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12 December 2006, 11:53 AM
Emiliano Colantoni is entered in the "Eon Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Finished Trailer: ThE-ShiFT_EON_Final_Version (

12 December 2006, 09:36 PM
Hi everybody out there! We're happy we joined you all in this challenge! :)

As the entry information required a real full name we've used Emiliano Colantoni, who had the idea to join the challenge.

ThE-ShiFT team is formed by

Emiliano Colantoni aka Milk-..-Man (team leader)
Gianfranco Sgura aka UpVector
Marco Stellabotte aka SdiRRu
David Bonelli aka davidbonelli

We're going to use live action for the characters and CGI for the environments for this project...

See you soon and good luck to anyone ;)

ThE ShiFT team

This is our first sketch about the asteroid...soon we'll post the space suit and then will follow the storyboard, which is under developement right now.

12 December 2006, 09:54 PM (

this is the design for the american space-suit...
see you soon

12 December 2006, 11:10 AM
WOW!!... cool design so far!! Did you have a website to see more of your stuff!?


12 December 2006, 11:11 AM
WOW!.. cool design so far!! Did you have a website to see more of your stuff!?


12 December 2006, 01:05 PM
WOW!.. cool design so far!! Did you have a website to see more of your stuff!?


Grazie OZ!!!

Check this site ( and (
the first is my personal web site, the second is of a member of our team.

But you can download only my show reel ,sorry no concept design at moment inside my web site

Thnx again!!! :thumbsup:


12 December 2006, 02:26 PM
GREAT STUFF! one of the best seen in italy!


12 December 2006, 02:53 PM
GREAT STUFF! one of the best seen in italy!



Thnx OZ you are one of the best italian 3D artist for me.
I have appreciate a lot your work in the past cgtalk challenge :applause:

Sorry for my scary english. lol

12 December 2006, 11:20 PM (

Russian_suit design

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frant_body design

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frant_head design

12 December 2006, 01:01 AM
Welcome to the challenge!

Some very nice concept art you're posting here. Very promising. Can't wait to see more!

12 December 2006, 07:58 AM
extremelly nice work so far.. An a very original style you have there... love the frants head the most...

12 December 2006, 11:48 PM
Nice concept art you're doing here. Sort of an Italian anime cel shaded look.:)

You could almost use this art in the final promo... Is that the plan? Could work. Later!

12 December 2006, 01:51 AM
I haven't posted on many of the Trailer entries, just the Illustration ones, but I had to drop a note to say that I think all of your designs so far are really cool! Great work, can't wait to see how you approach the more primary characters like APtricia and Olmy... Looking forward to it, in fact!
Good luck.


12 December 2006, 09:25 AM
YOU ARE GREAT! if i'll have heavy success in my professional live,well,the firt thing I'll going to do is offer you a work as concept r! GREAT...really. :bowdown:

12 December 2006, 09:47 PM
Hey thanks a lot to everybody for your comments! We are really happy of this feedback!
Sorry for coming back so late, but we're working on day so we can dedicate to this forum only the night time!

Anyway I'd like to point out that I'm not alone on this project and we're working as a new group that we call ThE-ShiFT.

@ igorstshirts : the plan is to use these concept as a guide and go on with a mixture of CGI & live action.

We're working on the rough storyboard as well: we'll put it online as soon as it gets a little watchable as it is so rough now that's being difficult for us too to understand it!! LOL!

The-ShiFT team..

12 December 2006, 03:52 PM (

OK folks! Everybody's having a lot of work to do these days ;D!! Great Challenge!
Here are some updates from ThE-ShiFT team:

-gateway to the second chamber (concept) -Patricia's city (concept)
-the shuttle (3d)

The 3D Frant is on the way to be finished...will maybe uploaded between today and tomorrow.
The storyboard will come up on monday.
See you!

ThE-ShiFT team.

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12 December 2006, 07:59 PM
Great updates! I especially like the shuttle model and the shot of it leaving Earth. Very dynamic. And I'm looking forward to seeing your boards.

12 December 2006, 02:23 AM
Great work! That script I wrote in 1999 is actually titled "The Drift"! I just thought of it because I like that spacesuit.

12 December 2006, 07:29 AM
Thanks guys! The shuttle has been thought to split from the wings part right after the atmosphere has been passed. Only the top module moves from there on, and at the end of the mission the two parts mmets again before the shuttle re-enter the atmosphere. This is for re-utilization pourposes.

@userbrain Amazing coincidences!! We are using this name cause it's a shifting phase for we all in this period. Would be great to know more about your story sometime!

ThE- ShiFT team

12 December 2006, 07:31 AM (

Some other updates: Frant.
Douring the modelling session we changed the concept a little bit to give him a stronger look.
It's a wip anyway...almost finished.

12 December 2006, 07:35 AM (

just a concept for Frant.

12 December 2006, 04:49 PM
Woa! It's the AvsP version of the Frant! :scream:

Seriously though, he looks great. I like the glow on the arm and leg bands. A very unique look. And a nice overall realization of the original concept. Your posted images continue to impress me.

Any headway on the storyboards?

12 December 2006, 09:20 PM
I changed my earlier post because the name of that script I wrote in 1999 is actually "The Drift". It just happened to have a stinky old spacesuit in it which I was thinking of:scream: !

Great entry...!

12 December 2006, 03:41 AM (

patricia concept design

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olmy concept design

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12 December 2006, 03:53 AM (

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Hi everybody! Our concept designs are over...we didn't uploaded the storyboard yet, but it's only needs comments beside frames ( we're keen on pencils, but not that much on pens :D )...Tomorrow we'll update it, promise!

We're really loving this challenge as certainly you are!

So see you tomorrow (due to our current time, 4.52 AM, will be today actually!)

ThE-ShiFT team

12 December 2006, 07:40 AM
Very nice! I really like the design and rendering of the helmet!
I'm looking forward to see more! :thumbsup:

12 December 2006, 02:55 PM
I really love the concepts especially Russian trooper :twisted:
So keep on, there is not much time left... and have a good luck.

12 December 2006, 04:10 PM
Thanks guys! We're fond of the trooper too, he really represent our passion for anime stuff...
We're going to upload the see you in a second...

ThE-ShiFT team

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This is it. As the story is enormous we focused on the principal aspects of EON.
We are highlighting the discovery of the asteroid, the exploration, the crisis, and the "run-away" to an unknown future, leaving room for the audience to wonder what's going to happen next.
We focused on the desire to give the audience the most emotive impact possible (for us obviously).
We hope you like it...
Soon we'll post an animatic with a rough version of the soundtrack.

See you for the next updates.

Namaste and...good luck! ;D

ThE-ShiFT team

12 December 2006, 07:24 PM
Wow! I've been totally impressed by your thread, and your latest posts simply reinforce that. I love the concept art, the style, everything. And the boards are very well done, and have a nice logical flow to them.

One very minor thought: I like how the shots of going into Patrici's eyes both at the beginning and end serve to bookend the entire trailer. But there's another close-up of Patricia's eyes on the ninth page (cut 22?), and I wonder if maybe that interrupts those bookends (that is, one too many shots into her eyes), though maybe not as long as it doesn't go in too close. But as I said, a very minor point and in the end mostly personal preference I expect.

I'm really looking forward to seeing this one come to life. Only one month, but I'm sure your team can do it!

12 December 2006, 12:02 AM
Fifty3 you could be right! We'll have the real opportunity to check this as soon as we get working on the animatic, then will be a matter of seconds to cut/substitute that shot.
Anyway we know that the pace of the editing at that point in the trailer will be so fast and pressing that the cut we're talking about will be on screen like a second, a second and a half at most.
We'll keep an eye on this anyway...thanks a lot!

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12 December 2006, 12:52 AM (

Hi all, this is the model of the russian assault POD (still a wip, the final version will come up in the trailer)..
Douring this week we'll post the inistial music...

12 December 2006, 01:54 PM
IS VERY PROBABLE THAT THIS TEAM WINS!!! :buttrock: hey..this stuff rox!!!

12 December 2006, 11:19 PM
Nice character concepts. I like the stylistic approach. I hope that translates in 3D as well. Your trailer looks very ambitious. My only concern, which you probably share as well, is that there are 27 days left and you may have some sleepless nights to get through. Hopefully you've finishing up on your modeling and texturing and have started animating. Good luck.

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12 December 2006, 09:26 AM
IS VERY PROBABLE THAT THIS TEAM WINS!!! :buttrock: hey..this stuff rox!!!

I am not that sure about this mention. I see this project very ambitious, storyboards and style here look just great but time is running. Do you folks have any plans to get real animation into it? Or is this going to be kind of polished storyboards? Keep going :thumbsup: Gonna watch this thread...

12 December 2006, 12:56 PM
Fabio you're too kind! thanks a lot! We are enjoying the challenge so we're doing our best, but of course there are other works that rocks, and your one is surely one of them too.
Anyway we all should keep in mind that the final look doesnt really have the heaviest weight for the final judgment in this category. Indeed the story has, as mentioned in the guidelines for the trailer challenge : story is king.

Hi Oweron! We're not worring about animation just because we're going to use live action for chars and CGI for enviros :thumbsup:. We stated it at the beginning of the thread an even ahead btw...maybe it wasn't enough visible. Our shooting is by the end of this month and we'll have the remaining two weeks to work on the comps.
Of course as RaresHalmagean observes we're going to have a really intense xmas and some sleeples night too! :D But hey... after all this is as our life has been in the last eight years anyway!!! :rolleyes:

Cheers anyone!


12 December 2006, 02:21 PM
To ThE-ShiFT: Do you know the guys behind "spaceoff" italian shifi short?
ps:Tnx 4 the kind word to me...:scream:

12 December 2006, 06:43 PM
Hi Oweron! We're not worring about animation just because we're going to use live action for chars and CGI for enviros :thumbsup:. We stated it at the beginning of the thread an even ahead btw...maybe it wasn't enough visible. Our shooting is by the end of this month and we'll have the remaining two weeks to work on the comps.
Of course as RaresHalmagean observes we're going to have a really intense xmas and some sleeples night too! :D But hey... after all this is as our life has been in the last eight years anyway!!! :rolleyes:

Ah, so live action could be really nice timesaver. I usually looking and not reading, so you can blame me, he he. I thought you are going for full CG production because of your nice character designs. And speaking about Challenge guideline "story is a king" - yes, sure, but we are running CGI challenge so I guess there need to be good visual impact hand in hand with story.
However, your production is great so far. Good luck!

12 December 2006, 07:25 PM
EH EH Oweron, no blame at also happen to us many times to miss posts here and there!
Thanks for your words bro, and keep up the good work!...We always enjoy your stuff too: the journey begins had great chars and style and the bird in your xsibase avatar is lovely...that was an animation from you, right?

12 December 2006, 01:56 PM
Some very, very nice models, etc, here. I especially like the texturing on that Russian assult pod. Time is running out, but keep going. I'm really looking foward to seeing this one finished!

12 December 2006, 04:07 PM
Wow, very promisign trailers, nice storyboard, models, concepts... I will keep watching this thread for further updates, at this point it looks very good. I just would change the patricia scene when she holds her hands up, maybe I should shoot her back and them turn her arround when she starts watching the aliens, it would add more sauce... but that's just me hehe.

Keep it up and good luck to your team!

12 December 2006, 11:19 PM
Good composites!
I see we had little similar viewpoints for camera with the earth scene, :) sorry about that.
I really wanna see this in its prime animated form, so keep at it and do a good job!

01 January 2007, 05:05 PM (

Hi everybody out there and of course happy new year also! We've been busy these days preparing for the shooting and actually making with our hands the necessary props like the space suit, guns and other things. We tried to be as close as possible to the concepts previously posted. This is a picture of the cosmonaut suit (wore by one of our crew).
Let's go back to work and see you!


01 January 2007, 06:29 PM (

Software: XSI

This shot corresponds to the cut number 006 of our storyboard.

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01 January 2007, 06:39 PM
Nice, classic, pretty, serene, timeless...
This shot has the feel of anticipation to it. Good shot.

01 January 2007, 09:57 PM
Hey, nice to see some new stuff from your team, excellent work so far, i´ll hope you´ll make it in time. Cosmonaut suit looks great, even it reminds me of morgan freeman only crowbar missing :D Keep up the good work team The Shift!

01 January 2007, 01:21 AM (

This corresponds to the second cut of our storyboard...we're rendering @ the moment.

See you all ;)!


01 January 2007, 08:30 AM
the last image is very nice... A little too warm maybe but thats a personal preference.. Have a happy new year...

01 January 2007, 01:29 PM
Very nice render, the water is great! If you try to slow down the movement of the camera it will look great. Whatever - nice job!

01 January 2007, 09:05 PM
More great stuff here. That shot of the approach across the water is absolutely stunning! Beautiful work. I'll be very interested to see the suit you're making :)

01 January 2007, 08:04 PM
awesome work so far! I'm subscribing to this thread.

01 January 2007, 10:57 AM (

Software: XSI it's time to start with the pain ;-) just keep up! We'll sleep at the end :D

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01 January 2007, 11:18 AM (

We noticed with our last update that the clips are showing a little bit darker than the originals. In the last one the stone at the end should have been lighter as well as the stars....anyway...maybe we should push up the brightness before compressing in flv.

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01 January 2007, 02:07 PM
Maybe you need to bring some light to the background? Stars/sunLight (rays)?

01 January 2007, 02:21 PM
Well must be really a matter of flv compression because if you look at the sequences as they run in TGA they're fine and you see both the stars and the stone...anyway the last update we forced the brightness a lot and it seems to be a little better in flv...

01 January 2007, 04:58 PM
GREAT NEW STUFF. It is very professional looking!
I like a lot the lights and how the camera moves in the russian heavy ship scene!
ROCK SOLID WORK!!:thumbsup:

01 January 2007, 06:56 PM
Yea, everything looks perfect and really professional.
Looks like a real shot from a real movie :twisted:

So, keep it going.

01 January 2007, 08:02 PM (

Software: XSI

The mission begins...

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01 January 2007, 11:48 PM (

The troupers in action!

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01 January 2007, 01:39 AM
Like the camera shake! Motion capture? Hand animated? Software?
Good luck guys!


01 January 2007, 01:41 AM
This will be wery interesting to look at when it's all done!
Did u see that the end date for the challange had moved to 31 of january!!!
Missed that completely :-)


01 January 2007, 08:38 AM
Hey guys thanks a lot for your comments! Yes we also spent the last day wondering why the submission clock were showing 21 days to go! That's an awesome news!!!

The best part of the camera shake in the troopers scene is that it has been disrtibuted on two layers: the troopers and the whall behind (I'm not totally sure because who did that sequence is not here at the moment and I can't ask) having the wall moving half the space of the other layer, thus giving you parallax...

Keep up guys! 20 days to go!:thumbsup:


01 January 2007, 01:20 AM (

This is a set of wips...we hope we can give them more time and attention, but for now we want to finish the whole thing :D

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01 January 2007, 01:24 AM (

The Space suit is hand made (in Italy of course)...

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01 January 2007, 01:27 AM (

Our vision of Patricia in the biblioteque...

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01 January 2007, 01:33 AM (

Mirsky as he reveals the russian "vision" about the stone...

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01 January 2007, 02:34 AM
Love these shots...the essence of mystery is awesome! The live actors are way cool!

Okay- what's he saying? Just one question-can I light my cigar on his spacesuit? Ha ha- they almost look like mini thrusters!

01 January 2007, 02:44 AM
he's actually speaking russian... a sentence you can write in this way: это будет только начало....but we don't want any spoiler do we? :thumbsup:

That guy in the shot is a friend of us who has a degree in russian and obiously jumped at this project. :)

01 January 2007, 02:47 AM
LoL ! I didn't read the cigars question! hehehehehhe they're mini lights for night readers bought in a chinese shop and are supposed to resemble mini thrusters!

01 January 2007, 03:01 AM
Cool! Sure this isn't paid for by the tobacco industry? I gotta hell of a cravin' for a cigar right now! FOUR lighters! Hahaha- great work! Just one question, Which DVD should I rent?

01 January 2007, 01:26 PM
OMG! Do you folks have some other projects in the line with this one? Or did you take this challenge as pretty good way to present your Studio and are working just on this (?) I don´t really see reason why I am still in this challenge, heh :D Very professional job, Show us how the real production should looks like. My compliments. BTW: I am very curious about the list of team in the end. Going to be huge I guess.

01 January 2007, 02:15 PM
Oh...thanks a lot for your comments! Very encouraging!
We're three people working on CGI & compositing (day & night) and a friend working on the soundtrack. This is our team. Two of us have just fired themselves after having worked as slaves for about 7 years in a small shop here in Italy (LOL). We're also splitting on some other job of course as we have to start earning something as soon as possible.
One thing we want to be precise with, is that we just asked some friend to help us on the things that weren't strictly related to the CGI stuff. A friend helped with the photography and another with the shooting. Plus we had our girlfriends going around to buy the most desparate things to build the space suit and Emiliano with his lovely mother Enrica with needle and thread :buttrock:

Anyway Juraj plz don't say you don't see reasons to keep on the challenge :). As we already sayd we like your style a lot, and the judgment will consider first of all the storytelling. The technical aspects come after.

01 January 2007, 03:38 PM
CGI SLAVES RULEZ!!!:buttrock:
I work for an half of my life in the same manner!!! heee heeeee..after 4 years of complete lone work i made this team with jimmydog ..and is a great experience...And i agree with you about oweron! YOU ARE ONE OF THE BEST AND ONE OF MY FAVOURITE MAN!! oweron!go go go go go go! of the best thing doing challenge is to make a wil effort to make our best (forgive my english)..Im intimidated by ShiFT Team work...but god...this push me to do better things!!!
I take inspiration by the other guys thread! anyway the stuff posted here are supreme!both in technical and artistic way. My favourite scene is that of patricia in the library..that is completly different from mine.The integration between cgi and live action is very very good.Guys...this is a three month work or less? AMAZING.
well....i cant wait to see more...and to everyone around here....NEVER GIVE UP!

ps:ho apprezzato molto il tuo incoraggiamento agli altri spirito che raramente noi italiani sappiamo tirare fuori.Hai il mio rispetto.


01 January 2007, 04:20 PM
@ OZ, @ ThE-ShiFT - No, no folks. I am not giving up at all. As I said in the begining it is mostly personal challenge. To see what I could manage in such a subject nearby school and job ( and family, and gf of course ) in this deadlined enviroment. However, it is matter of decission, but I see now (thanx to your entry as well), that I could be more effective in a team if we thing about all this from the point of challenge with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize list. I am sure you know what I mean, don´t you :thumbsup: So, keep up great progress. Bring up some fresh inspiration!

01 January 2007, 07:09 PM
Wow, I'm totally blown away!!! I haven't been able to check the boards for a day and look what gets posted. Absolutely beautiful!! This team has impressed me from the very beginning, and yet I'm still speechless with what you've been able to put together. Seeing it all come together like this is wonderful. Congratulations on such great work!

01 January 2007, 07:36 PM
Stunning work! I can't wait to see this all together and with sound!

01 January 2007, 07:36 AM
I expected nothing less from you two.
It's real you worked like slaves, but you were really good slaves.
They don't know what they lost. :applause:

01 January 2007, 03:36 PM
Amazing stuff that you guys have put together here! I am very interested in seeeing the suit you guys made...also any insight into how it was actually created.

Inspiring stuff!

01 January 2007, 04:46 PM
Your work is great!! Concept, execution, everything. You are one of my favourites.

01 January 2007, 11:29 PM
Hey guys you're giving us a lot of energy! Thanks a lot to you all for your feeedback! It's really motivating us!

Pyke maybe we can put together some picture and stuff about the suit...just lemme find the time to grab stuff here and there from some folder lol....

Bombadillo ! :cry: ( thanks for your kind words want us to cry uh? :) let's just hope we'll have the chance to work together again!

01 January 2007, 12:01 AM (

Ok here we are: these are three pics showing Simonetta and Emiliano as they dress Gianfranco. The operation required something like 30 minutes.
One pic shows the back part of the suit: it was made of four plastic-glass holders broken and rebuilt to resemble similar to the original concept. They were then painted with a nice gray metallic paint and filled with four lights that you normally would pin to your book cover to read it at night.
Also the central element derives from the same plastic-glass holders, except for the lower part that was actually a toy sword (I believe...don't remember exactly).
Everything has been put together by Emiliano's mother under, of course, his maniacal supervision LOL.
Depending on the time we find the suit shoule be completed with the CGI helmets in the final comps, but firstly we want to finish everything.


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other view

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The back...

01 January 2007, 09:00 AM
I want to ask you, what camera did you use to shoot the stuff. It seems to be HD or 35mm film, but it could be video with good color correction.

I think it's HD with 25 Progressive Scan, Square Pixels and very close to film image 1920 1080 resollution lowed to 640 480. If your friend who shooted the stuff is a student in film school it is possible.
For example we shooted with HDV in 1080 720 and lowed it to 640 480 because of the rules of the contest.
Can you give me some info about this?

01 January 2007, 11:27 AM
WOW! guys your work is truely amazing. I would love to get some insite on your workflow...some 'behind the scenes' shots or a 'making of' article. Truely incredible work!

01 January 2007, 05:43 PM
wow!!! that's amazing!! keep on guys!
;) I can't wait to see the trailer...

01 January 2007, 11:09 PM (

Ok guys thanks again for all your feedback ! We managed to put together a little brakdown of a sequence we've just finished...hope you'll like it.
BTW..sorry for the speed it has, but we compressed the time to avoid bandwidth pollution.

shearerludmil : we used a Sony HDR-FX wich allows to record interlaced high definition video at resolutions up to 1440 x 1080, pretty much higer than the final output of course, but really helpful when it comes to roto-stuffing and keying...We would have loved to shoot @ full HD 25P but what we had in the end was fantastic anyway (Dan thank you a lot bro' :-)).

Have a nice week everybody!

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01 January 2007, 11:46 PM
My jaw bone dropped again :D Very nice workflow. I hopefuly will have chance to work with such a tools once. Keep going folks! I am your fan, he he.

01 January 2007, 12:58 AM
Yes, I think this is definately one of the contenders for first place here :)

Very, very high standards of work is being produced here, hard for guys like me to compete with :D

Are you a professional studio? That bluescreen looks very substantial.

01 January 2007, 01:54 AM
Fantastic run through of your comping I loved it. I so can't wait to see the whole project complete. Question though, where did you find such a huge nice stage to use?

01 January 2007, 04:36 AM
Thanks for posting that wonderful breakdown! I learned a few things just by watching it play through several times over. It's a great composite job. Looking forward to the rest.

01 January 2007, 05:16 AM
Great breakdown! Very professional indeed.

01 January 2007, 09:27 AM
Level of commitment and professionalism is truly on its own here. Good chance to learn from the pros. What keyer and tracker did you use, and did you have to resort to rotoing much? If you did, what did you roto with? Anyhoo, hope to see the finished product soon, needless to say, competes in its own category :thumbsup:

01 January 2007, 10:44 AM
Thanks AOK for your comments and interest! You know yours is one of our favourite trailers!
So, we are doing the match moving by hand as those sequences are not really that hard to solve: short duration, no need for contact shadowing (so we don't have to be 100% precise). Some of the sequences are just nodal pans.
Right now I'm giving a call to our nearest psychiatric hospital, as I'm solving the movement of the spacesuites to add the helmets.:D
We are working in XSI so no need for external keyers or roto tools, and yes, we had to do rotoing due to the white crosses (we should have made them green but this has been a learning process for we too), but we have our Marco who's committment to rotos is great :wise: (LOL)...

01 January 2007, 06:03 PM (

Hi everybody! This is our take on one of the breathtaking discoveries the astonauts make in the stone...hope you'll like it!

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01 January 2007, 06:25 PM (

This is a pretty much apocalyptic vision Emiliano had just a couple of days ago...he wasn't sleeping enough lol...

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01 January 2007, 06:52 PM
These last two scenes... in a word: ...PERFECT! :)

01 January 2007, 09:32 PM
I love your renders. The colors are great!

01 January 2007, 12:02 AM
The winner right here, most conistent and cinema quality entry in the contest.

01 January 2007, 02:55 AM
I'm really impressed by how seemlessly you composite your actors into the scenes. The shot of the astronauts exploring the stone is a great example. You guys could actually make the whole movie. :) Love the "apocalyptic" shot too. Does it use just three planes, or are there more? And are any of the buildings actual models, or is it all matte paintings/photographs? Very well done.

01 January 2007, 03:58 PM
Are you a professional studio? That bluescreen looks very substantial.

Sorry for having missed this question! This is how things are right now: no, we are not a studio at all, but that's exactly what we want to enstablish.
As we mentioned in an earlier post two of us, Emiliano and Gianfranco, just fired themselves after having worked for seven years in a small shop here in Italy. Our desire to be on our own was growing to the point that we decided to do it.
We asked our ex boss if we could use his stage (as a last present) and he's been really kind to let us use it (thanks Sergio for this).
So, from January the first we are on our own and we are going to found a shop right after this challenge ends.
We needed more stuff for our reel and we were projecting to work on some shot just to make them. Emiliano thought about taking the chance to join the challenge both to partecipate and to have something to put in the reel...and we all are happy he had this idea!
In the beginning of this thread there is the list of all the members of this team, and in another post we also mentioned other figures that kindly offered to help us (thanks to all them again!!!)

@ fifty3dragons : man you're a great motivating person. thanks a lot! Anyway we really doubt we could even joke about making the whole movie lol.
The "apocalyptic" shot uses 2 planes: the background is a matte paint and the foreground are simple 3D models (plain Phong shading there, not even bump). Plus the elements that actually makes the explosion (a sphere and a disc), and the particles for the mssile trail.
The composite does the melting.

01 January 2007, 04:22 PM
I can only echo the other comments : a magnificent work, absolutely professional.:thumbsup:

Fingers crossed for the judging, but I don't think you'll really need it. Looking forward to see the complete trailer.

In bocca al lupo! E complimenti per il magnifico lavoro.

01 January 2007, 01:10 AM
You literally took my breath away!
This work diffuses an enormous and admirable passion.
The best CGI job ever done in Italy in terms of mastering of the storytelling and of the using of the production limits as a strength point.

You know exactly what you are doing and you are doing with an impressive humility and perfectionism.

I’m glad to know you guys.

From London


01 January 2007, 04:28 PM (

@ Tiziano: crepi il lupo !!! : ) and thanks for the kind words, we are doing our best ! Complimenti e in bocca al lupo anche a te per la tua bellissima illustrazione!

@ Giacomo: LOL bro! And really thanks for your support! WE...are glad to have you as our fan and supporter ! Soon, you know, we're going to have nice times together...Emiliano is working on his relationship with planes and things like those hehehhe !

So...We managed to add the helmets to the space suits as these were supposed to be: real suits, CGI helmets.
Due to the tracking issues, we were on the point of dropping this task and leave the suits without the helmets, but the time extension gave us the opportunity to work on them.

The tracking is hand made, these is the result on the sequence n° 015, that was previously posted w/out helmets.

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01 January 2007, 06:56 PM
Wow, another great shot! I never would have guessed the actor wasn't wearing an actual helmet.

Oh, and I was serious about the movie comment! :) Maybe not Eon, since you'd need to obtain the rights and I suspect that's not cheap for a well known work like that, but you could totally do your own independent short film or something and I'd definitely be the first in line to see it. There's one that just got released on DVD by a group of independents called "The Ore (" From what I can see the stuff your team has turned out here is certainly on par with that. Not necessarily easy to find the time, and you'd want a good script, but hey I didn't say it would be easy just that I'd watch it!! :scream:

Really great stuff. I wish you guys all the best in setting up your own studio!

01 January 2007, 10:04 AM
every single video is just awesome... great compositing and great to hear you are forming your own studio... keep it up.. with this kind of work you wont have a problem getting jobs...:thumbsup:

01 January 2007, 11:21 AM (

This is the dialogues track, so be patient please as parts of the file are actually mute.

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01 January 2007, 02:35 PM
if you can finish before deadline than we got a winner here.awesome job!

01 January 2007, 03:12 PM
Every time I come back, your work keeps getting more and more impressive!

I wish I could give you constructive criticism, but for that one needs to have something to be critic about...

I can only say: fantastic work! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

(and thanks for the nice words about my entry, folk! :) )

01 January 2007, 03:13 PM
fifty3dragons, icedeyes, cgoz, Thaldir...:love::cry: guys we love you all! thank you soo much for your support! It's really helping us to go ahead...
Lot's of exceptional entries are around here, so let's keep pushing towards the end!
We are on our way to post a workflow movie for one of the last sequences and the Initial SFX and Music milestone, which is still a wip anyway. Surely David is going to keep working on it till the last minute. We're almost done, CGI rendering it's finished, then we have a week for color grading and bug fixing here and there. Ouffff...I think we didn't love any other job like this one :)

01 January 2007, 03:40 PM
YEAH! no work cool as this on EON! :scream:
I agree with other guys...your stuff every aspect of the production!!
I impressed by you project managment!! is hard to put all the things to the end working as it must do!! Seem just your team have skills enought to do this in a unique brilliant way!
Ya rox guys!

01 January 2007, 05:08 PM
this looks very interesting, i cant wait for the final trailer. thump up!

01 January 2007, 05:59 PM (

This is a workflow breakdown for our Holmy shot. This was really a pleasant shot to work on. The tracking isn't 100% perfect but we still prefer going to the end. We hope to find the time to revise the tracking.
Hope you like it ! :D

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01 January 2007, 06:08 PM
Really good work!
Looking forward to see it finished.

01 January 2007, 10:59 PM
I'm already blown away by your work, and here you guys are saving the very best shots until the end!!!

For the skin texturing, did you use the actors own image or use some stock textures and simply match it up? And how long does it take you to do the tracking for a shot like that?

01 January 2007, 01:36 AM
I'm already blown away by your work, and here you guys are saving the very best shots until the end!!!

For the skin texturing, did you use the actors own image or use some stock textures and simply match it up? And how long does it take you to do the tracking for a shot like that?

Hey mate that's a good question! In this case (cause this technique has some limitation) you can actually use a frame from the same footage you're effecting. You match the 3D over the footage. At that point it's really a matter of photo-retouching that frame to paint the nose following the modelled shape as a guide, and camera-map that frame over the mesh using a constant shading model (self-illuminating in max I believe).
The effect will render faster than everything else because it's really a constant material (so no shading at all), and the effect will be as PR as the real footage.

The time to track a shot like that depends on how precise you want to be. It's really a 2D tracking if you think about it. Anyway the 3D model and the tracking were done in about 5 hours. The tracking took like 2 hours.
This tasks have been done around genuary the 3rd, when we where in such a hurry, that we decided to jump to the next task to get the job done. that's why we were talking about retouching the effect.

01 January 2007, 05:49 AM
Holy Crap, we have the winner here I think! Great work!

01 January 2007, 08:10 AM
I needed to catch up on all the updates! Great job on the tracking!

01 January 2007, 08:11 AM
Damn, that's impressive. Really nice work on the Olmy-shot!

01 January 2007, 10:04 AM
I didn't really follow the challenge but I just have seen all your videos. Huge work and some really impressive. like soecially your light works.

01 January 2007, 02:36 PM
:-) Just kidding. You still have the next coolest trailer on the go, see you on the finishing line guys. Seriously speaking, you have done a marvelus job so far. Good luck!


01 January 2007, 03:11 PM
LOL coolkonrad!!! Thank you and anyone else: great to hear you like this stuff.

01 January 2007, 04:16 PM (

This is our music and sfx track, but is still a wip: something will be completed, something will be totally replaced....the final theme will be almost surely revised. We hope you like it. C&C are welcome : )

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01 January 2007, 07:27 PM
Its hard to tell without visuals..... but it sounds awesome! :bounce:

01 January 2007, 03:55 AM (

Hi everybody ! This is our take on Patricia as she wonders what's happening in the sky....

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01 January 2007, 04:22 AM
Aw-mi-gaud! :surprised This ... is ... this is ... you guys are mad in a big way!!!
Only one word describes what you are doing : Professional

When is your next film coming to the big screen? This summer? :applause: !! Rock on !! :buttrock:

01 January 2007, 03:38 PM
Music and SFX are sounding good. It seems like a long pause in the middle without any sound at all, but I'm sure it will make sense when put together with the visuals. That shot of the eye looks great too. I love the whole setup with the refelection. Nicely done.

Just a few more days now, and then sleep! :scream:

01 January 2007, 05:59 PM
ThE-ShiFT - well done, everything looks just perfect and really professional.
I think you will show us some more shots from your work progress, it's interesting see how you do trailer:twisted:

So, keep on.

01 January 2007, 02:43 AM (

Hi everybody out there! This is our trailer in it's almost definitive version,
also talking about the soundtrack. We are going to use the remaining days for cleanup and fine tuning.
Something that still isn't present are the subtitles and we are thinking whether inserting or not some other cut that for now has been removed.
We need feedback and comments, expecially talking about storyteling, as we want ( in the limits of feasibility ) to fix those issues that maybe we're missing. Thank you all in advance for this.

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01 January 2007, 02:59 AM
Sorry, double post! Plz Check the previous one!

01 January 2007, 04:46 AM
First off, that is absolutely fantastic work! When I look at what your team has acheived in the past three and a half months, I'm extremely impressed. Great job! Simply outstanding!

There's definitely a lot to like. I thought the soundtrack and SFX fit perfectly. Good overall pacing, and some nice change-ups between faster more frantic stuff and slower parts as well. I loved Olmy's voice. It actually feels like a real trailer, like I'd expect to find it on the Apple website or something. I think that's the best compliment I can give an entry in a contest like this.

You asked for feedback, so I'll throw in my two cents for what it's worth. Just my own opinion, so use what is helpful and ignore the rest. :) Here's a few thoughts on some possible adjustments:

1) You mentioned subtitles; that would be great if you have time to put them in (for us English-only speaker types).

2) The countdown for the launch sequence is in English while everything else at that point is in Russian (?) (I'm guessing here :) ). It seems to me that having the countdown in Russian would provide greater continuity. I don't even think you'd need to subtitle that; I'm sure it would be obvious what's being said.

3) After the shot where they're at the entrance to the Stone, when the astronaut/cosmonaut with the great helmet job and the lights on his back walks past (around the 39 second mark), for some reason I keep wanting to hear his footsteps or something from that particular environment. From what I can tell it's strictly soundtrack/SFX at that point, but I wonder if maybe a little bit of foley would work in there as well. Just personal taste on that one.

The same with the shot of Patricia walking in that long corridor when we see her back. I think some echoing footsteps or crunching of gravel (since the soundtrack is really low at that point) could possibly add to the atmosphere.

4) The volume of Patricia's narration in particular could perhaps be increased just slightly. I understood her well enough, but felt she was competing with the soundtrack a little (I've said the same on a couple of other trailers as well, so maybe it's just my speakers :scream: ).

5) When the Frant drops down behind the guy holding the pistol, he seems to land rather hard (i.e. there's not much bounce in his landing; he almost seems to stop short). I might have expected just a bit more of a bounce as he hits and recoils back upwards a bit. I know there's some, but I found it almost imprerceptible.

6) This one is going to seem really picky, but at the end of the shot where the Frant throws the soldier aside, his chin/head seems to be slightly up. But in the shot following Olmy when the Frant then turns and faces the camera, his chin/head seems to be down again. I had to watch it through six or seven times to figure that out, and I'm still not a hundred percent sure I'm seeing it right, but it looks that way. Anyway, like I said, that's being very picky. :)

And that's about it. Hopefully there's something useful in there.

And again, great trailer. Just my opinion, but I think this one is a very strong contender for one of the prizes, quite possibly first place. Great job!!! :thumbsup:

01 January 2007, 08:53 AM
It's amazing!
Now? my question about plasma and lighting effects at the final part od the trailer.
After FX plugin or particles from MAX ?

01 January 2007, 09:29 AM
I just had to pick up my jaw from the floor and glue it on again before being able to comment.

Your shots have been amazing from the start, but the trailer itself...WOW!:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I think that, if you have time, subtitles for the parts in Russian would be a great addition.

The countdown in English doesn't bother me. If I'm not mistaken, most of the world's space agencies do use English...same with Patricia's narrative, on my machine I hear her clearly above the soundtrack.

And that's about it for me...

Wait, not quite, one question, really...

...When does the movie come out?

01 January 2007, 09:32 AM
I love the scene with the murder of the soldier. The actors play great! The trailer is very good!
I have some question about the music - is it recorded specialy for the trailer? Because it is maded in acoustic studio.

01 January 2007, 01:42 PM
Simply amazing work - as others have said it almost feels like a "Real" trailer. Bravo.

As for feedback, well, there isn't really that much I can crit at all. Only two minor points as far as I can see.

1) The Frant seems VERY solid. When it drops down it seems to land like a solid object like a statue or a block, not something organic; there's no real feel of give in the legs I guess.

2) at around the 55 second mark, the Russian in the red suit (Mirsky?) seems to float slightly against the vehicles in the background - his motion doesn't QUITE agree with the backdrop - but the discrepancy is really tiny and may just be my eyes. I've watched it several times and I THINK I can see it if you follow me.

I hope you're proud of your work. You should be!

01 January 2007, 03:25 PM
Wow, I've said it before, but here is the winner :) nothing to critique about this at all, it looks like a very polished and professional work, which of course it is.

I'd liked to have seen some scenes that show the sheer scale of the inner of the Stone, but the trailer doesn't need it for it's effectiveness. A terrific job all round guys, well done to you all.

01 January 2007, 06:07 PM
I think the trailer is very good! Is the music and the chorus recorded for it?

01 January 2007, 07:04 PM
Everything is perfect but music is louder than speech. Except this, everything is OK. I think your trailer will be in winners list.

Good luck.

01 January 2007, 12:03 AM
Hi everybody! And thank you all for your inputs!

@ fifty3dragons: thank you soooo much for your time and patience to sit and write all those precious comments! We really appreciate your inputs and will surely work on the things you've pointed out, like the footsteps sound and the Frant looking too rigid (this last one is already under maintenence ehehhe).
When you hear the countdown, that's only in english, the russian part is Mirsky remembering the orders he was given by a Russian general. But the subtitles will surely clearify these things.
The audio issues are strange, cause here we hear everything perfectly, as some other else has pointed out. But anyway we will lower the music a bit in those dialogue parts.

@ ittrium: thanks a lot! The particle effect is a previously rendered, heavily manipulated, fractal animation that we mapped onto a simple cylinder, and furter manipulated in comp.
The fractals have been generated with Fractal flames, a fantastic free piece of software able to create animated fractals. check this out:
It also works as a plugin for The Gimp.

@ Thaldir: LOL the picture you've described here made our day for sure! Thanks a bunch for your support! We're going to insert subtitles for sure, that was already planned, but now we know it's a must.

@ shearerludmil and Bethoven: thanks for your comments too! the music has beens completely writen start to end for this trailer from David, a member of our team. He plays in a band, has the passion for sound engineering, and of course has his own self made in-house (seriously) recording studio. Anyway I think he used some sample for the chorus.

@ zer05um : thanks a bunch for your contribution! We are already working on the Frant to fix his rigid look. Unfortunately we can't afford revising that shot of mirsky from the tracking stage as this would mean re-track, re-render and re-comp everything. But anyway thanks again for pointing that out: we'll fix it for our reel.

@ DMarkwick : man thanks for your comments! We would have loved having you in this team, you know? Everytime I take a look at your shot I'm amazed by the sense of immense scale you've been able to render. Full stop.:bowdown:

@ targus: thanks a lot to you too for taking the time to give input and constructive criticism. As already said the audio seems to be OK on our side, but we're going to lower it a bit anyway cause this will broaden the chance to be perfectly heard anywhere.

01 January 2007, 12:52 AM
You're very welcome.

This is a simply stunning piece of work guys. Bravo!

01 January 2007, 03:17 AM
Glad I could be of some help. :)

I should clarify my comment on Patricia's narration: I can hear her and understand what she's saying okay, but it just seemed to me that her voice is slightly lower in volume than the other actors, especially at the point in her narration where it shows the book she's reading from. I just listened to it again and I'm still convinced of it (the more so since everyone else's dialogue sounds fine). But it's a very minor shift if it is indeed there. If it needs any change at all, it would be a very, very small one. But go with your instinct. I'm the newbie, remember? :D

01 January 2007, 03:34 AM
NOW do you see why I don't post crits? I simply think it is awesome dude! ThE-ShiFT RULES!

01 January 2007, 08:14 AM
Wow... that is just simply put... AMAZING!!! Nothing to crit, fifty3dragons has explained it all.

01 January 2007, 09:59 AM
As I said before: Professionals! :thumbsup:
Only small tweakings here and there and it's a winner.
Ground breaking work! :applause:

01 January 2007, 02:26 PM
On the off chance you have time to field another question, I wanted to ask about compression. You guys have such a clean looking video (and at only 12MB). I've been having trouble getting ours to come out quite that clean. Any suggestions/tips on settings? I'm using Premiere Pro 2.0 and rendering directly to .flv format. If you don't have time to answer, no worries. We'll get it as smooth as we can. Just figured it couldn't hurt to ask a group that obviously knows what it's doing. :)

01 January 2007, 03:22 PM
Glad to help Fifty3....we are compressing first to .mov with the animation codec (pretty much a RLE compressor) and then reconverting to FLV via the Riva encoder.
Go get it here:

we use 640*480, 1000 Kbps, 25 F/s as we work in pal, deinterlace off, audio is a minor issue here so the deafaults are working good, though we will increase the sampling in for our final version.

Hope this helps

01 January 2007, 04:00 PM
Hey, wow, thanks very much for the quick response. That actually helps a lot. Much appreciated!

01 January 2007, 11:04 PM
Your film and 3D combination produced an amasing result , I'm sure you'll be one of the winners. Congratulations!

01 January 2007, 10:31 AM
this could easilly stand as the trailer for the actual movie... i have said enough... just great work...

01 January 2007, 10:50 PM (

Hello ! A long night is going to come hehehe! We are working on titles and CC and I'm sure it will last to the morning!
This is one of two shots we added to complete the biblioteque sequence.
Keep up everybody ! :D

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01 January 2007, 02:10 PM (

It's over !!! Finally we finished !!! We would like to thank everybody on this forum who has taken the time to share point of views, give advices, and encourage douring this challenge. It's been a tremendous effort and fantastic learning experience for us.
A special thanks has to go to all of our friends who gave their support both with advices, critiques and for their EXTREME patience to stand near us (SImonetta & Silvia ;).

So, Cheers and good luck to anyone!

ThE-ShiFT team

Software used: Softimage|XSI, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Photoshop, Logic.

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01 January 2007, 02:33 PM
On the top of my wich list is a blue screen studio. Can we borrow yours?
So I guess you have had a long night to :-) Best wiches to your team!


01 January 2007, 02:45 PM
LoL! if you want I can give you my ex boss cell phone! We borrowed that screen too ;)

BTW Thanks a lot and best wishes to you too!

01 January 2007, 02:52 PM
I'm showing your trailer to everybody i meet guys.

All of them do the same thing: :eek:


01 January 2007, 03:05 PM
Simply outstanding! What a fantastic entry!!! The imagery, the music, the pacing, everything. Just perfect. It was obvious from the beginning with your great concept art that this one promised to be special, and it has most certainly lived up to that promise. If I had simply stumbled across this on a website somewhere, I would now be eagerly anticipating the actual movie.

My personal thanks as well for answering the many question I asked during the challenge and for your willingness and generosity in sharing your knowledge.

I see a very bright future ahead for your studio. Your already putting out stunning work. I wish you the very best. May you have many, many fruitful years of bringing great stories to life.

01 January 2007, 03:58 PM
STUNNING! I just..i jus I have to grab my mouth from the floor . 100% Full prof . Really amazing work! good luck

01 January 2007, 04:26 PM
What a GREAT job!bravo, hats off to you:thumbsup:

01 January 2007, 05:20 PM
Congrats making it to the finish line!
Not a moment too soon. :) Definetly worth it! Really excellent overall look and feel! Good luck with the studio, by the looks of things you guys really have what it takes.


01 January 2007, 06:20 PM
Very good. Looks like a real movie trailer. And it does make me want to see that movie.

01 January 2007, 10:06 PM
Aw yeah, theshift team... Well, who was expecting something else after all your promissing milestones (?) I am still very surprised what could be done in such a small enviroment. You folks are talented, so, just keep progressing! Good luck :thumbsup:

01 January 2007, 11:12 PM
I will say again - great trailer! The beginning reminds me "Armageddon" and it's so cool, that my hair is going up!
Great job! I wish you good luck!

02 February 2007, 12:12 AM
Massively, positively, absolutely GREAT!

May the judges be blown away with this!

02 February 2007, 01:40 PM
Hi there, just passing by to congratulate you on a fantastic job. Very well executed but perhaps more importantly... made me want to see more:thumbsup:

02 February 2007, 02:45 PM
Guys you all are really sooo kind! Your comments themselves makes us feel so happy and really give us the energy we need to go ahead with our projects.
Thank you all so much for your words! We have to tell this is continuing to be such a great experience for all of us! CGS is a really great comunity.

02 February 2007, 03:00 PM
Polished amd absolutly professional....the distribution between text and images loos perfect,and the colour palette rocks! a splendid work from a professional team!

Davvero un lavoro impressionante.....Sentiamoci prima o poi..... come dicevi sarebbe interessante chiaccherare un pò.

02 February 2007, 03:19 PM
Oh, one small thing I noticed (in case you intend to post a hig-res version of your trailer somewhere, which you most definitely should :) ):

The wording for one of the subtitles:

"Your limitation measures on the stone seem not to work."

... should perhaps read:

"Your limited measures on the stone seem not to work."

... or even a little smoother might be something like:

"You limited measures on the stone don't seem to work." (or maybe even better "... don't seem to be working.")

Just in the interests of making it as perfect as posible. :thumbsup:

02 February 2007, 04:06 PM
Edit to the previous post:

I took another look at your boards, and I'm wondering now if what it is saying is "your measures/attempts to limit us don't seem to be working" i.e. limitations put on the Russians by the Americans. I'm not 100% sure since he seems to be talking to his fellows Russians at that point. But that would be where the word "limitation" comes from, I expect.

If that's the case, you might still want to consider changing the wording a bit since the wording "limitation measures" feels a bit awkward (to me anyway), especially in that context. Perhaps, "You're measures of limitation don't seem to be working." ... or "Your attempts at limitation don't seem to be working." I realize there's some underlying Russian dialogue there, but unfortunately I don't know exactly what they're saying. :)

So I'm not sure if that's a help or not. Sorry if it's unclear. :)

02 February 2007, 04:48 PM
I greatly enjoyed watching this trailer....winner imo :) Great job!

02 February 2007, 02:01 AM
I think "My friends, your limitation measures on the stone seem not to work". Is O.K.

02 February 2007, 10:44 AM
Hi Fifty3 and thanks again for taking the time to help. The russian guy is talking to the americans (you can guess that cause they speak english) and he means "the limitations that the americans have put on the russians seem not to work".
We've submitted this sentence to a friend to see if it was right prior to posting the final entry and she told it was all ok. So I don't really know now. I only got a first certificate, so I just can't be really sure. Anyway...the more it leaves to the audience to guess....the better it is in my opinion.
Thanks again mate! really appreciated!:thumbsup:

02 February 2007, 08:59 PM
Wow... Your trailer just blow me away...
Absolutely stunning stuff. Really like an
real big budget movietrailer. Jus wow...!!!
Thumbs up!

02 February 2007, 03:59 PM
Congratulations on the best thing I've seen come out of this challenge yet. The characters, timing, lighting...everything seems perfect.
Hats off to your extremely talented team.

02 February 2007, 04:58 PM
:applause::applause::applause: Wonderful work. Can't wait to see the whole film :bounce:

02 February 2007, 06:26 PM
Absolutely stunning work guys.

Tell me you're going to make the movie now! ( ;) )

02 February 2007, 01:35 PM
Just great and professional, i think that your team will be in 1-3 place in winner list.
So, just great lob.

Good, luck !!!

I think you'll make some making of :twisted:

02 February 2007, 08:20 PM

u guys are



absolutely stunning visuals! expression! emotion! detail! ...

n lots more!


' ur team will win! '


may god bless u all!

u've all worked so hard on this ... u certainly deserve the best!

i wish u all good luck!







02 February 2007, 07:54 AM
gave me goosebumps! it's all so amazing!

02 February 2007, 07:59 AM
Very cool and proffesional work...:thumbsup:

Good luck.

Paolo Fazio
02 February 2007, 12:58 PM
Wow.. stunning images guys.
Good good good storytelling!
I like Frant very much and his animation ! :buttrock:

Paolo Fazio

02 February 2007, 11:07 PM
great jobs guys
good luck for all your thing


02 February 2007, 02:18 PM
:cry: Hey guys thank you all sooo much for all of you comments! We are really moved by your positive feedback and your encouragement! This community is amazing! :buttrock:
Thanks again and good luck to everybody!

....and of course....CHEERS TO ANYONE!!! :beer:

02 February 2007, 06:52 PM
I've seen it about 50 times already now, it's amazing.

02 February 2007, 01:31 AM
Beyond amazing ! This had better CG quality then even Final Fantasy: the movie ..truly a 5 star production !

02 February 2007, 07:16 PM
I demand a high-res Quicktime version! I demand it. :bounce:

You listening? I demand it.

02 February 2007, 02:41 PM
wow, this is really great, the grafics and sound are near perfect.

only one little crit there is, on the russian voices, i dont know who translated over there for you guys, but theres some things wrong:
1. when the subtitle says 'and again, pay attention' the russian text ( 'i ishe ras' ) only covers the 'and again', the 'pay attention'; is missing
2. also 'this is just the begging' , the 'just' is translated as 'prosta' wich is really way wrong in this special term, it has to say 'eto tolko natchala'. also the speaker has a horrible accent wich is quite common in us movies though, since for some reason in that big country theres not too many people who speak properly russian. well gives it a cinematic touch ^.^

keep up the great work, and perhaps yall find someone who can fix those russian passages for ya ;)

02 February 2007, 11:47 AM
Fantasic work guys! nothing short of amazing :)

02 February 2007, 11:21 PM
Hey miguelslo, pogonip, Dervish, Joblh thank you very very much for you kind comments!!

@ miguelslo: LOL! We promise you'll have it! Be sure!
@ Dervish: thank you a lot for your points...we'll send them to the person who made the translations (he's the actor who plays Mirsky BTW) and hopefully we'll find the time to correct these issues.
Anyway we must admit we've been already lucky in finding someone who knew russian!! ehheeheh..


02 February 2007, 08:15 PM
I am myself a more traditional artist but I have a grand appreciation for films and well composed trailers! Gorgeous work, and though some folks here are saying the Russian accents are a bit off..the ironic thing is, they are actually a hundred times better than MOST Russian accents in Hollywood films. Two thumbs up, very engaging trailer. Best of luck to you guys and thanks for the piece.

03 March 2007, 06:06 AM
:applause: Awsome!! Congratulations!:thumbsup:
As said above... very professional.

03 March 2007, 06:36 AM

Congratulazioni ragazzi! Un magnifico lavoro è stato riconosciuto come merita!

Congratulations!! A magnificent work has got a very much deserved reward!:thumbsup:

03 March 2007, 06:43 AM
WOW!!! Congratulations The Shift!!! I wish you the all the best!

03 March 2007, 07:32 AM
sweeet, congrats on the win!


03 March 2007, 07:46 AM
Well I'm not surprised :-) Hope we will see more of your work in a near future.

03 March 2007, 08:11 AM
Non poteva che vincere. Avete fatto un lavoro superlativo in ogni senso.


03 March 2007, 08:49 AM
yay! so you won!!! congrats, congrats, congrats!!! :)

03 March 2007, 09:04 AM
I am happy for the wonderful news,
but it always I knew.
you are the best!!!


03 March 2007, 09:59 AM


It has been a fantastic experience for all of us and this morning we are walking one meter over the ground (translating the expression from italian... Means we are really happy!:)

And of course CONGRATULATIONS too all the other winners!!!

Again Thanks everybody from all the crew!


03 March 2007, 10:14 AM
Congratulations to all the team !
A great work you have done here !
Cheers !

03 March 2007, 11:01 AM
Ciao and B R A V O!!!hats off to you guys! enjoy this special moment!!:thumbsup:

03 March 2007, 12:36 PM
Congrats guys :thumbsup:

And keep walking one meter over the ground - it saves heaps of cash too since your shoes will never wear out!

03 March 2007, 04:51 PM
Congratulations...Good Team Work!!! Always pays off.

03 March 2007, 06:13 PM
Congratulations ThE-ShiFT! I rejoice a lot for you!

If have to be fair I am a little disappointed from myself, for I know the things could happen a lot better. Your trailer realy is much good and nice for a looking. A very good assemblies and sound. Bravo!

You are won..... this time :)

03 March 2007, 07:25 PM
Wanted to give the team kudos for a very well done piece.

Congratulations on the win...well deserved.

03 March 2007, 08:06 PM
i love you guys!:love: i'm still waiting for the quicktime, to save it in my: legendary folder! :drool:

03 March 2007, 09:40 PM
YEAH!! Just like the doctor ordered! EXCELLENT GUYS!!
You're gonna make it BIG!!! :deal:

03 March 2007, 04:43 AM
WOOOOHOOOOOOOO!:bounce: i agree with all my heart!
this is one dose u surely deserved! CONGRATULATIONS TO A GREAT TEAM! :scream::bounce::buttrock::applause:

knockout trailer for sure! my all time fav! :love:

cheers to u guys! :beer:

god bless ya all!

03 March 2007, 11:54 AM
:thumbsup: Great work, guys!

03 March 2007, 09:40 AM
My vivid compliments for the vicotry! I'm also proud about the fact that you're italian like me!
Very professional work!

Vorrei chiedervi un favore, se possibile: Vorrei dedicarvi un intervista da pubblicare su , di cui sono co-amministratore, spiegando tutta la vostra avventura
in modo da darvi la giusta visibilità anche da noi.

Ho provato a contattarvi in privato ma non sono riuscito.

Troy McClure
03 March 2007, 09:50 PM
Wow, wonderfull fantastic.
But I think you have done everething wrong, you can take one more month and produce a complete film and sell it all over the world.
I'll buy the ticket. :bounce: :bounce:

We Ragazzi avete fatto il botto! Complimenti!! Il trailer è fenomenale! Va beh il mio inglese fa pietà, comunque si capiva che scherzavo vero? :P

03 March 2007, 10:24 AM
Congrats for the well deserved victory!

Keep it up guys, like I said before, you have what it takes :thumbsup:

Alpo / Team Evil Duck

03 March 2007, 11:47 AM
Congratulations. Deserved first place. See you around!

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