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11th Annual VES Awards Winner: "Natalis", Filmakademie, Germany
Chris Bradswaw VP Autodesk Media and Entertainment and Jan-Marcel Kühn Student from Filmakadamie
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Each year, the VES Awards recognize exceptional work by students worldwide. From fantasy-like creatures to giant popcorn explosions, this year's submissions bring us a variety of eye-catching visuals to explore. Congratulations to this year's nominees for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project. Check out their amazing creative work below.
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Congratulations to you, Falko and Florian for winning the VES Student Award, with your a.maize entry! Can you give us a bit of background on a.maize, and how it came to be used for the FMX 2011 trailer
Roman Kaelin – a.maize was our third year project. In the third year, you basically have one semester to create a trailer for the International Trickfilm Festival in Stuttgart. For the FMX, usually one of these trailers or one of the diploma films is chosen to become the trailer for the FMX. Which in 2011, was ours.
So - a.maize is a pretty cool play-on-word. How did you come up with that particular theme, of the exploding corn kernel?
We were trying to find ideas for our trailer and since it was for an Animation Film Festival originally, we were thinking about what themes we could use for that. This somehow led to cinema and than to the popcorn.
How long did the three of you spend on producing a.maize - from concept to final composition?
From the point where we decided to go with this idea, it was roughly 4 months to the first version. Afterwards, we had to improve the whole thing since it became the FMX trailer. We added some shots and tweaked a couple of 3D and compositing issues.
What graphic software packages did you use for the entirety of this project?
Our main pipeline was Softimage and Fusion. Other than that, we used ZBrush, Mudbox, PFTrack, Photoshop and After Effects.
Of all the 3D packages, why did you guys select SI as your primary creation software?
Can you tell us how you achieved the animation of exploding corn kernels?
The slow-motion ones were done with ICE, and the quick ones were hand animated and than simulated with PhysX.
What was the biggest issue that came up during the production of a.maize?
The scale and the amount of popcorn we had was quite challenging. We needed a lot of detail where we were close with the camera and in some shots had to fill up basically the whole screen with it. Additionally, we had to use displacement and subsurface scattering all the time, which proved to kill quite some time.
What's next for each of you, after a.maize and Filmakademie?
We're currently working on our diploma short, which should be finished in a year. After that, we'll see what will come up. Nothing planned or promised yet.
Congrats again … by the way, what did you win for prize, asides from publicity and prestige ;-)
Roman Kaelin, Falko Paeper, Florian Wittmann - Millions of Dollars, of course. Nah... Sure, we gained experience and stuff, but the most important thing, it got us to go to the VES AWARDS! That is still way beyond what we ever expected.
Cool guys, thanks very much for your time. Have a safe trip home!