About Masashi Imagawa
Masashi Imagawa studied CG, compositing, and VFX at the Kyoto University of Art and Design, Japan, where his short film “The Seabed” won the top award at Klab’s Creative Fest. After working in Tokyo, Masashi moved to Montreal, where he became a compositor for MPC and Framestore. Today, Masashi works as a generalist at ILM. Masashi’s credits include The Tomorrow War, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Army of the Dead, and Mulan.
Could you break down the steps of creating the project?
MI: We modeled in 3ds Max and created some procedural materials with V-Ray. Once I rendered the environments, I exported alembics for the animators and FX artists so they could work with those. We used Houdini to create the effects.
To create the nighttime lighting, I used a lot of small lights. Also, there is lightning in the sky so I rendered different light passes and animated these in comp.
What are your favorite V-Ray features?
MI: V-Ray decal, V-Ray Triplanar, and V-Ray UVW Randomizer. And all procedural things!