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Editing Animated Films

Editing Animated Films

In live action films, editors come in after (most of) the footage has been shot. But in general, it takes way longer to create additional animated sequences. So instead, animated film editors work before anything is “shot”, helping to polish the screenplay and storyboards.

Arrival VFX Reel

Arrival VFX Reel

Visual effects company Oblique FX share some of the work that they did for Denis Villeneuve’s excellent sci-fi film Arrival. Naturally, the spaceships were computer-generated, but we weren’t expecting the freakin’ grass to be virtual as well.

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Rogue One’s Digital Actors

Rogue One’s Digital Actors

One of the most talked about aspects of Rogue One was the digital resurrection of actors as they appeared in 1977. ABC NewsNightline had an opportunity to go behind the scenes with ILM’s John Knoll and his effects team to learn how they pulled off this modern movie magic.

Symphony of Two Minds

Symphony of Two Minds

“Are you hallucinating again?” Director Valère Amirault’s enthralling CGI animated short film pushes the envelope in terms of textures, materials, and lighting, as its protagonists struggle with the very idea of traditional animated genres and presentation styles.

Majora’s Mask: Terrible Fate

Majora’s Mask: Terrible Fate

In the Lost Woods, a lonely outcast unwittingly unleashes a terrible power unto the world after playing a trick on a traveling salesman. Ember Lab’s stunning animated short film is an incredible homage to The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.

Inner Workings (Trailer)

Inner Workings (Trailer)

The neverending battle between our mind and our heart plays out literally in Disney’s animated short film. Also the lungs are the heart’s sidekicks for some reason. Inner Workings will be shown in theaters before screenings of Moana.

Warcraft ILM VFX

Warcraft ILM VFX

Industrial Light & Magic shares some of the visual effects work that they did for the movie Warcraft. As you may have guessed, it’s basically the entire movie. The Alliance. The Horde. Their hair. All of it.

Overwatch: Infiltration

Overwatch: Infiltration

Blizzard’s latest short film for its hit fps Overwatch introduces the much-hyped support character Sombra (“Shadow”). Sombra uses her hacking skills to manipulate even the highest ranks of authority for personal gain. Boop!

Piper

Piper

A sandpiper encourages her chick to fetch food on her own. With the help of a new friend, the little one learns that if others can do it, she can do it too. Pixar’s animated short was shown alongside Finding Dory and is also included in Finding Dory home videos.

SWTOR: Knights of the Eternal Throne

SWTOR: Knights of the Eternal Throne

The cinematic trailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic‘s latest expansion is about Vaylin, sister of Arcann and Thexan. As a child, she was so strong with the Force that the Emperor sent her away to be trained, a decision that her mother will forever regret not opposing.

Moana (Trailer)

Moana (Trailer)

The first trailer for Disney’s upcoming film introduces the proud and happy-go-lucky demigod Maui, played by Dwayne Johnson, a band of adorable pirates, and some of the best digital animation we’ve ever seen.

Last Day of War

Last Day of War

It’s been 20 years since all humans were killed in one final war. But the computers in military facilities and vehicles kept on fighting. Dima Fedotov’s CGI animated short is a post-apocalyptic look at nature’s endurance. Check out its prequel here.

The Lord Inquisitor (Prologue)

The Lord Inquisitor (Prologue)

Erasmus Brosdau and his friends have been working on this Warhammer 40k fan film for about 6 years, and the end is nearly in sight. This is the first 8 minutes of the short, introducing us to the cyber-gothic world and its main character, a young and cocky Inquisitor.

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Overwatch: The Last Bastion

Overwatch: The Last Bastion

Overwatch‘s latest character profile is about Bastion. Manufactured by the artifically intelligent Omnics to fight humans, this unit was damaged and lay dormant for a decade. Will it follow its programming or realize that its directive is pointless? Twig OP, pls nerf.

Kingsglaive: FF XV (First 12 Min.)

Kingsglaive: FF XV (First 12 Min.)

The opening moments of Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV introduces the root of the conflict and Aaron Paul’s character Nyx Ulric, one of the elite soldiers in the magic-wielding kingdom of Lucis. Nyx and his fellow Kingsglaive are strong, but their enemies have machines and monsters.

The Wishgranter

The Wishgranter

A charming animated short about the Wishgranter, a being who grants the wishes of people who drop a coin in his fountain. His day becomes unexpectedly hectic when two people wishing for love unintentionally jam his wish-processing machine.

Unreal Real-time Cinematography

Unreal Real-time Cinematography

During SIGGRAPH 2016, a team of game developers and CG artists used Unreal Engine 4 to demonstrate a technique for shooting a live actor and turning their performance into a cinematic sequence in just minutes, rather than the weeks or months it might normally take.

Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV (Trailer 3)

Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV (Trailer 3)

Magic versus machinery, an empire versus a squad. The action and animation are as impressive as ever in the latest trailer for the Final Fantasy XV feature film. It makes us wish Blizzard did the Warcraft movie themselves.

Unity “ADAM” Graphics Demo

Unity “ADAM” Graphics Demo

A visually stunning short film created entirely using the Unity Engine. The surreal science fiction short has amazing volumetric light and shadow effects, tearing fabrics, motion blur and more. Apparently, it can run in real time on a GeForce GTX980 card at 1440p resolution.

Star Trek: The Beginning of the End

Star Trek: The Beginning of the End

The universe is under attack by The Red Empire, a race of robots intent on wiping out all organic life. It’s up to the crew of the NX-01 Enterprise to stop them. Jürgen Kaiser’s stop-motion fan film is an incredible achievement and a true labor of love. (In German w/subtitles)

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Invisible

Invisible

A chameleon wants to ask a fellow loner to dance. But he gets so nervous that he keeps on involuntarily blending into the environment whenever he gets near her. A cute and creative animated short by Michael Trikosko and Andrew Wilson.

The Mill Blackbird

The Mill Blackbird

Creating commercials for new cars can be challenging because the cars aren’t always yet in production. The Mill’s amazing contraption acts a stand-in for virtually any car, simulating its length, width, wheels, and driving dynamics. CG artists can then wrap it in any virtual body.

Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV (Trailer 2)

Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV (Trailer 2)
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King Regis of Lucis is forced to marry off his son as part of a peace treaty with the mighty Nilfheim empire. But it was all a ruse – war was coming all along. Now Lucis’ royal guard might be all that’s standing between Nilfheim and the rest of the world.

Moana (Teaser)

Moana (Teaser)

A young navigator and a fallen demigod go on an adventure to save her people in Disney’s animated feature based on South Pacific lore and culture. Starring Dwayne Johnson as the deity Maui and Auli’i Cravalho as Moana.

Motion Capture Madness

Motion Capture Madness

Method Studios’ presentation for the 25th AICP awards show features dancing computer animated models made of a variety of virtual materials and shapes. One of the most impressive CGI clips we’ve ever seen.

Overwatch: Hero

Overwatch: Hero

Jack Morrison was a super soldier and the first commander of Overwatch, but he fell from grace shortly before the group was disbanded. Now he seeks vengeance against those who orchestrated the peacekeeping force’s collapse as the vigilante Soldier: 76.

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