No Lonely Witch On The Moon

Interactive Game

No Lonely Witch On The Moon is still an ongoing project for the Virtual Production Class. It is a motion capture virtual film made by Unreal, Metahuman, Blender, Marvelous Designer, Motion Builder and Optitrack motion capture. 

Concept

There is a witch living alone on the moon for thousands of years. Unlike ordinary witches, she has the appearance of an innocent child, who likes to plant flowers on the moon, and love pink things. On her moon, there are many little floating stars, each of which represents the memory of people who will die on Earth. Every time she gets close to a star, she will start her ritual by playing the piano - when her performance is over, there will be a flower blooms on the moon, with an eye on it. It turns out that she will put the memory of the star into the flowers, as her companion on moon.

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Thoughts behind the story
  • Character

    • I want to create a non-typical character for my witch, so I made the moon very dreamy and childish-like. I think this witch represents ID in Freud's psychoanalytic theory. The id is the primitive and instinctual part of the mind that contains sexual and aggressive drives and hidden memories. The witch's simplest purpose is collecting stars and turning them into flowers that exist on the moon forever, just longing for companionship. But she didn't consider whether she should deprive others of their memories for her own.

  • Discussion of existentialism

    • I recently watched a movie called "White Noise", which discussed death, the meaning of existence, and belief. If everyone believes that after death, people will go to heaven and there will be little angels welcoming them, then no one in this world will want to live. But if people have no faith, death will be a very painful and frightening thing. Dostoevsky once said: "If God does not exist, then everything is permissible", then the subversion of values, and the complete emancipation of human nature, there is no dogma in the world, and people will be complete freedom. This seems to be the liberation of mankind, which should be a good thing. But if these are admitted, then people will completely lose their spiritual destination. In the structure of my world, everyone on Earth who is about to die will turn into a star and re-live in the universe, but the witch who happens to be on the moon can steal the memory of the stars through her witchcraft to plant them on the moon. But because of this, dead humans will continue to exist on the new planet through memory.

Technic And Workflow

- 200 camera photos to Reality capture to Metahuman

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  • Use Quixel bridge to import Metahuman into UE5

  • Export body and face to Blender without riggings

  • Import body to Marvelous Designer and make dress

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  • Export dress in UV editor form and export as Garment

  • Import body into Motion Builder, characterized to T-pose, re-targeting and then import the motion capture data, baked

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  • Import motion capture animation and the garment on the metahuman

  • Create level sequencer (The documentation of sequencer is on the way)