My demo reel as I graduate Ringling College of Art and Design's Computer Animation program. Also has a little teaser of my thesis film at the end! All work on this reel was created in its entirety by myself. Music by RJ-D2.
This movie represents hours and hours of research, desperation, excitement, happiness, pride, sadness and extreme dedication. Hope you like it.
IMPORTANT: designed to be viewed in HD at fullscreen with scaling off on a 1080p device. Be patient and wait for the movie to load before playing, it's a 1080p movie. Some subtleties are lost in the online version, so I encourage to download the original blu-ray quality version (or the original demo) below, to better appreciate the skin and fine scale render details (but be aware that you will need a powerful computer to play it).
Furthermore, it also shows how important is the full rendering pipeline if you aim for 1080p close-up shots. Efforts towards rendering ultra realistic skin are futile if they are not coupled with HDR, high quality bloom, depth of field, film grain, tone mapping, ultra high quality models, parametrization maps, high quality shadow maps and a high quality antialiasing solution. If you fail on any of them, the illusion of looking at a real human will be broken.
Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. Using a variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation) award winning author/ illustrator William Joyce and Co-director Brandon Oldenburg present a new narrative experience that harkens back to silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals. “Morris Lessmore” is old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.
“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” is one of five animated short films that will be considered for outstanding film achievements of 2011 in the 84th Academy Awards ®.
Film Awards Won by “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”
To date, “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” film has drummed up fans all over the world taking home the following awards:
· Cinequest Film Fest: Best Animated Short
· Palm Springs International ShortFest: Audience Favorite Award
· SIGGRAPH: Best in Show
Here's a list of the different programs I used:
* Mech: The design is from Starcraft2 by Blizzard. 3d and composite is made in Blender, 2d was Photoshop, rendered in Cycles, tracked in Syntheyes
* Robot / Car sequence is made in Blender and Gimp, rendered in Cycles
* Hydralisk: again the design is from Starcraft2 by Blizzard. 3d and composite work is Blender. Sculpting in Zbrush. Texturing was done in Blender and Photoshop. Rendered in Cycles
* Hashima is blender+gimp and rendered in Cycles
* Dragon project is modelled in Silo +Zbrush, rendered in V-Ray and post in Photoshop
* Shark project is Blender and Gimp