3D

Friday Inspiration. “Tussilago”.

Talk about a great look. This 13 minute film from  has it. There is really solid blend of 2D, and 3D animation with live action footage, animated stills, and graphics. The film is in Swedish, but it is subtitled so you can follow along with the story. I have to say I ended up watching it a couple of times, and I found myself pausing the second time around to actually read the subtitles. On the first pass it was just to easy to get lost in the look of “Tussilago”. In the post before this I talked about the kind of crew you sometimes need to get a short film produced. The credit list to this is below the film, and it is a perfect example of how complex making even a short film can be.

Directed by Jonas Odell
Produced by Linda Hambäck & Niklas Adolfsson
Interviews by Richard Dinter
Director of Photography Per Helin
Music Martin Landquist
Sound design Fredrik Jonsäter
Production manager Malin Marmgren
Hair and make up Rebecka Rissanen
Animation Per Helin
Marcus Krupa
Johan Sonestedt
Martin Nyberg
Susanne Sturesson
Mikael Lindbom
Jakob Bastviken
Lindor Tidäng
Kaspar Christophersen
Produced by Filmtecknarna F. Animation AB in coproduction with Film i Väst and Sveriges Television AB, with support from the Swedish Film Institute, Andra Lasmanis and Nordic Film and TV fund.

Not Your Typical Transformers. PARAFUSO A+’s Opening for GP Brazil.

PARAFUSO A+ has created the opening sequence for the GP Brazil 2013 race. The animated short captures the magic of a little boy’s imagination as he plays with his toy cars. As they race around the toy speedway, the cars transform through each major iteration of Formula One car design. This opening sequence features really nice 3D animation combined with virtual camera work and post production that helps sell the excitement of Formula One racing. Great Stuff.

What a Visual Treat. JL Design and Korb for CCTV.

Korb

It really is a great time to be a visual designer. Thanks to advances in computer technology an software, we are experiencing a true renaissance in visual design. The four indents below for CCTV’s Documentary Channel are a great example of what I am talking about. This kind of visualization would have been almost impossible to get a decade ago. Lithuanian based Korb, working with Taiwan based JL Design  took three months to create these spots, each of which is only 10 to 1 seconds long. Mo-cap was done on site in Taipei by Korb, with the final VFX work was done in Vilnius.

“Motion sculptures for CCTV Documentary Channel is a digital metaphor of phenomenal blinks and moments that life consists of. In four Idents we follow a visual performance of organic and vital substance, animated using data of actors movements.

Dents visualize four different themes. Motion sculpture of steel reflects old Chinese adage that true power is mastering yourself. Youthful energy of dancers evolve into beautiful organic sculpture. Colorful happiness is the engine of father’s and his daughter’s joy. Two lovers visualize fragility and vitality of love in the last Ident.”

Client: CCTV
Creative Director: JL
Agency: JL DESIGN
Executive producer: Angela Moo
Project Manager: Jennifer Lin
Art Director: Lance Wei
VFX / Design Company: KORB
Concept Development: JL Design & KORB
Executive Producer: Lina Paskeviciute
Animation Director: Rimantas Lukavicius
Technical Director: Giedrius Paulauskas
3D/2D Artists: Giedrius Paulauskas, Rimantas Lukavicius, Karolina Sereikaite, Tomas Juchnevic, Justinas Vinevicius
Music / Sound design: John Black, Cypheraudio

Emergence (2013) Obscura and Exploratorium

Here is a little teaser for an event that is happening at nightfall on April 17th and 18th at the historic Pier 15 in San Francisco. If I were in town on those dates, I’d be there for sure. The video below shows the behind the scenes footage of a projection mapping event that is being built by Obscura Digital. The company fabricated ten miniature replicas of the Exploratorium’s façade at Pier 15, and then filmed a vivid array of non-computer generated, real-life visualizations for the projection map.

The thing I like about this film is how it shows just how much prep work and time goes into a project like this. If you do anything with motion graphics or CGI you already know. Just in case your boss or client doesn’t, show them this.