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Behind the scenes interview for Swix.tv

I recently did some work for Swix, who are releasing Swix.tv this January. They asked me to do the introduction for their webisodes, and I figured I might as well make a little behind the scenes video to show a bit how I work. I’ll release the full version with the music later on, when Swix.tv actually launches.

I’ll try to do more videos like this in the future, just so you guys always have an idea of how I see and create my projects. Now the only question is, did my hair get hit by a freaking train during this interview ?

Alex Roman for Silestone

Alex Roman, the talent behind the great Third & Seventh CGI movie that created such a buzz a while ago, has been hired by Spy Films among their directors. He recently released his first commercial at Spy Films, for Silestone by Cosentino.

Well, as everyone expected, this is another full CGI piece, and once again, it is flawless. This ad would be a visual masterpiece even if it had been filmed on a live-action shoot. Now just imagine how amazing that makes this commercial once you realize it is all CGI. The elements, the lighting, the camera angles, the animation, the physics, the rendering, the editing… There is just nothing wrong with this piece.

I would be curious to see now that he’s part of such a huge organization, how much work he actually did himself. It wouldn’t surprise me if I learned it was 100% his work, but I’m wondering if he’s having help and being more on the director’s chair than on his previous work. Either way, Mr. Roman, you have my sincere admiration. Work like this erases the stereotypes that labels 3D people as technicians rather than artists.

France’s GKaster updates

I know it’s NAB right now and I should be covering all this new geeky technology coming out (don’t be mistaken, I’m excited as a kid during Christmas for the NAB releases), but I came across French artist GKaster’s new 2010 reel, and I couldn’t ignore that.

Pierre Magnol (his real name) has a very unique style of 3D/CGI. His work falls mostly in the abstract-style category, but the compositions, the fluidity and the lighting of his animations just make them so alive. This is really a reel that stands out of the pack. Check it out.

Gorillaz “Stylo”

Gorillaz are back with their signature cartoonish characters in their new video, Stylo. The 3D rendering for these characters is surprisingly good (I tend to find that music videos using CGI are often sketchy, probably because of the tight delays) and the best part of it all is that the video involves a car chase with none other than action-master Bruce Willis !

The video really has a nice vibe, is well directed, and Willis is super funny in his role. The “acting” by the CGI characters is also worth mentioning. The ending is kind of weak though, but the rest of it makes up for the end. Plus, the new 1080p resolution on YouTube makes the whole thing look stunning. No news about who the director is, but I’ll try to update this post as soon as I find out.

My Avatar review

I’ve been expecting to see this movie for a long time, but mostly for its visuals and not for its story. Before I start my review, I have to say that the IMAX premiere of the movie in QC was in French, and 95% of French translations very much suck, so maybe my opinion will be a bit off, but I’ll go and see it again in English this week to have an uncorrupted opinion.

First off, I’ll get everything bad I have to say about this movie off my chest right away. Cameron needs to realize he can’t write a movie. Terminator was a melting pot of cliché one-liners, Titanic was very close for that matter, and unfortunately, Avatar keeps Cameron’s track-record intact. The dialogue is horrible, the bad guys are simply too much, and way too often in the movie did I say to my self “this line belonged in the movie Predator”.

Some of the actors aren’t bad, Ribisi is “ok”, but his 5’6, 140 pounds, baby-face physique just doesn’t fit the role of a multi-million dollar corporate/military operation boss. I’d say the best actor in the movie was Zoe Saldana, who was just incredibly believable as a Na’vi, the alien, indigenous population of Pandora, the planet where the whole story takes place.

Once you’re able to get over all this, and you just focus on the 90-foot screen through your 3D goggles, you’re in for one wild ride. Visually, this movie is light-years ahead of anything I’ve ever seen before. My jaw was dropped from the first minute to the last single frame. Cameron promised something new technologically speaking, and he delivered. Everything is just stunning; the colors, the details, the scenery. It is really a 3-hour documentary about a new, beautiful world that you just want to go visit right away. ILM and Weta really pushed the limits in terms of photo-realism CGI. Every character feels so alive and real, and so do the various animal species that live on Pandora.

Cameron delivers in terms of story-telling with the Na’vi. At the end of the movie, you truly think you could write a book about the population of Pandora. Their beliefs, culture and way of living are so well introduced that this new race of beings feels like it has existed right across the street for thousands of years. To be honest, Cameron should have made a movie only about the Na’vi, and excluded any real-life human scene. The movie would have been way better that way.

I have to say though, the movie is one big geek-trip, and if you’re not into Sci-Fi, chances are you won’t like it. But if you have any interest for artistic direction and imaginary stories, this is a movie you have to see, and you have to see it on IMAX 3D.