Here’s my final piece and a bit of info about my process.
I felt this scene would work great in VR because it’s nicely contained within the train but it also has great view of the sea and clouds through the windows. I also thought the hanging handles, railings and shelves would provide a nice level of depth in VR.
I originally planned to have more things passing by in the exterior, however I didn’t want any obvious repetition or seams in the animation loop as it would make the experience less immersive. I wanted a nice clean loop so you can really sit in the scene for a few minutes and feel like you’re actually there. I felt the sunken crossing was the ideal candidate for adding some movement to the scene without it being too repetitive. I hope that people who have seen the movie will remember the sound of the crossing whizzing past when they see it.
I also planned on being able to see into the next kart but later decided not to (Even though a copy and paste would have done the trick) I wanted to keep the poly count down just to avoid performance issues.
You might not have noticed but I did add some decals in my previous upload. This includes footprints on the floor and some damp drip marks on the walls. They are subtle touch but if you want a closer look at where I put them, you can turn wireframe on and you should be able to see where they are.
I would have loved to get a full view of the posters in the train but I couldn’t find any images. You don’t get a full shot of them in the film but I know they are featured somewhere in the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo. I was going to leave them blank (like in my WIPs) but instead I decided to use some Miyazaki concept Sketches. You can’t really see them clearly but It was just to add a bit of texture more than anything.
All modelling was done in 3DS Max and textures were done in photoshop. Lightmaps were baked in 3DS Max. I did a couple of separate lighting passes and balanced them in photoshop. I also used Unity as a quick means of experimenting with lightmaps and viewing in real-time.
I think this is one of the most important (and most beautiful) scenes in the movie. It was definitely a challenge to do it justice but I’m very pleased with my final piece Hope you enjoy it too!