VFX in 1951: Fred Astaire dances on the ceiling

In 1951 the demand for VFX was already quite high. And when you felt the urge to make a per­form­ance by Fred Astaire even more impress­ive, as if that was ever neces­sary, you had to bring out the big guns. Big­fott stu­dios recre­ated a semi behind-the-scenes sequence straight from the ori­ginal foot­age, and it’s quite inter­est­ing to watch. It all looks so simple now, but back in the days it must have blown the audience’s minds.

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VUB vfx breakdown by Framehouse

Ok, here’s the thing: Slov­akian VFX-studio Frame­house cre­ated a nice shot of a van dangling over a cliff. Nat­ur­ally they replaced the sky, the back­ground, a treeline and pretty much everything else, but they filmed AN ACTUAL VAN DANGLING OVER AN ACTUAL CLIFF. Fuck greenscreens and 3D, we’ll do it live!

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This game is rigged: a deck of cards with character

Here’s another inter­est­ing rig: Mar­tin Eschoyez from Argen­tina was faced with the task to anim­ate a deck of cards. While this isn’t the most com­plex rig I’ve ever seen it’s quite inter­est­ing nonetheless.

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Guldeken Breakdown 2011

Swedish stu­dio Istu­dios took an inter­est­ing approach for an intro to the Golden Oak Awards 2011. They actu­ally filmed the awards and then integ­rated the foot­age into a vir­tual cam­era move. You really have to see it for your­self. I can ima­gine a whole range of other solu­tions that might have worked to real­ize the desired res­ult, but they appar­ently knew what they were doing.

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Making of Total Lubricant Quartz

French-speaking VFX stu­dio Mik­ros Image has real­ized a really cute TV-Spot for an engine Lub­ric­ant. They are also con­sid­er­ate enough to provide a really well made look behind the scenes to go along with it. Enjoy!

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Teaching a cube how to walk

I like anim­a­tion rigs, espe­cially the insane ones. Amit Rojt­blat from Ger­many used noth­ing but maths to teach a cube how to walk. And I’m not exag­ger­at­ing, this little piece of geo­metry has some ser­i­ous swag­ger. Haters gonna hate.

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Natalis — Making Of

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Natalis - Making Of

Phil­ipp Wolf is gradu­at­ing from the Fil­makademie Baden-Württemberg and his gradu­ation pro­ject “Nat­alis” is noth­ing to scoff at. These break­downs reveal the amaz­ing level of detail that went into it.

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Google Streetview - 4 Weeks side-by-side

This is a new inter­est­ing format: a look at a motion graph­ics pro­ject over the course of 4 weeks, all ver­sions side-by-side. Helge Kiehl dir­ec­ted this spot for Google Streetview at Seh­sucht in Ber­lin and offers a great insight into the iter­at­ive pro­cess of anim­a­tion with this behind-the-scene look.

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The Making of 'Vehicles & Streets' by Zblur

Do you love assets? Then this is the right video for you. Zblur provides a whop­ping 11 minutes making-of for their short-film “Vehicles & Streets” includ­ing detailed looks at all the assets, anim­a­tions and FX used for the pro­ject. It’s like a cas­ual stroll through an artists stu­dio and per­fect if you want to see the level of detail for a cur­rent 3D production.

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Analog: CBS

Ana­log is quite the illus­tri­ous little stu­dio in Lon­don, work­ing for big brands and hav­ing numer­ous award-winners among it’s staff. It’s no won­der then to see some fine ultra-realism in this com­pletely 3D-animated spot. That kind of atten­tion to detail is alway a delight.

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