Apr 01

Updates from FIDO

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New breakdowns and Updates from FIDO.
David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive BTS – the Moa and the Harpagornis

 
David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive BTS – Resurrecting the Dodo

 

Synoptik – Zebra

 

Erikli – BTS

Audio quattro Olympia polar bear

Audio quattro Olympia snow leopard

 

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Jan 31

Idiots | Big Lazy Robot VFX

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One of my favourite vfx companies is back with a 4 minute promo clip. Great inspiration and story. The quality of the images is just wow….

It’s not a secret we love robots here at BLR, so we wanted them to be the heroes in our latest promo clip. Luxury cars with powerful engines to drive through roads under severe speed restrictions, cable TV that allows us to pay to watch all kind of sports, all from our comfortable sofa, and of course, hyper expensive cell phones that do almost everything but making a decent phone call.

Yes, our happiness is based on things we don’t need and governed by entities we don’t control, so what? Sit down and turn on the tv!

The robots were taken from real Japanese robot model kits, and they now hold a privileged position in our freak museum. The bad guy spits real smoke out of its mouth! The environment is made of cardboard houses that were integrated with the help of camera tweaks. It all serves to the purpose of creating a dumb homogeneous atmosphere in which we’re defined by what we’ve got, that is, the same lame things.

Don’t take the message too seriously. This is a promo video we’ve done to laugh at ourselves. We all have an i-diot inside, and it’s so fun!

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A tale by Big Lazy Robot VFX
Music and sound design by Full Basstards

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Jan 31

ComeOn | VA

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New stuff for ComeOn from VA

Together with the marketing department at ComeON we came up with their new campaign for 2014. As ComeON´s slogan is “Sweden´s nicest online casino company” we wanted to create a magical world without the classical online casino bling-bling. With a mix of live action plates and integrated CG and 2D animation, we think that this commercial will stand out within the competition.

We had fun creating all the different characters and we´re looking forward to find out what they will be up to in the future.

CREDITS
Client: ComeON
ComeON marketing dept: Jonas Daag/Joakim Ståhl
Production company: Visual Art Creative Studios
Director: Laurent Clermont
Exec. Producer: Jörgen Lilja
Producer: Hampus Gunnarsson
D.o.P: Simon Rudholm
Props: Tobias Allanson
VFX Supervisor: Calle Granström
2D: Peter Blomstrand, Carl Johan Hasselrot
3D: Henrik Eklundh, Jonas Ekman, Jonas Skoog, Pontus Garmvild, Simon Rainersson
Sound: Red PIpe

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Jan 29

Everything Is Fake! These 10 VFX Reels Show Off Some of the Most Impressive Movie Magic in 2013

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Great stuff! ILP’s Kon-tiki breakdown in the this great article about 10 VFX reels that show off the Most impressive Movie Magic of 2013.

By  Jan 10, 2014

It’s easy to complain about movies having too much CGI these days. All too often the digital work in films is poorly executed and only stands in glaring, cartoonish contrast with the real material on-screen (take the aerial assault on the White House in Olympus Has Fallen, for example. Or any frame of R.I.P.D.). When it’s done right, though, you don’t even notice it’s there.

That’s not always the case with the below collection of VFX reels. Not everything is flawlessly executed and photo-realistic. However, when you see the before and after on a lot of these, your mind may be blown just a incy, wincy little bit. To that end, here are some of the coolest visual effects from 2013 films– at least that already have VFX reels online. We’re waiting on you, Man of Steel.

 

Stalingrad

You probably haven’t seen Stalingrad, as it won’t open in the United Status until February of this year, but this film about one of the largest and most influential battles in WWII has been a huge hit in its native Russia, where it broke a bunch of box office records to become the country’s highest grossing domestic film. It’s also the first Russian film made using IMAX 3D, and that of course means it’s got more than a few visual effects in it to fill up that supersized frame.

Kon-Tiki

Kon-Tiki, the true story of a Norwegian explorer charting his way across the Pacific using only a raft made out of balsa wood, was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar earlier this year. Considering the majority of the movie is just a few guys floating on a raft fighting their environment to survive, it certainly had to rely on VFX wizards to pull off that which they’d never actually be able to safely film. The below reel focuses on a few key shark sequences in the film, and doesn’t even show one of the film’s most impressive shots (the pull out up from the boat up into the sky and eventually the stars), but it’s worth checking out– especially to see just how much of a difference color grading can make to a film’s look.

 

The Great Gatsby

This is one of the most impressive VFX reels in the list, but The Great Gatsby has an edge because it’s also the kind of movie you simply wouldn’t expect to have a ton of elaborate movie magic in it. That’s if all you know is the source material, though. If you know Baz Luhrmann directed this, then you’re already expecting plenty of stunning, larger-than-life set pieces.

 

The Wolf of Wall Street

Yep, Martin Scorsese’s dark comedy about financial criminals does indeed have its fair share of visual effects in it. You can’t really make a big movie these days without dabbling in digital work, even if it’s for something as seemingly mundane as changing the exterior walls of a house. This is the kind of stuff that’s designed so you never even realize it’s CGI in the first place.

 

The Immigrant

As with Stalingrad above, most people won’t actually be able to see James Gray’s The Immigrant until the Weinstein Company releases it some time in 2014 (hopefully, that is; the studio has been known to hold on to a film for awhile). This isn’t a sprawling war story with tanks and planes, though. It’s a small, personal drama set in Manhattan… in 1920, that is. The city that never sleeps certainly looked a little different over 90 years ago and this is just a peak at how they brought it back to life.

 

Iron Man 3

This is a particularly nerdy reel because it focuses exclusively on just one aspect of Iron Man 3: Tony Stark’s elaborate heads-up displays that he sees inside the Iron Man suit. If you can appreciate a good user interface, though, you’ll dig this.

 

Oblivion

Like the Iron Man 3 video above, this Oblivion montage shows off all the cool graphical interfaces that Tom Cruise and Andrea Riseborough interact with throughout the movie. It may not be as intense as re-creating a Russian war, but all these flourishes help paint the future of the film.

 

Thor: The Dark World

And now we get back to the kinds of visual effects people expect from big-budget movies: aliens, outer space and plenty of punching, kicking and flying. There’s a particular focus here on the battles in Thor: The Dark World, and how the scale (not to mention giant warriors) were created. We actually wouldn’t mind watching these entire fights in their precompleted versions, as it reveals a lot of action you can’t really see during these dimly lit scenes.

 

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim is a huge movie. Just utterly massive. And that’s thanks in no small part to the lengths Guillermo del Toro went to create a world in which people climbing inside giant robots to fight giant monsters actually made sense. There’s a really impressive mixture of practical work that’s complemented by digital backgrounds, and it’s that combination that makes this one of the finest pieces of eye candy to come along in quite some time.

 

Now You See Me

Now You See Me is a fun heist movie. Having said that, one of the frustrating aspects of it is how impossible the actual magic tricks in the film are in the real world. Sure, we’re not expecting any of them to have been performed by actors in real life, but we might have appreciated it more had they been written so that they were a tad bit more plausible. Still, if you want to see how movie magic made it all possible, check out the below video.

 

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Jan 20

WINTER OLYMPICS 2014 TEASER | Important looking pirates

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Steaming new and hot stuff from the creative team at ILP for MTG and the Winter Olympics in Sotchi.

 

 

 

MTG TV

  • Project Manager: Karl-Gustav Engström
  • Creative Director: Anna Persson
  • Production Manaer: Fredrik Andreis

ILPVFX

  • Concept and Pitch Team: Jan Cafourek, Niklas Andersson,
    Bobo Skipper, Saleh Najib

Production Team ILPVFX

  • Producer: Jan Cafourek
  • Executive Producer: Måns Björklund
  • VFX Supervisor: Yafei Wu & Niklas Ström
  • Lead Animator: Niklas Andersson
  • 3D Artists: Jason Martin, Julien Taton, Björn Malmberg, Robin Perdén, Patrik Wedinger, Anders Freij, Martin Eneroth,
    Bobo Skipper, Saleh Najib
  • 2D: Fredrik Rosado
  • Compositors: Jonathan Harris, Jens Tenland, Niklas Nyqvist

Sound: Redpipe Stockholm

Voice Over: Göran Zachrisson

Studio: Stiller Studios Lidingö

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Jan 17

BEYOND BEYOND @ The Berlin Film festival

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Sweden’s first s3d 3d animated feature in S3d – BEYOND BEYOND  has been selected for The Berlin Film festival. Great job Petter and team!

Danish director Esben Toft Jacobsen – known in these parts for his debut feature The Great Bear – is once again selected as part of the Berlin Film Festival with his sophomore feature Beyond Beyond and we’re pleased to present four clips from the film for your perusal.

 

Copenhagen Bombay and the team behind Esben Toft Jacobsen’s second feature film Beyond Beyond are happy to announce that the world premiere of the film will take place in Berlinale’s Generation Kplus section, in February 2014.

The story about the little rabbit Johan who sets out on an adventure of his own has been highly anticipated, and has been pre-bought by distributors in several territories. The film will throughout 2014 premiere in France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia and South Korea. Also the German FreeTV rights has been acquired by SuperRTL prior to completion.

Beyond Beyond has been produced by Copenhagen Bombay in coproduction with Film i Väst and Noble Entertainment, who will release the film on March 21st as the first Stereoscopic 3D film produced in Sweden. The team has been working on the film since early 2012, and the animation has taken place in Copenhagen Bombay’s own animation studios in Copenhagen and in Stockholm.

http://twitchfilm.com/2014/01/beyond-beyond-watch-four-clips-from-the-berlin-selected-animation.html

 

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