Squint/Opera had the honour of being nominated for two CG 3d Architecture awards which were hosted in A Coroña, Spain as part of Mundos Digitales (http://www.mundosdigitales.org/en/). A Coruña is a beautiful city with a lovely beach, a mix of old and new architecture and a host of bars serving delicious food and refreshingly cooled beer, so you can imagine how put out my colleague Ina and I felt when given the burdensome task of going there to represent Squint! But it wasn’t all relaxing as we attended numerous presentations by some of the industries leading names and have provided a round-up of our favourite bits...
The post-production company that makes time travel possible
USER T38 (http://www.usert38.com/) provided a fascinating and funny talk about the production of TV show 'El Minesterio del Tiempo' which involved delivering between 60 and 100 shots in ONE WEEK. We were impressed by the quality of their work, especially their onset VFX supervision techniques, including marker placement and Green screen work. They also discussed how they worked closely with the Director and Producers to produce exciting yet achievable shots, making sure the Director knew the time constraints involved.
El Minesterio Del Tiempo - breakdown from USER T38
Game of Thrones. VFX in TV
There was a last minute presentation on THAT SEQUENCE from episode eight of Game of Thrones. No spoilers here but those who know what I am talking about will have enjoyed an extended Behind the Scene's look at how 'El Ranchito' went about producing the stand-out scene from last season. You can see part of the breakdown here but BEWARE SPOILER ALERT! I for one am looking forward to seeing more of their work in Season six.
Spoiler alert! Game of Thrones (HBO) - Hardhome (VFX Breakdown) by El Ranchito Imagen Digital
Another stand-out presentation was by 'Pedro Solis' for his remarkable short film 'Cuerdas' ('Strings') which won the Goya 2014 best short animated film award. Influenced by his own son who is wheelchair bound and unable to walk or talk, this beautifully crafted short about the friendship between two special Children had Ina and myself fighting back the tears! With his presentation Pedro then spoke at length about how his life has influenced his film making, which was truly inspirational.
'Strings' by Pedro Garcia Solis
MPC presents: Yo soy Groot
Ina saw an fascinating presentations by Ben Jones, character supervisor at MPC on their work for the character of 'Groot' in 'Guardians of the Galaxy. He spoke about the complex rigging system employed to bring Groot to life and the variations employed for the Groot Cocoon and baby Groot. Touching on the set extension / environment work it showed the level of complexity required for the large set pieces such as the space battle.
Guardians of the Galaxy © 2014 - Marvel Studio
’The witcher 3’: The pipeline between life and death
Szabolcs Horvatth, Lead Technical Director at Digic Pictures gave a breakdown on their gaming pipeline. As well as the stunning work for ‘Witcher III’ they have also worked extensively in the area of gaming cinematics including ‘Mass Effect’, ‘Assassin’s Creed’ and ‘Halo 4’
The Witcher III © CD Projekt S. A.
Special Award Mundos Digitales 2015 | Sergio Pablos
Lastly was a great presentation from the talented Sergio Pablos whose work on such films as ‘Despicable Me’ has spotlighted his company SPA. Talking through his work and how he is concentrating on developing new animated film content, his latest venture ‘Klaus’ looks like a fun project in the making!
Klaus teaser ©2015 Sergio Pablos Animation Studios, S.L. & ANTENA 3 FILMS, S.L.U. All rights reserved
Awards Ceremony / 3DAwards - International Animation Festival
We then settled down to watch the nominees, there was an excellent array of styles across all films and images with some emerging talent that is well worth looking out for! Running alongside the arch viz competition was the excellent 3d animation festival awards. The quality of work on show was stunning especially the wonderful 'Alike', beautiful 'Nebula' and surreal 'Gea' which reminded me of videos by 'Tool' - awesome stuff!
Crowd animation reel for Alike: Direction - Daniel Martínez Lara and Rafael Cano Méndez. Production La Fiesta P.C and Daniel Martínez Lara
Nebula - an animation by students from Gobelins l'école de l'image - Camille Andre, Marion Bulot, Clément Doranlo, Myriam Fourati, Jonghyun Jungboix, Alexis Kerjosse and Sarah Simon
Gea trailer: direction - Jamie Maestro, production - Primerframe.
And then came the moment we were there for - the awards. Squint was up for best commissioned film ('Dryline') and best commissioned image (‘Europa City’). It was all very exciting apart from the momentary panic when we realised we might actually have to give a somewhat coherent speech but we still crossed our fingers and hoped! Sadly, we were not to win in either category but were honoured to be included in a great competition.
The Dryline by Squint/Opera
Europa City by Squint/Opera
When life hands you lemons...
Despite feeling a little sad not to have won we clung to the old adage 'When life hands you lemons, you make… FREE BEER AND TAPAS!'. We joined everyone for a great party overlooking the ocean. When Ina accidentally smashed a glass we received a huge happy cheer, which summed up the fun loving friendly atmosphere of the festival. The night carried on with much networking, drinking and congratulating followed by an early morning paddle in the ocean on the way home - a fitting end to a wonderful festival experience which we hope to enjoy again next year.
Thanks to CG Architect and Mundos Digitales for looking after us so well!