Wrapping Things Up

Hi everyone. I’m getting really close to the finish line here and I thought I’d share some of the details with you in a video.

The next few weeks will be very interesting and I’ll make sure to keep you updated with all the going-ons. If you have any suggestions, questions, or things you’d like me to elaborate on, don’t hesitate to post in the comment section. I’ll keep using this private blog until the release of the theatrical trailer in October so there will be more cool stuff heading your way in the coming weeks!

More Trailer Scenes and Abstraction

Here are three new trailer scenes I just completed.

I’m now working simultaneously on two films: “The Saga of Rex” and “Dots, Lines and Patches”. I think the main reason why I decided to undertake another animated project while in production on “The Saga of Rex”, is because I feel really good about where I’m at with Rex―film and trailer.

The other project, “Dots, Lines and Patches” is a commission. I’ll essentially be creating an animated abstract visualization of an experimental/avant-garde piece of electronic noise composed in 1973 by composer, conductor, pianist and musicologist, Gheorghe Costinescu. Mr. Costinescu is producing a DVD retrospective of his long and illustrious composing career and, for this event, he’s commissioning me to create a film based on one of his piece. The nature of this project is very experimental and I certainly don’t expect it to be everyone’s cup of tea, but one thing is for sure: I do love when projects like this come my way! For those who have an interest in this kind of work I do, have a look at the two videos below.

Theatrical Trailer Glimpse

The short is getting close to wrap. I’m doing much tweaking, as well as refining and embellishing a lot of the animation (I’ll go into that in a later posts). I’ve also began work on a one-minute trailer that I’m hoping will really make people excited about the possibility of a feature. I’ll be posting more scenes as I go, but for the moment, take a look at these 7 seconds of quick animated cuts from iconic scenes from the book. Hope you like them.

Smokey Iris Tutorial

The transition between the holographic projector activation and Rex suddenly appearing in a new landscape is achieved with a series of fade-ins and a smokey iris. In the video below, I’m explaining how the smokey iris effect is achieved.

This is the effect:

And this is how it’s done:

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The Dream Globe Illusion Begins

Here’s the complete scene transition from the holographic projector activation to the beginning of the Dream Globe illusion (and the true beginning of Rex’s wild adventures).

I’m probably going to keep tweaking this shot for a while but I thought it was at a stage where I could post it. Next week, I’m going to post some video breakdowns and insight on how the whole shot was accomplished.

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