I have a major job coming up very soon that requires me to animate ships on realistic water environments. I've been messing around with fluid effect ponds and ocean for ages, and I get oceans looking nice and the way I want them too. However, when it comes to actually putting things in the water I get very stuck indeed. Yes there are a billion and one tuts around about "how to make object float and have wakes etc etc etc" but I'm not floating a freakin cube here. I need the ships to actually look like they would in real life, with decent wakes. I really don't know where to start here. Spray would also be nice. Has anyone whatched the anim for the new British CVF aircraft carriers? It's gotta look like that :O! Apart from jets that stop in mid air in the periphery of shots and choppers with ugly motion blur, their ocean and wakes effects were really sweet. Can anyone help?
the link to that aircraft carrier. It'll give you a good idea of what I need to do, and it's well worth the wath anyway.
Further edit: What really annoys me though is the way that A/W and Autodesk tote maya fluid's as if their gods, and sure they are good. but you look at the cover of Maya Unlimited 6: Features and there's that jaw dropping U Bot in an ocean andit all lookslovely and gorgeous. Doesthe book even come close to helping you achive that? No. Lame. It's the same with all the tuts I've found on the net. I've found tens of questions like mine on other forums, and they get an answer about how to use the pitiful procedural boat wakes and then they say "No I already tried that and it looks like chimp poo, I need to simulate a proper wake and nice spray blah blah blah" andthen there are no further posts. Is the government trying to covering up how to do it or something? Or is it just that actually its not possible to get those kind of effects with maya in its standard form and you need some Weta-made billion dollar plugin? Grrr it makes me grumpy, that U-boat, plain old fashion false advertising I say.
Rant over, and judging from the posts I've seen everywhere else I don't expect I'll get the answer that I need. Though you guys are top notch wit everything else