Slaine: The Horned God Fan Film

17 02 2013

‘Slaine the Horned God’ by Pat Mills and Simon Bisley was one of 2000AD’s greatest triumphs. A brilliantly imaginative script, which drew inspiration from Celtic mythology was ably supported by Bisley’s fantasy artwork. To my surprise and absolute delight, this short fan-made film created by Miguel Mesas, captures some of the energy that Mills and Bisley created in the pages of 2000AD. As one viewer of the video stated “Kickstart this, kickstart this like a king!”.

Slaine: The Horned God Fan Film – English subtitles- – YouTube.





A real-life Motion Comic

14 02 2013

Following the visual stylings of ‘Fubar’ and ‘Dr. Professor’s Thesis of Evil’, this motion comic promotes the work of a group of ‘Costumers’ from Mexico. Mixing both static and live-action footage, this promo motion comic demonstrates a playful energy that captures the spirit of cosplay. The costumes and art were inspired by the ‘New 52s’ from DC Comics.





Dr. Professor’s Thesis of Evil – Update!

4 09 2012

Dr. Professor's Thesis of Evil screening at LA Shorts Fest

For anyone lucky enough to be attending this years LA Shorts Fest, you have an opportunity to watch the incredible visuals, stunning photography and innovative compositing techniques in  Jukka Vidgren’s portrayal of super villainy! Thursday September 6 – 7:45pm 

If you can’t make the screening, the film is now available on iTunes for the incredible price of $1.99! http://itunes.apple.com/movie/dr.-professors-thesis-of-evil/id554368776 Jukka and his team have strived to deliver a unique viewing experience that has a postmodern narrative with a playful blend of photography, CGI, special effects and mock news footage.





Student Work « citamina / animatic

24 05 2011

This blog from the University of Wisconsin-Stout encourages visual story development and cinematic structure that can be applied across a variety of mediums.

visit link Student Work « citamina / animatic.

From the website:

“Citamina (animatic spelled backward) started off as a playful, end of the year student choice award given to the top animatics and animations created in my digital narrative class. Animatics are storyboards set to time and are one of the first steps in creating any animation (2D, 3D, stop-motion) or film. A large portion of the Digital Narrative Class is dedicated to visual story development and cinematic structure that can be applied across a variety of mediums. Building on these foundations, students are given the tools to create self-defined creative projects within the mediums of animation and digital cinema.”

Kevin Pontuti, MFA
Artist/Director

Assistant Professor
School of Art and Design
University of Wisconsin-Stout





‘Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers’ Trailer

14 03 2011

The sudden arrival of a ‘Thor & Loki’ trailer seems timely as we consider the upcoming live-action ‘Thor’ movie. Marvel have augmented the original work by Robert Rodi and Esad Ribic with a range of effects, animation techniques and an epic soundtrack. The mini-series focuses on Loki, as the ruler of Asgard. His brother Thor is bound in chains in a dungeon, Odin seems powerless to interfere, and his subjects are reluctantly forced to kneel before him. But ‘Loki the trickster’ is perhaps doomed to fail as he is beset by a host of problems and plagued by a nagging sensation of a future destiny that is pre-ordained. It’s a great comic book mini-series that defines the relationship between the two brothers and perhaps enables us to have some sympathy for the god of mischief.


“Marvel Knights Animation is proud to announce “Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers,” an all-new four-episode series debuting on iTunes, Xbox LIVE, and PlayStation Network on Monday, March 28. Further episodes debut weekly on Wednesdays beginning April 6, with each high-definition episode priced at $2.99 (standard definition is also available at $1.99/episode).

Inspired by the acclaimed graphic novel from Robert Rodi and Esad Ribic, “Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers” takes a powerful look inside the minds of Thor & Loki, brothers in the mythical land of Asgard and seemingly forever enemies. But just why does Loki hate his brother Thor? And could it be that this master of mischief isn’t really the villain he’s been branded? Loki’s insatiable lust for power and his feud with Thor take on new meaning in this resonant epic.”





Dr. Professor’s Thesis Of Evil – A ‘Motion Novel’

9 02 2011

‘Dr. Professor’s Thesis of Evil’ is a wonderfully tongue-in-cheek independent film project, featuring some great cgi and digital compositing. The film was created by a group of young and enthusiastic indie film makers from Oulu, Finland, who describe the project as a “super villain Motion Novel”. Certainly the camera movement and static imagery in combination with 3D, illustration and special effects, evokes a sense of the multi-layered motion comic approach.

The sophistication of the resulting composite film is a testimony to the team behind Thesis of Evil. Visit the website for more information on the film and the talented crew.

http://www.thesisofevil.com





FUBAR Motion Comic – Official Trailer

3 02 2011

This trailer for the upcoming ‘Fubar’ motion comic is incredibly rich in detail. Created by Hasraf Haz Dulull using the compositing tool ‘Nuke’, Fubar charts the end of a war fought between different animal factions. There’s a level of photorealism employed by Dulull that is complimented by freeze-frame roving cameras, explosion effects and a sophisticated use of lighting effects. Hopefully the finished short film will introduce a blend of this ‘hypervisual’ feast with an equally compelling narrative.

via FUBAR – Official Trailer 2011 on Vimeo.





Lazy Teenage Superheroes

21 01 2011

This may well be a live-action, but considering that it was made for $300 I feel that Director Michael Ashton’s superhero inspired short film is certainly worth mentioning. The special effects are as good as if not better than many television shows depicting super powers (you know who you are), and the dialogue between a group of 20-something bachelor boys and a female friend is well written and funny. Everyman Tyler Richardson introduces his superpowered friends and provides some balance to the piece. My only problem with the film is that it’s only 12 minutes long … I want to see more from Michael Ashton!





Debate waging over 2D-to-3D conversion

5 04 2010

An interesting article over at hollywoodreporter.com on the emergence of the 3D cinema experience. The debate is centred around movies that haven’t been shot originally as 3D, but are later converted from ’2D’ into 3D.

The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis wrote, “The 3D in the ‘Clash of the Titans’ remake, which was added after it was shot, has none of the immersive quality of ‘Avatar’ and instead segments the image into discrete planes, bringing to mind the unintegrated levels of a pop-up book.”

Debate waging over 2D-to-3D conversion.








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