Sailboat is a 3D animated documentary about the inspiration and construciton of the BeamCustom sailboat.
From inspiration, to process, to an emotional first boat launch on father's day: Sailboat is a sentimental look at taking on large projects for
The production process starts with storyboarding to develop an asset list
Assets are created in Blender using a number of different modeling and texturing techniques. For most objects, reference photos and textures are projection mapped to 3D models.
The same reference diagrams used to build the original boat are used to model the 3D duplicate.
Creating a replica for the deck texture was very important for capturing the look of the boat. I used two different image textures for each of the woods, mahogany and pine.
I then made the texture seamless in order for it to repeat along the entire length of the boat. This allows the texture to scale infinitely.
To get the appropriate shine for the material, I combined the roughness maps of both woods for the final texture.
Together, the black and white values of this image create a realistic variation in shine.
Due to the limitation of render times, I made sure to trim the fat of the project, as well as change the render settings depending on the complexity of the shot.
In this instance, in order to save on render time, I split the video into four simple renders and faded between them.