Territory Studio’s UI Design for Guardians of the Galaxy.

In the world of film production and CG effects, there is a separate world  of motion designers that craft user interfaces for on screen displays. They are a unique group of individuals that craft high-tech, or LoFi looks for the film industry from scratch. What they uild has to be unique, creative, convincing, and blend with the overall look and feel of the film. In many ways, these teams are creating another character for the actors to interact with. When it’s done right, it can be absolutely mesmerizing. This work is complex, involved, highly detailed, and time consuming to produce.

For Guardians of the Galaxy, Territory Studios produced a multitude of screens for the entire movie. They developed everything from dancing particle systems, to unique type faces that are used in the on-screen displays. Below is a sampling of some of the unique UI systems they created, along with a show reel of the total. The link above takes you to Territories site, where there are a number of still frames that really highlight the quality of the work they did for this movie.

“Feel The Reel” with Real-Time Emotional Response.

I love it when a group pushes technology to create something new and exciting. Case in point, Satchi and Satchi’s new directors showcase at Cannes this year. Using wristbands with biometric sensors embedded in them, they were able to capture emotional responses to work being shown in real-time. The data that was being collected was displayed on a secondary screen in the theater as a real-time visualization of the audiences emotional response to what they were watching. This allowed the audience to see how others were responding in relation to themselves as well. It’s a great little experiment, and one that I could see being applied to study groups to gauge a more realistic emotional response content, product, ui/ux design etc.

 

Skateboard Time Collapse.

Heres a bend your noodle little video to start your week off right. This was shot on a Nokia Lumia 930 by Cy Kuckenbaker, and features skateboarder Cory Juneau. This is a total of takes that have been composited together to create a seven scene video. The timelapse footage features no CG work and is absolutely mesmerizing. This is all part of a promotional channel for Microsoft to show off the capabilities of the camera in the smartphone and frankly I think it’s a winner.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/101557016″>Skateboarding Time Collapse: Shot with the Lumia 930</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/windowsphone”>Microsoft</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Le Duo – Ideat

French design and illustration team Le Duo has posted some really nice work on their site that was done for the magazine Ideat. The works feature iconic furniture and architecture, rendered in a clean minimalist style with bright color pallets. Very cool stuff, that sizes right for your smartphone screen if you are so inclined.

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100 Years of Tivoli.

What a really nice blend of 3D animation and 2D styling with a retro feel to it. Frame has created a really nice little animated piece for Tivoli’s 100th anniversary. I really love the look and feel of it. From the summery pastel colors, to the hypnotic kaleidoscope patterns, it’s just a fun visual celebration of the brand. Enjoy.

“Beyond Nature” with the Samsung NX30.

For whatever reason, as of late I have been on a kick about gear, budgets, and what you can create with everything from bare bones to big budget. The video below from  was shot on location in Bolivia and Chile on a Samsung Galaxy NX30 with just 3 lenses.  I know there is more gear involved. Things like tripods, extra batteries, memory cards etc, but the total cost of the entire kit was probably less than $2500.00 total. The results however look like they were shot on a much more expensive camera rig, which brings me back to “These days you don’t need the most expensive gear to get insanely great results.”

Rice Krispies Dinosaurs.

If you ever wonder what it takes to get a TV commercial produced, take a look at the credit list below this Rice Krispies spot by Hornet. It’s insane. Actually it’s not. It’s simply proof that good work, sometimes takes more than a few, and collaboration and team work produce some killer results. Directed by Yves Geleyn, who helped to create “The Bear and the Hare” for John Lewis is at it again creating a light hearted, fun spot that features hand crafted and animated wooden puppets. The entire piece is narrated by a young boy who brings his imaginative story to life with the help of his small dinosaur friends.

Director: Yves Geleyn
Produced by: Hornet
Executive Producer: Jan Stebbins
Producer: Cathy Kwan
Live Action Puppet Shoot Producer: Joel Kretschman
Live Action Producer: Jennifer Pearlman
Editor: Anita Chao

PUPPET SHOOT
Produced by: Hornet
Director of Photography: Ivan Abel
Art Director: Elise Ferguson
Fabricators: Nathan Aquith, Erika Bettencourt, Hillary Barton, Eric Duke, Peter Erickson, Jon Hartman, Ben Kress, Tim McDonald
Puppeteers: Tyler Bunch, Billy Barkhurst, David Feldman, Steven Widerman
1st AC: Emilie Jackson
Motion Control Operator: Don Canfield
DIT: Roman France
Gaffer: Michael Yetter
Best Boy: Jarrod Kloiber
Key Grip: Casey Wooden
2nd Grip: Matt Cryan
VTR Operator: Jon Osterman
Script Supervisor: Stephanie Andreou
Production Assistants: Milton Katz, Stevie Weinstein-Foner
Intern: Jon Hartman

POST-PRODUCTION
Produced by: Hornet Inc
Storyboard Artist: Carlos Ancalmo
Background Design: Bryan Lashelle
Character Designers: Andres Guierrez Torres, Sylvain Marc
Animatic Animators: Michelle Higa, David Hill
Supervising Technical Director: Sang Jin Bae
Technical Director: Ylli Orana
Tracking, Lighting & Rendering: Richard Kim
Modeling & Texturing: Ylli Orana, Richard Kim
CG Animator: Sean Thorpe
Compositors: Lee Gingold, John Harrison

LIVE ACTION
Produced by: Hornet
Director of Photograpy: Russell Swanson
2nd AD: Brock Lee
AC: Dave Turner
Art Director: Scott Sicari
Food Stylist: Brian Croney
Wardrobe Stylist: Kristen Robertiello
Hair/Makeup: Jacob Geraghty
Asst Makeup: Chelsea Reiss
Prop Master: Michael Sicari
Prop Assistants: Nick Horton, James Quinn
Gaffer: Gary Haspel
Best Boy: Chris Bucior
Genny Driver: Bryan Rubin
Key Grip: Derek Murphy
Best Boy: Sal Carole
Production Supervisor: Marc Kelly
Production Manager: Jessica O’Brieni
DIT: Doug Anderson
Script Supervisor: Renee Van Dorn
VTR: Jon Charity
Truck Driver: Jason D’Aversa
Production Assistants: Dallas Dodge, Isiah Brightly, Jamie Pizarro, Radimeus Floresvence
Music: Huma-Huma Original Music & Sound
Sound Design: Chris Turner @ Jungle Studios