Elastic_Harrowing Riot | STASH MAGAZINE

Andy Hall and Elastic Pull Strings for Riot’s The Harrowing

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]

Platige_Witcher 3 | STASH MAGAZINE

Tomek Baginski and Platige Image for Witcher 3 “Wild Hunt”

“Dark, violent and massively ambitious” could describe just about any major 3D game cinematic released in the last couple years but this huge new CG-fest from Platige Image for CD Projekt Red’s Witcher 3 ups the ante a notch or two and is the first to feature a death by, wait for it… crow-to-the-eye! [Read more]

Prologue_Destiny Mars | STASH MAGAZINE

Prologue “Destiny: Mars” Cinematic

LA-based British ex-pat director/designer Simon Clowes, Prologue veteran Ilya V. Abulkhanov and the Prologue crew instill the characters in this opening for Bungie’s Destiny game with a believable warmth and vulnerability rarely (if ever) seen in the CG cinematic genre. [Read more]

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Cinematic | STASH MAGAZINE

WOW: Warlords of Draenor Cinematic

Never played World of Warcraft. Never will.

But thank the gods and the hordes of fans who do, giving Blizzard the motivation and the cash to produce head-snapping cinematics like this one for the game’s latest expansion pack called “Warlords of Draenor.”

It seems Garrosh Hellscream has “escaped through the Dark Portal and forged the orc clans of old into a terrifying war machine known as the Iron Horde,” but we all know narrative is not the point – we’re here to get sucked down the rabbit hole of infinite rendering detail, the impeccable lighting, sweeping scale and blazing action. And then watch again.

FYFI: Duncan Jones’ World of Warcraft feature is now in post and due for release in 2016. [Read more]

CG Student Awards | STASH MAGAZINE

2014 CG Student Awards Winners

The CG Student Awards continue to grow at an astounding rate, doubling last year’s entry total to 650, piling on sponsors, tripling their site traffic and matching more talent with studio internships and employment. Have a look at the winners here. [Read more]

Digic Assassin's Creed Unity | STASH MAGAZINE

The Frontiers of 3D: Blur vs Digic

Reviewing the best trailers from last month’s E3 event reminded me of a quiet but important rivalry between two studios hammering on the boundaries of 3D filmmaking: Blur Studios in Los Angeles and Digic Pictures in Budapest, Hungary. Both studios take commissions for commercials and other genres of [Read more]