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CGI & Storytelling in Animated Films

CGI & Storytelling in Animated Films

Just Write compares the stories of Disney’s 2D films with 3D successors from Pixar and DreamWorks, then points out how 3D animation contributed to that change. We’re not entirely convinced of his thesis, but his comparison is food for thought.

OFFF London 2017 Opening Credits

OFFF London 2017 Opening Credits

FutureDeluxe made this incredibly detailed computer animated sequence that presents the speakers at the 2017 OFFF London, a digital arts festival. You can check out high-resolution stills from the video on FutureDeluxe’s Behance page.

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ADAM: The Mirror

ADAM: The Mirror

Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studios picks up where last year’s ADAM left off – as a group of humanoids who find themselves freed from oppression, and searching for meaning after they meet two mysterious strangers. Like Chapter 1, it was created using the Unity engine.

Björk: The Gate

Björk: The Gate

“My healed chest wound transformed into a gate. Where I receive love from, where I give love from.” Recovering from a heartbreak, Björk says that The Gate is a song about transcendent love, and that her upcoming album Utopia is about rediscovering love.

Overwatch: Rise and Shine

Overwatch: Rise and Shine

Blizzard’s latest Overwatch animated short film is about Mei. Accidentally left in cryostasis for 9 years, Mei wakes up to the world – and Overwatch – in shambles. But with the help of a water dispenser and a hair dryer, she persevered and became… OP.

The Art & Science of LAIKA

The Art & Science of LAIKA

An all too short profile and behind-the-scenes video about LAIKA. The animation studio behind Coraline, ParaNorman, Boxtrolls and Kubo and the Two Strings push their craft by placing equal value on traditional techniques and modern technology.

Unreal Reality

Unreal Reality

Art by Rens says what we’re looking at is a real-time render of an environment that was produced using the Unreal Engine and Nvidia’s VXGI lighting system and off-the shelf graphics cards. It’s so realistic that you’ll question its veracity. But this reality is 100% digital.

A Single Life

A Single Life

A woman receives a vinyl record that lets her travel through time. The lesson here is never mess with time. Or at least keep the jumps to a minimum. A critically-acclaimed short film by Job, Joris & Marieke.

SIGGRAPH 2017 Preview

SIGGRAPH 2017 Preview

A look at some of the presentations coming to SIGGRAPH, the annual computer graphics conference. This glimpse at the future of animation includes a synthesized voice that can be edited using text, and facial animation that copies styles from drawings in real-time.

Screens of the Future

Screens of the Future

Wraparound 360º headsets. fabric screens. Spray-on screens. Digital art and design company Universal Everything flex their 3D animation skills by imaging how screens will be integrated into objects in the future. More here.

Auto Nom

Auto Nom

An autonomous Mercedes-Benz fools around a deserted city while singing It’s Not Unusual in the voice of Hatsune Miku. F°am Studio’s short film is lighthearted on its own, but watch the accompanying “interview” with Nom and it takes on a different tone.

Time for Sushi

Time for Sushi

(PG-13) Remember that crazy Going to the Store video? Its animator David Lewandowski is back, and he’s ramped up the insanity to 11 by replacing his one wildly gesticulating naked character with hundreds. And after they stroll down the street, they head to the beach.

The LEGO Movie and Fan Films

The LEGO Movie and Fan Films

The LEGO Movie looks like it was made with LEGO, but it was actually almost entirely computer animated. Animation studio Animal Logic looked back at films made by LEGO enthusiasts and came away with one lesson: respect the toy’s physical attributes.

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Rakka

Rakka

(Gore) Sigourney Weaver stars in the first short film from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studios. Set in 2020, Rakka presents the invasion of Earth by a brutal alien race through different perspectives. You can support Oats by buying their films’ assets on Steam.

Overwatch: Inner Peace

Overwatch: Inner Peace

“We are told often as Omnics that a soul is what defines a being. But I do not exactly agree.” Ardy [SFM]’s animated Overwatch fan film involves a brief exchange between the troubled cyborg Genji and his master, the robot monk Zenyatta.

Black Holes

Black Holes

A proof of concept for a weird and wonderful animated series about the misadventures of an astronaut, who ends up with a highly intelligent melon as his partner on a mission to Mars. We expect to see more of Dave the astronaut thanks to a successful Kickstarter project.

Makin’ Moves

Makin’ Moves

Director Kouhei Nakama created an awesome dance video without any actual dancers. Instead of humans, he played around with CGI animation to twist, turn, slice, dice, and contort choreography out of his virtual dance troupe. The track is Hella by Broke for Free.

Agent 327: Operation Barbershop

Agent 327: Operation Barbershop

A secret agent is tasked to find out what’s going on behind a shady barber shop. Naturally, he soon finds himself getting more than he asked for. Blender’s thrilling short film is based on Martin Lodewijk’s satirical secret agent series.

Waking up in the Universe: VR

Waking up in the Universe: VR

Ideally, you’ll strap on a VR headset for this, but if you don’t have one, you can still appreciate the ethereal fractal journey that Julius Horsthuis has laid before you, accompanied by excerpts from one of evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkinsmost profound lectures.

Unexpected Outcome

Unexpected Outcome

A battery that lights up. An outlet that’s a plug. A pill that’s a screw. Daihei Shibata has an ongoing series of short VFX videos that show ordinary objects with a twist. They originally aired in a Japanese industrial design show for kids called Design Ah!

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Metal Gear LEGO

Metal Gear LEGO

“A LEGO Hind D?!” YouTuber Bearly Regal is recreating Metal Gear Solid‘s Shadow Moses Island in the sandbox game LEGO Worlds. Here’s what he has so far. It’s amazing how simply adding in the PlayStation boot sequence makes it so much better.

Captain Underpants (Trailer)

Captain Underpants (Trailer)

Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Ed Helms and Nick Kroll star in this animated adaptation of Dav Pilkey’s beloved children’s novels. It’s about two fourth graders who accidentally turned their mean principal into the non-hero called Captain Underpants.

Strange Beasts

Strange Beasts

Magali Barbe’s sci-fi short film masquerades as a crowdfunding pitch for an augmented reality system that the main character helped create. It’s a game that lets you create virtual pets and interact with them through a pair of displays embedded into your eyes.

Golaem Digital Extras

Golaem Digital Extras

Want to stage a massive battle, fill an empty stadium, or take on a zombie horde? There was a time that you’d need thousands of extras to pull off such epic scenes, Golaem shows us some of the ways their software has been used to make movie, TV, and video game magic.

2017 Unreal Engine Student Reel

2017 Unreal Engine Student Reel

A brief look at some of the fantastic, vibrant, otherworldly, and whimsical environments created by CGI and game development students using the Unreal graphics and gaming engine. Lord of Horticulture is particularly wonderful and charming.

Doctor Strange VFX Breakdown

Doctor Strange VFX Breakdown

Effects house Framestore walks us through some of the 365+ insane and trippy visual effects sequences it created for Doctor Strange. Were Benedict Cumberbatch and Mads Mikkelsen even in this movie, or were they just their digital doubles?

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