Called Infinity Blade: Origins, the visually striking two minute video will also act as the introduction for Epic’s latest entry into its popular action RPG series on mobile. Axis built the 3D characters and used a blend of texturing and shading to add a 2D feel to the video, which was then layered with both 3D and 2D animated visual effects. The short film depicts the forging of the Infinity Blade and the weapon’s subsequent history waging terror and defeating enemies.
UPDATE: watch a Behind-The-Scenes from Axis:
The project was shot over 8 days in Iceland, Denmark, Germany, the Czech Republic and Romania. During the shoot the team had to navigating some of Europe’s worst flooding in decades, making some of the locations highly treacherous, including the diner, which was left half submerged after a flood had hit the area. The film was shot almost completely using hand held cameras, enabling the team to capture more fluid, natural movements, which were then composited together by Time Based Arts, who did an exceptional job blending the 3D, CGI and live action.
You may have already seen a trailer for a short film called K3LOID in the past years, it’s now finished and it’s very impressive. Spanish-based J.J. Palomo directed the short and his visual FX shop BLR VFX spent over two years developing it with the intent of turning it into a feature.
Palomo isn’t a complete unknown to Hollywood, he and his team have collaborated with Carl Rinsch several times and worked on the director’s breakout short, The Gift. (And K3LOID‘s concept art was provided by Aaron Beck, the concept designer for Avatar and District 9).
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Toronto based IAMSTATIC recently launched a montage of 3D stereoscopic work they did for Director Julian Jones’ Inside the Mind of Leonardo Davinci, a movie concerning threads of thought and the working processes of the genius inventor and artist. A total of 30 minutes of stereoscopic shots were designed and animated over an 8 month period. See more on the IAMSTATIC site.
Great animation/illustration and sound design from another Buck — CypherAudio collaboration. Pretty damn cool use of Instagram data too: “For this year’s US Open Tennis tournament, IBM and Ogilvy & Mather invited Buck out to Arthur Ashe Stadium to create live video animations using data from the tournament, delivered via Instagram. Using live data meant designing and deploying a custom toolkit and workflow that could shift with the on-court action, delivering responsive data-based animations, rendered and uploaded in minutes.”
New York-based Blind Pig, sister company to Absolute Post, collaborated with creative agency Hugo & Marie creating Coldplay’s latest music video Atlas, part of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. The video received close to another million views over the weekend, bringing it up to 4.6 million as of today. The amazing, fantastical illustrations, largely based around the celestial sky map and myth by Micah Lidberg, were brought to life by the Blind Pig team over the course of a couple of weeks. Working very closely with director Mario Hugo and Hugo & Marie’s creative team, the Blind Pig crew created a seamless and inspiring animation sequence that held true to the original, artful illustrations.
Award-winning design and digital production company Thornberg & Forester (T&F) has created a brilliant opening title sequence entitled “FRANCO” for The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco. The Roast had its broadcast premiere on Labor Day and it will be rebroadcast many times on the network. Working directly with Comedy Central VP of design Chris Scarlata and Tenth Planet producer, Rick Austin, T&F principals Scott Matz and Justin Meredith were both heavily involved in the project, along with senior art director and designer Kyle Miller and lead animator Ken Krueger.
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