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Originally designed as an animation for the Emmy-winning series Florida:
the Outdoor Adventure, this animation, unfortunately, fell victim to the
cutting room floor due to time constraints. This was a particular
shame, as this animation represented a large amount of effort. The
models for the orchid flower and the butterfly were re-created in 3d from
live models of the flower and photographs, respectively. In LightWave
3d, expressions systems (designed using my plug-in Relativity)
were used to drive the flapping of the butterfly wings and to give the
flower stem a realistic motion as if the butterfly were really landing
on it. Copious use of photographed tree and leaf textures help lend
realism to the piece, along with a custom-modified (by me) depth-of-field
plug-in to do the rack-focus effects. All-in-all, I consider this
to be one of my finest animations.