Oz The Great and Powerful title sequence by yU+co

Oz The Great and Powerful (2013) is a fantastic film that transports us to a place filled with wonder and magic. Our goal with the opening title sequence was to set the tone for the audience to enter the unique, imaginative world that Sam Raimi created. The black and white, stereo 4×3 sequence was designed to flow seamlessly into the film’s first scenes which are set in Kansas in 1905. We drew inspiration from a pre-cinematic form of 3D entertainment, the Theater of Perspective. These miniature paper theaters contained layered images arranged to create scenes with rich 3D depth. Our cinematic fly-through fuses today’s modern 3D cinema with the wonder and showmanship of Oz’s time. The sequence uses 37 different fonts and carefully designed imagery that matches the movie characters and creative credits.

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Luxo Jr. by John Lasseter

It was a masterpiece, in many many ways. It came from a time where 3D animation looked very stiff, uncanny and just awkward in general. Fluid animation existed in 2D for decades by then, and there were multiple techniques and principles of animation that existed for it. Sadly, these principles were never exploited in 3D back then. John Lasseter, the main animator behind this, studied using the animation principles of disney’s nine old men, and put them to great use in this short. It basically proved to the world that 3D could be more than just a bunch of fancy-looking wireframes for sci-fi films. (1986)

Luxo Jr (Pencil Test) 

Rollin’ Christmas by Kyra Buschor & Constantin Päplow

If all animals became round overnight, would their daily life still run that smoothly?
This was the question we were dealing with whilst working on the concept for the world of “Rollin’ Wild”, which started life as a series of four clips created at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in 2012.

Visit inflated animals on www.rollin-wild.com

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