"A Geek Like Me" 3D music video

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"A Geek Like Me" 3D music video

Post by simplecarnival » Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:24 pm

I'm working on a 3D music video for a song I wrote/recorded called "A Geek Like Me." Everything is hand-drawn with pencil on paper, scanned into the computer, then brought into Anime Studio. This particular video frankly stretches Anime Studio to the limit -- besides writing lots of code to create this clip, it took 23 hours (!) to render. You will need red/cyan 3D glasses to see this clip properly:



Since this is a work in progress, feel free to critique the visuals. Thanks!
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Post by 2ner » Sat Feb 23, 2013 6:53 pm

Reminds me a little of the hand drawn rotoscoping in Yellow Submarine. I don't personally care for noticeable rotoscoping, but that's just me. The characters seem to be marching on the spot, but sliding forward. Maybe the general audience won't notice this. The 3D effect is quite good, but it's difficult to maintain parallel view focus while I'm trying to dismiss the giant ad banner that pops up half way through.
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Post by simplecarnival » Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:06 pm

2ner wrote:Reminds me a little of the hand drawn rotoscoping in Yellow Submarine. I don't personally care for noticeable rotoscoping, but that's just me. The characters seem to be marching on the spot, but sliding forward. Maybe the general audience won't notice this. The 3D effect is quite good, but it's difficult to maintain parallel view focus while I'm trying to dismiss the giant ad banner that pops up half way through.

Thanks for the feedback, 2ner. You're right in that the characters are sliding forward. I will fix that on the next render.
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Post by AmigaMan » Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:04 pm

I think it's an interesting style for a music video. I've enjoyed your other animation work and your CD is brilliant so I look forward to viewing this series of video's when completed.
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Post by simplecarnival » Sat May 11, 2013 4:00 pm

AmigaMan wrote:I think it's an interesting style for a music video. I've enjoyed your other animation work and your CD is brilliant so I look forward to viewing this series of video's when completed.
I just saw this -- thank you, AmigaMan!

I've been busy with other things so I forgot to update this thread. Here's the song "A Geek Like Me" (no music video)...



...and here's a random collection of shots for the video:

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Post by AmigaMan » Sat May 11, 2013 5:25 pm

Great song! The video shots are good too. I will watch again later when I've fetched my 3D glasses from the cupboard upstairs :D
I look forward to the BluRay.
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Post by Scot Solida » Sat May 11, 2013 6:35 pm

Good song! Extra points for vocoders!
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Post by simplecarnival » Sat May 11, 2013 11:24 pm

Thanks, AmigaMan and Scot!
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Post by simplecarnival » Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:33 pm

Here's the finished video. It premiered at the LA 3-D Movie Festival earlier this month and won the Ray Zone Award for Excellence in 3-DIY:

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Post by skitoba » Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:54 pm

Bravo!! Very well done. It must have been very time consuming. But it paid off.
All the best from Tobias
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Post by simplecarnival » Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:01 pm

skitoba wrote:Bravo!! Very well done. It must have been very time consuming. But it paid off.
All the best from Tobias
Thank you, Tobias! Yes, it was a ton of work. I drew 4,418 drawings, which, if you average out the time drawing them to be 10 minutes a piece, it means I spent literally a month with no sleeping or eating -- just drawing. (The video took a year to complete.) It was absolutely an honor to receive that reward, as Ray Zone was a champion of the indie filmmaking spirit, as well as an influence on my approach to 3D.

I posted pictures from the festival here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... tif_t=like. I also got a mention in The Hollywood Reporter, which was a really pleasant surprise: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/behind ... one-667125
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Post by skitoba » Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:41 pm

Well deserved.

In case you might want to do something similar again: I can recommend TV Paint for the drawing part, especially when you want to trace live action footage. Appart from animation I also use it for storyboard. I know that you can´t beat a real drawing on real paper, but it really saves time and energy, scanning drawings is avoided this way and in general it is quite a lightweight programm.

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Post by Danimal » Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:59 pm

Taaaaaake ooooooon meeeeee! (Take on me!)

Sorry, the animation reminded me of the old A-ha video. I don't own 3-D glasses so I wasn't able to fully enjoy the effect but it didn't stop it from looking great!
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Post by simplecarnival » Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:04 am

Thanks Tobias and Danimal!

Danimal -- yes, "Take On Me" was absolutely a big influence behind this video. I wanted to see what something like that would look like if it had a lot more visual detail and was in 3D. Of course, halfway through making this thing, I realized there's a good reason why hardly anybody makes videos this way!
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