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  • R&D | Rigid Body Dynamics | 001

     
    Quick test for an upcoming project with Rigid Bodies in Softimage. Most of it done with ICE and Exocortex’s Momentum.
     
    The tricky part is the alignment of the bodies with the surface normal. After bending my head around the different forces available I finally stumbled across a rather simple but efficient way to do this.

  • R&D | Custom Fur System | 001

     
    Fur test with Softimage, Redshift and my custom ICE based strand system. While the fluffy look is there and the fur feels smooth, the Brute Force GI could use even more samples to reduce the noise.
     

  • BFF | Jump #1 in Düsseldorf’s “Boui Boui Bilk”

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    Here are a few impressions from yesterday’s BFF (Association of Freelance Photographers) exhibition in Düsseldorf’s “Boui Boui Bilk” hall, a former screw manufactory.

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    For this event we came up with an extraordinary way to present the images. Contrary to a static hang each photographer’s work was presented by an assistant, fully dressed in a black lycra, carrying two small billboards attached to a supporting structure. In a slightly choreographed way these living billboards changed their positions in the exhibition room repeatedly during the evening, resulting in a constantly changing hang.

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    With the arrival of more and more visitors during the course of the evening at one point the space got too overcrowded so that the assistants were relieved from the weight carried on their shoulders and stands were used for the placement of the pictures.

    Apart from a great party and the enormous attention we received, the BFF also presented its latest showreel with the work of their members within Nordrhein-westfalen.

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    Images shot by Claus Morgenstern (1-3), Salima Kehr (4)

  • BFF | We were guests at “10 years Regielounge”

    Yesterday evening we were invited to the 10 year anniversary party of the Regielounge at Düsseldorf’s Nachtresidenz. The BFF created especially for this event a showreel which presents the work of its photographers in Nordrhein-Westfalen which was well received.

    Apart from the usual nice party atmosphere, several nice showreels from different directors made it a worthwhile and fun evening.

  • Ingots are nominee for the German Design Award 2015

    NewsPandaMask“Save the ingots” receives next nomination for Design Award.

    The “Save the ingots” animation just won a Red Dot Design Award and already the next possible award might wait for the small metal cylinders. I just received a notice that the Germanan Design Council nominated the animation for the German Design Award in the category “Excellent communications design – Audiovisual and digital media”.
     
    Let’s hope that they are as successful as at the latest Red Dot Award ceremony.

  • First look at the cheetah

    This is the first iteration. Mouth area, nose and eyes still need quite some work. Ears are a bit tricky as there is no real reference available. But luckily there are other cats species not covered with this amount of fuzzy fur, giving more hints towards correct ear shapes than the cheetah.

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  • Three new quadrupeds under construction

    Just started on a new project which includes several furry creatures. Not as hairy as the yeti, but nonetheless the amount of hair will be tough to handle. At the moment the shapes of the three animals get developed. The three mammals are a zebra, a cheetah and an impala.
    Here are the first meshes of the impala. While the head is 80% there, the body will be the next thing to be shaped. The cheetah and zebra will follow.

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  • Time to party!

    ingot_redDot_jumpingGood news: The animation “Save the Ingots – Use Crypton” is Red Dot Design Award – Winner 2013!
    The accolade of the Red Dot Design Award, the “Red Dot”, is an internationally recognised quality label for excellent design in several design disciplines. Quoting Red Dot: “Red Dot represents more than just a design competition: as design promoters we spread the idea of design internationally; we highlight the importance of design for business and society, and as trend experts present the latest developments in design”.
    This year´s Red Dot Competition attracted 6,800 competitors from 43 nations. The Ingots were some of the lucky ones – get the party started!

  • Finally!

     
    Ingots 3D animation finished on time for world premiere on the 35th International Dental Show in Cologne.
     
    The movie “Save the Ingots – use Crypton” promotes the advantages of a new material called crypton for the production of dental superstructures. Since the production thereof has previously involved difficult work for the dental technician in casting so-called ingots, the film features the advantages of working with this new and clean non-precious alloy.
     
    Inspired by the idea of creating ambassadors for the product by demonstrating how the Ingots are rescued from their daily desolation, me and my team started to invent “The world of the Ingots” – A real challenge as we were very limited in time. Now, the movie will be shown for the first time on the IDS 2013 being the world´s leading trade fair for the dental industry with over 125,000 visitors.
     
    Hope, they all have fun with the Ingots!
     

  • Hot Wheels Mice successful!

    lia_silverAwards at London International Awards and Golden Hammer

    Hip -hip- hooray! The three tiny urban residents won several prizes at these year’s advertising festivals. They collected altogether 5 prizes. LIA presented the hairy fellows with a Silver award for “Use of Illustration/Campaign” and Riga even decorated them with three Golden ones. Verrrry nice!

    LIA 2012
    Silver / Use of Illustration / Campaign

    Golden Hammer 2012
    Gold / Print / Grumpy – Limpy – Baldy
    Gold / Outdoor Posters / Grumpy – Baldy
    Gold / Craft / Photography / Baldy – Limpy
    Diploma / Craft / Christmas Cards

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