3D animation

Type Cycle.

Animated TypeWhat a nice combination of typography, 3D animation, and bikes. The video below is from Marcel Piekarski. It is a personal project he designed highlighting two things he loves, bicycles and type. He has created an entire alphabet, with posters and still frames for each letter here. This is such a wonderful little project. I hope someone is smart enough to distribute this for him as an actual typeface for designers and artist to use.

 

A VFX Breakdown of “Deadpool”

First a disclaimer. I have not seen the movie Deadpool and probably won’t. That doesn’t mean that I can’t be impressed with the VFX in the film. Take a look at the VFX breakdown below and you’ll understand why. There is so much computer graphics, and post work going on that it makes you ask, is this a live action movie, or an animation featuring some live characters in the scenes? The movie might have been bad (this is what my friends have told me so don’t get mad at me), but the VFX are pretty damn spectacular.

“Deadpool” marks the beginning of a new era for superhero films, and one sequence in particular was key to setting the tone. This is an in-depth VFX breakdown reel showcasing the behind-the-scenes efforts by the Atomic Fiction team. The work involved creating computer generated characters, vehicles, and an entire urban environment, for the thrilling car chase that kicks off this new franchise!

Special thanks to Tim Miller, Jonathan Rothbart, our friends at Blur, and 20th Century Fox for the opportunity to contribute to these sequences.

Music Credit: Deadpool (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

© 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.
X-Men Characters and Likenesses TM & © 2016 Marvel Characters, Inc. All rights reserved.

All Things Fall, Massacre of the Innocent.

Based on the painting “Massacre of the Innocent” by Rubens, has created a zoetrope of insane detail. The 300 plus figures, and architectural elements were modeled in 3D Studio Max and Z-Brush. They were then printed using a 3D printer to create the final result. When rotated and illuminated with a strobe light, the scene comes to life with total effect showing the gruesome carnage depicted in the original painting. It took Burdon 6 months to complete the modeling and animation, and frankly based on the level of detail I’m surprised it didn’t take longer. The original painting is below the video.

« Le Massacre des Innocents », huile sur bois (Hauteur. 142 cm ; largeur. 182 cm) d’après Pierre Paul Rubens vers 1610-1612, appartenant aux musées royaux des beaux-arts de Belgique de Bruxelles. - Inv. 3639, photographiée lors de l’exposition temporaire « Rubens et son Temps » au musée du Louvre-Lens.

« Le Massacre des Innocents », huile sur bois (Hauteur. 142 cm ; largeur. 182 cm) d’après Pierre Paul Rubens vers 1610-1612, appartenant aux musées royaux des beaux-arts de Belgique de Bruxelles. – Inv. 3639, photographiée lors de l’exposition temporaire « Rubens et son Temps » au musée du Louvre-Lens.

Peugeot Paperwork.

The two video’s below are from Blink for Peugeot. Directed by Joseph Mann, they are wonderful blend of stop motion animation and CG work. The second video is the making of which sort of shows how they made the video, and includes some tasty facts. Things like it took 48 people more than 6000 man hours to produce this 30 second spot. This has such a great look to it, and a look that wouldn’t have been the same if this had been completely done in the digital space.

Mill+ and Phillip Stein Watches.

The video below was produced by Mill+ for Phillip Stein watches and bracelets. Directed by Ivo Sousa and Kwok Fung Lam, this is a breath of fresh air that takes the overused “Sketch Book” metaphor in new a new direction. The look was created by drawing each sketch by hand on paper in order to keep the aesthetic of classic draughtsmanship. Each Sketch was scanned and animated to create a a time lapse of the finished hand drawn page. The drawings were animated using After Effects where typography, ink blots and other effects were added in. The finished result is a nice blend of 3D, and 2D animation, with hand drawn elements, and solid post work to tie it all together.

Design & Animation Studio: Mill+
Post-Production / VFX Company: The Mill
Executive Producer: Luke Colson
VFX Producer: Luiza Cruz-Flade, Niamh O’Donohoe
Animation Director: Ivo Suozo, Kwok Fung Lam
3D Artists: Anthony Fieldsend, Stephanie Dewhirst
2D Artists: Kwok Fung Lam, Ivo Sousa, Diogo Pinheiro
Design and Illustration Artists: Kwok Fung Lam, Ivo Sousa, Hilary Kennedy, Freya Barnsley, Rachel Bungey
Typography: Alexandra T. Pelham
Sound Design: Brains & Hunch

 

Behind the Scenes of “Fable”.

By now most people have seen or read about the ads that were featured on Super Bowl Sunday. While there wasn’t anything all that mind blowing, there were some spots that really entertained, one of them being the Mercedes-Benz Tortoise and Hare “Fable” commercial for the AMG GTS.

Both the commercial and the making of are below. It’s the making of/behind the scenes video that interests me. When I first saw the spot, I thought the entire piece was CG. I had no idea that there was any live footage blended in. Since all the animals are CG I simply figured the car and the environment were digitally created as well. I was wrong. When you watch the behind the scenes video, you see just how much actual footage was blended in with the digital components, and its really pretty impressive. Director Robert Stromberg and his crew did a masterful job of creating a visually stunning spot for Mercedes-Benz.

Mirada Creates an Origami World for the Kindle Voyage.

The teams at Mirada and Wongdoody have created an animated spot for the new Amazon Kindle Voyage. Playing off of  the ink on paper experience of a real book, they have created an animated origami technique that is used through out the spot. The paper folds and bends as pages turn out of the device creating a world unique to Kindle. This spot feature a great script as well that enhances the animated components. Really nice, work with a really fresh approach.