Compositing RECEIVER into Syntactic Labyrinths

Realistic Screens in your 3D-renders

Published on
November 2, 2021
Syntactic Labyrinths

Have you wondered how you can realistically composite a 3D object into your scene?

On the surface it may seem simple, and honestly, once you've covered some basic skills it is quite simple.
If you lighting set-up in CGI matches that of your live-action plate, it will immediately integrate beautifully.

With the power of 32-bit .exr images you can use a variety of Passes to accurately composite the look you like.
When achieving Photo-Realism it's about multiple subtle adjustments that —
together add to your Desired Effect.

In this tutorial I will cover various techniques for compositing a screen droid inside of a spaceship. RECEIVER designed by Edon Guraziu is one of two super-computers that manage the Library in our upcoming film Syntactic Labyrinths. We shot a real backplate of the Library's interior, built by Teresa Almeida and shot by Tomás Posada!

This tutorial covers
• Compositing RECEIVER with Multi-Pass workflow
• Creating a Realistic Screen Effect in After Effects
• Post-Processing and CRT Flicker

Multi-Pass Workflow

When doing advanced Visual Effects compositing you will have a much happier life if you're using Multiple Passes.

Each Pass such as Reflectance, Bloom & Glare and NormalsShading will give you fine controls to adjust your VFX-plate to better match your shot.

Want to Learn about using Multi-Pass in Chaos Corona? Read their Documentation.

Creating a Realistic Screen

For this I'm using a luminance material inside Cinema 4D and Chaos Corona.
I've made sure to render out a Luminance Pass so that we have a clean cut-out of the screen once we're in After Effects.

In this example I'm compositing the entire look of the screen inside After Effects.
I'm using a variety of gradients to create a soft-looking falloff within the screen.


Finally we're adding a variety of overlays such as Dust Particles from ActionVFX.

These will add subtle realism by having moving elements that interact with the light of the screen.
Finally I will add a banding effect to create a subtle feeling of the screen refreshing itself.

If you want to create a Realistic Screen Effect yourself — check out our latest Tutorial on CGI Screens! 

And if you're looking for Production-Ready Resources — Check out our Digital Screen Diodes!

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