The contest is for creating a 15 second commercial for them. It was a challenge coming up with something that couldn't exceed 15 seconds that included a before and after concept of how their products help. Lighting is always crucial to setting a good scene, and a green screen can place you in a new world.
The following screenshots are a breakdown of some of the layers in the ship scene. I purchased the Thunderbike model from Daz3D. I did the 3D animation in Blender, attached some lights, and exported the camera and object data out to After Effects. While Blender was rendering, I went over to After Effects to set up my scene, ie background stars, parented lights to object data from Blender.
|Render from Blender with alpha channel|
|Background Star layer added|
|Fractal noise red smoke and blast ring added|
|Optical Flares added|
Also, my wife Elisa. She is the other radio voice. For version 2, I also had her do a narration with an English accent. I think it worked out very well and gave it a more commercial feel. Thanks wife!
In the end, I think having 3 voices (mine included) really adds production value. It really makes you feel like there are a lot more characters in the scene.
As for the contest, they'll announce the winner tomorrow. Wish me luck.