I was asked by Spanish artist Karlos Gil to recreate marine creatures

Between sci-fi and scientific recreations, signaling the otherwordly character of the creatures. To a point where reality meets fiction

Bigges exhibtion of his work yet, major art center in Madrid, Ca2M

Creation of creatures posed a challenge, given the ver specific nature of their skin, also the light setup, which was made with hair simulation. I developed a physically accurate cilia simulation,  having  their movement, combined with the refraction properties, generate the bioluminiscence. I consulted several papers discussing the unusual behaviour of these deep sea creature´s bodies

A total of 28 shots were produced, taking 3:40 min, which were included in the final film, along with other footage

Produced by CAM, Ca2M, 2023.

Model retopology, rigging and body animation by Juan José de Domingo.

Released under Mute records, 2021.

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Combs and cilia rig, details, closeup shots. I created a procedural setup, hairs moving in loop, taking scientific illutrations as reference.

Breakdown hair, from the side, horizontal, wireframes

Combs and cilia rig, details, closeup shots. A light setup specific for the hair, they lit when they reach a certain angle and position in relation with the light source, giving the appearance of bioluminiscence

Breakdownn body
Make a shot of Beroe butt moving, another of Mnemiosis, showing how hairs behave

References. From left to right, from top to bottom: 1.Chris Cunningham working in "Alien3" (Ridley Scott, 1992)      2. Active nuclear reactor   3.Space Guild ship, as seen in “Dune” (Denis Villeneuve, 1968)    4.Snells´s law formula used to calculate the values for the skin shading     5.Still from an UFO encounter video, released by the Pentagon in 2020       6.Neon lights     7.Energyzoa, online theory claiming there are jellyfish-like organic UFOs roaming the sky     8.Illustrations showcased in "Cilia and the life of ctenophores" (Sidney L. Tamm, 2014), used as reference for the ctenophore models