Been reading the fic, so made a pic and than this. Only took half a Saturday (map and all). Ended up being a "see what cool effects you can make with lighting" kind of video.
Picture version: http://argodaemon.deviantart.com/art/A-New-Day-SFM-397511410
--What programs did you use? Animating was done in Source FilmMaker (SFM). Editing was done in After Effects for lens flare and final compilation.
--Music/Audio?!?! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLAekg3iwxc Sigh is Alex from HalfLife2 Electric sounds are from HalfLife 2
--Who are the ponies? LilPip and Homage from Fallout: Equestria.
--What map is that? Map is custom-made in Hammer, but basically consists of just models found in various Source games and around the web. Hammer was mainly used for making a box and floor. :3
--How did you get the lighting effects? There are a total of 10 lights in the scene. 1 was used as a far off light to give the sun beams and general ground lighting. 1 was placed by the previous, but given a short range and heavy volumetrics (created a ball of light, effectively creating the sun), 1 was used for extra rim lighting on Pip, 1 was used that follows the sun and gives a higher bloom to the wall in front of it, 1 is in the building pointing towards the gun to give a slight ambient shadow, and the other 5 are placed around the rim of the opening for effect.
--How did you get the NukaCola sign to flicker? I created a texture of just the NukaCola sign and applied it to the light (Set Gobo Texture). Matched it up with the sign and flickered the intensity. Just using a light to do this will have a horrible effect (though there is a light used to give a little extra glow along with the textured light).
--Where did you get the models/cycles? LilPip: http://stormbadger.deviantart.com/art/gmod-Fallout-Equestria-remake-pack-DL-352141403 Homage: http://www.deviantart.com/art/Homage-model-Gmod-and-SFM-370275510 Little Macintosh: http://www.deviantart.com/art/Download-Little-Macintosh-355005858 Fallout Props: http://www.garrysmod.org/downloads/?a=view&id=133792 PipBoy (PipBuck): http://www.garrysmod.org/downloads/?a=view&id=124366 Walk Cycle for Homage: http://jayriavieock.deviantart.com/art/DL-Walk-Cycle-for-SFM-V4-Female-Ponies-Ver-1-3-370285677
--Why didn't you use FallOut 50s music? Wouldn't have fit the mood and most were too long.
--Why is there sun? Didn't the pegasus close up the sky? Yes, but the sun is pretty. :P
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