Harry Potter 3D Animation Being Prepared for Release

clock September 3, 2015 14:02 by author christpaul

When the media reported recently that Harry Potter was about to appear in a new movie incarnation, fans of the hugely successful book series were extremely excited about the prospect. Harry Potter has been one of the success stories of the publishing industry in recent years, and the series of movies sponsored by the character of also proved to be hugely popular.

The Harry Potter movie in question confirmed this suspicion of analysts, who expected a new release in the series in the foreseeable future. But the movie in question has also confounded the expectations of both critics and fans alike, as the movie in question is set to be a feature length 3D animation.

"Troll: The Rise of Harry Potter Jr." will be produced by SC Films International, and it is reported that the animation process is already well under way for this film. However, considering that canonical material from the Harry Potter universe is now in rather short supply, it is notable that the Harry Potter in this story is not actually the original character. This Harry Potter and his son, Harry Potter Jr. are characters from the 1986 film, "Troll," a movie that came out years before the renowned author released her book about the Boy Who Lived. 

So this Harry Potter picture has certainly confounded the community of fans, but it will be interesting to see whether it gains traction with traditional Potter followers. The story of "Troll" revolves around Torok, a wizard turned troll who wanted his old life back. In order to do that, he possesses Wendy Potter, a young girl who recently moved into a new apartment complex in San Francisco. The studio working on the movie states that it will be a very advanced 3D animation when it is released, and it will be interesting to see whether they can deliver on this promise.

With Harry Potter having made billions of dollars at the box office, the opportunity to promote this new animated movie will certainly be exciting for the studio. The fact that it effectively comes from a completely different universe could suggest that this animation will fail to attract the sort of audience that Harry Potter material typically takes for granted. Additionally, although "Troll" did quite well in the box office, it was generally panned by critics. So it will be a challenge to repeat the success of the live-action Harry Potter films. 

There are reports that Academy Award winning actress, Patricia Arquette, will be voicing the evil witch while Baxter Bartlett is being considered to voice the young Harry Potter Jr. This could being an animated movie to look out for in the next couple of years.

3D Printing Once Again Provides Animation Template

clock August 26, 2015 13:51 by author christpaul

As 3D animation continues to develop, it seems that 3D printing is playing an increasingly important role in the industry. These two naturally collaborative technologies are being utilised concurrently on a wide variety of different projects, and yet another one has come to light recently.

The studio behind stop-motion comedy Robot Chicken used a 3D printer in order to produce several aspects of the animation, and the experience animation studio has emphasised the advantages of this method. 3D printing has enabled Stoopid Buddy Stoodio to produce a large amount of the puppetry and animation work involved in the project in-house. And there is no longer the need to mould and craft everything on-site; even a job such as cleaning up complex parts becomes obsolete.

Thomas Keiser, the director of design for Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, stated that 3D printing has enabled the animation studio to mass produce animation elements, since the machine utilised has a large build volume. Keiser was speaking to 3D Printing Industry, an important industry publication that documents developments in this burgeoning industry.


Animators at the studio utilised an EnvisionTEC Perfactory 4XL printer in order to achieve the unique animation technique. The studio was already familiar with this particular printer, which ensured that the production could be kept as affordable as possible. It is important to emphasise that despite some recent innovations in the niche, 3D printing remains an incredibly expensive technology. Although animators are now achieving 3D extremely impressive results with 3D printing, it will certainly be beyond the price point of many small and medium animation studios.

Using the printer, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios were able to design the action figure puppets that give the shows their signature look with more precisely honed mechanical properties, engineering them for their own creative needs. The studio has become more involved with producing prototype toys and props for television commercials as a result of their pioneering work with 3D printing, and this has opened up new opportunities for the studio.

3D printing is one example of modern 3D animation techniques that has played a major role in the development of the industry as a whole. There is no question that 3D animation is the most important new technology in contemporary filmmaking, and continues to have a profound effect on Pro software package proving popular with studios all over the world.

Wearables, Salvador Dali and the Future of 3D Animation

clock May 3, 2015 22:31 by author christpaul

The recent release of the Apple Watch will ensure that wearable technology becomes a very big deal in the near future. Whenever Apple releases a new consumer electronics device, one can be certain that the entire niche related to it will get a massive boost. So although wearables have yet to become a mainstream niche, we can certainly expect this to happen in the foreseeable future.

With this in mind, it is interesting to note that Vulcan Jewelry-founder Desmond Chan has recently created a collection of 3D printed wearables. If this sounds like a surreal concept, then it is perhaps appropriate, as it was apparently inspired by the surrealist master himself, Salvador Dali. The line of wearable art, titled the Tree in Cross collection, plays with the concepts of contradiction, illusion, floating objects and the stuff of dreams so often found in Dali’s work. 


The whole collection was sculpted using Autodesk Maya, which Chan prefers since it supports polygon modeling, and then 3D printed in sterling silver with white rhodium plating. Chan considers 3D printing a brilliant technology for producing a unique product based on my original concepts. Some of the ideas can be hard or expensive to achieve when it comes to traditional product development and 3D printing can also be integrated into on-demand production pipelines to reduce inventory costs.

There is already a well-established link between 3D printing and 3D animation, and this already symbiotic relationship is set to be extended further with the advancement of wearable technology. 3D animation has a definitive role to play within this particular niche, and the popularisation of wearable technology as a viable mobile niche will only advance this further still.

The combination of 3D printing, wearable technology, 3D animation and the development of 3D cinematic and televisual technology indicates a very bright future for 3D animation as a niche. 3D is becoming an absolute buzzword in numerous connected industries, as not only does this provide potential for 3D animation as an innovative technology, but it has also led to individuals working with 3D animation who would never have considered it previously.

In terms of the design process, Chan’s inspiration comes from everywhere, from Modern Art to things he sees on the street. “I love to mix new technology with art to create another form with a new definition,” he has stated. It is innovators such as Chan who will play a big role in the development of 3D animation as it continues to expand, diversify and grow in commercial importance.

3D Printing and War Games To Stimulate Animation

clock December 26, 2014 11:58 by author christpaul

The phenomenon of 3-D printing has had a significant impact on the types of animation that can be carried out successfully, but one realm that few people will have considered in which 3-D printing is having a genuine impact is that of tabletop war games. Of course, 3-D animation has had a huge influence over the video games industry, and modern games such as Call of Duty greatly benefit from complex and absorbing 3-D animations.

However, tabletop war games remain extremely popular for a variety of reasons, not least that strategy is central to what takes place. Essentially, the most popular board game in human history, chess, is a war game, and the enduring popularity of this ancient game is indicative of the degree to which traditional tabletop games can still attract players.

Although tabletop war games can to some extent to be viewed as a dated, or at least traditional, hobby, hundreds of thousands of the players are still involved in the pastime. And the notion that this is a dated way to spend time is being challenged by one company, which goes by the name of  Printable Scenery. The  Printable Scenery company is combining the modern-day technology of 3D printing with that of those traditional games.

It is here that 3-D printing has come in useful, as the Printable Scenery company is able to combine this very contemporary technology with the traditional tabletop game. The creation of miniature fantasies scenery has really enhanced the tabletop gaming community's experience.

Representatives of the Printable Scenery company suggest that the process for modelling for animation and the process for modelling 3-D prints can be quite different, with keeping everything to scale being a serious challenge in the latter. Nonetheless, the Printable Scenery company is also intending to work in animation in the near future, with 3-D printing seen as a viable option for absorbing animated movies.

In the process involved in this innovative gaming device, creating brick patterns that don’t tile or repeat can take a while to model. This differs with animations, where applying a tile-able texture is much easier.

Several 3-D animations based on 3-D printing technology have already been produced, perhaps most notably the short film which went viral on the Internet, Bear on the Stairs. Although the technology is still in its infancy, as it develops it seems more likely that 3-D printing could become a staple of the 3-D animation industry.

3-D Printing, French Film and the Future of 3D Animation

clock October 12, 2014 08:27 by author christpaul

The 3D animation industry has developed into an incredibly diverse niche. And one of the interesting developments of recent years which can make a further contribution to the industry is that of 3D printing.

The implications and potential of this revolutionary 3D technology is perhaps not yet fully understood. The media has taken its default position of reacting in knee-jerk fashion to the technology, and it resorted to reporting scare stories about guns being manufactured by everyday people. However, regardless of where you stand on the gun control issue, there is no doubt that 3D printing can also be a force for good, and a source of creativity.

One such example of this comes from the French filmmaker Julien Maire. This innovative animator is fixated with producing movies that do not rely on traditional methods, but instead use innovation to expand on what has already been done, in order to produce something completely new.

Recently, Maire has been working in the 3D genre with a very unique project. Maire’s idea was to replace traditional film with 3D printed stereolithographic projections. This may sound extremely technical to someone who is uninitiated, and indeed it wouldn't be ideal for the average person in the street to attempt this, as it is a supremely complex undertaking. But what Maire is essentially focused on is creating films without the actual film. And 3D printing has given him a unique opportunity to advance this process.

The latest project produced by Maire involved modelling 85 different figures, all in different positions, featuring a man digging a hole. He then used a Form 1 stereolithographic 3D printer in order to print them out. These tiny little figures were then attached to a film-like reel, and light was passed through them, just as it would be when showing an old movie.

This is a fascinating way to produce a unique form of 3D animation, as the 3D printing objects produced by the French filmmaker passed through the light projector at just the right momentum in order to fool the human eye into perceiving them as an animated feature. This is a completely unique way of producing animated film, and possibly the first ever feature which has been produced via 3D printers. 

As 3D printers develop in functionality and sophistication, more innovative animators will doubtless find away to utilise them in 3D animation. 3D printing promises another outlet for creativity, which will thicken the broth of animation worldwide.


Lakika's Boxtrolls Animation Tops UK Cinema Box Office

clock September 26, 2014 07:50 by author christpaul

Listings for the UK box office show that another successful 3-D animation is making a big impression in cinema at present. The Boxtrolls has topped the UK box office in its first week of release with takings in excess of £2 million.

The film is centred around a performance by teenage Game of Thrones star Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who lends voice to a character raised by rubbish collecting trolls. The Boxtrolls has not only achieved commercial success, but also has been pretty warmly received critically.

As a 3-D animated film, The Boxtrolls has been recognised to be a huge achievement in stop-motion animation. The detail included in this particular 3-D animated movie has received almost disbelief from the critical community, with some reviewers commenting that the quality of the 3-D animation in the Boxtrolls is almost magical.

Set in the United Kingdom, The Boxtrolls effectively tells the story of a minority group. The Boxtrolls in this animated story, reside in cardboard boxes under the ground, and only feel able to come out into the larger world when night falls. Human-beings consider them to be disgusting, and effectively want them to be wiped out completely.

The dazzling visuals and technical brilliance of The Boxtrolls has been achieved thanks to an animation studio which considers itself to be left-field in its inspiration. The Portland, Oregon-based Laika studios have explicitly stated that they consider themselves to be an animation studio willing to stand on the fringes of the industry, and their president, Travis Knight, has stated that they consider their role to be to produce animations that are neither middle of the road nor inoffensive.

Laika also produced 2009's "Coraline" and 2012's "ParaNorman," both of which were nominated for Oscars, and takes particular pride in creating aesthetically different tales from other mainstream animation studios such as Disney, Pixar and DreamWorks. Clearly although the Pixar formula remains extremely popular, there is room in the marketplace for an alternative ethos.

The Boxtrolls is the latest indication, as if one were needed, that 3-D animation is one of the biggest genres in cinema. The 3-D animation industry is now worth tens of billions of dollars each year, and it is already estimated that the annual worth of the industry will top $40 billion by the end of this decade. Unquestionably, 3-D animation is here to stay, and will only get bigger in the years to come.

Enhancing 3D Printing with Facial Animation Software

clock September 23, 2013 09:20 by author JerohO

Recently, an online shop pulled down some 3D printed characters--Final Fantasy--developed or should I say created by an indie designer due to the issue of licensing. This was reported as news due to the fact that the printing evolution is destined to blur the lines of plagiarism amongst artists and designers. Just imagine the huge losses organizations such as IKEA, LEGO etc. will incur if we all started printing our own furniture or toys--similar to theirs--and sell them online. This realistic fear will definitely lead to new copyright laws and reviews in many lands.



The very nature of 3D printing and its modeling techniques, makes it possible for designers to avoid the problems associated with copyright infringement and a breakdown of these techniques should show you how. Your average 3D printing project is accomplished through the following steps:


  • Developing a 3D model with computer aided-design software(CAD) or animation modeling software

  • Next, this model is fed into the printing platform of a 3D printer

  • finally, with additive manufacturing the model is printed.


Most CAD/animation software users would have spotted the step in which plagiarism can be avoided from these listed steps. But if you haven’t, then note that the first step of developing the 3D model with CAD gives you all the flexibility required to avoid all copy right infringement laws in any land. Going back to the indie designers brush with--final fantasy --plagiarism, he or anyone of us could simply use our facial expressions or that of our loved ones, combined with a facial animation software to model a unique 3D character having the physical attributes of any major fictional character with two major difference--the characters face and its’ name.

 There are diverse character animation software that can handle the modeling of 3D characters but the design process associated with most of them is hectic for professionals and provides a steep learning curve for beginners. Therefore securing the services of a facial animation software that simplifies these modeling processes while sticking to quality and realism is important to the success of printing realistic 3D models. CAD applications such as Crazy talk, Faceshift, photoshop etc. are easy to use but provide designers with poor quality models, so what one needs is a modeling software that renders facial animation with a high degree of precision while eliminating morph targets, rigging of any sort etc. which brings the character animation software “Natural Front” to mind.





Facial Animation Simplified


Natural Front is a 3D CAD software predominantly built for facial animation--which puts it ahead of multi purpose CAD software--while eliminating difficult facial modeling procedures. It uses curve-controlled modeling techniques to simplify its modeling process and this makes it possible for designers--professionals and amateurs--to model advanced facial expressions in record time.


Natural Front gives you the opportunity to be strategically placed at the forefront of tech advancement in facial animation. It does this by taking into consideration your personal opinion on the CAD file formats you would love on its interface. Therefore, do not hesitate to leave your comments and opinions in the comment box provided just for you. 3D printing is definitely a technology for the future and coupling its design processes with a customizable facial animation software, gives you the chance to mould the future.


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