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06-11-2008, 08:15 PM

After nearly 4 odd years of on/off spare time production, our short film E.T.A. is *finally* done.


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The whole setup of the film was the brainchild of Søren (Trenox) Andersen, which we collectively selected to be JUNKs first short film (ending up being our third...).
The process of working on this massive project has been quite an overwhelming learning experience. Not least in terms of the importance of setting specific goals early on and respecting your own deadlines... :)

The core JUNK team consisted of Søren (Trenox) Andersen, Michael (DFeKT) La-Cour, Rasmus Kudahl Kaae Munch and Henrik Bjerregaard Clausen (me).
Søren and Michael did modelling + character animation, Rasmus handled the score and most of the sound effects while I directed the film and did the lighting and compositing.
We used 3ds max, After Effects and Photoshop.

I would also like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of those who have lent us a hand when we needed it and never gave up on us, regardless of how endlessly this production seemingly stretched. Thank you!!

We hope you will enjoy watching the film half as much as we've enjoyed making it! :)

For a bit more info about the production of the film and how it came to be in the first place, you can visit our website and check out our earlier short films and productions: www.junkworks.org (http://www.junkworks.org)

06-11-2008, 09:17 PM
Wow this was sooo phantastic!
Great and funny storry and absolutely
amazing lighting, and texturing. I loved
the details you brought in every part
of this short. Yust amazing. Thank you
for sharing! Thumbs up!

06-11-2008, 09:24 PM
Bravo! Really nice attention to detail! Love the Coffee Maker!

06-11-2008, 10:27 PM
Haha that was absolutely brilliant, I loved it!

Everything's very well done especially the lighting and compositing :)

06-12-2008, 06:14 AM
Man thats an awsome Short. Beautiful animation and Rendering..

06-12-2008, 07:22 AM
OMG!!...I just love this! I'm a huge fan of Ridley Scott and his style and the instant I began to listen to the score and seeing the cinematography ..I saw Ridley and ALIEN written all over it. This is great work! I know there is a lot to say about the texturing, color and the animation and what not; but the score, story, visual style and cinematography really do it for me. Excelent work and hope to see more great work from you in the future!

06-12-2008, 09:05 AM
I know you've put a lot of hard work into this, and I really enjoyed watching it on the big screen at Breakpoint this year. There's really not anything in there that could be done much better - superb work, nothing but love from me ^_^
Should be on the front page!

06-12-2008, 09:06 AM
Fantastic work. Can't wait to see what my friends come up with next. :)

ps. its beyond me why people have to make small spoiler hints.

06-12-2008, 09:07 AM
Great work. Well, you already knew that :)

06-12-2008, 09:23 AM
Excellent stuff. Loved everything about it. :)

06-12-2008, 12:12 PM
u people should definitely get a front page for that.
it was really nice and refreshing.
really managed to create a nice mood to go with the theme.
and the way u handled that alien cliche was damn smart.
again, congrats for the awesome work
make sure u send it to alot of festivals.

06-12-2008, 01:08 PM
Great stuff. I loved the whole look of the piece and the gag worked a treat. The shear ammount of work gone into it is self evident especially in the details.

06-12-2008, 02:20 PM
nice work.

06-12-2008, 02:23 PM
awesome animation - I love the look and the idea!

06-12-2008, 11:56 PM
This is incredibly well done, and better than some of the "live-action" shorts I see. Very nice attention paid to lighting here. This is coming from a non-cg guy btw.

And I smiled when I saw the Weyland/Yutani Corp text on the monitor. Great touch.

Awesome job guys. I'm a fan.

06-13-2008, 03:13 AM
Beautiful looking short. Nice atmosphere, nice direction, and a good ending.
My very small crit would be that I thought the main character's face could have been a bit more expressive. But, still a great piece of work.

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

06-13-2008, 05:51 AM
That was perfect.

At first I was like, "well this looks nice and good execution, kind of slow....and...omg, not another....*****..." But then it all comes together just brilliantly making it all work.

Good stuff. I'm also surprised it's not on the front page either. Probably will be soon.

06-13-2008, 08:03 AM
Great work - I see you have two things on the front page now Søren. You rule =)

06-13-2008, 10:55 AM
Im glad to hear you guys like it. It was a really long struggle to put this thing together, and its hard to know in advance if the gag works or not. But all in all im quite happy with the way it turned out =)

06-13-2008, 08:50 PM
:thumbsup: great animation man 5 stars

06-14-2008, 03:06 AM
Loved it! Outstanding work! It also had the special alien enviroment feeling!


06-14-2008, 07:27 AM
Great Work!Plugged!

06-14-2008, 07:35 AM
I like this very much:bounce:

06-14-2008, 07:55 AM
just perfect!
even the soundtrack is magnificent!
frontpage for sure.

06-14-2008, 10:55 AM
Very well done, congratulations!

06-14-2008, 11:01 AM
WOW! that blew me away! You are a very talented bunch of guys. I look forward to your next piece :thumbsup:

06-14-2008, 11:16 AM
congratz on the really good job! I really liked the lighting. What renderer did you use? And did you use any GI?

06-14-2008, 11:43 AM
Good stuff!


06-14-2008, 11:51 AM
Hahahaha. Awesome. Really awesome.

06-14-2008, 01:01 PM
I think it's kinda waste your efforts with that ending. It dissappointed me instead of amuse.
I like the style but it's not fit the story.
Lighting, texturing, modeling and renders are great. I can't say that for character animations.

Congrats ;)

06-14-2008, 02:11 PM
Great work! I think it looked beautiful....really strong points for lighting, compositing, etc.

My main problem was with the story....first of all, you implement a copyrighted alien design, really shooting yourself in the foot when it comes to being able to get this short out there (can't sell it commercially, etc). Also, I thought the ending was "cute"...but it really didn't suit the epic environments and models created for the short....and it was very anticlimactic.

Anyways....my only gripes were with the story...everything else looked great!

06-14-2008, 03:06 PM
wow! really impressive

06-14-2008, 06:11 PM
It looked really cool, top cinematic quality but I found the story kind of boring and was really expecting more than just a gag that could be part of bigger story.

06-14-2008, 08:57 PM
What if he wants a Danish?
A Dalek rolls in?

06-14-2008, 09:33 PM
great piece.

love it.

06-15-2008, 12:08 AM
Loved it!

You made it work on all the difficult CG levels, but, far more than that, you're now becoming real storytellers. Way to go. Next stop Hollywood (as it were, and so to speak).

You've even made me enviously wish our movie was as sensibly short, so we could finish too!

In fact, you'll probably have your next one finished long before we can show ours:-(( sigh....

Compensation, though! We can enjoy yours while we wait....and wait....

06-15-2008, 03:05 AM

that anticipation was so good. Such a well done short film. Congratulations.
the only thing I can comment on is that the texture detail in the planet was lacking. That could have been bumped up. More terrain variety.

06-15-2008, 05:34 AM
hehehe .. coffee alien-dude .. hehehe
good stuff & well done!

06-15-2008, 10:09 AM
Very nice to see it's finally done, Henrik!
It's better to see it all in final quality than the halfway-done version, tho :P
Truely deserved the frontpage plug it got :)

Greetings from Germany
(to the physically smaller fish, too :D)

06-15-2008, 12:49 PM
amazing work man!!. every thing was perfect!

06-15-2008, 12:58 PM
Thanks for all the comments and feedback.
It's allways nice to hear what people think -good or bad.

After all the hard work we put into it it's also nice to see our little short getting plugged for the frontpage.

Again thank you all.

06-15-2008, 01:52 PM
Glad to see this posted I also saw this via Breakpoint live stream. I loved it and still do, I show it to all my friends :D

06-15-2008, 02:18 PM
That was simply amazing I was on the floor when I saw that the alien was the coffee machine, very funny.

06-15-2008, 03:34 PM
Visor66: Thank you!
Vray was used for rendering everything. Primary used features were sss skin on Marvin (the pilot), displacement on his shoes and max standard lights with vray area shadows.

For the entire interior of the cockpit I set up a dome light setup which was baked into all of the static models (excluding the props) and enabled as selfillumination for each material on a very subtle setting. However, if I were to do the lighting and the whole setup from scratch I would not have done this, as I believe the effect is near negligible in the end. Plus it it was horrible to patch up through a variety of scripts for sub-materials and had to be baked at the highest level of subdivisions set for each model to end up right (meaning about twice the scene size due to automatic unwrapping on all interior models).

In short: No GI. Baked occlusion maps. Don't go there. :) - at least not the way I did.

ChristianW: Thanks a lot :) - and I'll tell Jesper and Thomas you said hi!

And thank you all for all your encouraging comments - and critique as well! We truly appreciate all of it.

- And thanks to Roberto for giving us the plug!

06-15-2008, 06:03 PM
Wow. That was awesome. =)

06-15-2008, 06:52 PM
Brilliant! Now, where do I get one of those coffee machines? :buttrock:

06-15-2008, 07:56 PM
very good work i hope goodluck :love:

06-15-2008, 10:16 PM
amazing short man ! very nice ! i loved, impressive ...

06-15-2008, 11:09 PM
Amazing short, and the story, I laughed so hard! xD
Always loved the alien movies, and the moviestyle is just an excellent tribute to it! :D

06-16-2008, 07:31 AM
Excellent work:thumbsup:



06-16-2008, 10:03 AM
Alien == CoffeMachine; HAHAHAA did not see that coming :D


06-16-2008, 10:57 AM
that was amazing!! I want a robot alien coffe machine :)

06-16-2008, 12:21 PM
Really nice job guys:thumbsup:

My only crit with this animation is your main character! i think hi dosent fit to this animation very well, this dude look's like bad 3d character from TurboSquid:sad:

Everything else is amazing a specially ship and alien! i would love to see some wip renders from that cool looking alien:)

im still going to give you guys *****:thumbsup:

06-16-2008, 02:51 PM
really good work on the whole piece i can only hope i become half as good as you guys.

06-16-2008, 05:31 PM
I have to agree with ivanisavich (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?u=19108) about the story. It felt predictable, either this is a setup for a gag or a set up for what you were trying to be abvious about. Also was pretty upset that you guys didn't try and design your own alien design. I give you props for all your hard work though. It looks absolutely amazing with everything you did

06-16-2008, 05:52 PM
Booyah: Also was pretty upset that you guys didn't try and design your own alien design.

Ehm the whole point was that it was supposed to be recognized as the giger alien. The pilot surrounds himself with homages to great popculture (weyland/yutani logo, OCP logo etc.).
The tongue comming out with the coffee.. wouldnt be nearly as funny if it was an unrecognizeable robot-design we came up with.

When that is said i designed it using virtually no references since its more or less an interpretation.

We also give giger credit ;)

06-16-2008, 06:12 PM
Stunningly good! :applause:

06-16-2008, 06:30 PM
I understand why you would want to do that, and I thought about it but it just felt predictable. Although the robot design was kinda cool.

06-16-2008, 06:33 PM
booyah: fair enough :) and thx!

06-17-2008, 03:01 AM
I have to agree with ivanisavich (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?u=19108) about the story. It felt predictable, either this is a setup for a gag or a set up for what you were trying to be abvious about. Also was pretty upset that you guys didn't try and design your own alien design. I give you props for all your hard work though. It looks absolutely amazing with everything you didI guess spoilers are off at this point(I don't mean you, just in general), but I'll use them anyway because it absolutely ruins the short if you have any idea what it's about:

I suppose they could have made their own design and still be successful, but it's also what made it enjoyable for me. Not because I like the Alien design or something, but because it made me GROAN when I saw it. Maybe I'm stupid or something, but it wasn't until the coffee started swarming out of its teeth that it clicked. So I thought it was quite clever. At first i thought it was a ship mate wearing an Alien costume or something, but a coffee maker Alien was classic. It was predictable from a standpoint that you know something is coming...but geesh, what isn't? It's a short, it's obviousl that something is happening.

06-17-2008, 05:41 AM
I expected that someone or something comes trough that door. When i saw alien i though "oh boy i know where this is going again" But when i realized that it was the coffee machine i was wtf.... ????

I start laughing because i really did not expect that. And i think it was genius to implement the alien because we all know that monster. When i saw the alien i expected some typical alien killing action. I did not expect coffee :D

06-17-2008, 09:29 AM
Smart & Funny, excelent work!!

My compliments!!


06-22-2008, 11:15 AM
Thank you all for your comments!

I'd like to make a small credit shoutout to Michael for the detail work he did on several of the shots throughout the film. He did wonders with his paintovers of scenes that had a locked camera - here's an example:


Cheating - some might say, but isn't that what it's all about? ;) I certainly love what he did for the shots he had the opportunity to run through the photoshop mill.

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