Saturday, 13 September 2014

Giulietta è Morta!

Giulietta è Morta!
Some months ago I was waiting to get tired one night when yet another rerun of 'Shakespeare in Love' came on the television. It is of course total fiction, but what does that matter? The film works as a vehicle for some of the greatest lines ever written. And even after all these years it is still a feast for eyes and ears. Those final scenes in Burbage's theatre made me wish I could experience Shakespeare at its very roots, before this age of screen based technology where we consume visual and aural stimulation ad infinitum until it becomes a normalised sea of white noise. It must have been incredible to see the first run of a Shakespeare play. That night I was inspired to start on a piece which progressed slowly as and when spare time allowed. It is the pivotal scene in which Romeo thinks Juliet has poisoned herself.

Wireframe Scene in Cinema 4D 
Such personal works are always about learning and experimentation. I began by exporting fbx files of Daz's basic Genesis figures into Cinema 4D. This is something I often do to get compositional placeholders quickly set. The figures were fixed, tweaked and posed more than usual, so I kept them. The scenery, clothes, hair, lighting and final render were done in Cinema 4D. A basic headstone was made in C4D, exported to ZBrush, where I used DynaMesh and ReMesher to add the little putto, before sending it back to Cinema. He points up in tribute to a symbolic gesture featured in Da Vinci's 'St John The Baptist.' The title, 'Giulietta è Morta' is of course Italian for Juliet is dead! The final image was rendered at 10,000 x 5780 pixels (85 x 50 cm at 300ppi.)