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09 July 2014

All the work featured in the Storyboard pages of July's edition - Maleficent work from MPC; zombie carnage from Axis and an unsettling ad from Home Corp and Prime Focus


MPC
Led by MPC vfx supervisors Adam Valdez and Seth Maury, MPC completed 875 shots for Disney’s Maleficent. Working closely with director Rob Stromberg and production vfx super Carey Villegas, the team created a host of creatures and environments including the initial scenes of a young Maleficent in a fairy world environment and Maleficent’s iconic castle. MPC also created huge battle scenes, a cg thorn wall and a full CG dragon and Great Hall interior for the climactic battle sequence.



Prime Focus/ Home Corp
Home Corp director Bruce Hunt tasked Prime Focus Animation director Martyn Pick to create 180 hand-painted frames showing a turbulent sea on the stomach of a live action model, calmed by the introduction of an Imodium Liqui-gel. The producer was Jules Pye, lead art-worker was Sharon Pinsker and the art workers were Martin Oliver and Fiona Woodcock.

Imodium / Martyn Pick from Luma on Vimeo.



Blac Ionica
Mitsubishi and Golley Slater brought in Blacionica to shoot the latest TV and cinema campaign for Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV, the world’s first plug-in hybrid 4x4 SUV. Tim Green was DoP on the shoot. 3D animation and design was by Tim Marchant, Rodi Kaya and Viktor Berg. Colour was by Envy and sound by SNK Media.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV from Blac Ionica on Vimeo.



Axis
These are two new game trailers from Axis. One for Microsoft Studios’ Crackdown for Xbox One and the other for Deep Silver’s Dead Island 2. Crackdown for Xbox One was directed by Stephen Donnelly. Director Ben Craig’s announcement trailer for Dead Island 2, the follow up to Dead Island, starts with a coiffeured Californian out for a beachside run and ends, inevitably, in zombie carnage.

Crackdown for Xbox One announcement trailer from axisanimation on Vimeo.



Dead Island 2 announcement trailer from axisanimation on Vimeo.



SPOV
Spov completed this opening movie for Xbox One and Playstation 4 game, Watch_Dogs. Ubisoft Montreal asked Spov to visualise the interior workings of a super-connected network of devices, operating in a fictional near future version of Chicago, where the game takes place. Miles Christensen was creative director and Allen Leitch and Dan Higgott were exec producers.

Watch_Dogs Opening Title Sequence from Spov Design + Moving Image on Vimeo.



Blinkink
This is Jonny & Will of Blinkink’s second series of The Grumpy King, their Bafta-nominated series for Cartoon Network.



The Mill+
The Mill+ and Lovestone Film created a formidable CGI Bull developed in Cinema4D promoting Prefa’s weather-wearing tiles.

Behind the Scenes: Prefa 'Panzerstier' from The Mill on Vimeo.



Earth London
RedBee Media tasked Earth London with the promo for The BBC’s coverage of the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games.

Queen’s Baton Relay on BBC from Earth London on Vimeo.



Mob Films
Mob Films’ Paul W.S. Anderson directed the new VW campaign, showing the cars are too safe for his trademark action shots.



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