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jamesdelf
11-14-2007, 07:59 PM
Here is a fun ad we just finished. It is playing on TV in Australia. It would be cool to hear what people think. Our little 3d team worked hard on this one.

http://www.leslie.co.nz/portfolio/cascade/images/cascadeChimp.jpg
(http://www.digipost.co.nz/cascade/cascadeChimp.jpg)

Here is a link to a full res version 64mb CascadeHD.mov (http://www.digipost.co.nz/cascade/cascade_HD.mov)and here at No Fat Clips
(http://nofatclips.com/02007/11/12/order/Cascade%20-%20Natural%20Order.mp4) And a link to a half res 15mb version CascadeMed.mp4 (http://nofatclips.com/02007/11/12/order/The%20Natural%20Order.mp4)

The VFX was all done here in New Zealand at Digipost (http://www.digipost.co.nz/). Took a team of 4-6 artists 18 weeks, from character design, supervising the shoot, high res print stills and then working through 52 shots in a 60 second commercial.
Directed by Jesse Warn of Film Construction (http://www.filmconstruction.com/) and DOP by the legendary John Seale (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005868/) (Oscar winner for The English Patient, plus noms for Rain man and Witness). The agency was Badjar. (http://www.badjar.com.au/)

Modeled with Maya and Zbrush.
Camera and object tracking - Syntheyes
Animation - Maya
Rendering - Mental Ray and Renderman for Maya
Compositing - Shake and Flame

VFX Supervisor - James Cunningham
3d Artists : Nick Wilson, Matt Sutherland, Jay Renner, Leslie Chan, Glenn Dawick, Kei Kasai.
2d Artists : Stu Bedford, Matt Westbrook, Katy Wakefield
BG masks by Glasshammer.

http://www.leslie.co.nz/portfolio/cascade/images/stillsFox.jpg

http://www.leslie.co.nz/portfolio/cascade/images/stillsRotti.jpg

http://www.leslie.co.nz/portfolio/cascade/images/stillsPoodleRotti.jpg

http://www.leslie.co.nz/portfolio/cascade/images/stillsTiger.jpg

ivanisavich
11-14-2007, 08:49 PM
WOW that was amazingly well done....the tracking/matching was perfect!

No critiques here...a fun spot to watch! Congrats to all who worked on it!

RobertoOrtiz
11-14-2007, 09:48 PM
Great work!
Plugged.

I have posted a Mirror of ypur animation in You Tube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emWSUUGo17w


-R

L33tace
11-14-2007, 09:53 PM
haha, awesome!
and who said dogs couldn't be sexy. :D
well done to all. :)

Hvit_Ravn
11-14-2007, 10:13 PM
It made me laugh. Great job guys :thumbsup:

unwrap
11-14-2007, 10:17 PM
Wow, great ad! Well balanced and stuff. Nothing to crit. :applause:

mistasam02
11-14-2007, 10:24 PM
Agreed. Flawless! Lighting, tracking, comp, modeling, animation, everything was perfect. You're a pro :buttrock:

Cyborgguineapig
11-14-2007, 10:48 PM
Only loads 1/6 of the way for me, saw the youtube version though, good job.

bobakabob
11-14-2007, 11:01 PM
Excellent work, everything is stylishly executed and the lighting in particular is superb. Hats off to the team.

One question... the hands look frighteningly real. Is this the case or are they CG?

Cyborgguineapig
11-14-2007, 11:03 PM
Excellent work, everything is stylishly executed and the lighting in particular is superb. Hats off to the team.

One question... the hands look frighteningly real. Is this the case or are they CG?

hands are real. Think they just mapped the heads. Could be wrong but I wouldn't see the sense of digitally replacing them.

jamesdelf
11-14-2007, 11:19 PM
Yes, sorry I should have explained a little more - the hands are real. Everything is real except the hero 7 heads. Those heads are object tracked over the actor's heads. There is quite a bit of paint work to remove the actors when their heads were too big. For most shots there were no clean plates so we really needed the skills of our compositors there.

Tim-Gibson
11-14-2007, 11:23 PM
Awesome work guys - go kiwi!

Sneakybunny
11-15-2007, 01:22 AM
Great work James next time you see Nick Wilson tell him 'Jason' say's "hi" (Knew him through Irish John)

Quatermass
11-15-2007, 04:47 AM
It's been playing here all week. Looks great, and the tracking is rock solid. Even my partner is impressed, and she doesn't take an interest in ads usually. The monkey is very good, as is a couple of the other hero heads. Well done, and may you now get more attention and work than you can posibly handle. :)

Geta-Ve
11-15-2007, 07:22 AM
Wow! That is some incredible work to everyone involved. I could totally watch a full blown movie with these characters. The sly fox is a very enticing character. This reminds me of the animal Robin Hood movie, a lot of charm in the main character. The music adds a lot to the mood as well.

Dianae
11-15-2007, 10:33 AM
This is awesome, you did a wonderful job on these heads and the animation is flawless! Great expressions!

5 stars

ahmedsheeraz
11-15-2007, 12:50 PM
very well executed ad. like it.

krisr
11-15-2007, 04:35 PM
Wow, very nice work. The tracking is excellent! I watched it a few times to look for any shifting but I could see nothing...really solid. The integration of the CG head into the real body and clothes is very well done. Would love to see a behind the scenes of this.

oceanmovieclip
11-15-2007, 05:00 PM
How many particles did you use for the hair on the monkey, and the fox? Would it be possible to show some in-side screen shots too?

FaQ3D
11-15-2007, 05:28 PM
xD so funny commercial! i love the rotweiler facial expression when he get caught with the chain xDD

Bsouth
11-15-2007, 09:41 PM
Wow! Nice work with this ad! I would love to see a "making of" or any behind the scenes stuff.

jamesdelf
11-15-2007, 10:06 PM
Yes, we do have some shots and clips that show before and afters, showing the actors, the tracking helmets, the models, the fur etc... We'll put them up v soon.

jamesdelf
11-15-2007, 10:11 PM
The fur count on the characters was around 300,000 - 500,000 depending on how close we were to the heads. That is for all the really furry animals. There were a couple of layers for fur descriptions on most of them - extra ones to cover specific areas e.g. inside ears

noxy
11-15-2007, 10:17 PM
Very nice! I think it was much more appealing to track heads onto actors, rather than trying to mocap everything. I enjoyed it more than that unsettling orangina spot.
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=ck14LKBI9GM

Noxy

DimitrisLiatsos
11-15-2007, 11:55 PM
Oh the pain and the tracking ..the rigging and fur setup....!!! Amazing work guys...simply amazing. :thumbsup:

oceanmovieclip
11-16-2007, 01:41 AM
The fur count on the characters was around 300,000 - 500,000 depending on how close we were to the heads. That is for all the really furry animals. There were a couple of layers for fur descriptions on most of them - extra ones to cover specific areas e.g. inside ears

How much RAM would you need for that 300, 000 and 500, 000? And just one of each? And animated? And all three...:shrug:

:D

:applause:

clive-young
11-16-2007, 02:22 AM
:bounce: :bounce: this add is awsome and i like the new lookHere is a fun ad we just finished. It is playing on TV in Australia. It would be cool to hear what people think. Our little 3d team worked hard on this one.

http://www.leslie.co.nz/portfolio/cascade/images/cascadeChimp.jpg
(http://www.digipost.co.nz/cascade/cascadeChimp.jpg)

Here is a link to a full res version 64mb CascadeHD.mov (http://www.digipost.co.nz/cascade/cascade_HD.mov)and here at No Fat Clips
(http://nofatclips.com/02007/11/12/order/Cascade%20-%20Natural%20Order.mp4) And a link to a half res 15mb version CascadeMed.mp4 (http://nofatclips.com/02007/11/12/order/The%20Natural%20Order.mp4)

The VFX was all done here in New Zealand at Digipost (http://www.digipost.co.nz/). Took a team of 4-6 artists 18 weeks, from character design, supervising the shoot, high res print stills and then working through 52 shots in a 60 second commercial.
Directed by Jesse Warn of Film Construction (http://www.filmconstruction.com/) and DOP by the legendary John Seale (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005868/) (Oscar winner for The English Patient, plus noms for Rain man and Witness). The agency was Badjar. (http://www.badjar.com.au/)

Modeled with Maya and Zbrush.
Camera and object tracking - Syntheyes
Animation - Maya
Rendering - Mental Ray and Renderman for Maya
Compositing - Shake and Flame

VFX Supervisor - James Cunningham
3d Artists : Nick Wilson, Matt Sutherland, Jay Renner, Leslie Chan, Glen Dawick, Kei Kasai.
2d Artists : Stu Bedford, Matt Westbrook, Katy Wakefield
BG masks by Glasshammer.

http://www.leslie.co.nz/portfolio/cascade/images/stillsFox.jpg

http://www.leslie.co.nz/portfolio/cascade/images/stillsRotti.jpg

http://www.leslie.co.nz/portfolio/cascade/images/stillsPoodleRotti.jpg

http://www.leslie.co.nz/portfolio/cascade/images/stillsTiger.jpg

clive-young
11-16-2007, 02:23 AM
:bounce: :bounce: this add is awsome and i like the new lookHere is a fun ad we just finished. It is playing on TV in Australia. It would be cool to hear what people think. Our little 3d team worked hard on this one.

http://www.leslie.co.nz/portfolio/cascade/images/cascadeChimp.jpg
(http://www.digipost.co.nz/cascade/cascadeChimp.jpg)

Here is a link to a full res version 64mb CascadeHD.mov (http://www.digipost.co.nz/cascade/cascade_HD.mov)and here at No Fat Clips
(http://nofatclips.com/02007/11/12/order/Cascade%20-%20Natural%20Order.mp4) And a link to a half res 15mb version CascadeMed.mp4 (http://nofatclips.com/02007/11/12/order/The%20Natural%20Order.mp4)

The VFX was all done here in New Zealand at Digipost (http://www.digipost.co.nz/). Took a team of 4-6 artists 18 weeks, from character design, supervising the shoot, high res print stills and then working through 52 shots in a 60 second commercial.
Directed by Jesse Warn of Film Construction (http://www.filmconstruction.com/) and DOP by the legendary John Seale (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005868/) (Oscar winner for The English Patient, plus noms for Rain man and Witness). The agency was Badjar. (http://www.badjar.com.au/)

Modeled with Maya and Zbrush.
Camera and object tracking - Syntheyes
Animation - Maya
Rendering - Mental Ray and Renderman for Maya
Compositing - Shake and Flame

VFX Supervisor - James Cunningham
3d Artists : Nick Wilson, Matt Sutherland, Jay Renner, Leslie Chan, Glen Dawick, Kei Kasai.
2d Artists : Stu Bedford, Matt Westbrook, Katy Wakefield
BG masks by Glasshammer.

http://www.leslie.co.nz/portfolio/cascade/images/stillsFox.jpg

http://www.leslie.co.nz/portfolio/cascade/images/stillsRotti.jpg

http://www.leslie.co.nz/portfolio/cascade/images/stillsPoodleRotti.jpg

http://www.leslie.co.nz/portfolio/cascade/images/stillsTiger.jpg

Ank4
11-16-2007, 04:32 PM
Amazing job!
Is it just me, or does the monkey in the first picture look exactly like Keith Richards?

Djampa
11-16-2007, 04:38 PM
Oh my... this is top notch ! Congratulations ! Thanks for sharing.

Syntheyes seems to handle well such kind of tracking, nice to see it in action here.

I loved the expressions on their faces ! Just perfect ! :)

ademation
11-16-2007, 05:40 PM
great work man!

chalkman
11-16-2007, 06:11 PM
Top notch work! Kudos to the whole team! :bounce:

Cheers,

David

mrego
11-17-2007, 03:24 AM
Love this ad. I'm from Tassie originally, the home of Cascade beer (fine drop) and the extinct Tassie Tiger. So awesome to see the tiger back to life and playing such a cool dude.

PLEASE POST MAKING OF AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

well done on such a great job!

ddjix
11-17-2007, 09:39 AM
One of the best and entertaining cg commercial ever... Congrats...

medunecer
11-17-2007, 01:04 PM
Excellent work. Congrats to all the staff involved!

Cardenes
11-17-2007, 06:46 PM
Excellent work :)
itīs really fine

jamesdelf
11-19-2007, 01:28 AM
Here are some clips that show how we made this spot.
I have them on our server and on YouTube if our server is hammered too much

The Chimp (http://www.digipost.co.nz/cascade/makingChimpClip.mov) - 6mb quicktime
or the YouTube version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6Kk0Pt0MP8

The Tasmanian Tiger (http://www.digipost.co.nz/cascade/makingTasTigerClip.mov) - 12mb quicktime
or the YouTube version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbYcMuFKXfA

The Fox (http://www.digipost.co.nz/cascade/makingFoxClip.mov) -6mb quicktime
or the YouTube version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARqes3SzBJc

The Rottweiler (http://www.digipost.co.nz/cascade/makingRottiClip.mov) - 6mb quicktime
or the YouTube version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jby9_-Z5jik

mrego
11-19-2007, 05:53 AM
Thanks James for posting the making of clips. Great to see how you made it all happen. I am stunned by the painting out of the top of the real actors head/mask, especially behind the Roti... that curtain material... incredible work!

well done to your whole team. very inspiring!

jamesdelf
11-19-2007, 08:56 AM
yes, that wasn't planned - except for the snake shots where we knew we'd have paint work. So the snake shots had clean plates but none of the others. Essentially the heads needed to be quite a bit smaller than the human's to feel right. Animals just don't have that much above the eyes, so once you lined up the eyes there was a lot of human head left.
Very greatful to the 2d team. Mostly painted/tracked in Shake and Combustion. In the really hard shots they used 3d tracks that we did of the camera move, tracking painted elements into the 3d space.

oceanmovieclip
11-21-2007, 02:33 PM
Thank you for posting those links.

trickmonkey
11-29-2007, 12:46 AM
I worked on the old water drop and glass tiger ads for Cascade.
Great to see the re-vamp and you guys did an awesome job. I was impressed when I saw this on air in Australia.
Great work!

sadicman
11-29-2007, 01:45 AM
WOW great work man, grats to all the team :buttrock:

Tararaboom
11-29-2007, 05:00 AM
Hehe! I was wondering who made this ad! Its really funny! and I am sure it would have been so fun to work on. Great work guys!

Facetina
12-01-2007, 10:27 AM
Nice,very nice!The inspiration probably came from Black Saad and Godfather part 2 but nevertheless it's GREAT!!And a little bit scary.Foxy lady!!!:eek:

Hordak
12-03-2007, 04:29 PM
very nice! any insperation from BlackSad?

ROOFCAT
12-03-2007, 06:51 PM
Great work!

jamesdelf
12-03-2007, 11:01 PM
Wow, we never saw any of that. I just emailed the agency guy who idea the ad was and he's never seen it either.
his email :
Thanks for the links, the comic book is great. The illustrations are incredible.

There was no inspiration from this though. Our ad simply came from the idea that the animal personality which sums up the type of person you are is represented by the head you have.

Very cool comic if I could understand the words.

The director was just in here and I showed him the pics too and he's amazed as well, that the tone and style is noir, like the way we took the ad.

One thing I like about the comic is the choice to have the animal fur on the hands too but the design difference with the females in the comic - they only have animal ears. We stopped the fur at the collar otherwise you end up with very unsexy furry cleavage ;)

Thanks for the link. I might have to do some research into this comic, see if I can find one here in NZ

Hordak
12-05-2007, 12:51 PM
Wow, we never saw any of that. I just emailed the agency guy who idea the ad was and he's never seen it either.
his email :
Thanks for the links, the comic book is great. The illustrations are incredible.

There was no inspiration from this though. Our ad simply came from the idea that the animal personality which sums up the type of person you are is represented by the head you have.

Very cool comic if I could understand the words.

The director was just in here and I showed him the pics too and he's amazed as well, that the tone and style is noir, like the way we took the ad.

One thing I like about the comic is the choice to have the animal fur on the hands too but the design difference with the females in the comic - they only have animal ears. We stopped the fur at the collar otherwise you end up with very unsexy furry cleavage ;)

Thanks for the link. I might have to do some research into this comic, see if I can find one here in NZ



I can tell that there's a difference and your work is very original and it's great work!

Blacksad is a very cool comic IMO with some nice stories.:)

Keep up the good work:thumbsup:

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