, such as the n meaning 10 or a single stripe meaning 1, etc. Making a font for this, but it will not be useful to anyone who can read it, because it'd all be gibberish and out of order (hopefully a...
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Caustics and fire

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, September 29, 2016, In : WIP 
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Time for another vlog! Without any delay:


GOD is beyond amazing!!!

In this week's blog post, we'll be taking a small peak into how these things work. A lot of work goes into these videos every week and I am so privileged to be able to make them and teach you guys. I consider it an honor!

 - Fire

   When it comes to fire, it seems that few things are as frustrating to get right in 3D and make it look like it was drawn. One thing in particular that makes it so hard is it's reflective and br...
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A lot

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, September 22, 2016, In : WIP 
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It's that time of the week again and wow did this week feel short! hahaha. Without further hold up, here's the video!


GOD is beyond awesome!!!

Magicians:
   Manipulation within reason
As with most people, their faces differ, but the question is how far does it need to be pushed in order to be a unique individual. Well, you can consider a few basics:
 - Overall head shape
 - Chin shape
 - Skinniness of the face
 - Eye corner angle
 - Eye distance
 - Nose length
 - Mouth size and shape
Beyond...

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Pharaoh joins the cast

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, September 15, 2016, In : WIP 
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Here is this week's vlog:


GOD is so amazing!!!

- MHX2:
I had no idea that MHX2 would add support for the IK rig. I was just browsing through the Make Human Community forum, looking to see if my tutorials were being used and later also for new tutorials that would prove useful and this one by Joel is certainly very useful! Just installed it while the vlog was uploading, and I am definitely more interested in using it than before. Before I thought that it would be kinda pointless, seeing a...

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Aaron and the serpent

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, September 8, 2016, In : WIP 
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Oh yes, that time of the week again! Update time! Without further ado, here is this week's vlog:


GOD is so amazing!!

Honestly, I thought that I was going to be updating about this project once a month, because the videos take so long to make and edit, and ironically, it takes about the same amount of time as blogging does, hahaha. The only difference is that I can show you all more video and tests than I could if I had to upload everything individually. Vlogging is very very versatile! ...

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New videos announcement!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Saturday, September 3, 2016, In : WIP 
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Now, I want to clarify the title before going any further. Two videos - a tutorial and a vlog.

- The Vlog:
As you all know, a vlog is simply a video blog, where you document something pertaining to the way you do life or whatever. For me, it will be a much easier way of communicating progress to you guys on upcoming videos, so they will appear here on this blog as well as on the YouTube channel, so if you want to be the first to get the vlogs, hit that subscribe button on YouTube! :D
You...
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Speed mesh

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Saturday, July 2, 2016, In : Tutorials and tips 
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Today I get to share something very special!


(trust me, play the video, it makes sense - GOD IS SO GOOD!)

Hey all!

Over the recent week, there has been a ton of interest in a method that could deform a mesh based on speed. Think of it as a physical motion blur. So many people pitched in with various ideas and GOD was so gracious to give us the solution.

This is the post that started the search:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/BNPRandFreestyle/permalink/1194434010579700/

Here is more on the ...

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Make Human community blog post

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, In : News 
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In the last post, I got to share with you guys the finished Esther 6 video (wow, GOD is awesome!) and I hope you guys enjoyed it!

Now, of course, there are people reading this, that are curious about how to make these things in the first place. As GOD would have it, HE arranged for me to write a post on the official Make Human community website so you can get a very good scope of what goes into a short and specifically, characters from Make Human!

Check it out!
http://www.makehumancommun...
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Esther 6 finished!!!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, April 14, 2016, In : General 
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A lot went into making this video and I am so thankful I was commanded to make it.

When GOD first told me HE wanted me to make this, I was really, strongly, resistant to the idea. If you've known GOD for some time, you will know that the message doesn't change. HE wanted me to do it and I submitted and oh am I glad I did! This was around the end of November of last year.

Production felt like it took forever, but all the things HE's taught me and allowed me to share with you guys, has be...
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Susa time

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, April 7, 2016, In : WIP 
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That time of the week again and this week, I actually get to show you the city in motion. Last week I only got to show you some images (was still rendering at the time).

Before we get to the final video for the week, I would like to talk about what went into it.

- Sound effects
Crowd Sounds
   Now, this is nothing new, as you guys have all heard the tap on the table, Haman's feet and so on, but this specific week presented me with a challenge I initially felt overwhelmed by - Crowds!

Of c...
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Susa

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, March 31, 2016, In : WIP 
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I gotta say, if GOD weren't as adamant about me getting to work this week, I would not have a post for you, hahaha. My mom hurt her wrist this week and I had to help extra around the house. Still do. Please pray for her healing and that it will be speedy! :D

Now, onto the post!

- Clouds
As many of you know, GOD was so gracious to let me make a cloud tutorial last week. What you'll see in today's post is the reason for it. Because of all my drama with the clouds, I didn't get much of the ...
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A city in production

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, March 24, 2016, In : WIP 
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I'm super excited to finally be getting to the next scene!! I've been working hard, obviously, to get it to where it is today, but this week, I have very little to show for it, in terms of a final result that's really nice!

So, I do get to share with you guys a few things from this week:

- Clouds
(not 100% what I wanted, but the closest yet, PRAISE GOD!)

Now, while this is not 100% the result I was hoping for, HE did command me to do a tutorial for it, which you can see down here. Include...

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Night scene done and tutorial

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, March 17, 2016, In : WIP 
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Yey, about another minute's animation done and edited!! Here is the whole thing so far - for this week's animation, skip to 01:06

GOD is awesome!!!!

Today, we get to talk about the subject of a new tutorial (Action lines, whoop whoop), as well as some travesties you can easily avoid (triple whoop whoop, haha).

- Night scene done:
Finally, the night scene section is finished. Has been months of hard work and GOD has been so awesome and I've learned a ton, but it is finally finished. Now, i...
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Animation and sound effects

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, March 10, 2016, In : WIP 
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Today's update takes a bit of a different route. I'm actually gonna let you watch everything I've been graced to put together so far - not fullHD, as that takes significantly longer and this took long enough to upload last night so I can actually share it, hahaha.

So, here is everything put together so far:

(Only 01:08, so it's a quick watch)

Now let's get into what went into this, hahaha.

Animation challenges and tips:
- Make sure your models are complete before rendering.
Sounds kinda duh...
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Render render render

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, March 3, 2016, In : WIP 
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Today's post is absolutely loaded with renders and a video or two and we talk about dialogue! haha.

- 7 Chamberlains
Let's kick it off where we ended last week - modeling! When I posted last time, with each post, I wondered how many chamberlains the king actually had attending him. And oh yes, there were 7. It's in the first chapter of Esther and I was like NOOOOOOOooooooooo.......... Haha. By this time, I had already modeled one and GOD insisted from the start of it, that I make a time...
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The king himself

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, In : WIP 
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I know usually I post on a Thursday, but I was super excited about the progress, so I just had to share it today!! :D

Now, the title is a surprise - yes, the king is finally modeled! Yey!!! :D
Can someone say progress? Oh yes!

 - The king has been modeled
Here is what he looks like in Make Human:


This is what he looks like in Blender after quite a few tweaks:


Tweaks here involved applying the Make Human to anime tutorial stuff, as well as a few new tips GOD showed me that I want to make tut...

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The king's room

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, February 18, 2016, In : WIP 
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Time for the weekly update!

This week, the focus has been on the king's room. For me, this is incredibly difficult, because I find no info on traditional Persian interiors. I do know that they did do a lot of things the same way as the Indians did - lots of arches, pillows, low to the floor furniture, etc., but honestly, I don't know to what extent this is the case, so I have to follow peace and ironically, it has made for quite a modern appearance.

Additionally, since the first time we...
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Windows engage!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, February 11, 2016, In : WIP 
Hey all!

Haha, talk about a call to action in that title! haha.

This week's update is not as huge as last week's, because GOD put me on a few other things for half of the week (and quite frankly I was super tired), but last night I got some more things done and I get to share with you all some of the other things and they will actually give you a little something to try out! :D

So, first things first!

 - Textured building
On the last post, I got to show you the WIP of a building that, turns out, w...
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For Anime Tutorial series 1 - Water Reflections

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, February 8, 2016, In : Tutorials and tips 
Hey all!

I have had this on my heart for quite a while, to do a series on modelling for anime style backgrounds. In this one, we look at Water Reflections:


(Very short and very straight forward)

Now, this is also a very simplistic way of doing these sort of reflections. In fact, this is just when water flows in a straight line. If you have water that goes around bends, you need to adapt this and unwrap your river and toss out the empty and use the texture offset options. To show you how this wor...

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Gardens galore

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, February 4, 2016, In : General 
Hey all!

Today's progress update is rife with huge updates and a few more speed up tips and some general tips as well! :D

To start off, I would like to talk about the additional speed up tips GOD gave me through this week. I cannot even begin to express my gratitude!! I definitely think that a single frame would have taken 12 to 20 minutes to complete, had HE not teach me all these tricks!!

 - ZTransparency
Yesterday, GOD had me do a post on how to fix the edge problem with ZTransparency. I'm not...
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Render times and progress

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, January 28, 2016, In : General 
Hey all!

Super excited to be sharing with you guys the progress from the last week. Passed few days have not been the most productive, but ironically, the focus was in a different direction this week, but you'll see on that later.

 - Verse Image -
First, I felt lead to make use of the project and it's assets to create this week's verse image and I really liked the result. Because my hosting is not that big, I'm trying to limit the content I post, so I'm simply linking to the Cross Allegiance pa...
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Update time

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, In : General 
Hey all!

As you've noticed, I've been a bit quiet. It's not because I haven't been working, but because GOD suggested that I update less. I was really frustrated because of the time it takes to write these so often - I like keeping you guys up to date, just not every 5mins, hahaha. If I do, the project takes significantly longer than it needs to, so, here is the first gapped update :)!

Okay, let's start with the coolest things GOD showed me that make this project even possible:

1) Particles:
As y...
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Compositing in order WIP

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, In : WIP 
Good day everyone!

Today is nothing super fancy. I just get to share an update on Mordecai and Haman going through the city street. In this case, I stuck pillars in, so there would be something casting shadows on them too (you can see it on Mordecai's shoulder). The goal is to go for unusual contrast and a painterly look. I like the result though.


Still a long way to go

For more info on this particular method of compositing smooth shadows with toon shading, check out my tutorial for Blender Rend...

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Mordecai's ride

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, January 11, 2016, In : WIP 
Hey all!!

After so much work, it's hard to see him finally on the horse, but immensely satisfying. GOD is awesome!!! :D


He looks great and he looks like he's having a blast - which is what I believe it should look like. It was an honor GOD bestowed on him as part of his vindication from the hands of Haman.

There are still a few things to fix here - such as the horse's front legs' weight painting. The bones specifically. The cloth below the saddle doesn't have strong enough weights, so when the s...

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Turn that table

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Saturday, January 9, 2016, In : General 
Hey all!

Initially, I had the horse rotating on a platform, but because of issues with the one front leg on the ground, I just attached everything else to the platform he's on and now everything is rotating except the horse, but you wouldn't know it, unless I told you, which I now did, hahaha.

Anyway, this is how the horse looks when rendered using the viewport in Blender:



This animation, as if you didn't notice, is called a turntable. Mostly these are used to show off a model. Think of it as ...

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Leg Fixed

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, In : WIP 
Hey all!

Yesterday, I shared some progress with you all about the horse and his legs, the front ones particularly and today, I get to share with you, what they look like fixed!


(There was no issue with the rig)

The problem came in with how the front legs were modelled. Usually, horses have front legs that have the individual parts distinguishable by really prominent joints, so you could say all the individual pieces have an almost hour-glass like shape (thick>thin>thick). After thinning out the ...

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Horse WIP continues

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, In : WIP 
Good day everyone!

I have another post for you all today on the horse - yes, it's still not done and when you see the image, you will know why, hahaha.

As many of you know, horses have legs that move a certain way. If their legs don't move that way, they look funny. Through a lot of reference, GOD has helped me put this render together, after some serious rigging (and it wasn't even done yet!!):


(Still some adjustment that can be made to the weight painting to make it look better, but you would ...

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Horse WIP

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Friday, January 1, 2016, In : WIP 
Hey everyone!

Today I got to work on the horse again and GOD was so faithful, as usual, haha, and I'm so happy with the results. I tried giving the horse more typically anime eyes, but that made it look more cartooney and character-like than a functional horse. So anyway, while there is still a solid amount of character in the eyes, they are not nearly as cartooney as they get when you add those black outlines, haha.

So without further ado, I'm going to let you see it below, starting with the v...
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Haman progress

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, December 31, 2015, In : General 
Hey all!

On the last day of 2015, I would like to share the progress on one of the characters for Esther 6; Haman! While he is an evil character, I wanted him to be able to look very trustworthy and at the same time quite shifty, because of his ambition.
Trustworthy because the king trusted his advice and shifty, because his ego was the cause of his downfall through all his schemes against Mordecai.

So, here are some of the progress shots for Haman the Agagite:


Before shape changes


Face modificati...

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Horse progress

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Tuesday, December 22, 2015, In : WIP 
Hey all!

When we last left Mordecai, he was absolutely horseless. That means his voice was clear, hahaha, no. The king's horse had to be brought for him to ride on. He already got the king's outfit and now was the time for the horse to be given as well.

Since the king doesn't even exists as a character on my PC yet, he was in no position to own a horse, so I had to make one, haha.

These are how the horse progressed to it's current wip status:





And finally, where it is as of this morning!


There are ...

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Lookin' sharp

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Saturday, December 19, 2015, In : WIP 
Hey all!

Just gotta share this with you guys - Mordecai looks sharp in the king's clothes!


(I think this looks so cool! GOD is such an awesome designer!!!!!!)

This was done using Make Human and Blender and a lot of work! GOD lead me a different way with his outfit than the master painters of old did, but I'm glad HE did, because to me this looks soooooooooo cool!

Have a great one and GOD bless!!

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Mordecai Progress

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, December 17, 2015, In : WIP 
Hey all!

Today, despite Esther 6 not being done yet, I felt lead to publish the site, so I hope that you are still blessed by what you see here.

Today, with this publishing, I also feel lead to share with you the progress on Mordecai. In Esther 6, you only see him once and that is when Haaman has to parade him in a display of honor through the streets, so he has to look fancy. I may change the head dress to be more fancy, but in general, this is the kind the jews apparently wore, called a mookl...
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Tutorials available

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Friday, November 27, 2015, In : Tutorials and tips 
Good day,

I would really like to tell you guys a little more about my YouTube channel tutorials and other tutorials. I feel lead to do this, so please bear with me, haha.

Over the last year, GOD has taught me an immense amount about Blender and how to use it for the style of animation you see here in development. The great part about that, is that HE's insistent on me sharing this knowledge with you and so, a YouTube channel that was once practically abandoned is now alive with tutorials you ar...
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Wow another

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, November 25, 2015, In : Tutorials and tips 
Good day everyone!!!

I am so blessed to be given such an assignment from GOD - to make Bible animations. I can honestly say that I have no clue how many videos I'll be able to make, but I'll tell you this, I want to do all 66 books in totality. That may take some time, hahaha.

With GOD all things are possible, so let's see what HE does!

Welcome to the new blog! This blog is here to keep you up to date on developments in the making of these videos, progress images and even some tutorials. Feel fr...
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About Me


Marius Oberholster Hey all! I've been doing CG work full-time since 2011. GOD has been with me, supported me and taught me all the way. HE tells us to do all things as unto the LORD and that is my goal. I do whatever I believe the HOLY SPIRIT is leading me to do and it's not always easy, but it's always worth it to be obedient! JESUS is awesome!! If you don't know HIM yet, follow the link above!

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