As many of you know, Pixar released the first real animated teaser trailer for their new production, titled “Brave” (due for release in 2012). I’m very excited about the style of the film, and also the fact that the story takes place in medieval Scotland is also really great, with me being of Scottish descent and all. : )
Although the design of the main character is gorgeous (the red hair is amazing!), the character design is not in line with my plans for this project, as I’m aiming for a little more photorealistic. What I can use as a reference or “gold standard” is the environment design for some of the shots in the trailer. They are simply stunning, and also very similar in setting and landscape to some of the shots in my project. So I’ve gone ahead and taken some screen shots from the trailer to post here in my image reference collection.
Again, for those who haven’t caught the trailer yet, you can watch it here:
Interesting video discussing techniques used to achieve the ocean/water fx in the Pirates 3 movie, specifically the Maelstrom scene. Good reference for high quality production of water effects with oceans and ships.
I’ve decided that image texturing the ships hull is not detailed enough for what I need in this production. Here are some reference images for the profile I need to achieve.
Ran across this viking themed short film animation piece and thought it was great! The visual design is highly stylized and not the same as what I’m going for with my project, but it was an excellent piece of animation, great style, and great story idea, very funny! There aren’t too many viking-themed animation pieces out there, so I wanted to keep a reference to this one as well! Enjoy!
Just had a look at one of the new trailers for Marvel’s upcoming Thor film. Looks pretty good. I’m posting it here since it is viking related, mostly for reference and inspiration. The visual design of the viking gods and Valhalla are a little more “super-hero” over the top in design, but it’s still good to see the design choices they made.
Watch in HD if you can. Enjoy!
Saw this segment in the Siggraph Asia 2010 Animation Festival promo video. Tracked down the source and it’s from the Civilization V Trailer. I just pulled out the relevant sequence which is 11 seconds long. It’s awesome because it provides some really high resolution and high quality references for many of the elements I hope to include in my short film. Great reference for the viking character, weaons, ship textures, ocean/waves, etc. Really exciting to find a commercial level clip that has so much source material that applies to my own project. Enjoy!
P.S. – if anyone knows which cg production company did the work on this trailer, please let me know!
haha, ran across this trailer for a live action comedy about vikings while I was looking for reference material for my project. Too funny, had to share….
Here’s a great animation made a few years ago called Jotun. Thanks to Anton for reminding me about it, I had seen it quite a while ago, but it was good to revisit it. The website is also good to see a little into their pre-production process.
The film’s web site is at http://www.jotun-lefilm.com/ and the film was created by Vladimir Eskandari, Jean-Denis, Coindre, Vincent Schneider, and Francois Mauge in 2007. The music is apparently by the band Gjallarhorn. Enjoy!
This is a very cool show on SpikeTV (in NA) that deals with the hypothetical situation of what if two different warriors from different times and locations met in battle – who would win? Unfortunately the viking loses to the samurai in this episode, but it’s still a great reference for viking weapon usage, and physical movements.
Click the logo below to watch the entire program.
Ran across these 2 pieces by Platige Image. Something to do with the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald in Poland I believe. Anyway, it’s mainly a live action piece, with some supporting vfx animation. The main thing I like is the similar (if not exact) characters, weapons, and especially the colour treatment of the shots. Will definitely keep this as a reference piece!