It was a challenge to figure out the best modeling techniques to tackle the intricate detail, especially to reproduce the watch case's machine turned circular pattern. Modeling that is not impossible at all but I thought the simplest route in this case was to use a displacement map that was created in illustrator. Not only did I have to make the watch, but also decide how to present it. Should it sit on a plain white background? Nahhh, I wanted this to completely encompass the film in some way so I placed the watch (gently) on the wool fabric of the striped suit Chris Reeve’s character wore. The movie shows the watch face only twice and one shot was clearly used in both, so I displayed that same time here. The rest incorporated traditional 3D modeling in Modo and ZBrush and the video was rendered in a few passes using Keyshot with the footage, graphics and looped music composited in After Effects. The stills were composited using Photoshop. Hope you all enjoy viewing The Watch as much I did making it!
(2020) This 1980 romantic/fantasy/drama Somewhere in Time has always been a favorite of mine. The romance, time travel, the Grand Hotel, Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour’s timeless beauty, the Music and that POCKET WATCH. The film actually got me so interested in pocket watches that I now have a nice little collection of my own. I am always on the lookout for similar watches to the one in the film, a 1903 Hamilton model 941 with hunter case. Since the film “prop” was a custom design and there are no exact duplicates of the fine detail work done on the watch face, I was inspired to do this 3D digital replica of that truly beautiful timepiece.