FBI contacted me in early 2014 with the largest single 3D interior visualisation project I’ve ever worked on. There were shots required for 8 distinct areas of the clients new premises at Lakeside in Cheadle Hulme, including Reception area, Exec Offices, Bistro area and showrooms.
By the time I saw the stripped out levels of the building, FBI had already settled most of the spec with Cushman Wakefield and the end client, Jarden. A full set of mood boards had been prepared, so I was able to begin modelling the scene almost straight away while referring to the agreed finishes, colour schemes and furniture selections.
At a very early point I sent over some plain renders showing proposed camera angles to help decide on exactly what would be shown in each shot and once these were approved I did some fairly hefty evening and weekend work to pull the images together. The project was built in two separate Max files, one for each floor, and then split each element into a number of layers. Furniture items were Xref scenes to help make things easier to manage. These measures enabled me to turn zones of the scheme on and off as required, partly so that my workstation could cope with the geometry, but mainly to reduce the calculations involved at render time.
Vray allowed me to produce some good results in the end, but it was during this project that I really learned how to optimise my scenes. Some of the earlier renders were taking a looong time and this was due to noisy light and material settings – something I have since learned to eliminate.
Nicky Clarke Showroom / Meeting facility
Main showroom / Meeting facilities
“Taster” Kitchen interior
“Taster” Kitchen exterior