Bringing Water to Alberta’s Farmlands.

3D Animated Short Film

The Saint Mary’s Valve Replacement

In 2018 the Albertan government set out on a massive project to replace failing seventy year old valves beneath a dam that supplies essential irrigation to the entire southern Alberta agriculture industry. The replacing of the valves took years, millions of dollars, and two robot submarines.

Output Media was brought on to create a 3D animated short film to tell the story of the project and educate the public.

Setting the Scene

The two “hero” submarines were created, textured and rigged with propeller animations and controls before being animated, along with the valve construction sections and a barge scene.

Introducing the cast

The two “hero” submarines were created, textured and rigged with propeller animations and controls before being animated, along with the valve construction sections and a barge scene.

Telling the Story

The entire renovation and valve replacement process was animated shot-by-shot, and physically realistic water simulations were calculated and rendered to illustrate the effects of the water in the pipes during the renovation.

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