My name is Sam and I am a visual effects student. Now entering my third and final year at university I have to come up with a project that will sustain the year... And this is it! A short film about the events surrounding the Battle of Trafalgar. Follow my progress as I explore this deeply fascinating subject and hopefully do it justice in my work!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Work Contines

Work continues on the film as we move toward shooting - confirmed date of the 2nd December! After a successful trip to St Paul's Cathedral, I've begun texturing!

Trafalgar: Tomb Previs - Sarcophogus from Sam Biddle on Vimeo.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Previs Update

A quick update while I work on the previs. Below is an example of how things are coming along. Also, visiting St Paul's on Monday for photography!

Trafalgar: Tomb Previs from Sam Biddle on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

A bit of a gap since the last post! I have been working hard on getting pre production done and perfecting the narrative for the film. At present I am now putting together the Nelson's tomb environment.

Big thanks to Nicola Alexander for a hefty amount of lighting and colour help!

Here are some lighting concepts and the 3D model:

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Lord Nelson's Final Resting Place

I may eventually have to create a shot of this stunning crypt for the film. The The Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral have graciously sent over a whole library of images covering the tomb:

Images Courtesy of
The Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

So I visited Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard today. It was exceedingly busy so I didn't get to look at everything I wanted. I also need to apply for express permission to do any proper filming, so I feel a return visit is in order. (Probably multiple return visits!) Regardless, just like Chatham's Historic Dockyard, there is a wealth of history there. I went on board the mighty HMS Warrior and the legendary HMS Victory (which is currently under restoration) to take some photos and get a feel of what I'll be building. It is going to be a pretty challenging task to build HMS Victory in CG and I have to bring it up to a photoreal standard.