Sunday, September 12, 2010

New Show Reel!

Heres my latest reel:

Mark McNicholl 3D Lighting & Rendering Show Reel 2010 from Mark McNicholl on Vimeo.

Includes shots from the Documentary series I've been working on at Weta Productions, some still life renders made using Maya & rendered using Renderman and Mental Ray and a personal short film.

Composited in Nuke & After Effects

Monday, July 26, 2010

More fun with particle instancing

Having a bit more fun experimenting with this idea - it makes for some interesting images.

3d maya wallpaper mental ray after effects

This one became my new desktop image - I started with one sphere which I quickly sculpted into an bumpy sphere, then duplicated it about 15 times with a some random scaling and rotating.
I then instance the geometry with a particle system attached to another sphere and with a bit of tweaking to the randomness of the rotation and scale I got the organic shape I was looking for.

I then applied Mental Rays fast skin shader and tweaked the colours and depth of the translucence. One light right in the middle of the shape and another just off screen to the right gave me the lighting i was looking for.

3d maya particle after effects wallpaper
This one was very similar just distributed differently, I had to use 2 particle systems to get this shape

Monday, July 19, 2010


Heres something abstract and random that I made using Maya's Particle Instancer. Composited with After Effects. This is inspired by Andrew Kramers work on
I call it "Instantaneous" ;)

3d maya art abstract after effects

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Here is my current show reel:

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Rendering .. again...

Hey everyone,
After show my work to my lecturers they've pointed out some places i can improve on. So i had to re-animate some shots .. ouch - so i'm re-rendering just now - heres a concept sheet i found for the meantime

WIP sheet 2


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Final Compositing In Progess!

Hi Everyone...
Have put most of the final comps together now in After FX, have one last shot to re-render, which will probably take another 6 hours!

Added rain in After FX (CC Particle World)

Put together the MP3 player, with working screen!

Changed the final shot, decided to use Maya's Particles instead - much better, and quicker to render too!

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Hi guys

I haven't disappeared! I am still getting my renders together and re-rendering some shots to fix any errors (there were a few! ) Here's a few shot's of what I've been doing while waiting for renders:

This is the opening shot - guitar shop exterior, I want to add rain over this using After FX, but theres still a few frames to render

This is in the middle when the metal guitar gets ultra-angry and flys at the electric guitar (anime style!) reference and inspiration taken from Horton Hears A Who

And this is one of the final shots, using some tricky comping skills I made some sparkling swirls, which symbolises all the different guitar styles (with help from the MP3) coming together and making great music (awwwwwwww)