1. A chance encounter proves fateful for 2 robots mining on a desolate planet.

    Contact: Hello@Jackanders.com

    WIRE CUTTERS IN THE NEWS:
    NERDIST: http://nerdist.com/a-beautiful-animated-short-about-robot-teamwork/
    FAST COMPANY: http://www.fastcocreate.com/3050627/its-hard-to-believe-this-gorgeous-9-minute-robot-animation-is-a-student-thesis
    VICE: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-most-adorable-film-ever-made-about-the-perils-of-space-capitalism
    CARTOON BREW: http://www.cartoonbrew.com/cartoon-brew-pick/wire-cutters-by-jack-anderson-118527.html
    iO9: http://io9.com/two-mining-robots-prove-the-importance-of-teamwork-1728336665
    AV CLUB: http://www.avclub.com/article/cool-short-film-wire-cutters-features-cute-robots--224860
    POPULAR MECHANICS: http://www.popularmechanics.com/culture/movies/a17210/wire-cutters-animated-movie/
    THE MPLS EGOTIST http://www.themplsegotist.com/news/local/2015/september/1/jack-anderson-presents-wire-cutters
    BOING BOING https://bbs.boingboing.net/t/wire-cutters-a-wonderful-short-film-on-the-rough-lives-of-off-world-robot-miners/64847
    CG SOCIETY http://www.cgsociety.org/news/article/1084/wire-cutters
    SHORT OF THE WEEK https://www.shortoftheweek.com/2015/08/31/wire-cutters/
    HONEYWAGON CONFIDENTIAL: http://honeywagonconfidential.com/2015/09/07/jack-anderson-on-the-future-and-limitations-of-animation/
    3D TOTAL: http://www.3dtotal.com/index_interviews_detailed.php?id=649#.VgBKvCBVhBd
    PHILLY VOICE: http://www.phillyvoice.com/sci-fi-short-wire-cutters-viral-robot-fable/
    THE GRAPHIC SLATE: http://www.thegraphicslate.com/animation/people-animation/student-film-wire-cutters-wins-hearts-across-the-world-wide-web/2015/09

    Crew:
    Created By: Jack Anderson
    Original Score By: Cody Bursch
    Sound Design By: Jackie! Zhou
    Additional Animation: Jen Re, Erica Robinson, Hunter Schmidt, Justine Stewart, Jacqueline Yee
    Additional FX: Danny Corona, Matthew Robillard, Tim Trankle
    Cloud FX: Chase Levin
    Colorist: Bryan Smaller
    Rigging: Katelyn Roland
    Advisor: Bill Kroyer

    FINALIST: 2015 Student Academy Awards
    FINALIST: 2015 Student BAFTA Film Awards
    GRAND JURY PRIZE: BEST STUDENT FILM: NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL
    WINNER: BEST ANIMATED FILM- SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
    WINNER: "BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN ANIMATION" CECIL AWARDS 2014
    RUNNER UP: ANCHORAGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (ANIMATION CATAGORY)

    Festivals & Markets:
    Santa Barbara International Film Festival
    Ottawa Film Festival
    Cleveland International Film Festival
    River Run International Film Festival
    LA Shorts Fest
    Rhode Island Film Festival
    Traverse City Film Festival
    New Hampshire Film Festival
    FIRST CUT 2014 @ DGA in Los Angeles & New York
    Fargo Film Festival
    Pune International Film Festival
    Omaha International Film Festival
    Sedona International Film Festival
    Independent Film Festival Of Boston
    Minneapolis International Film Festival
    Athens Animfest
    Cannes Short Film Corner
    Newport Beach International Film Festival
    River Film Festival
    Prescott Film Festival
    Free Range Film Festival
    Breckenridge Film Festival
    Fareham Arts Festival

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  2. Hello World!
    First of all: Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I was overwellmed by the many 'hearts' and never could have imagined to be so many. I will surely checkout the accounts of those who 'hearted' me. Also thanks for the nice comments from some 'famous' people :)
    Further thanks to the other forums/sites that linked to MITE: kuriositas.com , stashmedia.tv , io9.com , karapaia.livedoor.biz, alt1040.com , thecuriousbrain.com , and of course vimeo! Which by the way offer some interesting statistics, one of which says that this video was watched from 146 countries. Just wow!

    Some info about me, I've been a professional computer animator for the past 20 years and 10 years of traditional cell animator before that. So for this film to take nearly 10 years to complete is a manageable timeframe :-)
    Unfortunately Softimage has been discontinued by Autodesk in 2015, if you want to see 'The Return of Mite' 10 years from now please visit: change.org/petitions/autodesk-save-softimage
    Thanks for your help.

    King regards Walter Volbers , europe 2014

    Production info:
    Modelled, rigged, animated in XSI/Softimage. Rendered in Softimage using Arnold with a maximum frame time of 3:22 hours (SITOA 1.17). Render resolution 1280x720, depth channel resolutuion 2560x1440. Comped in Nuke using Frischluft for depth of field in 2560x1440 and resized to final 1920x1080.
    Camera animation is 'one shot' except for the crash zoom in the beginning with a short disolve to the key, where I change the set. I started out using Mental Ray but I was forced to switch to Arnold (faster, better, more stable).
    As already mentioned, the production-time: 10Years! (not kiding)
    Yes, this seems loooong, but this was an 'on and off' project done aside from my day job as a CG artist. And most time was wasted having to redo the shading with Arnold. Summed up to an eight hour workday the animation of the Mite was completed in two weeks.

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  3. First and last release of this Plugin and Nodal demo reel.

    All your comments and questions are, as usual, welcome :)

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