go back
1. | 2

Bringing Gravity down to Earth


By Henry Winchester


|
(11938 Views) | 0 Comments
| Comments 0
Date Added: 24th January 2014

171_tid_Gravity-Still-27.jpg
 
The terrifying idea of floating through space is animated by Framestore

He echoes Comley's thoughts on Gravity, particularly in regard to Cuarón's quest for ultra-detailed realism. "The biggest challenge of the film was making our assets as photo-real as possible,” Lambert says. "They would be scrutinized next to their real-world counterparts daily. There were also very complex materials such as cloth and foil that is damaged with rips and tears.”

Framestore's work on Gravity is very much complete, but it's been a huge contribution to the film's 10 Oscar nominations, including one for best visual effects. The trio we've interviewed are already up to their necks in a variety of new projects though: Ian Comley's working on Paddington Bear, which he describes as 'even more epic' than Gravity; David Nolan's bringing José Padilha's promising new Robocop to life, and Ben Lambert is reanimating the prince of darkness for Dracula: Untold.

171_tid_Gravity-Still-1.jpg
 
The obligatory sci-fi chick in underwear scene. See also: Alien

Bournemouth again

As for Bournemouth University's National Centre for Computer Animation, it's busy training up the next generation of visual effects wizards and Framestore employees – which often seem to be one and the same. It's an essential institution if you're considering a career in visual effects – but David Nolan has also offered some tips for getting ahead in the industry.

"Decide what you want to focus on and specialize early,” he says. "Develop an understanding of the whole pipeline, but focus on the tools that you need to do your job. If you want to be a compositor, learn to be a good paint and roto artist. If you want to be in 3D, learn tracking. That's where you will start, and it's important to do so – you'll learn a lot doing those jobs that will be useful down the line.”

Special thanks to Sofronis Efstathiou, Postgraduate Framework Leader and BFX Competition and Festival Director and Bournemouth National Centre for Computer Animation, for helping set up the graduate interviews.

171_tid_Gravity-Still-3.jpg
 
Tiny details, such as the scratches in George Clooney's helmet, were pored over by Alfonso Cuarón and the Framestore team.

The following selection of images give an idea of the types of output NCCA graduates produce in relatively short periods of time – some 6 weeks, other 10 weeks:

171_tid_Adorn-Project_T.SLANCIK_and_M.jpg
 
Adorn - by Milan Kolar and Tomas Slancik

171_tid_Simone-Giampaolo.jpg
 
ESPERO? (HOPE?) - Simone Giampaolo, Yifan Hu and Henrik Linnes

171_tid_Team-Assasin.jpg
 
Team Assasin - Magnus Kravik, Katerina Pantela, Aparna Janga, Hemanth Surana, Venkatesh Kongathi

171_tid_Team_Awesomeness_han_Chua.jpg
 
Team Awsomeness - by Harold Cheng, Chua Han Xiang and Lai Yeow Kuang

171_tid_Trace-D_NOLAN.jpg
 
Trace - by David Nolan

Related links


Framestore's main Gravity page
The NCCA site
The official site for Gravity
NCCA's 3D Animation YouTube channel
NCCA's Computer Animation course information

< previous page
 
1 | 2
Related Items.

Interview

Win a copy of Code-Artists' SciFi Pattern Generator for 3ds Max!

We've teamed up with Code-Artists to offer 10 of you the chance to get a copy of their super popular SciFi Pattern Generator for 3ds Max! All you need to do is ...

Go to galleries 1
Comments 0 Views 12976

Interview

Interview with Unreal author, Andrew Finch

The Unreal Game Engine's Andrew Finch talks about his environment modeling experiences for big games such as Operation Flashpoint and the F1 series... ...

Go to galleries 1
Comments 0 Views 1716

Interview

Interview with Carlos Ortega

Carlos Ortega chats to us about how using software such as ZBrush, Maya and Mudbox has brought out his love and passion for 3D design. He also shares how he has ...

Go to galleries 1
Comments 0 Views 15356

Interview

The making of Bet She'an

French animation school Supinfocom Arles reveals Bet She'an, a surprising graduation movie that sees civilization evolving into crows. Discover the secrets to t ...

Go to galleries 1
Comments 0 Views 8353
Readers Comments (Newest on Top)
no comments!
No comments yet. Be the first to comment!
Add Your Comment