Curiosities from the Garage

A taste of new film and multimedia possibilities, from our recent Garage forum session.

Weekly CollageOur monthly Garage forum is a chance to share what’s inspiring us and what we’re exploring in the realm of film and multimedia.

In our latest session, we looked at the Adobe After Effects CC performance capture tool. It tracks users’ facial movements, giving them control of characters created in Photoshop and Illustrator files. Here’s a look at the results:

We also showcased Duik, a plug-in we’ve been using more and more to add IK functionality quickly and easily to characters and objects:

Here’s the new Stardust particle plug-in, due for imminent release. We use another particle system, Trapcode Particular, a lot in our Multimedia team. It hasn’t had a real rival for years so we’re watching this release closely:

Meanwhile, we’ve been busy our own creations.

Here’s a selection of images created in Blender, with and post-production in After Effects. Each aims to capture an emotion, drawing inspiration from expressionism, cubism, futurism, surrealism, the works of artists like Salvador Dali and Vincent van Gogh and sites like Behance.net.

Meanwhile, we made a realistic 3D model of our D1 drone, testing the power of the Corona rendering plug-in. We’re pretty pleased with the results:

Finally, we’ve been testing out Cinema 4D character animation plus hair features to create this furry mover: