In this two part tutorial, we show you how to model, rig, animate, light and render this Pin Sculpture Toy in Cinema 4D. Follow along as Chris shows you how to build the model and set up the Mograph and Shader Effectors to drive the pins using a depth pass. Then, in part 2, I will show you how to animate the pins using a video depth pass. Finally, we will light, texture, and render the sculpture for output to your compositing program.
Video Depth Map
We made a hacked up video depth pass by using a very bright light over our video camera. First, we stopped the lens down to expose for the bright light. Then, by having dave get closer to the light, he makes a brighter image on screen. We added more contrast and rotoscoped out some unwanted parts in After Effects. This technique has it’s draw backs (People with beards look WEIRD!) but it’s a good way to try and fake a depth pass with real video.