Archive for March, 2009

Red Bull F1 “Rip Through The Rule Book” by AixSponza

March 28, 2009

CG animation and formula one the second….
The german company AixSponza specialized in creating moving content has again developed a nice animation for Red Bull Racing to promote their new RB5 formula one racing car.

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They also describe the changes to the racing rules like wider front and smaller rear spoiler, slicks and engine. It’s a classical playing with CG elements like:

  • car parts fly together to form the car
  • transformer like modifications on the body parts of the RB5
  • dynamic racing scenes

So nothing really new but nice to watch. It seems that they could reuse some of the CG elements which they created for Red Bull F1 “Let’s Do A Lap”.
I’ve embedded the video from vimeo. You can also directly watch it on the AixSponza homepage. I’ve also included the animation AixSponza did for the Singapore night race last year. (more…)

Formula One Promotion Video by Kotoc

March 27, 2009

The guys from Kotoc did a great formula one promotion teaser for the Spanish TV station lasexta. They put the formula one into a future far, far away from now. Formula one cars fly like pod racer from Star Wars. They fly, they fight, they shoot… But they still have the look of actual formula one cars … just without tires and pimped with turbines.

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And here we have it again the pollinate chain reaction that Michel Gondry described with the words:

You see one object
which makes you
think of another
the two together is an idea

For my personal taste the campaign would have been also great without the shooting….

I’ve embedded all the available videos from the campaign within this post. Have fun watching it …. (more…)

Pollinate Chain Reaction by Belief Design from 2004

March 27, 2009

Again something timeless. The movie Pollinate Chain Reaction is a documentation, inspiration and a creative peace of film produced by Mike Goedecke and Kane Roberts at Belief Design. The movie contains many great tips how to maximize your creative potential, how to change you point of view, how to become free in mind when digging for new ideas, how to solve problems to satisfy your clients.

Thanks to Gordon who send me the video. The authors show for example where great commercials got their inspiration from. They quote Einstein, Voltaire and Oscar Wilde just to name some. The film also shows a lot of statements and suggestions in plain viewable words. That’s why I’ve created a still image from all relevant frames that occur in the movie. So take a look for yourself and jump directly to the relevant part. A time frame is encoded in each segment of the image. Click on the image below to open the high-res version with 6400×3416 pixels and give the 5 MB file some time to load. There you can see all the relevant images, read all quotes, hints and exercises.

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The Video is available at googlevideo , vimeo, myspace … so if you haven’t seen it yet in the last 5 years since it is available …. watch it now for yourself. But be warned it will take over 40 minutes.

Evo by Andrey E. Skryabin

March 25, 2009

Sometimes I just have to link to a great rendering. This time I recommend some artwork done by Andrey E. Skryabin aka. Gerion. Just click at the picture to see the CGTalk thread.

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He created a great study of a human like robot that seems to be some part of the evolution… The robot itself seems in my eyes been inspired by the robots from I, Robot (if u take a look at the face), Terminator (the cables and hoses) and also a little bit of the Machineflesh Runner-Up created by Bernardo Delgado in the year 2004. Anyway it is a great picture, and you should take a look for yourself at the high-res Version. Some weeks ago I posted about the Terminator Salvation Day: Tomorrow and Today … well maybe you can find a coherency by yourself…

Studio Lighting by Ken Henderson

March 25, 2009

There are some video tutorials from Ken Henderson about studio lighting hosted at youtube. Ken Henderson gives some timeless information about studio photography, the use of light and shadows.
There are eight video parts with an overall of 70 minutes of demonstration and discussion.

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For some background information about Ken Hennson visit his flickr profile.
I’ve embedded the videos so you can directly watch them …
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Ivy Generator by Thomas Luft

March 25, 2009

I’ve just stumbled across a little application that allows the creation and growing of ivy on virtual objects. The Ivy Generator is standalone and is released under GNU licence so its free for commercial and non-commercial work. A video tutorial for the application can be found at www.sharecg.com.

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Inspiration

March 16, 2009

Daniel Adams has posted a great collection of photographs that can be used as a nice inspiration source. I’ve selected my favorites from the collection. Click on each thumbnail to get to the source of the image and to find more from the respective photographer.

The whole collection can be seen at http://www.instantshift.com

Photon by Pedro Fernandes Santos

March 6, 2009

I just saw this nice design of a futuristic concept bike by Pedro Fernandes Santos. The overall look of his creation reminds me of the future concept style from Cosmic Motors by Daniel Simon. Take a look and judge for yourself at CGTalk.

There are some facts that I don’t like on this creation, like the seat, tires, the used reflection style… but lets face it: the overall look is nice!

Thirst by Steve Barrett

March 6, 2009

I really like what Steve Barrett has created and just published at CGTalk. A screaming face with black fluid dripping out of his mouth. Grotesque and simple but beautyful. A nightmare figure from his childhood.

Click the image for the discussion on CGTalk and take a look at the full resolution version.

CG Community Survey: Upgrades 09

March 5, 2009

CGenie did a survey about 3D DCC Applications. Now they present the results with statistics, user comments and a basic analysis



The survey may suggest that the users are more happy with apps like Blender or Houdini rather then with the big players like Maya or 3DS Max but there is a statement at the end of the analysis that is of some value…

“….The fact that the smaller, more nimble companies have more happy users is nothing that should surprise people as the users will feel closer and more important in the community than in the larger, more established companies where you can feel forgotten or overwhelmed in the mass.” source @ CGenie