Pixar to receive prestigious 3D animation award

clock December 16, 2013 19:39 by author christpaul

Pixar Animation Studios has become a name synonymous with 3D animation, the biggest company in this increasingly important genre. Their commercial success since they were founded back in 1986 has been truly astounding, and many of their 3D movies have become critically acclaimed classics, as they have established themselves as an absolutely great movie studio.

Their achievements over the years have secured Pixar a huge amount of awards and accolades. And it has been recently announced that Pixar is to receive another award to add to the pile in the coming months.

The International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society will honour Pixar Animation Studios with the Sir Charles Wheatstone Award for creative excellence. This award be presented to the animation studio at the fifth annual Creative Arts Awards on 28th January at Warner Bros. Studios. This particular award is handed out to give recognition to outstanding achievements in 3D movies, TV shows and 4K technology.

The CEO of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, John Lasseter, is being recognised, along with the whole team at Pixar, for their outstanding achievements both in technical animation as well as storytelling. Pixar is by far the most successful studio in this particular award having already received four previous gold Lumiere Awards from the Society. Pixar’s ‘Brave’ was pciked by the Society as the best animated 3D feature of 2012, and the studio was also awarded prizes for the best 3D short film for three consecutive years with 2010’s ‘Partly Cloudy’, 2011’s ‘Day and Night’ and 2012’s ‘La Luna’.

Pixar’s success story has continued this year as they released the latest in the ‘Monsters’ franchise of movies, when ‘Monsters University’ was released. There were no signs that the momentum of this series had slowed down in any way, as ‘Monsters University’ managed to take over $743 million worldwide.

The studio has been consistently praised for the quality of its character models and animations, and this is something that we also recognise to be of particular importance at Natural Front. Our curved-controlled modelling technique allows the highest quality of 3D character and facial animations to be achieved, but with the minimum amount of fuss, effort and expense. This means that professional animators of all budgets can produce world-class character animation to engage and enchant audiences.

The success of Pixar is indicative of the success of 3D animation as a genre, and we at Natural Front are extremely enthusiastic and positive about the future of 3D animation, and of playing an active part in it.

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.

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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