alex roman: the third and the seventh.

It’s still messing with my head, but this entire gem of a video is CGI. Like a vision brought into a reality so startlingly real that it almost can’t be believed… yet, there it is. The amount of detailed work that director Alex Roman would have had to put into “The Third and The Seventh” boggles me. His dedication and deft eye is matched only by his extraordinary vision.

An examination of the way we visually record the physical world we live in, chronicling our 3-dimensional reality through a 2-dimensional visual, “The Third and The Seventh” is  a fantastic glimpse into a future world of impossible beauty. Or, rather, hopefully through the inspiration of his vision, a world of possible beauty.

Unlike a grand fantasy, impressive but unattainable, Roman’s detailed, modern, sparse film seems dreamy, yet so close to the truth as to almost be real. It’s like an understandable improvement, an attainable evolution into a world of architectural, environmental, intellectual, elemental, and ecological fusion. A place where all of our potential has been realized.

To me, it feels like fleeting second immediately after you’ve woken from a dream, where for a moment that dream is your entire, thrilling truth.

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Now that you’ve seen it, can you believe that none of that is real footage? This isn’t VFX, it’s fully (painstakingly, amazingly) created with a mix of 3dsmax, Vray, After Effects, and Premiere.

For proof, watch Roman’s compositing vid, where he’s show us his process.

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pixar: burn-e.

I’ve talked about my Pixar obsession before. BURN-E is an almost unbearably cute short that was released with the WALL-E DVD. Unlike past Pixar DVD releases – which usually included an awesome but unrelated short – the story of BURN-E coincides very smartly with the plot of WALL-E, showing us a little sub-story that we never even knew was going on.

This is a must-watch for anyone who loved WALL-E. And if you didn’t love WALL-E, I have nothing else to say to you.

daniel nocke + film bilder: no room for gerold.

Something amazing happened about a minute into Daniel Nocke and Studio Film Bilder‘s short film “No Room For Gerold”. I forgot they were animals. And that’s saying something. With flawless animation and voice-over performances so realistic, I found myself zoning in and out of being able to comprehend what I was watching.

The allusions between herbivore and carnivore, male and female, and reptile and mammal all cleverly hint at a variety of real-life situations that would affect any of us: sexuality, cultural differences, even race. Disarmingly effective, the fact that this works so well at a genuine, emotional level is a testament to the quality of the 3D animation, script, and film-making. This easily could have slid into just watching animals act like humans and lost all it’s realism… but watching “No Room For Gerold” I began to think more of how, when threatened or territorial or unhappy,  it’s so easy for humans to just start acting like animals.

jeff metz: final.

There are days, usually Mondays like today, where I’m pretty sure we’ve all felt the desire to just sprout wings and fly away. Apparently Dutch animator and designer Jeff Metz feels the same way… and in his animated short “Final”, despite the lack of colour, he brings the feeling itself vividly to life.

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al dente.

Say hello to “Al Dente“. With their graduation project from French computer animation school Supinfocom, creators Jean-François Barthélémy, Maël François, and Carlos Felipe Leon Ortiz have whipped up an eye-popping little world where Dickens meets Pixar…

You should check out the HD version here, but if you’re the impatient type then here’s the YouTube:

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wolfram kampfmeyer + sascha geddert: fallen.

It never ceases to amaze me the depth and subtlety of human emotion that really talented animators can bring to all manner of inanimate things. There’s something about that added level of surprise, when you realize there’s an unexpected capacity for feeling that’s actually as emotional as you are, that cuts right into you heart. That’s exactly what German animator Wolfram Kampfmeyer, in collaboration with his student Sascha Geddert, have brought to life so beautifully in their short “Fallen”. Watch it… you’ll see what I mean.

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