Meals on Wheels

SHUT UP and DRIVE!

Automobiles have featured in film since the very beginning, so I would be remiss not to include some in EvE: The Will to Live.  However, modelling a car or truck is time-consuming and if I consume any more time modelling the Time-Bottling Local 210 is going to come pounding on my door.  Instead I have resorted to free downloads from www.blendswap.com and archive3d.net ;  these are great resources but sometimes models are not unwrapped, so you have to do that yourself (unwrapping is the process of marking seams on the model so that a 2d image can be made, the model parts “laid flat”

Here is an example of an unwrapped model's 2d image.
Here is an example of an unwrapped model’s 2d image.

the way we might unwrap a globe of the Earth; after that we are able to map an image texture or paint on that 2d image, which then shows up on the model).

Here is the same layout with the textures painted in.
Here is the same layout with the textures painted in.

Here is the model all nice and ready to star in EvE: The Will to Live:

Tbovu_Jinja dalladalla_WIPThis is a typical minivan used for transport in Tanzania.  Even though the country where the story takes place is not named and I have made deliberately ambiguous, my point of reference for the many details is Tanzania, and in particular, Dar es Salaam.  Notice, for example, that the terminal stops are indicated on the front (also the back) as well as a notice about fares on the passenger door.  After that you’ll find all kinds of decorations, or none at all.

What is interesting, I went to Kampala, Uganda, in 2010 and found their minivans have no decorations at all.  Instead, the driver or the conductor or some ‘piga debe’ (tout) leans out and shouts where they’re going.  I assume that allows them some flexibility to alter their routes.

I visited Djibouti in 2011 and my mind is blank on the transport issue.  The population was not dense at all, and the city was pretty small, walkable, but I can’t mention anything other than taxis.

In Luxor, Egypt, they also have caleches, horse-drawn carts, which is a charming way to get around that beautiful city.

Enough Talk!  Pictures!

I call it the Lugger, a mini pick up truck that often has a box mounted on the back.
I call it the Lugger, a mini pick up truck that often has a box mounted on the back.
The Lugger with it's big brother, what I have called the 'FUJO'. (swahiliophones watacheka)
The Lugger with it’s big brother, what I have called the ‘FUJO’. (swahiliophones watacheka)
early sedan
Mama’s car, texturing in progress.

 

Here we see the car coming to life with a bit of dust and interior work done.
Here we see the car coming to life with a bit of dust and interior work done.

Here’s an example of a background prop, an oil tanker from archive3d which I have modified and detailed.

This oil tanker represents a shout out to a good friend and his family business in Iringa, Tanzania.
This oil tanker represents a shout out to a good friend and his family business in Iringa, Tanzania.

Let’s Roll!

There are not too many vehicles in motion in the film, because the story takes place at the tail end of the evacuation, when most people have already left.  However, I can’t do without a little vehicular action.

Lugger_road_test
Lugger road test 1

Above is the first test of blazraidr’s Blender Car Rig  which is super cool and saves too much time.  When it’s one lone fanatic doing all the work, sometimes you have to invest in the cutting of corners.

Dear reader stay tuned, more animations, crazy and cool, will be created with cars racing from zombies over rough dirt roads.  Dramatic chase music (or banjo plucking) fills your mind.

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