I am still fairly new to after effects and 3ds max so I would like to ask some more experienced users on the subject.
I need to make/create a room where the floor is made of ice, I also need to create the effect of a key stuck in the ice. And for the trickiest part, a character is going to have to cut through the ice with some sort of sharp object to get the key from the ice. I have access to after effects, 3ds Max, Maya, an Ice Rink (if needed for any reason) and if I need to make props or get a green screen I am able to get that too.
Any help on this subject would be greatly appreciated as I really dont know where to start with this. Thankyou
I would probably build the room entirely in 3D so that I could make the floor ice in the model, then shoot the person on green screen and composite him in to the render. If it has to match an existing room, a camera projection from a photograph is an option.
For digging the key out of ice, you might want to try and figure out how to do that practically, maybe freezing the key in a vat of water in a freezer and do it as a closeup once you've established the setting.
For long and medium shots where you won't see the key anyways, you can do the 3D room with green screened person. The closeups where the key shows would likely be easier and more convincing done practically (with actual key frozen in real ice).