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.



Adult Themes and Developing Economies to Dominate 3D Animation Future

clock August 30, 2015 15:47 by author christpaul

With 3D animation becoming such a mainstream niche, the motto of the industry could perhaps be “go where no-one has gone before”. This old adage from the Star Trek universe indicates the importance of innovating in 3D animation in the contemporary landscape. Animation has gone beyond our imagination, featuring not just cartoon characters, but increasingly human emotions. With robots and monsters, talking animals, dancing toys, aliens taking human form and humans performing super-human acts, animation has opened up a completely new world of imagery and fantasy.

Considering the increasingly realistic animations that are possible with 3D animation, it is hardly surprising that major animation studios and producers are still developing this technology. While companies such as Walt Disney made their reputations with films that were ostensibly aimed at children, today it is possible to produce animations targeting a much more adult audience. Equally, it is common for contemporary Disney films to attempt to be all things to all people, and attract an audience of both children and adults with multi-faceted, multi-level narratives and scripts.

 

Equally, animation studios are realising the importance of diversity and plurality in producing modern 3D animations. Although this has unquestionably been a US-dominated industry up until now, it is also equally certain that 3D animation is beginning to diversify as the 21st century unfolds. Rapidly industrialising countries in the so-called developing world have got on board with 3D animation, and thus there are a wide range of major animation studios now located in countries such as India.

Major animation studios and producers from all over the world like Walt Disney, Imax and Sony are increasingly outsourcing cartoon characters and special effects to India, along with commercials and video games. Avataar, The Lion King, Finding Nemo and The Adventures of Tenali Raman are some of the animation films with Indian expertise that have received rave international reviews.

The propensity of animation studios to both innovate and locate work outside of the traditional Western world indicates that this industry still has a huge amount of developing to do. It is extremely difficult to predict the future of 3D animation, not least because it has always been based on technological innovation and development.

But what can be said with some confidence is that these two trends of more adult 3D animations and an increasing participation from developing economies and newly industrialising countries will be important in the future. These two tendencies should contribute to a highly exciting industry going forward.



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.



Spongebob Squarepants Movie is Latest 3D Animation Outing

clock April 4, 2015 09:41 by author christpaul

Full-length versions of television series are big money spinners for filmmakers in general, and nowhere is this more true than in the field of animation. It is a natural move for popular television series to be converted to the silver screen, and such luminaries of TV animation as The Simpsons, South Park and Beavis & Butthead have already received this treatment over the last decade or so.

The latest small screen success story to be converted to a fully-fledged cinematic animation is SpongeBob Squarepants. This anarchic children's programme has already received a massive following all over the world, and perhaps part of its success has been due to the fact that it translates so well into several cultures.

SpongeBob Squarepants also follows the basic template for success in children's animation; there is plenty here for adults to enjoy as well. Many people consider this to be an adult series, with writing which often goes well over the head of its largely child-based audience. This means that there is something for all of the family to enjoy in this movie, and pretty much ensures that it will be another massive commercial success.

This is SpongeBob's second outing on the big screen, and this time the filmmakers employ some glorious new 3D animation to give the sponge a little twist. It is interesting that what is essentially a 2D animation on television has been converted in this way, and it shows the power of 3D animation in contemporary cinema.

 

The film starts off as most episodes of the TV series do, in the underwater town of Bikini Bottom, where SpongeBob Squarepants has a job at the Krabby Shack working with cashier Squidward. The plot as it is focuses around a rival restaurant owner who attempts to undermine our aquatic hero. And on this occasion his actions end up with SpongeBob certainly being a sponge out of water.

Screenplay writers Glen Berger and Jonathan Aibel - the writing team behind the Kung-Fu Panda movies - offer a fresh take on the Spongebob universe, and overall this is one 3D animation which is expected to be an overwhelming commercial success.

As 3D animation becomes more ubiquitous in the cinema, the number of people moving into this genre ensures that the future of 3D animation is extremely rosy. Natural Front intends to play a significant role in the development of 3D animation by continually refining our already renowned Intuitive Pro animation software.



Major Report Indicates Healthy Financial Future for 3D Animation

clock October 29, 2014 10:18 by author christpaul

3-D animation has already established itself has not merely an important part of the film industry, but a valuable industrial niche in its own right. However, a recent report entitled ”3D Technology Market by 3D Product Type”, conducted by the market research organisation Markets and Markets, has indicated that growth in the 3-D animation marketplace is set to be far more buoyant than even its most optimistic proponents predicted.

According to Markets and Markets, the 3-D animation marketplace will grow at unexpected rate of nearly 27 percent between 2014 and 2020, on an annual basis. This would mean that the overall value of the 3-D animation market would be in the region of half of $1 trillion by 2020.

This incredible figure indicates the degree to which 3-D animation continues to grow all over the world. Although in many ways 3-D animation industry is still inherently associated with United States, animation studios are from all four corners of the globe are producing 3-D feature films as well as a variety of 3-D animated shorts. It is in this context that one should view the half $1 trillion figure, as it is only through developing a global marketplace that such growth and success can be achieved and sustained. 

 

While 3-D animation technology continues to be driven by the entertainment industry, effectively providing a new viewing experience for cinema goers, other developments in 3-D technology have also indicated that 3-D animation may have a more sober basis in future. Already 3-D animation technologies are being used in the medical field, and it is possible that the technology will branch out even further in the remainder of this decade.

Although the United States continues to contribute the major economic production to the 3-D animation marketplace, other geographic areas are also making a contribution. Both Europe and the Asia-Pacific region now post a large amount of animation studios dedicated to the 3-D art, and these are expected to expand in number in the coming years.

The major players that will continue to dominate the 3-D animation industry in the coming years, according to Markets and Markets, include 3D Systems (U.S.), Autodesk, Inc. (U.S.), Barco (Belgium), Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (U.S.), DreamWorks Animation Skg, Inc. (U.S.), LG Electronics (South Korea), Panasonic Corporation (Japan), Samsung (South Korea), Sony Corporation (Japan), and Stratasys (U.S.). 

Overall, the prognostications of the report indicate a very rosy future for this animated medium.



New Natural Front Intuitive Pro 2.2 Version Released

clock September 1, 2014 20:40 by author christpaul

We're always happy at Natural Front when we have some good news for our customers. And as the saying goes that bad news comes in threes, we’re happy to announce that sometimes good news comes in threes as well! So we have three morsels of good news to announce to all of our customers, and we're sure that this will please animation studios and professional animators alike

Firstly, the new Natural Front website is now up and running. We have been working on our new site for quite some time, and we're extremely pleased with the new design of the website. It features a lot of useful information about the Natural Front Intuitive Pro package, so whether you're thinking about purchasing the Natural Front animation software for the first time, or would like to learn a little more about it as an existing customer, the website is a good place to start 

Secondly, as a companion to our new website we have also recently released a new beta version of the Natural Front Intuitive Pro software. This is effectively the 2.2 version of the Natural Front package. In this latest release, we have particularly focused on ensuring that the 3-D animation facility in the software is improved, and we're delighted with the level of smoothness that has been achieved. We're confident that our customers will really love this new Natural Front Intuitive Pro release. You can access the latest version of the software by clicking here.

Finally, in order to make our payment system more suitable to our customers needs, and having received a lot of feedback on the matter, we have recently changed the payment system for Natural Front from a one off payment to a monthly subscription model. Natural Front Intuitive Pro Complete 2.2 will cost $25 for a monthly subscription, while Natural Front Intuitive Pro Simplified 2.2 will cost $9 per month. We also have our Intuitive Pro Free version, and the two premium packages are also available on a free trial basis. 

Nothing else about Natural Front Intuitive Pro has changed. NaturalFront Intuitive Pro remains the ideal piece of animation software, designed for 3D professionals, businesses and developed on revolutionary 3D algorithms. It offers incredible animation power, while making the process of 3-D animation considerably easier, particularly with regard to facial animations. We're extremely proud of this fantastic piece of software, and recommend professional animators and animation studios to check it out today.



Authoritative Report Predicts Huge Future for 3D Animation Industry

clock August 8, 2014 09:10 by author christpaul

An important research paper on the future of 3-D animation has seen the light of day in the last 24 hours. Research and Markets has announced the release of its “Research and Markets: Global 3D Animation (Hardware, Software & Service) Market Forecasts and Opportunities Report 2014-2019”. This detailed and authoritative report offers the opinions of the organisation regarding the direction that the 3-D animation market will take in the next few years.

This is an extremely detailed report on the direction of the 3-D animation industry that encompasses all of the key areas of interest to all professional animators. The report segments the 3-D animation market based on a series of key components such as hardware, software and services. Within each of these areas, Research and Markets have looked into and prognosticated the direction that the animation industry will take between now and the end of the decade.

The hardware section looks at how elements of animation technology such as dedicated workstations, video card/GPU, motion capturing systems, and other hardware elements will evolve, develop and influence the industry in the coming years.

People involved in the animation industry professionally may be particularly interested in the services aspect of this report. The services market, according to research and markets, comprises consulting, development and integration, support and maintenance and product training and certification. 

The report assesses all of the most important areas of 3-D animation which have arisen from the flexibility of this exciting technology. 3-D animation is now associated primarily with video games and movies, but it is also a powerful way for companies to engage in absorbing marketing. Thus, 3-D animation has become extensively and effectively used in a variety of marketing advertising techniques, which incorporate modelling, simulation and analysis, along with training and education.

The key topics covered in this report include a detailed overview of the 3-D animation market for the remainder of the decade. The introductory sections incorporate an executive summary of the 3-D animation industry, and then the latter sections go into a detailed breakdown of the economic potential of the 3-D animation marketplace.

Numerous larger companies associated with the industry are also profiled in the report with the likes of Adobe Systems, Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Autodesk, Corel Corporation, Intel Corporation, Lenovo Goup Ltd., Maxon, Nvidia Corporation, Newtek, Inc. and Side Effects Software all assessed by Research and Markets.

Report paints a picture of an extremely healthy industry, and it can be downloaded by following this link.



Natural Front Intuitive Pro - Saving Animation Studios Time, Money and Hassle

clock July 2, 2014 17:04 by author christpaul

If you’re in the business of making 3D facial animations then you will be well accustomed to the sort of difficulties that such complex animations tend to entail. Spending hours manually building 3D face models can eventually produce some rewarding results, but there’s no doubting the downsides of the process.

Not only do such established animation techniques take up a lot of time, but they’re also expensive. In the competitive world in which animation studios operate today, we know only too well that the bottom line of a business can be extremely tight. Thus, it adds insult to injury to know that the commonly utilised method of producing 3D facial animations not only eats up man-hours, but also easts into the profits to boot.

And if that isn’t enough in itself, we all know that 3D character animation then requires some further processes which make animating a face even more time consuming and complex. Such techniques as morphing, rigging and key framing bring life to a 3D animated character, but suck yet more hours away from teams of even the most dedicated and skilled animators.

But what if there was a completely new way of producing 3D facial animations? And what if it helped animators produce facial animations that are even better than the results that they’re able to achieve via facial modelling? And what if these results could be obtained in a much short timeframe? And what if someone told you that other time consuming techniques such as morphing, rigging and key framing were made obsolete by this system? And above all else…what if someone told you that you could save money by putting this system into place?

You’d probably think that you were dreaming, or that the system in question was pie in the sky. But you’d be very wrong.

Natural Front Intuitive Pro is the ideal system for any animation studio which is looking to produce 3D facial animation efficiently and affordably and to a world-class standard. Natural Front Intuitive Pro eliminates any need for 3D facial modelling, and confines morphing, rigging and key framing to the dustbin of history.

The curve controlled modelling system used by Natural Front Intuitive Pro makes animation so much easier, quicker and more intuitive than old fashioned systems based around modelling. It really represents a revolution in 3D animation. So we recommend any professional animation studio owner interested in cutting costs without compromising quality to check out the free trial of Natural Front Intuitive Pro today.



Bears on Stairs Shows Potential of 3D Printing for 3D Animation

clock June 9, 2014 21:30 by author christpaul

A unique 3D animation produced via computer has recently garnered a great deal of attention, even attracting a column in Time Magazine. The animation which can be viewed at Amid Amidi’s Cartoon Brew, and is entitled Bears on Stairs. To the immediate impression of the viewer there is nothing particularly extraordinary about it, but scratch beneath the surface and Bears on Stairs is actually rather unique and revolutionary.

While the Bears on Stairs 3D animation looks as if it was produced by a fairly basic computer system perhaps back in the 1980s. But what sets this particular computer animation apart is...it isn’t a computer animation at all! Bairs on Stairs may appear to be a standard 3D polygon animation, but in actual fact it hasn’t been constructed from bits. The bear in the 3D animation is in fact a physical object. Or to be more precise, fifty of them.

This truly unique animation was produced by two London-based companies DBLG and Blue Zoo. In order to create the animation, the small animation studios, rather than merely rendering a collection of frames – the usual approach for this form of animation – the two protagonists instead printed out the sequence involved as fifty separate models. Once this was complete, the animation was then photographed as a stop-motion sequence.

 

Although 3D printing being involved in 3D animation is not an entirely new idea, this might have been the first example of it being actually executed. And what is particularly imaginative and clever about the Bears on Stairs animation is that it makes it 100% clear to the viewer that computers have been used to produce the animation, which lulls the viewer into genuinely believing that it is a purely digital production.

While this particular 3D animation has no commercial imperative, it was merely produced as an experiment, the future of 3D animation could be seriously influenced by this short production. With the animation combining conventional 3D animation, 3D printing and stop motion animation, Bears on Stairs shows how several different technologies can collaborate to intriguing effect. With studios continually looking for ways to innovate in 3D animation, this little effort might inspire some bigger imitations.



Rich Text Format 3D Animations To Become Web Standard

clock May 12, 2014 15:10 by author christpaul

The Internet and the web pages that ultimately make it up are continually increasing in both quality and complexity. One of the reasons for this is the introduction of ever more sophisticated rich text content, which is producing web pages that are ever more absorbing in terms of content. Now a Swedish developer is producing advertisements that incorporate interactivity, rich 3D graphics, and HTML5 standard technology to create a genuinely impressive visage.

Complex and absorbing advertising is nothing particularly new, of course, but the promise of 3D advertising certainly is. Goo Technologies’ new ad-creation tool called Goo Create will apparently enable this new content to be produced and provide yet another field which 3D animation is apparently breaking into.

It seems just a while ago that 3D animation was still an embryonic concept, one that had a long way to go in terms of development in order to produce lifelike animations. Yet this perception has changed so rapidly that it seems that all sectors of business all over the world seem to want to incorporate this technology into its operations.

According to Goo, the Stockholm-based company intends to become the market leader in 3D web pages that are based on the WebGL and HTML5 web standards. This is still a relatively new concept, but pages will soon be capable of running rich 3D animations in web browsers with no plug-ins, and they will work with any site that supports HTML5, and its 3D animation counterpart WebGL.

It had been thought that the day when we see genuine 3D animation in such a setting was some way away, but with the technology associated with it becoming cheaper and more sophisticated simultaneously, it may be much closer than we’d imagined.

Given that the forthcoming Playstation virtual reality helmet, Project Morpheus, has been in the news recently, a device that will enable gamers to play the latest releases in vivid 3D, this seems an appropriate time for Goo to be coming to the forefront. The company began life working on WebGL and HTML5 games, and it is from this humble beginning that it first garnered a passion for 3D, and an understanding of the possibilities associated with 3D animation.

Already, Goo claims that it has successfully created the first WebGL-powered online ad. This apparently enables a user to move through a 3D scene and look at an advertisement from multiple angles.

As 3D technology becomes more prominent and affordable, there is no doubt that 3D animation will become even more popular. Although 3D animation is already a multi-billion dollar industry, the future could be brighter still for 3D animation as an art form.



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