The cover of Stash 104 featured this jaw-dropper of a promo from Parisian character specialists Supamonks for a soft drink brewed by Catholic monks called Holypop. Hang on to your frock. Supamonks: “In the south of France, close to the Bourget Lake, stands a friary called ‘Les Frères de la Sainte Famille’. For more than […] [Read more]
Vancouver’s Image Engine handles the majority of the VFX work in Neill Blomkamp’s new robot-coming-of-age feature called “Chappie” featuring an exceptionally emotive CG hero plus the genius casting choice of the decade: Yo-Landi and Ninja from Die Antwoord as the criminals who abduct him.
The latest film in the New York Times literate and low key ‘Modern Love’ series launched yesterday: a minimalist swirl of abstracted romance by new Vancouver studio Manyhands based on a narrative by Amy Butcher.
Director Stuart Langfield: “My goal was to tell the story without showing people. Instead the characters are represented through color, shape, movement, and some nasty weather. All of the animation was blocked out in 3D to get the basic movement locked down before rotoscoping began. Then some additional rotoscoping was added to the in-betweens, to smooth out some of the transitions.” [Read more]
UK retailer John Lewis and their agency adam&eve/DDB London team Blink director Dougal Wilson with the CG creature skills of MPC in an attempt to match the phenomenal success their 2013 holiday spot “The Bear & the Hare” (by Blinkink and Hornet directors Elliot Dear and Yves Geleyn). [Read more]
Looks like LG has the design world firmly in its sites with this curved 34-inch 21:9 monitor packing 3440 x 1440 resolution. The company claims the ultra-wide monitor can replace dual monitor set ups and “allows users to view the screen clearly without distortion at virtually any angle.” [Read more]
A grim puppet master and his ill-fated marionettes provide the backstory for League of Legends “Tales of the Black Mist: The Harrowing” created with careful attention to the character work and obvious delight in the macabre by director Andy Hall, CG super Max Ulichney and the Elastic crew in Santa Monica. [Read more]
I can’t understand a word this gravel-voiced veteran mining canary (Tommy McAnairey) says or sings but the lighting and rendering are impressive and according to Piranha Bar CD Gavin Kelly in Dublin “was a massive undertaking, with each frame ringing in at over five hours of computer time. That’s 5000 hours by the way. Let’s call it 200 days for convenience, even though there’s really nothing convenient about that figure.”
“The feathers were a challenging mix of defined feather structures and 300,000 fine downy hairs which are all fitted carefully around his face.”
Client: Bord Gáis Network
Agency: Rothco [Read more]
Gentleman Scholar show off their typographic and multi-media chops with this perfectly-paced clip for HP’s new Sprout 3D-scanning PC thru 180LA. “The vignettes were crafted to conjure both the nostalgia of physical artistry and the exciting possibilities of digital immersion, with the typography acting as a [Read more]