A group of London's finest artists and animators are challenged to create the perfect CG short. 3dtotal investigates...
Fred and Eric used a distinctive stop-motion aesthetic for their lazy teen superhero
In an unassuming and tucked-away old warehouse in London's Soho district something rather marvellous is happening. A group of CG artists and designers are facing their toughest challenge to date: to create a short CGI movie about a London-based superhero in less than 5 hours.
It's being created in an exquisite corpse style between six teams of two, with each pair only able to see the previous pair's last 30 frames of animation. It's a herculean undertaking – and the artists will have to draw on their own CG super powers to finish the project in time.
Cut and Paste present the final video
Blackmeal's segment of the film shows the superhero while he's in nappies
Despite their incredibly tight schedule, we were able to talk to Territory Studio's Marti Romances and Nick Hill about the ongoing project. The studio is best-known for creating on-screen graphics for movies such as Zero Dark Thirty and Prometheus, and the dynamic duo were charged with creating the superhero's midlife crisis – think along the lines of The Incredibles
with a suitably British twist.
"His superpower doesn't seem to work the way he was expecting, and rather than solving the problem it gives him a beer belly”
"We start with an opening scene of him cruising in his sports car, and he's loving it,” says Nick. "Maybe he's just divorced his wife and replaced her with a Ferrari. He gets a call on his old English pocket watch, which he uses in conjunction with his umbrella, and attends to this event but his superpower doesn't seem to work the way he was expecting, and rather than solving the problem it gives him a beer belly.”
London's Soho is home to many VFX companies, so naturally lots of people attended the event
As a child, the superhero comes face to face with a giant pigeon, in Mummu's vision
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