Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Project Review: Little Miss Sunshine 3D VW Bus for Cinema Expo 2007

 The side view of the 3D Little Miss Sunshine VW bus model as delivered.

 A color render[ never used], to test the surfaces.

  Here you can see the base vectors I create to build from in 3D, here I have four: Front, Back, Top and Side.

 A 3/4 Worms Eye view of the bus, I did throw the front Torsion Beam in their, since this was a head on shot.

 A Quad view of the base mesh for the bus, you will notice the door handles are high rez, they were from Herbie.

  Mesh- Smooth is set at 2 in this ambient render of the VW bus I built.

 A side view of the VW bus I built for Little Miss Sunshine advertising.[ Note the dent below the door- I ran out of time]

Project Review
Little Miss Sunshine
3D VW Bus for Cinema Expo 2007

Client: FOX Studios via The Cimarron Group
Art Direction: John Zaffarano.
Project Date: Summer 2007.

While at The Cimarron Group back in 2007, I worked on a few Cinema Expo presentations for the International Division headed up by John Zaffarano, and I had to build the VW bus from Little Miss Sunshine for an animated piece their own 3D guy was doing. 

Here is the catch, I had 8 Hours to do it. Bear in mind a good automotive model from scratch takes about a week, or 40 hours to get a full exterior done, so one fifth that time was a real challenge.

I did have an advantage in that I had built a VW bug for Herbie here, and I could use a few parts from that model for the details here, suspension, door handles etc, but for this one I did all parts as Quads so they could be smoothed once their team took the model. I also have the advantage that I am a Transportation Grad who happens to know a lot about VW's and have owned a Bay Window bus, this same year, so it was from memory for a bunch of this.

As a note, if you look below the passenger door you will see some rippling in the body, and since this was a long shot to a close up on just the front end of the 3D Virtual Bus, and it would not show, and I had only one day to do this all, I was not able to fix it in time for delivery, and that was discussed and expected with one  fifth the time to this.

I loved the challenge of trying to get a car done that fast, it teaches you a whole bunch, on how to run that fast.

Cheers, THOM


  1. I love it. If you wanna be picky, the roof lines are off, but pretty much spot on otherwise.

  2. Agreed! I had one day to build it. I have gone beck and cleaned up Herbie VW model, as my Volksrod .

    Like any hand build, more hours gets the virtual sheet metal closer to what you want.

    Thanks for the crit!

    Cheers, THOM