As part of the development for Focal Length, I am in the process of creating a tool that will allow the team to generate unique civilians that will populate the environment. This blog will document my week to week progress.
According to production specifications, around twenty civilians could potentially appear at the same time on the screen, so the tool needs to be able to generate at least that many significantly different characters. To keep the amount of work in scope, it was decided that the following parameters will be controllable by the user:
With the addition of variation on the textures for skin, eyes, hair and clothes, the tool could potentially generate hundreds of different civilians. A big focus of the tool will be to produce a friendly UI and creation process to achieve a good UX design, since the tool will be used by artists and producers alike
Similar tools already exist, such as Mixamo Fuse, MakeHuman, the Mii creator on the Wii, the Avatar creator on the XBox, etc.