31 October, 2008
New featured Fitz videos!
I have temporarily removed the videos until I compress them and make htem more web-friendly. I am working on new modeling and images for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, which is producing a full page segment on the Fitzgerald, to be printed around the weekend of the anniversary.
10 November, 2005
30th Anniversary of the sinking
18 October, 2005
New modeling and texturing has been completed for the bow and pilot house areas of the ship. I have rendered a new five second movie.
07 October, 2005 - Production
I quit my useless job, and now I'm focusing on the Fitz full-time, along with some freelance web and graphic design projects here in Chicago's Ukrainian Village. I need to re-create most of my textures, since my Photoshop skills have increased exponentially since I began. If anyone has any high-quality metallic or ship textures, please send them my way!
New line drawings have been posted! Check out the schematics page for new images.
Press Release - View the press release for the Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Service this November 12th and 13th in Detroit, Michigan. I will have a table set up for viewing information about the Fitz project and I will have prints as well.
10 September, 2005 - Awesome Video Released
Update: I have released a better video. The new video is just over a minute and features better close-up views of the fitz, including detail of the lifeboats and spardeck (as if you were standing on her) as the ship rocks and steams through the lake. The render took 17 hours to complete on an Athlon 64 3200 - 1GB DDR system (360x240, 30MB). Download the new video!
You can view the old 360° fly through video. It's 360x240 and 22MB, Quicktime.
09 September, 2005 - New Additions, Modeling, Video
I have finally added railing to all the stairs, using path-extruded circles for polygon optimization. I need to do this with all rails, for the model to render more quickly.
A fly-through animation has been created, and will be posted shortly. This has revealed much about my model. The water texture needs optimizing for animation, as the bump mapping presents too much flicker in the texture. This animation is part of a larger project I am working on, TBA.
If anyone knows where I can find blueprints of the actual boat please email me at sam at 3dfitz.com. I'd like to make more adjustments to the boat. I have lots of pictures of the ship, but I need specific, close-up pictures of handrails, stairs, hatches, doors and windows, and especially the hatch crane. Photos from sister or similar ships would also be appreciated.
25 August, 2005 - New Development
My computer is back in action, so it's time to get into this, HARD. I found several areas of the hull where the polygons get all wonky. I need to either fix or remodel those. I'm tempted to remodel the hull since it's too thick in certain areas anyway.
In the near future I will be selling custom, high detail 3D drawings and illustrations to anyone who may be interested. This includes custom Edmund Fitzgerald Illustrations for books, authors, diagrams or documentaries. New illustrations will be posted shortly, as well as a possible site redesign.
10 August, 2005 - Progress Halted
My computer's RAM decided to up and die, so unfortunately all new progress has been halted until I get that fixed.
19 July, 2005 - Back in business.
Thanks much to the article at Great Lakes Modeling, I've scored quite a number of hits and comments. You've also sparked me to get this moving again.
I've rendered and posted a new image suitable as high-res wallpaper for your computer. If you like it, let me know and I'll send more your way!