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The Mind’s Eye: A Computer Animation

Ricky Grove Not Machinima April 12, 2021 Leave a reply

Tthe first effort by director and co-producer Jan Nickman which served as a demonstration of computer animation when the art-form was still in its relative infancy. It is composed of a sequence of segments ambitiously chronicling the formation of Earth (“Creation”), the rise of human civilizations (“Civilization Rising”), and the technological advances of humanity from the advent of agriculture to the future exploration of the cosmos. The video speculatively concludes with a segment of what might be the next sentient species to arise on Earth, as well as the CGI short Stanley and Stella in: Breaking the Ice. The soundtrack was composed by James Reynolds. The sales of this video were RIAA certified as “Multi-Platinum” and reached as high as #12 on Billboard’s video sales chart.

The Mind’s Eye is a spectacular odyssey through time. Your journey begins at the dawn of creation and moves through the rise of man and technology. Travel in the world of abstraction and on into the future with breathtaking computer animation imagery. The Mind’s Eye joins the imaginations of over 300 of the world’s most talented computer animation artists with a powerful, original music soundtrack. This unique collaboration takes you on an incredible voyage into The Mind’s Eye. (1990, Archive.org)

360° VR Filmmaking Masterclass

Phil Rice Not Machinima April 10, 2021 Leave a reply

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If you were intrigued by the conversation in Season 1 Episode 2 of our podcast, where we discussed the relatively uncharted territory of VR and 360 degree filmmaking, this may interest you.

Over at CreatorUp – a site focused on education on the art of storytelling – they have a course titled “360° VR Filmmaking Masterclass” taught by some remarkably experienced pros. They’re offering a free preview which lets you sample part of the first module of the training, and they’re running an early access special on the course at half its normal price. Right now the full course is available for $150, but at the end of April (2021) the price is set to go up to $299.

We tend to focus our attention here on free or low cost training opportunities, but I thought I’d mention this “premium” training simply because it’s highly specialized and is so related to a topic we recently discussed on the show. Plus, if you’re really serious about this kind of filmmaking, you’ve probably already made a substantial investment in equipment, or you plan to. So this kind of educational investment might make sense if that’s the case.

Check out their course page, which shows the full curriculum and schedule, tells you all about the instructors, and even has a trailer.

It’s worth mentioning, too, that CreatorUp has a substantial catalog of other filmmaking-related courses – many of which are priced under $20.

Percy has nothing on this guy!

Tracy Harwood Not Machinima March 29, 2021 Leave a reply

Released in November 2020, this viral short by Birchpunk is a lot of fun. Uses VFX to present a vision of how we might colonize Mars and the future of cyber-farming, so our beloved Percy (NASA’s Perseverence) has a way to go to catch up with the vibe… eat your heart out Mr Musk, the Russians have beaten you to it. “We have love…”! Enjoy. You can follow Birchpunk’s channel on YouTube