Robota – Doug Chiang

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A man with no memory wakes on a world dominated by robot warriors and realizes his memories hold the key to save the dwindling remnants of the human and sentient beast population.

I bought this book when I was about 16 years old. At a time when The Matrix and insect robot designs were so in trend.

I do not remember why I bought it, but it could have been it had a nice cover art, of robots walking in a sand storm. There was something about it that drew me in seeing it sit on the bookshelf at Basheer Graphic.

The author was Orson Scott Card and the Artist was Doug Chiang. I did not know about who Doug Chiang till I realized he designed Star Wars characters and vehicles.

Looking through my book again it seems a shame that it’s not going to be made. There were trailers and some concept art online and they had plans to make a video game out of it.

Recently at THU 2016 he talked about his journey as an Artist and how he did Robota as a passion project. He tried to get it funded through kickstarter but it did not get off the ground despite many news press releases.

Check out THU VOD for more interviews with Doug Chiang on his journey in making this project book.

I do not know if a new generation of young viewers want Robota. Not sure if it can compete with the designs of Overwatch.

http://www.cgchannel.com/2003/01/interview-with-doug-chiang/

https://starwarsanon.wordpress.com/tag/doug-chiang/

https://www.fxguide.com/featured/Artist_in_Action_ROBOTA_-_Doug_Chiang_and_Sparx/

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JD.com a heartwarming animated short

I recently saw an animated short, in the style of Pixar, on my whatsapp. Its a heartwarming story about a dog helping a crane get food.

What is interesting is that Big eCommerce companies are stepping up in building brand awareness through storytelling animations.

The Tencent e-commerce subsidiary commissioned Australian production house Passion Pictures to produce a four-minute film which pits the brand’s adorable mascot, Joy, against a hungry heron during a quiet fishing trip.

Named ‘Joy Story: Joy & Heron’, the Pixar-style film shows the small dog trying hard not to rock his master’s boat while defending it from the worm-stealing bird.

However, after spotting the heron is only trying to feed its hungry – and fussy – chicks, Joy comes around gives away the whole pot of worms. And in the spirit of Chinese New Year, the heron then reciprocates the gesture of kindness.

Links:

https://www.mumbrella.asia/2018/02/jd-coms-chinese-new-year-campaign-pits-dog-mascot-against-a-heron-in-epic-animation

http://www.campaignbriefasia.com/2018/02/passion-pictures-directors-kyr.html

http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/2131800/chinese-e-commerce-giant-jdcom-elevates-art-retailing-ai

Kojima Productions Logo Design process

Check out this short clip from San Diego Comic Com 2016 where Kojima Production gave a short talk about how they went through creating the Ludens logo when he just started the company with four persons.

Full Comic con talk

Final Fantasy the Spirits Within ahead of its time.

 

Its an old movie that had story problems but it was a landmark in making CG digital Humans.

I Remembered seeing this as a young student around 2001. Though it was disappointing it did not featured cloud, but it was ahead of its time featuring Fully digital actors and environments. It did prove that you can make a movie fully digitally.

Since then CG humans are so lifelike as explained by Freddie Wong. It got me thinking that its not about the tech and how engaging are the characters and story. I think Final Fantasy Spirits Within is somewhat acceptable level of CG with a weak story plot. it still holds up today, but I think with today’s technology and realtime renders such as Unity, Unreal or RedShift you can make a movie or interactive project.

That is something I want to do someday.

Maya used for this film: From Alias Wavefront

Check out IA Mag for more behind the scene screens.

http://www.iamag.co/features/final-fantasy-the-spirits-within-making-of/

 

 

Freddie Wong does a good take on FFSW around 02:25 timing mark.

 

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/final-fantasy-the-spirits-within