Lighting Tricks in Unity HDRP for Cinematic Effect

I am creating a simple animated cartoon using Unity and the High Definition Render Pipeline (HDRP). One challenge that comes up is how to control the lighting levels of shots – how to make it look “good”, and consistent with neighboring shots in a sequence. Unity with HDRP provides a number of tools that can … More Lighting Tricks in Unity HDRP for Cinematic Effect

An animated short film created in Unity by students!

Some students were asking about using Unity in the Unity Forums for creating a short animated film. Limited access to the computer at school, strict submission deadlines, learning lots of new technology for the first time. The result of their first effort is below! Sure, its not Pixar quality animation, but the fact that they … More An animated short film created in Unity by students!

Unity HDRP Lighting, Exposure, and the Sequences Package

In this post I describe how I am planning to get the exposure right when using the Unity Sequences package with the High Definition Render Pipeline (HDRP). My goal is to create a simple animated cartoon using Unity as an evening hobby project. I am in the process of upgrading my project from the built … More Unity HDRP Lighting, Exposure, and the Sequences Package

MICE Outlining

Another masterclass series from the Writing Excuses podcast that I found interesting on script writing as M.I.C.E. This stands for Milieu (a place or location) Inquiry Character Events The basic premise is that stories are easier to understand when you nest the starting and ending of parts of the story. For example, you can start … More MICE Outlining

To Cel Shade or Not Cel Shade – that is the question!

Anime style animation (and cartoons in general) normally use cel shading – 3D computer animation shading, but made to look more flat. So before you start on your own animation project, what shader should you use? Historical background In 2D animation originally cartoons were hand painted on sheets of cellophane. Each frame was hand drawn … More To Cel Shade or Not Cel Shade – that is the question!

Emotional Impact in Scriptwriting

This is my summary of a podcast I found on YouTube (its available on multiple platforms) from “Bulletproof Screenwriting“, an interview with Karl Iglesias (author, teacher, and consultant in scriptwriting). The whole Bulletproof series looks great if you want to learn more about screenwriting (I just subscribed to the podcast myself), but here are my … More Emotional Impact in Scriptwriting