Rogue State Taps LightWave 11.5 for Dracano
Prior to Dracano, Rogue State produced visual effects scenes for Dragon Wasps, including swarms of dragon wasps flying in the sky. Since hundreds of wasps had to move as an organized group, Wheeler’s visual effects team used the LightWave Flocking feature.
In Dracano, many dragon creatures also take to the air and fly around or congregate in caves. But in this instance, Wheeler said they used Instancing to clone one dragon and create a group of 20 to 30 creatures.
“Flocking is best to move large numbers of creatures like a thousand wasps to form a deadly swarm. But for a relatively small number of dragons, we used Instancing to create a group. LightWave lets you vary their attributes, like size or colors, and animate them independently of each other,” said Wheeler. “Having a wide array of tools ensures that we have the right one for the unique challenges of every task.”
In his visual effects career, Wheeler has presided over the effects sequences for an impressive array of feature films and episodic television series. His visual effects TV credits include the Emmy Award-nominated FOX series Space: Above and Beyond, Chicago Hope, Jag, Xena: Warrior Princess, Unsolved Mysteries, Millennium, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The X Files. He was the digital effects supervisor on the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon and the Emmy Award-winning SyFy miniseries Dune.
In 2005, he set his sights on creating visual effects for Direct-to-DVD and sci-fi feature industry, with dozens of visual effects supervision credits including the SyFy Originals Cerberus, Mega Shark, and Jabberwock. Since launching Rogue State in 2009, his facility contributed visual effects, production and postproduction services to SyFy’s Dragon Wasps and Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island. Rogue State’s recent credits include Xtinction: Predator X (with K2 Pictures), Mega Piranha, The Adventures of Sinbad, and Airline Disaster (with The Global Asylum). In 2011, Rogue State also co-produced Sand Sharks.
“In our segment of the market, creating visual effects for ultra-low or low-budget features, our visual effects team needs powerful, cost-effective 3D animation tools that get the job done quickly,” said Wheeler. “LightWave 3D helps us meet the production demands of budget-conscious producers without sacrificing the visual impact, credibility, or realism of creatures or visual effects.”