The Rake

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The Rake is based off of a creepypasta tale of a monster that comes for its victims at night. It creeps into the home silently and as the parents go to sleep, they are awaken by a odd dog whimper combined with a low groaning noise at the edge of their bed. After seeing this beast, often it’s the mother who finds her husband dead, lying in bed next to her. The Rake then speaks to the mother in a voice that only she understands. After terrorizing her, The Rake runs away, the mother in pursuit only to find her lifeless child at it’s feet. She is often killed or escapes afterwards, only to warn others about her experience.

Though the interpretation of The Rake is completely subjective, I like to view it as a tale between a child and the parents. Often, The Rake visits the child first and tells her to leave. Through miscommunication, the child tries to tell the parents and they don’t listen or the child is scared and never speaks up. Inevitably, both are lost. Lesson is take the time to listen to your kids.

This project was presented to me by Shun Otsubo, a young director at UNLV. It was a fantastic project to work on since the ambition was high but the actual short was extremely small. The shoot was done in a night with other film students and it felt great working with such young and ambitious film makers who got a first-hand look at how VFX on set actually works.

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I’m also grateful for the opportunity to test out some really challenging techniques that I normally never get to use. The first challenge was creating The Rake. R15 was used and the model was developed using blocks and extrusions. Once an outline was completed, sculpting and painting through body paint was applied. Finally, the character rig in R14 was used to quickly animate The Rake within the scene.

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After shooting the footage with a Black Magic camera, the sequences were tracked in Syntheyes and then The Rake was animated within the scene. Afterwards, it was composited in After Effects to match the scene. It’s amazing how those few shots took months to produce due to trial and error. But in the end, it was a fantastic learning experience.

Take a look at the video and if you’re interested, we can spend some time on Character/Sculpting/match motion techniques. Until next time!







1 Comment

  1. Greg
    03 August 14, 8:01am

    Would love to see a tutorial on how you rigged and animated the creature if you have the time. There are not tutorials many on this topic for C4D.

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