Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Music Scene

I know it's not 3D, but this is a pretty cool music video animated by Anthony Francisco Schepperd for Blockhead's 'The Music Scene'. I'm not familiar with the band or the animator I just think it's a trippy piece that works really well with the music. Enjoy!

"The Music Scene" from Anthony Francisco Schepperd on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Motion Capture for Sports Games

I just find this very fascinating with how realistic and how advanced our technology has become in the virtual world.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Luxo Jr.

This was Pixar's first film. It is hard to convey the emotion that it caused on the audiences when it was first released.

Assassin's Creed

Would it be possible to recreate this in Maya? I'm thinking about doing something very similar.

Uncharted 3D artwork

The title links to some incredible 3D artwork for the uncharted 2 video game. It looks like a real sculpture! Click HERE to see it.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Augmented Reality

This is the last project I did before joining IC. It is a combination of real-time motion capture, some simple 3D and some clever coding by my friend Anton and Natasha Tsakos wit and imagination. We presented it in San Francisco at an Augmented Reality conference and everyone was blown away.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Amazing Animated Short Film by Talantis Films Distribution

Life after the apocalypse, in France

"Replay - Amazing Animated Short Film by Talantis Films Distribution"
Amazing Animated Short Film by Talantis Films Distribution, I thought it was neat, most of the time these videos are funny, this one is quite sad. Enjoy-P

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Big Buck Bunny

Just thought this was interesting and kind of funny. Thought it was cool with the outdoor scenery.

Monday, February 14, 2011

3D in HP

I stumbled upon this awesome breakdown of the 3D animation in Harry Potter.

See it here

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Area

I suggest that everyone interested in 3D, effects, movies, games etc. registers at the Area, Autodesk's Digital Entertainment and Visualization community. There you can participate in forums, download tons of goodies such as scripts, shaders, textures, tutorials and even look for jobs once you are ready for them.

The video above just gives you an idea of what Maya can do with a little help from some clever scripts available at the Area.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

History of Data

Format: A Brief History of Data Storage from Alan Warburton on Vimeo.

I think this is a neat video that uses some "relatively" simple Maya modeling in conjunction with After Effects to make a seemingly boring history lesson pretty funky. I'd have to guess that modeling and mapping the CD to get the right look was probably one of the hardest parts of the animation.

It's amazing how far technology has come. I can only imagine what this video will look like in 10 years.

Created by: Alan Warburton

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Eye of the Storm

I really like how dark and atmospheric this piece is. The use of particle systems to generate the various types of weather the character experiences are very well done.
EYE OF THE STORM | Lovett from Lovett on Vimeo.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Life is juicy

This is a strange and hilarious Orangina commercial I stumbled across on youtube and thought I'd share it so you all could get a good laugh.

Blur Studios

This studio is great especially the shorts they've put out recently. This one "In the Rough" is pretty amusing, but definitely watch "The Gentlemen's Duel" too if you haven't seen it before.

Besides their shorts they have also done a bunch of commercial work that you can see on the Blur Studios website

Friday, February 4, 2011

The making of White Night

Here is a brief sequence of elements, some 3D (glass particles, crash and environments) some high speed photography (like the water and the wine cup), and a lot of good AE compositing to create that beautiful short. Film made by Spy Films

This is the digital high speed camera by Vision Research. The water and the cup probably shot between 1000-1500 FPS.

TDK Helicopter Crash

The following video is a cool behind the scenes look at the scene in the film The Dark Knight where a helicopter crashes.

They used a live action shot of a helicopter on fire and mixed this with the CGI crash.


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Nuit Blanche

How did they do this, Arturo?! I think it is beautiful and I love the score.

Legend of the Guardians

I just watched this movie over winter break and it was breath taking. It definitely did not seem like a children's movie. I don't know how they got the fur and feathers so accurately, it's stunning. This movie has inspired me to possible do something with owls for my final project with this class. I have always loved owls as art pieces and as animals.

StarWars 3D sequences explained

So I watch the StarWars the Clone Wars series. George Lucas is like the father of digital animation. On their website there are lots of little movies that brake out animated sequences into their component parts. This 1 shows some of the elements that went into the fight scene on Mustafar.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Polygons

I remember playing this game as a child. Now having a chance to play around with Maya, I am amazed with how much everything has changed since then. I especially loved playing the sequel, Twilight Princess, to see the jump from polygons to three-dimensional figures moving around and fighting the forces of evil.

Student Project

I came across this video while looking for time lapse videos on Vimeo. While you can clearly tell when the video changes from real video to CG, I think it's really impressive that this was made by a graduating student (like me!). This was done in 3DS Max, but just from the week I've spent playing around in Maya, I can't even imagine how much work went into this project!

This video was created by:

Ray Ceasar

This is one of my favorite digital artist, Ray Ceasar. He uses Maya to create very surreal and stunning images. Initially I was attracted to his art work because of his use of extremely vivid color and limited palette, but now I'm even more fascinated by his work because of my own desire to figure out how to create similar images.

He has tons of other work on his website that I highly recommend checking out

Also make sure to read his biography, it's pretty amusing.