Monday, July 14, 2008

Fame and Glory (kinda)

There's an article up on one of the Visual Effects sites about how we did the work on Hellboy 2. I even get quoted. Crikey.

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Blogger Churlita said...

That is very cool. You are a rock star.

10:08 pm  
Blogger booda baby said...

It's not very clever, is it, to read an entire article looking for your quote and then realize that it's probably not going to read "said, Mr. Atrocity."

Do you subscribe to any animating philosophy? (Do separate camps even exist?) It's great that there are jobs, but really, does animating every little fairy wing quiver ... etc. etc?

(You'll be pleased to know I cut three paragraphs and am quite proud of myself for shutting up.)

2:17 am  
Blogger Mr Atrocity said...

Churlita, well we'll all be credited on the film after the on-set caterers so we won't feel that special. It is nice when people take an interest in our work though.

Booda Baby, I don't have any particular philoshophy, it's whatever is right for the job at hand. We are crafts-people rather than artists as we exist to realise someone else's vision.

For the fairies we hand animated the close up fairies on a shot by shot basis and I do think that every little quiver and twitch helps to sell the performance. We render our images at over 2000 pixels resolution and that's a lot of detail which, believe me, is all too visible on a 40 foot screen.

For the shots with thousands of fairies we used animation cycles and some clever swarming algorithms to get them to do their thang.

9:46 am  

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