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    Behind the Scenes of Image Engine’s Stunning Visual Effects in Netflix’s ‘Lift’

    Behind the Scenes of Image Engine’s Stunning Visual Effects in Netflix’s ‘Lift’

    2024-02-23

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    Netflixs Lift is a heist action-packed comedy film directed by F. Gary Gray, released on January 12, 2024. Cyrus Whitaker (portrayed by Kevin Hart) is the mastermind behind a team of international thieves. When Interpol hires them for a daring heist, they have to steal $500 million worth of gold from a plane in the sky, before a hacker uses it to fund a terrorist attack. But the mission is not as simple as it seems, and Cyrus and his crew will have to face old rivals, unexpected twists, and their feelings along the way.The talented team of Image Engine created 342 VFX shots for the film, including designing a complex custom high-tech jet, authentic F-35B Lightning fighter jets, and bringing the Swiss Alps to life - every element contributed to the excitement. We'd like to offer our hearty congratulations to the Image Engine team and all others involved in the making of this film for their remarkable work.VFX breakdown reel for LiftAccording to Andy Walker, the Image Engine VFX Supervisor on Lift, a high-tech jet custom-built and commandeered for use in hijacking serves as a key element in the movie. The jet must be outfitted with handmade stealth paneling to achieve radar invisibility. The team worked with the director to match the interior design of the jet with a lavish and techy exterior in 3D ways. They also added a layer of stealth paneling with a junkyard dog look that reflected the source of the materials. The final design had a sleek shape with curved wings, dual stabilizers, and chrome trims.Image from Image EngineWhats more, the Image Engine team created two F-35B Lightning fighter jets for the sequence and an AS365 DAUPHIN helicopter, which were hand-crafted by their asset team with afterburners, sonic booms, and vapor trails added by their FX team.Besides aircraft, Image Engine was also assigned the job of designing two hangars. The first hangar, which served as a backdrop for presenting the Private Jet owned by a wealthy tech mogul, had a dual purpose as a showroom and aircraft storage place. The second hangar was employed to transition the Private Jet into the Stealth Jet, complete with high-tech, showy modifications.Image from Image EngineAs Andy mentioned, the team also created the mountaintop environment of the Swiss Alps and Tuscan Villa, and made some character face replacements with their 3D hand-animated version."Lift was a really exciting project to be a part of." Andy said, "Once we had the core pieces to create fully CG shots ready to go, it opened up a creative playing field for the Director and Image Engine to craft the sequences to make the action as dynamic as possible. We were very happy to take on bigger and bigger challenges."Learn more on Image Engines Lift Case Study.Source: Image EngineTo speed up the rendering of animation and visual effects, cloud rendering plays an important role in it. Fox Renderfarm, the leading cloud rendering services provider and render farm in the CG industry, has provided cloud rendering services to countless visual effects and animation studios, allowing our users to get the best quality results in the shortest time. Try our $25 free trial now to speed up the rendering of your 3D projects now!


    'Twisters' Gets its Official Trailer

    'Twisters' Gets its Official Trailer

    2024-02-22

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    Universal Pictures shares a trailer for the disaster film, Twisters, which is scheduled to hit theaters on July 19, 2024. It is directed by Lee Isaac Chung from a screenplay by Mark L. Smith, starring Daisy Edgar-Jones, Glen Powell, Anthony Ramos, Maura Tierney, Brandon Perea, Daryl McCormack, Sasha Lane, Kiernan Shipka, and Nik Dodani.Image from Universal PicturesHere's the official synopsis:Kate Cooper, a former storm chaser haunted by a devastating encounter with a tornado during her college years who now studies storm patterns on screens safely in New York City. She is lured back to the open plains by her friend, Javi to test a groundbreaking new tracking system. There, she crosses paths with Tyler Owens, the charming and reckless social-media superstar who thrives on posting his storm-chasing adventures with his raucous crew, the more dangerous the better.As storm season intensifies, terrifying phenomena never seen before are unleashed, and Kate, Tyler and their competing teams find themselves squarely in the paths of multiple storm systems converging over central Oklahoma in the fight of their lives.Check out the trailer here:Source: Universal Pictures To speed up the rendering of animation and visual effects, cloud rendering plays an important role in it. Fox Renderfarm, the leading cloud rendering services provider and render farm in the CG industry, has provided cloud rendering services to countless visual effects and animation studios, allowing our users to get the best quality results in the shortest time. Try our $25 free trial now to speed up the rendering of your 3D projects now!


    Disney+ Shares Official Trailer for 'Iwájú'

    Disney+ Shares Official Trailer for 'Iwájú'

    2024-02-21

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    Disney's new animated series, Iwájú, is set in Nigeria and takes you on a journey into a different culture and story from it. To be more specific, Iwájú takes place in a futuristic Lagos which has the title of cultural capital. It is directed by Olufikayo Ziki Adeola with a screenplay by Adeola and Halima Hudson, featuring the voices of Simisola Gbadamosi, Dayo Okeniyi, Femi Branch, Siji Soetan, and Weruche Opia. Scheduled to be released on Disney+ on February 28, 2024, it will consist of six episodes.Image from Disney+The series follows a young girl, Tola, and her best friend, Kole, a self-taught technologist, as they uncover the secrets and dangers hidden in their different worlds.Check out the official trailer:Source: Walt Disney Animation StudiosTo speed up the rendering of animation and visual effects, cloud rendering plays an important role in it. Fox Renderfarm, the leading cloud rendering services provider and render farm in the CG industry, has provided cloud rendering services to countless visual effects and animation studios, allowing our users to get the best quality results in the shortest time. Try our $25 free trial now to speed up the rendering of your 3D projects now!


    Marvel Entertainment Drops Official Teaser for 'Deadpool & Wolverine'

    Marvel Entertainment Drops Official Teaser for 'Deadpool & Wolverine'

    2024-02-20

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    Deadpool & Wolverine gets its first trailer and it is a sequel to the first two Deadpool films, scheduled for release in cinemas on July 26, 2024. It is directed by Shawn Levy, written by Levy, Ryan Reynolds, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Zeb Wells, starring Reynolds, Hugh Jackman, Emma Corrin, Morena Baccarin, Rob Delaney, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, and Matthew Macfadyen.Image from Marvel StudiosThis film follows Deadpool and Wolverine as they team up to defeat enemies.Check out the official teaser:Source: Marvel EntertainmentTo speed up the rendering of animation and visual effects, cloud rendering plays an important role in it. Fox Renderfarm, the leading cloud rendering services provider and render farm in the CG industry, has provided cloud rendering services to countless visual effects and animation studios, allowing our users to get the best quality results in the shortest time. Try our $25 free trial now to speed up the rendering of your 3D projects now!


    'Attack on Titan' in a Bottle: An Interview with Maxim Titov (Gindo70)

    'Attack on Titan' in a Bottle: An Interview with Maxim Titov (Gindo70)

    2024-02-19

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    Maxim Titov (Gindo70), the first-place winner of the November "World in a Bottle" CGandWe Challenge, has astounded the digital art community with his impressive talent and creativity. Drawing inspiration from a pivotal scene in Attack on Titan's finale, Maxim's artwork captivates viewers with its visual homage. Delving into the thematic complexities of the anime series, Maxim skillfully portrays the juxtaposition of hope and tragedy. As the industry's top cloud rendering service provider and leading render farm, Fox Renderfarm is honored to interview Maxim. Lets dive in as Maxim shares his artistic process behind this amazing work.Fox Renderfarm: Hi Maxim! Thank you so much for accepting our interview! Please introduce yourself to our readers.Maxim: Hi, thank you for having me. My name is Maxim Titov, online most people know me as Gindo70. Im a hobby 3D and 2D Artist from Germany.Fox Renderfarm: Congratulations on winning 1st place in the November "World in a Bottle" CGandWe Challenge! How do you feel about it?Maxim: Great! Ive been taking part in the CGandWe challenges for a long time. I didn't make something every month, but I had quite a few submissions and this is the first one winning 1st place. I was very happy when I found out that I had won.Fox Renderfarm: How has the anime "Attack on Titan" influenced your artwork and what elements have you specifically drawn inspiration from?Maxim: The inside of the Bottle is visually inspired by a very important scene in the show's finale. I think anyone who watched "Attack on Titan" is gonna recognize the scene with the red scarf and the bird.Thematically, "Attack on Titan" is never black and white. There is hope in the darkest moments and tragedy in the most peaceful moments. I liked that theme, so I tried to capture it. The Wold in the Bottle is a quiet refuge in the dead outside world, but there are hints in the picture that it was once a place for two, and only one is left.Attack on Titan © Hajime IsayamaFox Renderfarm: What symbolism is intended by the action of the tree breaking open the bottle in your work?Maxim: It is meant to represent hope. No matter how dark the world outside gets, there are islands of hope that always find a way to break through to the outside. At first, I had planned to have more broken bottles in the background to make the world special, as if it were the only one left. But when I added the depth of field to make it look like a zoomed-in camera, the background became so blurry that I scrapped that idea. Some remnants of this plan can still be seen in the wireframe.Bottle Breakdown © Maxim TitovFox Renderfarm: Before diving into the visual design, how much planning and pre-production work do you typically do?Maxim: I usually take two or three days just for planning. Looking around on Pinterest or just thinking about it before going to sleep helps me visualize what I want to do. It was at that phase when I saw the final part of "Attack on Titan".Additionally, I started to research potential new techniques I could or want to incorporate. Fox Renderfarm: Could you please tell us about your pipeline for this work? And how long did it take you?Maxim: Now that I know what I want to do, I'm collecting reference images for everything I need. Pictures of bottles, anime-style landscapes, lake houses, and specifically for this case, frames from the scene that inspired me. At this point, I usually have a very clear idea of the scene I want to make in my head. In Blender, I start modeling the most central object(s), in this case, the bottle and the tree, and position it with the camera until I find something that matches my idea. Then, I create the shaders for the first objects, block out the rest of the scene, and set up the lighting.From here I work my way from large to small. I start with the grass field, move on to the house, and end with details like the character's clothes and the little leaves in the wind. Of course, not everything fits on the first try. It helps to ask someone for feedback and get several opinions. For example, the house was initially a stone house with a tiled roof and it was a friends feedback that made me change it to a wooden hut, giving it a much more cozy look.Now I iterate anything I don't like. At this point, it is important to realize what is it that I have to do in Blender such as the pose of the character and what can I simply fix in the post. There are many examples, but the most obvious is probably the hair. I was not satisfied with the way it looked and I could have gone into the Blender Hair Systems and kept iterating. Or just draw it on top. Hair Breakdown © Maxim TitovOnce I am happy with the render, I turn to Photoshop. I fixed the small problems that I didn't want to do in Blender, such as adjusting the colors, contrast, etc. to make it pop. It took me two weeks to create the piece, and I put some hours into it on some evenings. I believe it is important to take longer breaks if possible, and to look at it with a fresh mindset. So overall I worked about 20 hours on it.Fox Renderfarm: Can you describe the technical process you used to create the color and lighting effects within the scene?Maxim: The star of the process is the Shader to RGB node in Cycles. Just a simple node setup creates a powerful toon shader. It creates those nice hard shadows and vivid colors we know from more traditional animations. I used it for almost everything that was inside the bottle.Node Setup © Maxim TitovAdding a normal map and displacement textures allows it to effortlessly recreate any object you need in this style. Like I did for the logs of the cabin for example.Node Setup © Maxim TitovLog © Maxim TitovOr add a texture into the color of the diffuse to create patterns on the object, like I did for the skirt. Skirt © Maxim TitovA very important step to make the lighting of the scene stand out is to add glare and adjust the contrast. Im pretty sure, I could reach a very similar result with the blender compositor and the EEVEE bloom, but I am used to Photoshop so I do that there.For the Glare, I create two black and white copies of the image and layer it on top with color burn as the blend mode. This brings up the highlights of the render. I blur both copies with different strengths and screen them on top of the render to achieve the glare. The opacity of the blurred layers controls the glare strength.Fox Renderfarm: Are there any challenges that you encountered during the process of creation, such as the rendering speed? If so, how did you overcome them?Maxim: Yes, by far the biggest challenge was the ground plane on which the bottle rests. Since I was working with EEVEE to achieve the somewhat painterly look inside the bottle, I couldn't use displacement maps. EEVEE just doesn't support that yet. I knew from the beginning that this would be a problem, and my first plan was to render everything outside the world separately in Cycles. But combining the two scenes took more work than I thought. Especially because of the reflections.Luckily, I came across a YouTube video by CBaileyFilm that shows how to use displacement maps with the array modifier to achieve the same effect as in Cycles, saving me the trouble of separating the scene and merging the two scenes in post-production. It was much more computationally intensive but doable. I can't wait for the next big update of EEVEE when this problem will finally be solved.Fox Renderfarm: Are there any moments you enjoyed during the creation process? And what was the most memorable?Maxim: The most memorable for me is always the final day of the project. When the vision from the very start finally becomes real. I enjoy most of the creation process. What I enjoyed most this time was playing around with the color pallet. As the inside of the bottle is not Photoreal, many different color combinations seemed to work, giving the scene a colder, more autumny look. Ultimately, I went for a green summer look, but it was fun to go through the options.Fox Renderfarm: Can you describe the most rewarding project youve worked on so far?Maxim: My most rewarding (3D) project was probably the starting soon screen I animated for a Twitch streamer. I was very ambitious when I tackled the project and put a lot of effort into it. I was very relieved when I actually managed to deliver the promised result, and it was great to not only receive his gratitude but also the appreciation of the chatters when they saw it for the first time.Fox Renderfarm: Any artists or works that have influenced your style and approach?Maxim: Two artists changed my approach to art. First Thomas du Crest. He does magnificent-looking concept art with a mix of 3D and 2D techniques. His creation process opened my eyes to the fact that it doesn't just have to be one or the other. It might sound obvious, but nothing stops me from using some of my drawing strengths in my renders. Conversely, I've started using Blender to help with perspective and compositions during drawing. This has significantly improved my results in both fields. Snowstorm © Thomas du CrestThe second artist is Maxim Garipov, he makes YouTube videos (Channel: sketching in blender) and I really like his workflow. I have already learned a lot, but there is still a great deal I can learn from him.Guardian At The Gate © Maxim GaripovFox Renderfarm: Have you tried Fox Renderfarms services before? If so, how do you feel about Fox Renderfarms cloud rendering services? Maxim: I have not used them before. But with the voucher I won, I will certainly try it out.Fox Renderfarm: Do you have any ongoing projects or future plans at the moment?Maxim: There is the next CGandWE Monthly Challenge that I have started working on. I also wanted to remake one of my older pieces with my newly learned skills. Although I haven't decided which one yet.Maxims Social Media:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gindo70_ins/


    Reveal Making of One Piece: The World's Most Entertaining Live-Action Series with VFX Breakdown by Goodbye Kansas Studios

    Reveal Making of One Piece: The World's Most Entertaining Live-Action Series with VFX Breakdown by Goodbye Kansas Studios

    2024-02-14

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    Netflix has turned Eiichiro Oda's comic title 'One Piece' into a live-action series. It depicts the adventures of Straw Hat pirates led by Monkey D. Luffy, who aspires to become the Pirate King and locate the fabled One Piece treasure. A diverse and brilliant company of performers brings the characters to life in this series that has remarkable effects, authentic costumes, and breathtaking vistas.Check out the official trailer of 'ONE PIECE' by Netflix:On August 31, 2023, the live-action series debuted on Netflix and received overwhelmingly positive reviews from both critics and fans. With 37.8 million views in its first two weeks and a Top 10 ranking across 93 countries, it was an incredible hit. Additionally, it received nominations for a number of honors, including the Critics' Choice Award for Best Action Series, the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Drama, and the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series. Both the series' inventiveness and inventiveness, as well as how faithfully and respectfully it adapted the manga and anime, won accolades.A whole new generation has been able to explore the fantastic world of One Piece thanks to the live-action series. Additionally, it has rekindled enthusiasm and interest in the original manga and anime, which are still going strong and winning more and more accolades. The Alabasta Saga will be the subject of the second season of the live-action series, which will debut on Netflix on February 28, 2024. It seems to be even more exciting and epic than the first.Image from Goodbye Kansas StudiosThe most difficult part of turning One Piece into a live-action series was recreati ng each character's distinct and varied skills, particularly Luffy's rubber-like abilities. To accomplish this, the production crew combined computer-generated imagery (CGI) with real-life effects, employing stunt doubles, wires, and harnesses to replicate Luffy's jumping and stretching motions. The Gum-Gum Pistol and Gum-Gum Gatling, two of Luffy's more severe attacks, were made possible by the use of computer-generated imagery (CGI), which also improved the realism and fluidity of Luffy's body. The production crew conferred with Oda, the original One Piece author, to guarantee that the visual effects aligned with his vision and aesthetic.Come along as we explore the VFX Breakdown by Goodbye Kansas Studios and see how they produced the breathtaking visual effects and computer graphics for One Piece. We'll also showcase some of the work that went into making the series' immersive universe and bringing Lord of the Coast to life.VFX Breakdown by Goodbye Kansas StudiosSource: Goodbye Kansas Studios & NetflixTo speed up the rendering of animation and visual effects, cloud rendering plays an important role in it. Fox Renderfarm, the leading cloud rendering services provider and render farm in the CG industry, has provided cloud rendering services to countless visual effects and animation studios, allowing our users to get the best quality results in the shortest time. Try our $25 free trial now to speed up the rendering of your 3D projects now!


    An Inside Look at How MPC Crafted Visual Effects for Oscar Nominee 'Napoleon'

    An Inside Look at How MPC Crafted Visual Effects for Oscar Nominee 'Napoleon'

    2024-02-12

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    The film 'Napoleon' has made a strong showing in the 96th Academy Awards (The Oscars 2024) nominations recently announced, receiving nods for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, Best Achievement in Production Design, and Best Achievement in Costume Design. In addition to this, the film was also nominated for four awards at the 2024 EE BAFTA Film Awards, including Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects.A visual spectacle from the exquisite lens of director Ridley Scott, 'Napoleon' is an intense action epic, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the formidable Napoleon Bonaparte and Vanessa Kirby as his wife, Joséphine Bonaparte. The film roughly encapsulates Napoleon's journey to the helm of French power, both militarily and politically, while providing a deep examination of his volatile relationship with his wife Joséphine.Image from MPCIn pursuit of unparalleled realism, the filmmakers ventured to shoot on location, utilizing authentic sets, horses, and props whenever feasible. But it's not enough. Under the capable supervision of Production VFX Supervisor Charley Henley and MPC VFX Supervisor Luc-Ewen Martin-Fenouillet, the MPC team flawlessly executed 250 shots for this cinematic masterpiece. Recreating the monumental battles led by Napoleon demanded intricate coordination between SFX and VFX, truly showing the word 'epic'.One of MPC's most challenging tasks was to meticulously recreate the historic Battle of Waterloo for the film. With expertise and precision, MPC's skilled artists constructed expansive environment extensions for both the French and British camps. Going above and beyond, they also brought to life the entire Napoleonic armies, with every rank accounted for, from drummers to generals. 60 unique costumes were faithfully reproduced using actor scans to achieve a diverse and realistic visual. With remarkable attention to detail, MPC digitally rendered marching and charging armies, including the majestic cavalcades, amplifying the epic scale required for this biographical film. Additionally, the MPC VFX team injected further realism into the scenes by incorporating simulated rain, stormy cloud plates, compositing patched sunlight moving across the landscapes, SFX-generated elements of smoke drifting through the frame and flags fluttering in the wind.According to MPC, in addition to footage of the Battle of Waterloo, they also remade sequences of the Tileries Palace, Moscow (including Red Square,) and the Siege of Toulon. For a more in-depth understanding of their work, MPC's informative VFX breakdown reel for Napoleon can be viewed below.Source: MPCTo speed up the rendering of animation and visual effects, cloud rendering plays an important role in it. Fox Renderfarm, the leading cloud rendering services provider and render farm in the CG industry, has provided cloud rendering services to countless visual effects and animation studios, allowing our users to get the best quality results in the shortest time. Try our $25 free trial now to speed up the rendering of your 3D projects now!


    Hot Wheels Let’s Race: A New Animated Series for Racing Fans

    Hot Wheels Let’s Race: A New Animated Series for Racing Fans

    2024-02-09

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    Are you ready to rev up your engines and join the ultimate racing adventure? If so, you will love the new animated series 'Hot Wheels Lets Race', coming soon to Netflix by Mattel Inc.!'Hot Wheels Lets Race' is an upcoming animated series that is set to take the world of childrens entertainment by storm. This action-packed comedy series is a joint venture between Netflix and Mattel, two giants in the world of entertainment and toys respectively.The series revolves around the newest generation of racers in Hot Wheels City. These young and enthusiastic racers zoom through the city with the coolest cars from the Ultimate Garage. The series provides a sneak peek at some of the featured vehicles, including the GT Scorcher, the Baja Jump Truck, and the Velociracer. The storyline is filled with thrilling races, exciting adventures, and lots of fun, making it a perfect watch for the whole family.The theme song for the series and the music for all episodes have been composed, recorded, and produced by Patrick Stump, the award-winning musician, singer-songwriter, and lead vocalist for Fall Out Boy. His contribution adds a unique and energetic vibe to the series, enhancing the overall viewing experience.Image from NetflixThe first season of 'Hot Wheels Lets Race' is set to debut on Netflix on March 4th, 2024. The official trailer has already been released, raising the excitement and anticipation among fans. Dont miss this exciting new series that will make you feel the speed and the thrill of racing!In conclusion, 'Hot Wheels Lets Race' promises to be a high-speed comedy thrill ride that will captivate its audience with its engaging storyline, vibrant animation, and thrilling races.By the way, if you are interested in animation and visual effects, you might want to check out Fox Renderfarm, the leading cloud rendering services provider and render farm in the CG industry. Fox Renderfarm has provided cloud rendering services to countless visual effects and animation studios, allowing them to get the best quality results in the shortest time. You can try the $25 free trial now to speed up the rendering of your 3D projects. Source: Mattel Inc. & Netflix


    Peacock Drops Official Trailer for 'Megamind vs. The Doom Syndicate'

    Peacock Drops Official Trailer for 'Megamind vs. The Doom Syndicate'

    2024-02-07

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    Peacock has shared the trailer for the animated superhero film Megamind vs. The Doom Syndicate, the sequel to Megamind (2010), which will hit streaming on March 1 this year, along with the TV series Megamind Rules!. It is directed by Eric Fogel, written by Alan Schoolcraft and Brent Simons, featuring the voices of Keith Ferguson, Laura Post, Josh Brener, and Maya Aoki Tuttle, among others.Check out the official trailer here:The film follows Megamind as he assembles a new team to stop the evil plans of his former evil teammates.Source: PeacockTo speed up the rendering of animation and visual effects, cloud rendering plays an important role in it. Fox Renderfarm, the leading cloud rendering services provider and render farm in the CG industry, has provided cloud rendering services to countless visual effects and animation studios, allowing our users to get the best quality results in the shortest time. Try our $25 free trial now to speed up the rendering of your 3D projects now!


    Featured Artwork for January of FGT Art 2024 Announced!

    Featured Artwork for January of FGT Art 2024 Announced!

    2024-02-05

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    As the new year commences, CG artists are getting ready to kick-start a year filled with creative projects! We are delighted to announce that ON. VFX team's work has been selected as the first featured artwork of Fox Renderfarm's FGT Art campaign. Congratulations!"G-SHOCK Exploration" created by ON. VFX, rendered with Fox RenderfarmAccording to the team, they used Cinema 4D, Houdini, After Effects, and Audition to finish the project. And its their work for the C4D Hero (VDM) course, finishing the module of art direction. The members had such fun while creating this project, exploring new concepts, composition, style, animation (especially those match cuts), simulation, lighting, and texture.In addition, Felipe Vieira on the team also participated in the FGT3D New Adventure Challenge organized by Fox Renderfarm from March 27 - June 10, 2023, and won second place in the student category. Click to view our interview with him.Unknown World © Felipe RibeiroIn the brand new 2024, Fox Renderfarm, the industry's leading cloud rendering service provider and render farm, will continue to conduct a wide variety of activities to promote the CG community. Submit your artwork rendered with Fox Renderfarm to our FGT Art campaign and win a grand prize! Remember to follow us to get the latest news.


    Reveal Making of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem’ with Breakdown Reel of Mikros Animation

    Reveal Making of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem’ with Breakdown Reel of Mikros Animation

    2024-02-02

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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem is an animated superhero film based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman. It tells a story about after years of hiding in the shadows, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles set out to win the hearts of New Yorkers and join the human world as normal teenagers. With the help of their new friend, budding journalist April ONeil, Raph, Mikey, Leo, and Donnie take on a powerful criminal underworld - but will their ninja skills be enough to bring down an army of mutants?Check out the official trailer of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem:Up to now, this unique 2D-driven and well-produced 3D animated feature film has been nominated for more than 50 animation/film awards, which could only be achieved with years of hard work from the production team. Mikros Animation was the main animation studio for the film, and VFX supervisor Matthieu Rouxel began working with director Jeff Rowe on creating a unique style. For over two years, their global teams in Montreal and Paris (more than 550 members) created cinematic and several unique animation styles for the film.While the style of the film appears to be 2D, 95% of it was made in 3D, and even the pencil lines that create the shadows and details were done in CG as part of molding each character. Ive been working in CG movies for years, and I was always trying to break that nice, clean 3D aspect, and try to get back the vibe of something more 2D-driven and more artistic, says Matthieu. For me, it was a mix of those two things that really make this movie unique. Exactly, the use of doodles and hand-drawn elements in the animation adds a teenagers notebook vibe to the film, setting it apart from other contemporary animated movies.Image from Mikros AnimationThe director Rowe didn't want to use a final filter on the film to achieve the stylization, making it difficult to break the clean CG appearance. According to Rouxel, they tried several things right from the start, such as incorporating asymmetry into the models. This included different sizes for the eyes, uneven shoulders, and varying cheek shapes. Additionally, they gave the models a clay-like texture and used pencil-like lines with different thicknesses to create a 2D art sensation.In the next 5 minutes, lets explore the breakdown reel to understand the creation process of CG graphics and animation, learning about the development of characters, backgrounds, lighting, and FX to uncover the distinctive animation style of the film.Mikros Animations breakdown reelSource: Mikros AnimationTo speed up the rendering of animation and visual effects, cloud rendering plays an important role in it. Fox Renderfarm, the leading cloud rendering services provider and render farm in the CG industry, has provided cloud rendering services to countless visual effects and animation studios, allowing our users to get the best quality results in the shortest time. Try our $25 free trial now to speed up the rendering of your 3D projects now!


    Arnold Tutorial | How to Shade Origami Paper in Maya

    Arnold Tutorial | How to Shade Origami Paper in Maya

    2024-02-01

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    The YouTube Channel of Arnold Renderer shares a useful tutorial on how to shade origami paper dragon in Maya, using the standard_surface.thin_walled with subsurface_scatter.Image from AutodeskImage from AutodeskImage from AutodeskArnold is a high-performance, physically based rendering engine developed by Autodesk. It is used to generate highly realistic 3D animations and visual effects in films, television shows, commercials, and video games. Arnold uses advanced algorithms and techniques to simulate the behavior of light accurately, resulting in renders that closely match real-world lighting conditions. It is integrated with many industry-standard 3D software packages, including Maya, 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, Houdini, and Katana.Check out the tutorial here:As a leading cloud rendering service provider and render farm in the CG industry, Fox Renderfarm provides support for Arnold cloud rendering. We are offering a free $25 trial to every new registered user, so start rendering your impressive work now!Source: Autodesk


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