Bibble's Bar with New Lighting

Looking at reference photos from "Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars: The Old Republic," I realized that bars are very colorful:

So I experimented with different lighting combinations in Bibble's Bar. Just so you can see some of the trial-and-error that goes into this process, here are just a few of the lighting combinations I tried:

The first picture (above, left) is the original lighting.
In the second picture (above, right), I changed the yellow "neon" lights (on the walls and bar) to purple, just to see how it looked. It looked more like a bar to me, so I knew things were moving in the right direction.

In the 2nd version (above, left), I changed the floor lights to purple too. That seemed like overkill, so I tried a 3rd version with green floor lights (above, right). Hmmm... not quite right so I tried changing the entire bar's lighting:

The 4th version (above, left) has purple overall lighting.
The 5th version (above, right) has green overall lighting.

It's kind of funny, because the "purple lighting" version looks a lot like the "Attack of the Clones" bar:

And the "green lighting" version looks a lot like the "Star Wars: The Old Republic" bar:

Personally, I liked the green lighting better, but it still didn't seem right. Here are 2 more color combinations:

In the 6th version (above, left), I changed the wall lights to yellow. The yellow lights don't really match the purple and green color scheme, so I changed it again.

In the 7th version (above, right), I changed the wall lights to orange. This is the version I like best. Just so you can see them side-by-side, here's the original lighting compared to the new lighting:

I think the new version looks a lot more bar-like and night clubby -- it just has more "atmosphere." Also, on a technical side, the green overall lighting means we can get away with green spill on sloppy chroma keys when we composite-in our live actors. :)

Now that Bibble's Bar is essentially finished -- at least for now -- I'm going to re-render the backgrounds for our animatic.



New Version of Bibble's Bar

I decided to revise the CG model for Bibble's Bar. It still isn't done, but I figured I'd at least post pictures of the current work-in-progress.

Here are before-and-after pictures comparing the previous version of Bibble's Bar with the new version:

Of course, the main difference is the removal of the stadium seating that used to surround the room. The original Jedi Temple Briefing Room model had that distinctive stadium seating and I think removing it makes it less obvious that we used that model to create Bibble's Bar.

Here's a comparison of the original Jedi Temple Briefing Room model and our remodeled version of Bibble's Bar:

Hopefully, aside from the stairs, it's hard to tell it's the same model...

In addition to removing the stadium seating, I also changed the texture mapping on the walls, added a bar, and added tables. Here are some random close-ups of the bar:

And here's a close-up of one of the tables (NOT in its final position -- this was a test picture from when I was testing different texture maps on the table):

In fact, you can tell it's a test picture because not only is the table not in its final position, but the white/glowing tabletop panel is also too low (which is why it has that weird look rather than being a solid off-white).

Overall, I think we're moving in the right direction. The new version looks more like a bar to me, although it still needs finishing touches (set dressing, etc.). I'll post more pictures when the model is further along...