Understanding Helios - #1

In this first of a series of blog posts, I will take you through the conception of Helios, the thinking behind its creation, and a glimpse at how the core light processing logic was born.

Helios can be said to have started, technically, two years ago when I created a bunch of clouds that I kept reusing across my scenes. They were starting points to which I applied specific settings – predefined formulae for achieving a distinct look for the type of cloud I wanted. But Helios really took form in a hotel room in Los Angeles last year after the Master Class. It wasn’t a moment of inspiration where everything suddenly appeared right in front of my eyes. Nothing that glamorous. But it became apparent that instead of figuring out how to make the cloud library reusable for everyone else inside Vue, a better solution is to create a handling utility.

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I am Thunderhead - Helios Teaser video

The teaser video for Helios, QuadSpinner's new cloud tech, was created literally in one night - including 2 complete renders and one mis-render. I have talked about dogfooding before. When you are constantly making products and techniques, dogfood (i.e., using your own product) is basically a constant part of your diet. But all of that is worth it when it tastes great!!

Dogfood does not always taste good and you are always a little concerned right before you test out something is not yet complete, but a couple of nights ago, my friend Marek Mihok and I got a pleasant surprise.

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