Monday, December 14, 2009

Willow Springs International Raceway. December 2009

Just like every season, we end up at Willow Springs in December for the finale. I qualified 16th and moved to 13th making a pass feet before the finish line. Then on Sunday, I set my fastest lap there during the race that I started 10th and finished 9th. Cross winds made turns 8-9 very difficult.

During the offseason, I plan on developing the car further to the 2010 spec which includes the new JRZ coilover setup.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Voila: Nou Se. Superfad. October 2009.

This spot required a month long trip to Seattle to work with Superfad on creating a Haitian art themed commercial with Wyclef Jean for Voila, a cable company in Haiti. He is speaking Creole so it may be difficult to understand that it is actually about a cable company.

I did TD work on it, including rigging, cloth, and particle simulation.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Laguna Seca. August 23, 2009

Every year at this time, we all make the trip up north for Laguna Seca. On Friday, I took both of my parents for their first ride in a race car, practiced a bit, and then raced on Saturday and Sunday.

John Cherniack . 996 Spec . Laguna Seca Qualifying . 8/23/09 from JC3D on Vimeo.

Saturday's race I gridded 9th and finished 8th, and Sunday I gridded 8th and finished 7th. I had a great battle with Rob and Kip and Sunday for the entire race. I barely held onto my lead over Rob, but Kip got by me. My best time of the weekend was a 1:40.007 which is the lap in the video.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Scion TC. Shilo. June 2009.

Scion "tC Streak" from Shilo on Vimeo.

This piece was done at Shilo in June, in collaboration with Attik, and Method Studios. I did previz on this and also helped develop the streak effect.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Goodwood and the Ring

On my recent trip to Europe, I attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the German F1 race at the Nurburgring. Here are some pictures of the trip:

Lewis Hamilton

Jenson Button

Monday, June 29, 2009

JC3D in the Octane Report

Today in the Octane Report, there is an interesting article written on the Spec 996, and myself.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Dante's Inferno. Logan. May 2009.

I worked on this at Logan in May of 2009. I was an FX artist on a team of 3. We all contributed to a bunch of the shots and there are FX in almost every shot.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

CA Speedway Data and Video

Here is the video from my fastest lap of Sunday's race. I spun 2 laps earlier attempting to late brake and pass in turn 3, and now I am catching back up to the rest of the pack. I was running consistent 1:52's until I caught back up a lap after this.

Download my traqmate data file from qualifying session with a 1:51.5

Sunday, May 17, 2009

CA Speedway Cup Races. May 16-17, 2009

This weekend was the first time taking out the new 996 spec car out to a competitive event. I ran in R5 class in Orange group which had 47 total cars on track. More photos and videos are going to be uploaded this week.

Arrived at the track early, moved into the garage and went out for a morning session to break in my new Limited Slip Differential. After changing out the fluids, I started my first session of instruction with pro coach Robbie Montinola. We worked on my line and new braking techniques. As well as learned new ways to improve my driving from interpreting data.

Applying what I learned from Friday, I qualified 2nd of 47 which put me on the front row. I got the lead for a couple turns after getting a good jump on the start, but was then taken by the lighter cars in the turns. From then I battled it out with a few of the best drivers in the club, but once you make a small mistake, or leave just enough room, they get right passed. I fought it out with them for a couple laps until I almost spun. After moving back to 6th place, I caught back up under a full course caution. Then got a great jump on the restart, passed about 6 cars, and moved back into 4th where I finished the race.

Here is the data from qualifying:

I qualified 3rd in a much bigger race group. Fell to 5th on the first lap, and then overshot turn 3 on the second lap, moving me into 6th. I caught back up to the leading pack of cars, got into 5th for a bit, then back to 6th. On the very last lap, I was setting up to make my pass into 5th, and I had an electrical issue and I wasn't able to finish the race with only 3 turns left on the final lap.

Friday, May 15, 2009

LG Viewty. Brickyard VFX. April 2009.

This was done at Brickyard VFX using their excellent Maya/Renderman/Nuke pipeline. Did some animation, mo-cap cleanup which turned into re-animating androids, particle simulation, and painted a couple of the textures.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

MLB on FOX. Superfad. March 2009.

I traveled up to Seattle to work with Superfad on this years Saturday MLB on FOX campaign. This was a 6 week project with a team of 4 other 3d Artists. I performed regular 3d Generalist duties.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

2009 Racing Season and the new 996 spec racecar

Returning from last year's 2nd place in POC Cup Racing R6, the new race car is complete and my first race is taking place May 16-17 at California Speedway. I will be running most of the POC season in MSR/R5 and some SCCA races in ITE.

The car is setup with Bilstein PSS10 and 682/900 springs and a custom valving. Stock motor and transmission and weighs in at 2880 lbs with driver.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Dodge Texas. Stardust. January 2009.

This was done at Stardust. From previz to final render in 3 weeks. I did all of the previz, rigging, and animation on the cars. After that was done, we gave some frames to a team of cell animators who really brought the cars to life.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Happiness Factory 3. Psyop. November 2008

The third episode of Happiness Factory was done at Psyop in LA. I worked on several FX shots in this with a soild team of artists.