The creative team at Atomic Fiction recently completed “Teddy Bear” an animé-inspired, post-apocalyptic vignette to demonstrate our end-to-end concept, digital character and hard surface pipeline.
Yep — putting a digital character inside a badass, heavily-armed exoskeleton is pretty much the coolest thing we could hope to do for a living.
Atomic Fiction worked with concept artist Marc Gabbana to design the mech suit seen below. Director Mauricio Baiocchi scouted a dilapidated, graffiti filled warehouse near our offices and enlisted Jimmy Mitchell to shoot plates on the Red Epic. The character was motion captured at Ex’pression College for Digital Arts and all VFX were done at Atomic Fiction.
Jim Gibbs tackled look development and lighting with Maya and V-Ray by building a rough model of the environment and projecting HDR textures onto every surface. In contrast to a traditional spherical lighting environment, this technique allowed for a higher degree of subtlety right out of the gate. Atomic Fiction’s compositing supervisor, Woei Lee, finished the spot using Nuke.
Check out the vignette here:
Director: Mauricio Baiocchi
DP: Jimmy Mitchell
Creative Director: Ryan Tudhope
VFX Supervisor: Kevin Baillie
Mech Design: Marc Gabbana
Modeling: Brian Freisinger, Mike Hill, Alex Jupp
Textures: Brian Freisinger
Rigging: Anton Dawson
Animation: Jenn Emberly
Look Development / Lighting: Jim Gibbs
Compositing: Woei Lee
VFX Production: Dale Taylor, DeAndra Stone
MoCap Performers: Sunny Mahil, Alex Matteo Orr
MoCap Technician: Rodney Brett
Sound Design: Ryan Tudhope, Joe Loera
Special Thanks to Ex’pression College for Digital Arts