Global computer-generated animation and visual effects brands to gather at SIGGRAPH Asia 2019
Brisbane, Australia, 20 September 2019 – Some of the world’s leading brands, academic institutions and start-ups have secured their presence at the region’s foremost event for computer-generated animation and visual effects, .
“We are delighted that some of the industry’s most respected brands are supporting SIGGRAPH Asia for its debut in Australia,” says Conference Chair, Tomasz Bednarz. “The Australian market for animation, games, CGI/VFX, interactive media and VR/AR, as well as research in this space, is rapidly growing, and as hosts of SIGGRAPH Asia’s 12th edition, we are excited to show the rest of the world the opportunities Australia presents.”
Sponsors and exhibitors from over 20 countries at SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 include Adobe Research, AWS, Carpe Diem Solutions, Computational Visual Media, Forum8 Co., Ltd, Foundry, , HTC Corporation, Industrial Light & Magic, PIXAR, Qualisys, SideFX HOUDINI Software, Tracklab, Tsinghua University – Tencent Joint Laboratory, UBISOFT, Unity Technologies, VICON Motion Systems, Weta Digital, Xsens and ZQ Racing, to mention a few. They will showcase hardware and services in the categories of computer graphics, interactive and innovative technologies, high-performance computing, as well as education, training and research. The support of these companies underscores the importance of SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 as a learning hub and showcase for emerging technologies in the industry.
"As a long-term sponsor and exhibitor, Fox Renderfarm believes that people contributing to, and attending, SIGGRAPH Asia truly thrive together. They do this by sharing the latest research and techniques, exploring advanced technologies, communicating industry insights, and envisaging a blueprint hand in hand,” commented Rachel Chen, Marketing Director, . “SIGGRAPH Asia is the place for Fox Renderfarm to showcase our fast and secure CPU & GPU rendering solutions and connect to customers from around the world."
SIGGRAPH Asia 2019’s Gold Sponsor, the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute (DLI), will also be conducting hands-on training workshops over two days on Fundamentals of Deep Learning for Computer Vision and Multiple Data Types. Aimed at developers, data scientists, and researchers, NVIDIA will help participants get started with training, optimizing, and deploying neural networks to solve real-world problems across diverse industries such as self-driving cards, healthcare, online services and robotics. These workshops are open to Platinum (PP), Full Conference (FC), Full Conference 1-day (1D) pass holders, who will be notified on how to register for the workshops.
An additional component within the SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 exhibition is the , an initiative that enables small and boutique enterprises to connect with, showcase to, and scale with, brands, investors and senior creatives from around the world. Brisbane, the host city of SIGGRAPH Asia 2019, has a bourgeoning startup community in creative tech, companies that are at the forefront of technological innovation in the fields of animation, games and visual effects.
Participating international academic institutions and universities include Lost Boys – School of VFX (Canada); Ritsumeikan University, College of Image Arts & and Sciences (Japan); Visual Computing Center at KAUST (Saudi Arabia); Victoria University of Wellington and the Wellington ICT Graduate School (New Zealand). Participating Australian institutions include the University New South Wales’ School of Art & Design and UQ Centre for Energy Data Innovation.
Interview With BoBoiBoy Movie 2,The Highest-grossing Animated Film In Malaysia
3-6 September 2019, Fox Renderfarm participated in Kre8tif! 2019, an annual digital creative content industry event in Malaysia aimed to spark innovation and exploration of major trends across the creative sector. We received a large number of CG enthusiasts and had good communications with them regarding our powerful service.
In Kre8tif! 2019, we were honored to have an interview with Mr. Kee Yong Pin, COO of Animonsta Studios in Malaysia.
Kee Yong Pin
COO of Animonsta Studios
Animated series BoBoiBoy (2011-2016)
BoBoiBoy Galaxy (2016-present)
BoBoiBoy: The Movie (2016)
BoBoiBoy Movie 2 (2019)
Animonsta Studios, a Malaysian animation company that produces creative content for the Malaysian and international market. Its second computer-animated film BoBoiBoy Movie 2, which is the new No.1 animated feature in Malaysia.
Below is Fox Renderfarm’s exclusive interview with Mr. Kee Yong Pin. Let’s check it out!
Fox Renderfarm: Can you introduce yourself?
Kee Yong Pin: My name is Kee Yong Pin, from Animonsta Studios, an animation studio from Malaysia.
Fox Renderfarm: Can you introduce BoBoiBoy?
Kee Yong Pin: BoBoiBoy is an animation created by Animonsta Studios since back in 2011. And our latest movie for BoBoiBoy, it’s just completed and released in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei and Vietnam at the same time. So, we are happy to tell that our BoBoiBoy Movie 2 is currently the highest-grossing box office animation ever shown in Malaysia of all time.
Fox Renderfarm: What’s the interesting part when producing BoBoiBoy Movie 2?
Kee Yong Pin: One of the biggest, interesting things about this movie is actually the production, the whole production only takes 12 months. Most of the animated movies need to take 3 to 4 years. And then our team is actually not very big. We have only around 100 people with around 60-70 people from production.
Fox Renderfarm: Any challenges of making the movie?
Kee Yong Pin: The challenge is the time itself, so, as much as we worked very hard, there is still a lot of obstacles, for example, all the technical stuff, the rendering processes or the animation processes. So, the biggest challenge for us is actually the race against time for the rendering. For rendering it needs to be done by the computer. We need to do a very proper calculation, so that we can speed up the process without sacrificing the quality.
Fox Renderfarm: What do you think of Fox Renderfarm ?
Kee Yong Pin: In order to meet our timeline, one biggest thing that we changed is actually going into half GPU, which is using Redshift. And then we find out that even that is not enough. Throughout the movie, we can deliver according to timeline. But towards the end of the movie, that's when things become difficult, because the deadline is getting closer and then the scenes are getting very heavy towards the final part of the movie. So that's when we start to engage with Fox Renderfarm. And then we are really impressed actually, especially on the support portion of Fox Renderfarm. Because it's so easy for us to get in touch with, you know, just using WhatsApp. So everything just is direct communication, whenever we need anything and then everything is actually quite fast and, more importantly, when it comes to the last minute, it is hard for us to get the finance portion, budgeting portion to meet according to our criteria, and timeline also needs to be meeting. So, Fox Renderfarm, luckily for us, managed to meet our criteria in terms of pricing, in terms of delivery.
Fox Renderfarm: Will you distribute the movie in China?
Kee Yong Pin: We are actually trying, because China has a very small quota for foreign movies, but we are actually trying our best to get into China’s market. Good thing for us is that our animation series is already broadcasted on China's platform, which is Tencent. And it gets quite a good amount of views, which is more than 40 million views already up to date. We want to continue our footsteps into China's market if possible.
Fox Renderfarm: Any plans for next step?
Kee Yong Pin: We are doing our next animation, moving forward. And unfortunately, we cannot share anything in detail yet, but definitely I would safely, at least say that project has more challenges than BoBoiBoy Movie 2. So we want to get more market after this release in more countries and all those things, and so definitely, we need more support in terms of technology and also various partnership in the near future.
Fox Renderfarm: Any other things you want to share with the CG enthusiasts?
Kee Yong Pin: We just want to share that animation industry in Malaysia has been more than fifteen, twenty years. We might not be the most famous animation content hub in the world yet. But definitely Malaysia is going to be one of the best, not in terms of quantity, but in terms of quality, one of the best animation providers in the world. So, we really hope that the world will be able to really pick up our animation, have a look on what we can achieve in a more practical way, high quality, efficient, because we have a lot of good talents in Malaysia.
Let's look forward to the new development of Malaysian animated films.
"Upin & Ipin" Won The Best Feature Category at ANIMAZE 2019
Upin & Ipin
Upin & Ipin: The Lone Gibbon Kris (Malay: Upin & Ipin: Keris Siamang Tunggal) (short for Upin & Ipin), produced by Les' Copaque Production Sdn. Bhd., rendered by Fox Renderfarm, has won the Best Feature category at the Montreal International Animation Film Festival 2019 (ANIMAZE).
ANIMAZE is an international film festival and conference dedicated to exploring the world of animation in all its diversity. Filmmakers from over 65 countries working in a wide range of genres and styles converge on Montreal in the summer. Proudly, the mischievous twins Upin and Ipin are now the winners of the international film award.
In this fantasy film, Upin, Ipin and their friends find a magical kris which transports them into a fictional country known as Inderaloka. Here they meet various colourful characters from Malay folklore and help them battle an powerful villian. Les' Copaque, the production company of Upin & Ipin, elected to create its own unique intellectual property based on traditional Malaysian mythology, but told in an energetic, child-friendly way.
The production of Upin & Ipin took 5 years to complete, and the cost is almost RM20 million, making it the most expensive Malaysian film ever made. Fox Renderfarm’s reliable and high-efficient service helped a lot in its rendering process. As a local animated film in Malaysia, Upin & Ipin’s award means a lot to the Malaysian animation industry.
Here we congratulate on Upin & Ipin’s great success in gaining international recognition and sincerely look forward to working together for the next project soon again!
Interview With Yi Sun, The 1st Winner In Hum3D’s Three D Gun 2 Competitio
It is our honor to have an interview with Yi Sun, the first place winner in Hum3D’s Three D Gun 2 Competition, which is also sponsored by Fox Renderfarm, a leading service provider in CG industry. Share this interview with everyone, here are the dialogue between Fox Renderfarm and Yi Sun.
Fox Renderfarm: Hi, Yi Sun, congratulations to winning the 1st place in this contest, thanks so much for taking your time to have the interview with us. Firstly, would you please give a brief introduction about yourself?
Yi Sun: Yes, my name is Yi Sun, 25 years old, from China, I had a bachelor degree in 3d animation and I’m currently studying Master of Design in Sydney.
Fox Renderfarm: How long have you been in the CG industry? And how did you make the decision to get into the CG industry?
Yi Sun: I haven't found a job in the CG industry yet, but I've been teaching myself 3D for 5 years now. I started doing silly short videos when I was a kid. back then I discovered I can make some visual effects for videos in After Effects, but soon, I realized the 2D visual effects is very limited, I want to make more sophisticated effects, especially 3D effects. so I started learning 3D software. At that time I just thought it was cool, I never thought about doing this for a career, until I visited the universal studio in Los Angles. I got a chance to listen to the Hollywood VFX artists talks about the VFX production of the blockbuster movies and it blew my mind. I've been dreaming to work on a blockbuster movie ever since that talk and I've been working very hard trying to put my first step in the CG industry. I hope my dream will come true soon.
Fox Renderfarm: It is a great experience. Wish your dream come true. About the work "Porcelain 1911", what inspired you to come out the idea of making it?
Yi Sun: The idea is very simple, combining two completely different objects together. I used to do this kind of design practice a lot when I was learning character design in 3D animation. In "Porcelain 1911", I try to combine the porcelain element I familiar with and a gun which I'm not quite familiar with. I think as a 3d artist, the biggest advantage I had is my cultural background. I've seen a lot of Chinese porcelain as I grow up, I found them very beautiful, so I feel very comfortable to work with porcelain element in my design. if this competition is about design a realistic and futuristic sci-fi gun, I believe there are millions of 3d artist who can design better sci-fi gun than me, because I never have seen or touch a real gun.
Fox Renderfarm: It is an interesting idea. How long did it take you to finish the work?
Yi Sun: I was doing a master degree while working on the "Porcelain 1911", I had 3 assignments from Uni so I barely had time to work on it, sometimes I only have 15 minutes before I got to go to sleep. It took me about 2 months, but I think the actual time I spent on it is only about 120 hours. Now I look at it, I think it could be done better, there are still many things I want to polish in this work.
Fox Renderfarm: What software, renderers, plugins did you use in this work?
Yi Sun: My main 3d software is Maya, and I used Mari (non-commercial) for texturing, and redshift for rendering and photoshop.
Fox Renderfarm: Did you meet any difficulties when creating this work? And how did you solve it?
Yi Sun: The difficulties I faced in this project is to create the realistic hand paint graphic of the Chinese porcelain, I tried to import vector into Photoshop apply filters but the result looks very fake, I tried to download watercolour brush for photoshop, but it doesn't look good either. Then I realized it’s not possible to create realistic paint mark on the computer, so I decided to create the texture physically with watercolour. I realized even though we had so many presets, filters and plugins to helps us create digital works, but they can never replace traditional mark making techniques, as a digital artist, I should always remember to respect the physical medium.
Fox Renderfarm: Anything else you would like to share with CG enthusiasts?
Yi Sun: I think CG is the best medium for self-expression, you can create almost anything and everything, that's why there are many things to learn, too many. I spent 5 years learning CG and I still feel that I know nothing about it, that's why I think we should always be humble to learn and we should try to use our cultural background as our advantage to develop our own unique style.
Fox Renderfarm: Yes, totally agree with you. I hope you can make more wonderful works in the future, and you will be an excellent CG artist. Thanks so much for your time.
More Yi Sun's artworks:
Three D Guns 2 Competition Winners Announcement!
On June 12, 2019, Hum3D’s “Three D Guns 2” Competition, which also sponsored by the leading service provider - Fox Renderfarm, announced the final list of winners. All the works in this competition are gun-themed 3D artworks. The competition attracted a large number of game artists, character designers, and weapon fans.
Fox Renderfarm was honorable to be one of the judges, and had the chance to choose a work for the special prize - Team Choice. All the entries are creative and pluralistic, congratulations to everyone. Here are the excellent award-winning works.
First place: Porcelain 1911 by Yi Sun What the jury says:
Jeremie Noguer: “Original idea and flawless execution”.
Yurii Lebediev: “I love it! When I look at this render I remember feeling when I held porcelain mini figurines of animals of my granny. This is so nice and so good done!”
Zacharias Reinhardt: “What a combination! Combining a hard and deadly weapon with something filigree as porcelain. The shape and materials with all the painted details, totally sells it”.
Dominik Capodieci: “Interesting idea and nice shading and lighting”.
Tom Grimes: “I have a soft-spot for juxtapositions, putting two things together that would never normally be found together. A porcelain gun! With beautiful patterning just like on the fine China that only gets used on Sundays. Almost surreal!”
Remi Arquier: “I love the concept and the detailing – a lot of work went into taking this outside the box”.
Second place: Under Cover Paranoia by Nicolas Berger
What the jury says:
Yurii Lebediev: “Absolutely unique ‘gun’! Very nice render! Enormous attention to details!”
Zacharias Reinhardt: “This is probably the most disgusting weapon I have ever seen, but that is what it makes so great! The weapon design is great (in a weird way) and looks like it is straight out of an alien movie. The image is technically well executed and I especially like all the tiny realistic details. Now I know hat will haunt me in my nightmares ;)”
Remi Arquier: “You don’t see much Cronenberg fan art these days, and this one stood out in concept and execution”.
Third place: The Stopper by Kimmo Kaunela
What the jury says:
Arseniy Korablev (Teya Conceptor): “My favorite artwork in the competition. This nomination is needed at least to highlight such authors. Beautiful colors, interesting weapon. I want to pick up it and run with it :) The only thing that bothers me is a slightly blurry render, possibly due to DOF, antialiasing or image interpolation settings”.
Jeremie Noguer: “The slight stylization works well, lighting and environment are on point”.
Deuce Bennett: “I’m a sucker for post-apocalyptic, kitbash, and steampunk. This weapon tells me a story, and I love it”.
Special prize from Fox Renderfarm: Decimator MK1 by Malchus
What Fox Renderfarm says:
“Great lighting, overall atmosphere is good, warm and cool colors contrast highlights the theme, so that viewers would instantly focus on the main object at first glance. The gun is perfectly blended into the picture, but still manages to stand out. Model, texture and lighting, overall is perfect”.
Congratulations to all the award-winning artists and hope to help more 3D artists to create their masterpieces.
To check out all of the fantastic winning entries, as well as some special Team Choice mentions, visit Hum3D's blog post here.
SCAD Hong Kong's Digital Media Senior Show 2019 Supported by Fox Renderfarm
On May 31, as one of the distinguished alumni of SCAD, Ben Cheung, Deputy General Manager of Fox Renderfarm, was invited to SCAD Hong Kong’s Digital Media Senior Show 2019.
Fox Renderfarm, a leading in the CG industry, has served lots of leading special effects companies and animation studios from over 50 countries and regions, including two Oscar winners.
In the event, Fox Renderfarm offered support to digital media senior students of SCAD Hong Kong, helping more students to achieve a solid career start in the CG industry.
2019 Digital Media Senior Show discovers imaginative works and exceptional designs from the departments of Animation, Visual Effects, and Interactive Design & Game Development. It provides a fantastic opportunity for students and enterprises to engage with each other and help students deepen understanding of digital media.
Here are the animation works from 2019 digital media senior students.
My Friend Chameleyon
Chameleyon is Carly’s best toy pal. One day, as they were playing, Carly’s greatest fear, Sharketron the robot vacuum happened to join in. As she unconsciously went to hide, she leaves Chameleyon behind. When Carly realised that Sharketron was approaching Chameleyon, she had to make the decision of overcoming her fear to save her best friend.
- Director&Producer: Pamela Lai
- Sound Designer: Rian Leung
- Main-On-End: Sheryl Chan
- Concept Artist: Raven Chau, Pamela Lai
- Modeling Team: Noah Catan, Pamela Lai
- Rigging Team: Yan Chau, Pamela Lai
- Texture Artist: Rico Lee, Pamela Lai
- 3D Animator: Pamela Lai
- Lighting & Rendering: Pamela Lai
- Compositor: Noah Catan
- Special Thanks: Jake Zhang, Bryan Bentley
- Produced at Savannah College of Art and Design
Bear and Bunny
The short is focused on a day in the life of a bear living in a city of bunnies. His office day is mundane, though the struggles of fitting in still plague him. He’s often just at the wrong place, at the wrong time, which is his office, at basically any time.
- Diector&Producer: Hugo Setyadji
- Concept Art: Hugo Setyadji
- Character Modelling: Hugo Setyadji
- Environment Modelling: Hugo Setyadji Kayla Man
- Rigging: Hugo Setyadji
- Texturing: Hugo Setyadji
- Animation: Hugo Setyadji, Ciara Maloto, Michelle Hui, Stanley Soendoro
- Lighting & Rendering: Hugo Setyadji
- Composting: Hugo Setyadji
- Music Composer: Daniel McCormick
- Special Thanks: Jake Zhang, Bryan Bentley
- Produced at Savannah College of Art and Design
The Divine Infection
"The Divine Infection" is a dark and surreal story of a girl who was tortured by a cult in the past. She returns to the church many years later in order to reunite with her snow leopard daemon and erase the scars the cult left behind.
Director’s website: www.christinestevens.me
- Animation: Andre King, Christine Stevens
- Modelling&Texturing: Nick Levene, Leoncio Soler, Christine Stevens, Ian Tse
- Music: Ho Shan Lam
- Rigging: Hugo Setyadji, Christine Stevens
- Sound Design: Irene Chan
- Voice Acting: Elena Lorenzo
- Special Thanks: Chris de Boer, Jake Zhang, Bryan Bentley
- Produced at Savannah College of Art and Design
Here are the artworks from junior students, including animation and visual effects.
Savannah College of Art and Design
The Savannah College of Art and Design was founded in 1978. Offering more degree programs and specializations than any other art and design university, SCAD is uniquely qualified to prepare talented students for professional, creative careers. SCAD is one university - offering degrees in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia, Hong Kong, and online via eLearning, with additional study abroad opportunities in Lacoste, France, and other locations. Each SCAD location provides a new experience, and students can choose to study in any location, at any quarter during their education.
SCAD Hong Kong offers the area’s largest concentration of art and design degree programs in the heart of the Sham Shui Po district, where a fusion of ancient heritage and Western influence inspires visitors from around the globe. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 areas of study, as well as minors in more than 60 disciplines.
In Hong Kong, timeless tradition merges with the high-tech. SCAD Hong Kong offers students every resource imaginable in the UNESCO award-winning former North Kowloon Magistracy building, a grand courthouse fully restored and revitalized by the university. Features of the transformation include a library, digital labs and studios, darkrooms, a green screen studio, and sound design and editing suites.
Three Academy Awards Winning Scientist Dr. Jos Stam’s Exclusive Interview with Fox Renderfarm
On May 19th, the provider Fox Renderfarm's CG Salon, The beauty of CG Technology was successfully held in Shenzhen. The event is co-organized with Shenzhen ACM SIGGRAPH and International Chinese Association of Computer-Human Interaction(ICACHI). Dr. Jos Stam, Dr. LiWei (Chair of ICACHI), and Mr. Jelo Wang (CEO of FACEGOOD) were invited to share their CG insights and experiences with the audience.
After the Salon, the Fox Renderfarm had an exclusive interview with Dr. Jos Stam, who has won three technical achievement awards, respectively in 2006, 2008 and 2019 from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has published groundbreaking research in computer graphics notably at SIGGRAPH. He also received top awards, the computer graphics achievement from SIGGRAPH in 2005.
Here is the interview of Dr. Jos Stam by .
Fox Renderfarm: As we know, this year you won your third Oscar at the Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards. Can you share the feeling of winning the award?
Jos Stam: Very grateful, very happy of course, but I didn't quite expect it this year. This award is an upgrade from the award I got in 2006, so still surprised when I got the official email. Another Academy Award after the last one I got was 2008. It's been ten years after my last Academy Award. So it's pretty exciting.
Fox Renderfarm: This year, do you have any new plan or new target in the science of subdivision surfaces or other 3D graphics technical field?
Jos Stam: Well, I don't have any plans to work directly on subdivision, I might, but I like to work in different areas. I started to work on the subdivision work about twenty years ago. I'm sort of looking at artificial intelligence as well, not only how to apply to graphics or also how computer graphics can be applied to artificial intelligence. But in research, you can never really plan things. I usually work on many problems, some of them turn out to be effective and will get you a Technical Award. So who knows where this will lead? I can't really lay out what I'm going to work out, but hopefully cool stuff.
Fox Renderfarm: This time you come to Shenzhen, to meet and communicate with the young people who are interested in CG art, how do you feel about this? Can you give them some encouragements?
Jos Stam: I work a lot with young people and I find it’s very inspiring. And I think there's still a lot that can be done especially in Computer Graphics. And I've been in the field for thirty years and we went from pixelated games to highly photo-real games, it only in the span of thirty years. Who knows what's gonna happen in the next thirty years? And it's the young people who’re gonna make it happen, So it's really good to inspire them and not to discourage them. It's very important that they should follow their passion, don't give up and don't do it for the money. Of course, it helps, usually, these jobs are well paid, but they shouldn’t be the main factor. You should be very passionate about computer graphics, what it stands for, or other fields, you know. Like in my case, I’m sort of coming from an art background, mathematics and I like to code, so sort of perfect background for computer graphics. But you might come from another background as well, like from Biology or some of the passions for music. I know people come from music are drawn into computer graphics and coding. So, basically, don't discourage. And inspire young people. Not only in China but the rest of the world.
Fox Renderfarm: As you said in the previous interview, “If you’re an artist, you don’t care why the sky is blue. You just want to create a dramatic sky.” Creative ability is very important for artists, do you have any suggestions for young artists to enhance creativity?
Jos Stam: Usually people associate creativity with artists, but you can do math or code and be very creative. Creativity actually works if you have boundaries. And if there are no boundaries, creativity doesn't make any sense if you can just do anything. Of course, artists are supposed to be creative. But what I want to say is to everyone, try to be creative in your job. Even in your life, being creative and how to live your life, give some meaning to it.
（Paintings of Jos Stam）
Fox Renderfarm: Nowadays, Chinese CG industry is also developing rapidly and progressing continuously, will you have more co-operation with China in the future? What do you expect most about the cooperation?
Jos Stam: I think, it should be across the world, not just in China, me and everyone. It helps research that you can be open and free about problem discussion. So it’s sort of the beauty of mathematics. It is a single language. I can show an equation to a person in China, they will understand it, even if I don't know any Chinese. So an ideal world that anyone would be able to talk to anyone else openly and further technologies or science. Now I have to say about China, especially Shenzhen. Things are changing extremely rapidly and the city is growing incredibly fast. So I believe, to be in China, the time is pretty exciting.
Message from Dr. Jos Stam: Be yourself if you can. And be creative. Live your life to the fullest.
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Interview With Blow Studio, One Of The Animation Producers Of Netflix’s Love, Death & Robots
Love, Death & Robots, is an American adult animated anthology web television series on Netflix, consists of 18 stand-alone episodes, all under 20 minutes long and all produced by different casts and crews. Now, Fox Renderfarm is so happy to have an interview with Blow Studio, the animation producer of “Three Robots” in Netflix’s Love, Death & Robots, and honorable to provide services for “Three Robots”. Here is the interview regarding “Three Robots” between Blow Studio and Fox Renderfarm.
Fox Renderfarm: We noticed that you provide production services for commercials, TV shows, short films, and many other formats related to animation, so can you please give us a brief overview of Blow Studio?
Blow Studio: Blow Studio is an animation and VFX production company formed in 2011. We provide production services for commercials, series, short films, and many other formats related to animation. In addition, we are always looking for personal projects to push our limits.
We have worked on projects for brands such as: Netflix, Chanel, River Island, Johny Walker, MTV, Izze, Axe, Rdio, Sanex, Vimeo and others.
Fox Renderfarm: Which part is the most important in production of this project？
Blow Studio: All production stages are important. Every step must have an even quality so the final product is balanced. Considering the type of story, if we had to choose a fundamental area of this episode that required a greater effort from us, I think we would choose animation.
Fox Renderfarm: Can you share with us the challenges in the production of this short film?
Blow Studio: The animation was a challenge because we had to animate about 120 shots mixing styles. We had to invest a lot of effort in this area in order to take forward the project
Another challenge I would like to highlight is the making of a realistic talking cat. Modeling, shading, rig, animation, hair...everything required the highest quality to make this character credible. The cat was the most complicated character of this episode and we are very proud of the result.
Fox Renderfarm: How do you like this short film? Which part do you think is the most interesting?
Blow Studio: Three Robots is the most important project we have made at Blow Studio. We love the story, the tone and the visual design. If we had to choose one sequence, maybe it would be the abandoned house. It's a very funny part, with a delicious animation and hilarious lines. Also, here is when we meet the cat, a character that will be the key at the end of the story.
Fox Renderfarm: What do you think of Netflix's animated series Love, Death & Robots?
Blow Studio: We are fans of "Love, Death & Robots" and we are completely into adult animation. Before the series, back in 2017 we release a short film called "Alleycats", and it goes in the same tone of "Love, Death & Robots". This is a short film where we did what we wanted to: ninja cats slicing their heads through the alleys of the city with a dark vengeance background reflected in the story. So yes, this is the kind of things we love to do.
We needed someone to stand for this kind of animation, and Netflix did the bet. We just hope they continue investing in this type of content because it looks that it's something people was asking for.
Fox Renderfarm: Which episode do you like the most in season 1 of Love, Death & Robots? Why?
Blow Studio: All episodes have a very high level of quality and something to highlight, so it's very difficult to choose just one. But if we had to, we will surely choose "Three Robots" because making it was very satisfying and it is like our little baby.
Fox Renderfarm: Speaking of rendering, please tell us more about your overall experience with Fox Renderfarm?
Blow Studio: It was a pleasant surprise to work with Fox Renderfarm. We had to outsource some parts of the render in order to deliver on time and allowed us to meet our deadline. Sure we will work again with them if we need to.
Fox Renderfarm: In closing, is there any interesting behind scene story you would like to share with us?
Blow Studio: Thanks to 'Three Robots' now we are cat experts. We had to do a very laborious study of them to reach this quality, and we really don't know how much hours we had to spend watching references for animation, the hair, the anatomy, the behavior of the skin, etc.
And we just wanted to say that it has been an adventure and an honor to be part of the production team of this amazing project along with the best CG studios today.
Fox Renderfarm: Thank Blow Studio for taking time in this interview, looking forward to seeing more and more wonderful works produced by Blow Studio.
The Shipment Win Best VFX
Berlin Science-fiction film Festival is the first international festival of Science-fiction Film in Germany. It has shown about 200 independent films from over 30 countries in the past 2 years.
The 2018 Berlin Science-fiction Film festival vote has come to end of a phase, but much professional staff has anticipated the winner of the Berlin Science-fiction film. For the VFX and animation industry, the most concerned prize is the Best Visual Effects. Today let us share the film which has won the Best Visual Effects---The Shipment.
The Shipment has also been selected to Tribeca film festival which is ranked one of the top 10 film festivals in the world as well recently in New York. It is really proud to say that the render of this film is supported by Fox Renderfarm. Let us watch this film together.
- Name: The Shipment
- Country: Canada
- Language: English
- Release Date: 21 October 2018 (Australia)
- Also Known As: Cargo
- Filming Locations: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
The film tells the story about a widowed cargo hauler Aedin Katar and his young daughter Zohra.
Aedin Katar is an ex-slave trader struggles to live a reformed life as a lowly interplanetary cargo hauler. While transporting a shipment of alien livestock to a distant planet, their ship encounters a mechanical failure and must land at an old spaceport. Unable to afford the repairs to their ship, Stranded and broke, he faces his dark past and difficult ethical choices in a desperate attempt to provide a better life for his daughter.
Being a sci-fi film, The Shipment needs a tremendous amount of VFX and rendering. The film is entirely self financed by the director Bobby Bala, Who is also the CEO at Flying Car Productions, and it is over budget. Fox Renderfarm has provided rendering power with a significantly discounted rate for this film which is over 40,000 frames. Bobby mentioned in the interview that "Fox Renderfarm was critical to the success and completion of our film The Shipment. Their customer service was excellent and their services, we were grateful to find Fox which surpassed our expectations. Without their affordable rendering options, we would not have been able to complete our independent sci-fi film which has recently been chosen as an official selection at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York."
Here we also have an interview with Katapix Media which teamed up with Post-VFX to tackle the bulk of the Post production, Tasked with more than 390 shots for this film. Carlos Duque who is the Co-founder of Katapix Media tells us it was a Learning experience working on this project. They had short notice to put together a team and train some of the crew so they could be on par with the quality requirement, Bobby definitely has an eye for detail so they needed to beat his expectations.
Carlos also introduces some challenges of the production:
Our company (Katapix) is based in Medellin (Colombia), we’ve been in the industry for more than 15 years doing CG and VFX for tv and advertising, and started Katapix 5 years ago with a goal in mind, Feature films, The Shipment brings us closer to that goal, so this project was a welcome challenge. As every project it had its ups and downs but nevertheless was super fun and now that we see the results and all the selections and awards it’s getting, you realize it was all worth it!!
One of our biggest concerns was rendering times, since we are a small company and we knew this was going to be super render intensive, so we looked for a reliable , because their price/benefit are more important, their staff was there for us 24/7 not via email or forums, we actually had direct contact with our account manager and a group of TD’s willing to help us regardless of the hour. It was an overall great experience to work with them and we still use Fox Renderfarm as our sole render solution.
The Shipment has brought home the award for Best Visual FX from Berlin Sci-Fi Film Festival and thrilled to be a Tribeca 2019 Official Selection! At the same time, it is also Honoured to be an official selection of Idyllwild International Festival Of Cinema, Irvine International Film Festival, Fantasporto - Porto International Film Festival, Bermuda International Film Festival, The European Independent Film Festival & Irvine International Film Festival, Miami Sci-Fi Film Festival, and so on. Looking forward to its release in China.
“Upin & Ipin: Keris Siamang Tunggal” Rendered With Fox Renderfarm
“Upin & Ipin: Keris Siamang Tunggal”, produced by Les’ Copaque Production Sdn. Bhd. has been on screen in Malaysia on 21st March 2019. This film was rendered by Fox Renderfarm.
This is a 100-minute feature film of adventure, family and fantasy genre, with a very interesting story. The details of the movie are as follows.
“Upin & Ipin: Keris Siamang Tunggal” is Les’ Copaque Production Sdn. Bhd.’s third feature film.
Les’ Copaque Production Sdn. Bhd. was established in December 2005 to spearhead Malaysia’s animation industry and specialize in producing high-quality 3D animation and IP production.
Les’ Copaque Production has spent five years producing their second full-length 3D animated movie “Upin & Ipin: Keris Siamang Tunggal”.
Before this feature film, “Upin & Ipin” is the longest-running Malaysian animated series and the most popular IP in South Asia with over 12 million audience on Facebook. The series is currently on its 13th season in production.
This new adventure film tells of the adorable twin brothers Upin and Ipin together with their friends Ehsan, Fizi, Mail, Jarjit, Mei Mei, and Susanti, and their quest to save a fantastical kingdom of Inderaloka from the evil Raja Bersiong. It all begins when Upin, Ipin, and their friends stumble upon a mystical kris that leads them straight into the kingdom. While trying to find their way back home, they are suddenly burdened with the task of restoring the kingdom back to its former glory. With help from Mat Jenin and Belalang, Upin, Ipin and their friends must overcome a series of challenging obstacles in this action-packed, magical and humorous adventure film produced by Les’ Copaque Production Sdn. Bhd.
“Upin & Ipin: Keris Siamang Tunggal” is the most expensive movie in Malaysia, costing an estimate of 20 million ringgit (around US$4.92 million). The movie is 100 minutes in duration and took a production team of 140, including 12 lighting and rendering artists, and 5 years to complete.
Over 50 different species of animals were created. It is also the first time Les’ Copaque Production has had hair groomed for over 70 rigged characters. There were a lot of technical challenges that the production team has to overcome. For example, one dancing shot has a crowd of 120 characters at once, with some heavy shots that have more than 180 rendered layers, etc.
During 5-year long production, the team has had three major upgrades in regards to their hardware and software in order to deliver the complexity of the film. The longest shot in this film has 722 frames and it took 100 rendering nodes and 2 months.
As a leading provider, Fox Renderfarm’s reliable and high-efficient service helps Les’ Copaque Production in its support of the 3D feature film “Upin & Ipin: Keris Siamang Tunggal”.
The technical team of Les’ Copaque Production greatly praises the high-quality rendering service. They said: “We are very satisfied with Fox Renderfarm’s 24/7 real-time technical support, reliable download and upload speed, the user friendly webpage interface, and very simple desktop client app for our alternative option. For example, we have some frames that took 3 days to render locally, and after we submitted to Fox Renderfarm’s , it was completed in 2 hours, which greatly saved our time and budget. More importantly, the reliable and quality rendering also guarantees the quality of this film.”
“We use this mentality to the way we do our work, in giving our best in creating our own Intellectual Property (IP) with the highest quality possible.” This is the Mission of Les’ Copaque Production Sdn. Bhd.
Personally, I really like this mission statement. We look forward to the release of “Upin & Ipin: Keris Siamang Tunggal” in China and more countries in the world. It is our hope that the “Upin & Ipin” series will bring joy to more and more people, they will understand and enjoy the culture of Malaysia, and we expect nothing less than excellent work coming from Les' Copaque Production Sdn. Bhd. in the future.
Interview With Brian Beaudry, The 1st Winner In Renderosity 2018 Animation Holiday Contest
Glad to have an interview with Brian Beaudry, the 1st place winner in Renderosity 2018 Animation Holiday Contest, here is the detail we want to share for everyone, to know more about a good animation hobbyist.
Fox Renderfarm: Hi Brian, congratulation to win the 1st place! Would you please give a brief introduction about yourself?
Brian Beaudry: Yes，my name is Brian Beaudry and I am honored to have won the Renderosity 2018 Animation Holiday Contest. I am a full-time Musician and work in many local bands and nursing homes entertaining people of all ages. Before music, I worked as an Airbrush Artist painting T-shirts, murals, and paintings. I started working in computer art and animation as a hobby about 20 years ago.
Fox Renderfarm: Wow, very interesting experience. So how did you make the decision to step into the animation industry?
Brian Beaudry: Being an Artist is relaxing and a very fulfilling hobby. I started working in still 3d pictures and worked my way into animations. Being able to bring my characters to life on screen in the comfort of my own home is Amazing. I have learned to work with many 3d software packages.
Fox Renderfarm: That’s awesome! Did you still remember your first work, how does it look like?
Brian Beaudry: My first programs were Bryce and Ray Dream 3d back in 1996. I was working as an Airbrush artist at the time and made some simple still shots for a Cd cover I was working on at the time. Many years passed and about 9 years ago I started back at 3d artwork on the computer.
Fox Renderfarm: I see, so how did you know the Renderosity's contest?
Brian Beaudry: In 2011 I entered my first Renderosity animation contest after finding the forum page and discovering the contest. That year I took 3rd place. I entered the next 2 years taking 2nd and then finally 1st place. During my first years of the contest, I used Vue for my Animations and put the frames together in After Effects. I found Vue to be very slow for rendering and did not enter again until this year. I changed my Animation program to Iclone 7 which handles pbr rendering and improved my rendering speeds by leaps and bounds. Over the years since my last contest I learned many new tricks which helped make the Movie I made this year that won the contest. I designed the main character in Zbrush and textured him in Substance painter. I have collected some great motion captures over the years and assigned them to my character in Iclone.
Fox Renderfarm: Sounds great! You really love animation, you worth to have the prizes. Can you show us your work that won the place in this contest?
Brian Beaudry: I have uploaded a copy of my movie.
Fox Renderfarm: Good for you! Therefore, what inspired you to come out the idea of making this work? Also, what software, renderers, plugins you used in this work?
Brian Beaudry: The contest theme was the ghosts of Christmas past. My idea was to bring life to an old room using magic. My main character is the Armored Knight. The Idea was the magical Christmas Fairies would bring the old room back to life. The Fairies would come down the chimney and everything they passed would be restored. There were old lights being turned on, the once warm fireplace being re-lit, and of course the suit of armor coming to life. I also wrote the song for this animation called “Christmas Fairies” using a Yamaha Mx-61 keyboard and Sonar recording program.
Fox Renderfarm: Fantastic idea! Did you use Fox Renderfarm service previously? If yes, would you share your ideas about us?
Brian Beaudry: I have never used Fox Renderfarm, but now having some credits I look Forward to using it to help me in future projects.
Fox Renderfarm: Thanks, hope our can satisfy you. Anything else you would like to add or say?
Brian Beaudry: I hope in the near future to start work on some videos for some of my original music. Thank you for your time and I hope you enjoy my Movie ”Ghosts of Christmas Past”.
'https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV0xxDGHLZY' this is my animation on youtube.
'www.roadtripniagara.com' -my music website
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