Frozen could be the most advanced 3D animated movie ever

clock December 11, 2013 19:52 by author christpaul

3D animation has once again been in the news in the last few days with the release of Disney’s ‘Frozen’. The legendary animation studio has high hopes for this movie which is based on the story of The Snow Queen.

The early indications regarding this charming 3D animated movie is that it has been received particularly well, with critical acclaim being heaped on the film almost universally, as well as the box office figures being highly encouraging for Disney.

Disney will be very pleased that ‘Frozen’ has been released to a great deal of box office support. In the United States, it instantly replaced ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ as the top movie in its native country, while the movie has jumped straight to number one in the UK box office as well. The 3D animation had impressive takings of £4.7m in its opening week, easing the dystopian sci-fi epic Fire’ down the list in Britain as well.

‘Frozen’ is classic Disney. It is funny, festive and ideal for all the family to watch together. It contains enough material for adults to find it an enjoyable movie, yet it contains the sort of cute and adorable animation that kids love.

Critics have particularly acclaimed the animation in ‘Frozen’ as some of the best examples of 3D animation that we have yet to see in the genre. Some of the scenes have been described as “jaw dropping”, and it has been seriously suggested that the movie has raised the bar of what can be achieved by 3D animation.

This is no mean feat given what has come before, yet many are asserting that ‘Frozen’ blows past 3D animated feature films out of the river. The ice formations, snowstorms and giant waves are brilliantly animated on the one hand provide a spectacular backdrop for the movie, but the character animation has drawn particular praise as well.

 

This just underlines the importance of character animation in even the biggest animated productions. Creating absorbing and convincingly animated characters is the key to sucking people in to any animated film, no matter how long or short, and whatever its budget may be.

It is ideal then that Natural Front’s technology is particularly aimed at creating absorbing and attractive character models. Our curved-controlled modelling is particularly adept at creating facial features which draw you into an animation, and we do it at a price that doesn’t require the sort of budget that Disney has access to. 

We’re all about user input at Natural Front as well, as we constantly seek suggestions from professional animators regarding how to improve our software. It has benefitted greatly from this thus far, and we’re sure any professional animator will be impressed by what our unique and intuitive software can do.



Eliminating collisions involved in 3D facial modelling

clock December 8, 2013 15:45 by author christpaul

All professional animators will be well aware that facial animation is both the most time consuming and expensive part of animating. It is inconvenient then that with regard to character animation it is also arguably the most important! Certainly if you want to create a distinctive and lifelike character then facial animation is absolutely critical to this process.

One of the main reasons that the facial animation process is so complex is that conventional animation systems run into problems with too many shapes and too many collisions. The necessity of creating large numbers of shapes in order to build a high-quality facial animation, and then scrolling through them all every time you wish to work with your model can be an extremely laborious process.

In addition, any professional animator that has dealt with facial animation will be well aware what is referred to by “too many collisions”. When working with the sort of numbers of shapes that world-class animation necessitates, the number of potential collisions between those shapes quickly spirals out of control in exponential fashion.

Dealing with this labour intensive process then can cause many issues for any animation project. It’s good to know then that there is a way of mitigating this difficulty, by simply eliminating it completely.

 

Natural Front’s sophisticated and unique animation software completely negates the problem related to the number of shapes and collisions created by a facial animation. Natural Front’s curve-controlled modelling simply makes the process of facial modelling far easier and smoother, and produces the highest quality facial animation as well into the bargain.

With Natural Front there is no need for any morph shaping in the first place, so all of your difficulties with regard to the number of shapes you need to create and the collisions between them just melt away. Nautral Front’s curved-controlled modelling is such a revolution in animation technology that you will find creating the highest quality animations far simpler than it ever has been before, and you will be amazed with the results.

Natural Front is also constantly developing its software and processes, and we seek the input of professional animators all the time in refining our software. We would very much appreciate your input as well, so why not get onboard with the Natural Front revolution today?



The Key Landmark in 3D Character Animation

clock November 25, 2013 11:20 by author christpaul

3D animation has become one of the most popular cinematic genres in the world in an incredibly short period of time. It is difficult to think of such a meteoric rise in popularity of a singular genre, but this description of the ascent in prominence of 3D animation would be entirely appropriate. It is less than twenty years ago that this approach to animation first really reaches a mass market, when Disney’s ‘Toy Story’ made over ten times its budget. This was the beginning of an industry that was to become a billion dollar success story.

Disney, a corporation naturally associated with its classic 2D animated films, did produce more two-dimensional animated movies after ‘Toy Story, and some of them such as ‘Pocahontas’ reached an audience and remain well-known. But there is no doubt that today the sole focus of animation, in the cinema at least, is on the 3D genre. 3D animation has quite simply become the industry standard, a global industry which was worth over $200 billion in 2012.

Of course, while this new commercially successful genre is viewed as a massive opportunity by major players such as Dreamworks and Disney themselves, there is no doubt that 3D animation also poses problems as well as prospects. The main issue which professional animators have with 3D animation is that it is more demanding in every respect. It costs more, it takes more time, it requires more skill from animators, and it is considerably more labour intensive, despite the assistance provided by computers.

Thus, although 3D modelling techniques can achieve incredible lifelike results, this comes at a cost. It costs time, it costs money, and it costs human endeavour. This is where Natural Front comes in. Natural Front offers powerful 3D modelling technology, which will appeal to professional animators as it is capable of producing the highest quality results. But it also encompasses unique and radical technology which can help save professional animators a hell of a lot of time and effort when crafting their creations.

The approach of Natural Front to 3D character animation is extremely innovative, but also intuitive to ensure that those who are working with it for the first time can pick up its powerful features quickly. Natural Front includes a brand new technique called curved controlled modelling, which allows professional animators to negate such time consuming techniques as 3D rigging, morphing targets, and blending shapes.

Natural Front delivers a package that is particularly adept at producing high-quality facial animations; a particularly expensive and involving, yet important, part of 3D animation. Natural Front will enable you to produce the highest quality of facial animations, yet also makes the process far easier for professional animators. It really is an excellent piece of software, and one that won’t make too big a dent in your wallet.

So why not check out what Natural Front can do for you today?



The other United of Manchester release 3D impression of new stadium

clock November 19, 2013 18:31 by author christpaul

There are many potential applications for 3D animation, and as the technology becomes ever more popular, and increasingly cheaper, it is almost inevitable that we will see ever more eclectic sources of 3D animation popping up. But an organisation in Manchester, UK who one would definitely not associated with the world of animation, released a 3D animation this week that has garnered a lot of attention.

FC United of Manchester were formed when a splinter group of footballer supporters, who were dissatisfied with the commercial policies of the world famous football club Manchester United, decided to form their own club. FC United have grown from the grass roots up, until they have reached the seventh tier of English football, no mean achievement given their mere eight year existence.

This week the club’s progress was exemplified by the release of a 3D animated impression of their new stadium, which is expected to be completed next summer. The 3D animation of the club’s new 5,000 capacity ground gives indication of the progress that the club has made in a short period of time. Previously the club have been playing their home fixtures at Bury’s Gigg Lane, although they have played home league games at five other venues due to fixture clashes.

The FC United animation just indicates the extent to which 3D animation can serve any number of organisations in a variety of different ways. It is the popularity of this medium on the big screen which has indicated its viability to a huge number of eclectic businesses and organisations.

 

 

This enthusiasm for 3D animation in all its various guises, lead to the Natural Front technology being created. In the case of Natural Front, the focus of the software is very much on the creation of 3D animated characters, with facial animation a particular speciality. But the usage of 3D animation for this football presentation shows that many different applications of 3D animation are possible.

Natural Front is perfect for organisations of similar size to FC United, with the technology particularly targeted at small and medium-sized professional animation studios. The beauty of the Natural Front software is that it renders many of the most time consuming and expensive procedures associated with animation completely irrelevant. The software’s unique and sophisticated modelling system renders some of the most reviled and laborious techniques of 3D animation obsolete, and ensures that professional animators can create engaging character and facial animations with the minimum amount of fuss.

Still operating on a beta basis, Natural Front is thus encouraging professional animators to get involved and shape the direction of this exciting software package.



3D skeleton animation has jaws dropping all over the globe

clock November 13, 2013 17:48 by author christpaul

We are all so used to seeing 3D animations nowadays, with the genre having become hugely popular in the last few years in particular. They say that familiarity breeds contempt, and while this certainly may be a considerable exaggeration with regard to 3D animation, with 3D animated movies remaining hugely popular with viewers of all ages, what can be said with some conviction is that the more we become familiar with something, the less likely we are to be blown away.

It says something significant that a recent animation produced by the 33-year-old South African animator Olaf Louwinger has created quite a splash. The short animation in question was created by Louwinger quite recently, and to his surprise has captured the attention of the world media, despite its low budget nature. This just indicates that even budget 3D animations can create results that impress, entice and amaze people.

 

The animation in question is a quite incredible 3D animation which involves the anatomy of a tennis player striking a ball. The footage has really impressed even animation industry veterans, as  the short movie shows the form and position of the skeletal structure, circulatory system, muscular system, and organs, and how they move within the body. The detail of this 3D animation has drawn plaudits from virtually all who have viewed it.

In addition to the animation techniques adopted, the short movie also features an amalgamation of live footage combined with 3D animation. The Louwinger film includes footage of a tennis court, which was taken on a basic handheld camera, before the sophisticated CG model was superimposed over the top of it. This commonly used animation technique nevertheless creates a lasting impression on the viewer.

As 3D animation becomes an increasingly important part of the mainstream movie industry, and a technique by which many smaller enterprises wish to get their corporate message across, professional animators are always looking for new techniques and procedures in order to create innovative new animations. Natural Front is one such resource, enabling professional animators to create the highest quality animations at a price that doesn’t break the bank.

In addition, Natural Front saves valuable man hours via its innovative technology which renders many stalwart 3D animation techniques obsolete. The technology really is a quantum leap in the world of 3D animation, and is set to grow, develop and evolve more, as its beta status ensures that professional animators can get involved with the process of building the core of the software as they use it. With Natural Front, skilled professional animators can soon be creating movies every bit as innovative and jaw dropping as Louwinger’s excellent skeleton tennis player.



Hugely successful 3D animation Monsters University gets home release

clock November 10, 2013 14:41 by author christpaul

One of the most beloved 3D animated movies in the history of the genre has recently made its way to Blu-ray. Monsters University, one of the iconic Disney corporation’s biggest hits and most loved movies has recently seen a release on both high-definition Blu-ray and the more populist DVD format.

Directed by the veteran Pixar operator, Dan Scanlon, Monsters University did extremely well for Disney, making nearly $275 million in the United States, and close to $750 million in worldwide box office grossing since its release in June. It is thought that DVD sales could push the overall money made by this 3D animation over the magical $1 billion threshold.

A prequel to some of the previously released Monsters movies, at least in terms of the films’ timeline, Monsters University attracted some of the most renowned vocal talent in the movie business to voice the adorable three-dimensional characters who appear in the film. Thus, in the course of watching Monsters University we hear from the likes of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Dave Foley, Julia Sweeney, Joel Murray and Peter Sohn.

This particular DVD release has been particularly praised for the extent of bonus material which comes on the disc. This is of particular interest with regard to animated movies, as people are generally fascinated by how the 3D animation process is achieved. The Monsters University release contains a great deal of material looking at the animation process, and really casting a spotlight on all the hard work that goes on beyond the scenes of such a movie to bring the characters to life via 3D animation.

 

Of course, any 3D animated movie is hugely reliant on the quality of the animation techniques that go into its production. And any professional animator will tell you that producing convincing character animations, particularly facial animations, is an extremely challenging process. Not merely is it extremely demanding for animators to produce detailed 3D animated characters, but the expense to the production can also sometimes be prohibitive.

There are no such concerns with Natural Front, because ethos behind the software from day one was to create a 3D animation system that delivers both high-quality 3D facial and character animations at a price point that doesn’t exclude small or medium-sized enterprises. We believe we have achieved this, and the instigation of such innovative technology as curved controlled modelling has also enabled us to make the animation process much easier.

With Natural Front, creating absorbing 3D characters such as those featured in Monsters University becomes much easier and more affordable. It is a very powerful implement in the right professional animator’s hands.



3D animation is novel way to promote rail safety in Australia

clock November 6, 2013 17:11 by author christpaul

A new Australian advertising campaign is looking to utilise 3D animation as a novel way to get its message across. And the campaign has been so successful, exploding on the social media scene, that its impact has created a splash among the entire world of advertising.

The advertisement in question has been produced by the Metro Trains organisation of Melbourne, Australia. The public transport firm was apparently extremely irritated by its failure to convey to the public the importance of rail safety, and thus turned to 3D animation to get the public onside with this important principle.

The 3D animation video can be viewed on Youtube and other popular video hosting sites, and has created quite a stir. The video draws heavily on gallows humour, and features a series of 3D modelled cartoon characters, who have a decidedly cute demeanour. Not many people who view the video expect the grisly and shocking end to the film; three of the characters are killed by trains due to their unsafe and irresponsible behaviour.

This film has been a huge hit on Youtube, with over 62 million views thus far. Metro Trains has been delighted by the public response to its 3D animated movie, with the company claiming that it has made a significant contribution to a 30% reduction in so-called ‘near-miss’ accidents.

Perhaps what the campaign has best illustrated is that communicating a serious message to the public does not have to be achieved via dry and sober means. Human-beings of all ages respond enthusiastically to animation, and the popularity of the 3D variety pretty much ensures that any movie of any nature made in this way will garner public attention.

Natural Front offers one of the most intuitive and technically superior ways of rendering 3D animated movies. The sophisticated Natural Front software is particularly designed to create three-dimensional animated characters, and does a supremely good job of 3D facial modelling; long since acknowledged to be one of the most expensive, time consuming and complex tasks involved in 3D animation.

What the Australian advertising campaign shows is that 3D animation doesn’t just have to be used to create light-hearted animated films. To some extent, despite the critical and commercial success of programmes such as ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘South Park’, animation is still thought of as something aimed at children, whereas the reality is that is can be used to target any audience when utilised effectively.

Natural Front is one of the best and most cost effective 3D animation solutions available, and promises developers the opportunity to participate in the development of the software as well. It is well worth a look for any professional animator.



Dreamworks to Release new 3D Mr. Peabody & Rocky and Bullwinkle Movies

clock November 3, 2013 12:50 by author christpaul

There is no bigger name in the world of animation than DreamWorks, and the multi-billion dollar animator has built up a formidable reputation in the field, since its inception in 1994. Associated with one of the very biggest names in the movie business, Stephen Spielberg, Dreamworks animation arm was created in 2004, and since then has presided over some massive hits. The most notable productions of Dreamworks in commercial terms were the Shrek movies, with three of this series – Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, and Shrek Forever After – being ranked among the fifty highest grossing movies of all-time.

The studio is the perfect entity then to relaunch a once popular character back into the mainstream. This is precisely what Dreamworks are attempting with the forthcoming 3D animated adventure comedy Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which features characters updated from the classic 1960′s animated TV series The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. Dreamworks will thus be tasked with updating some of these loved characters for the 3D animation platform.

The plot of Mr. Peabody & Sherman revolved around the eponymous character of the animated film, who is the most advanced and intelligent human-being on the planet earth. He’s a business titan, a Nobel-Laureate, a two time Olympic gold medalist and, most significantly, an inventor – hence the ‘Peabody Award’. The new 3D animated film featuring this character sees Peabody invent a time machine which enables him and his adopted son Sherman to travel back in time and come face to face with some of the most important people in history, while trying to avert disaster to the space-time continuum.

Dreamworks are predicting that this movie will be a massive hit, and have recruited a cast of big names to try and ensure that this is the case. Thus, this new 3D animated movie features Max Charles (The Amazing Spider Man) as Sherman, Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report), Ariel Winter (Alex on Modern Family), Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones), and the infamous Mel Brooks (The Producers).

 

In addition, Dreamworks will also be packaging the movie with a 3D animated Rocky and Bullwinkle short which will only entice animation fans into cinemas in larger numbers.

Recreating these classic characters in three-dimensions will be a challenge for the animators, as 3D character animation is always a massive undertaking. It is with this realisation that Natural Front has been created, in order to provide an intuitive and powerful platform for professional animators to produce enthralling and absorbing characters.

Natural Front makes 3D facial animation in particular considerably more easy and intuitive, negating the need for many of the time consuming processes generally associated with 3D character animation. Why not check out our site today, and you could be benefiting from this superlative software in no time at all.



Chairman Mao is unlikely subject of new 3D animation

clock October 29, 2013 14:02 by author christpaul

With the 3D animation market becoming increasingly popular, we have seen all manner of characters, settings and storylines hitting the silver screen as animators attempt to take advantage of the popularity of the genre. But a new movie from China is introducing an animated character that few outside of the world’s second largest economy would ever have expected to see in the cinema.

China has recently announced a new animated film which is intended to bring to life and celebrate the life of the infamous Communist leader Mao Zedung (often known Mao Tse-tung in the West). The South China Morning Post reports that the animated film will depict the former Chinese leader in his teenage years, with early footage from the film showing an adolescent Mao wearing his hair in a traditional braid.

The animated film has been made with the intention of enhancing Mao’s reputation and image with China’s young people, with the former leader of the nation having had a profound influence on the nation’s culture, having been in power in China for several decades.

The animated film will cost an estimated 30 million yuan, which equates to approximately $4.5 million, and will be a 3D animation once it is finished. The 3D version of the movie is expected to be released some time in 2014.

 

Given the fact that the Mao film will require a particularly distinctive 3D modelling and animation solution, in order to satisfactorily create a young Mao that audiences could recognise, the animators would be well advised to opt for Natural Front’s curved controlled modelling, especially as our unique animation system is particularly designed to produce high-quality 3D facial animations.

Natural Front would be a real boon to the production of the Mao movie, as not only can it deliver the highest quality of 3D facial animation, but also does so in a way which is convenient and intuitive for professional animators and that save the production money.

While 3D animators are used to utilising laborious and time consuming methods of animation, such as 3D rigging, Natural Front renders such painstaking procedures redundant, at least with regard to 3D facial modelling. Instead of a professional animation modeller being forced to create a 3D animated character by binding to a system of joints, Natural Front enables the professional animator to shelve the rigging process completely. Natural Front ensures that animators will no longer have to slave over complex and intricate systems of joints in order to create world-class 3D facial animations.

With Natural Front as part of their portfolio, the Mao animators could produce the best 3D facial animation available, and probably trim their $4.5 million animation budget. So if you’re a professional animator, get in touch with Natural Front today, and begin to learn how our unique, state-of-the-art technology can assist with your animation projects.



3D Tarzan movie shows the importance of high-class animation

clock October 29, 2013 13:55 by author christpaul

All professional animators, and even many accomplished animators, know that 3D animation can be an expensive and demanding process. In every respect, it remains a labour-intensive and laborious process, even with the advent of massive computing power, which has made the technical aspect of 3D animation to be a little more manageable. But there is one thing potentially more costly that the 3D animation process itself for professional animators, and that’s having a lousy product once you’ve finished the animation process.

As if to prove the point, a recently released trailer of a forthcoming 3D film fully underlines just how even the most expensive productions can fail to deliver if the 3D animation process is insufficient for the needs of the animator.

The film in question is the motion-captured animated adaptation of Tarzan 3D, which is being made by Constantin Fims. This is a serious commercial movie, which has enlisted Twilight star Kellan Lutz to play the eponymous hero of the movie, with Spencer Locke of Detention fame taking the part of Jane.

 

 

Initial reports from the animation process of this movie did not reflect favourably on the 3D animators efforts, but one year on, and with the trailer out, some of the reaction to it has been distinctly underwhelming. And this is for a movie that has already been released in Germany and Russia, and is essentially completed. 

This just shows that you can pour a stack of cash into producing an animated movie, and still get substandard results if you don’t use the right 3D animation system. There can surely be nothing worse for the professional animator than going through all of the rigmarole which 3D animation entails, and still finding that the end product is less than ideal.

Thankfully, with Natural Front’s intuitive and innovative new approach to 3D animation, dubbed ‘Curve Controlled Modelling’, there is no need to worry about your professional animations failing to impress audiences. The approach of Natural Front to 3D character animation enables animators to confine some traditional 3D modelling techniques to the dustbin, and makes the process as fluid as possible for professional animators.

With Natural Front, traditional 3D modelling techniques such as 3D rigging, morphing targets and blending shapes can be jettisoned, as Natural Front’s cheaper, faster, unique animation technology makes 3D modelling better, quicker and cheaper. Natural Front is particularly proficient at creating 3D facial animations; notoriously the hardest and most time consuming part of 3D animation.

In summary, Natural Front enables an animator to produce the highest quality work, at the lowest possible price point, and with the minimum amount of effort. This is a package that will attract the attention of all animators, particularly as its beta status means that you can contribute to the development of the program as you utilise it.

Don’t be like the makers of Tarzan; check out Natural Front and be at the cutting edge of 3D animation today!



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