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03 March 2008, 10:06 AM
Juraj Molcak is entered in the "Uplift Universe Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Finished Video: Adventures Of Lifter Joe - Opening (

03 March 2008, 11:09 AM
Yeah, Juraj !
Nice to see you here !
Have fun mate !

03 March 2008, 02:43 PM
Yeah I am in, wanted to have some break this year but now I want to try some new things and this is good place to do so. :buttrock: So be ready for some independent stuff again, LOL. Have fun!

03 March 2008, 06:53 PM (

sketchy brainy stretchy 01

03 March 2008, 06:59 PM (

sketchy brainy stretchy 02

03 March 2008, 10:34 PM (

sketchy brainy stretchy 03 - initial concept of human character

03 March 2008, 11:34 AM

I like this thread in special Brain...

03 March 2008, 08:54 PM
@infoarq - heh, what's your "special Brain..." mate? Thanks for congrats!

03 March 2008, 10:50 PM (

some research of possible video elements again. So I was thinking about my story and I will prefer very simple entry with very short story. I will have human man, his alien girlfriend and probably flower, alien flower. And it's going to be something around their date. I want to have some kind of funny shocking moment integrated so I am considering few possible ways of how to finish the story. More to come :)

03 March 2008, 04:56 PM (

Some 3D. It's about time. This going to be a human character - Joe - (un)ordinary worker of Universe Lifters Co.

03 March 2008, 05:32 PM
I like the character so far. Good style. Look forward to seeing more of how he develops. Good work.

03 March 2008, 11:03 PM (

Lifter Joe - prefinal model - wire

03 March 2008, 11:06 PM (

Lifter Joe - prefinal model.
So, I am going to be off the challenge for a while, need to focus on regular projects. Hope to finish this on time. Next step - alien flower model. Crits and Cheers are welcome.

04 April 2008, 09:28 AM
me like this. :bounce:
and hope you be back soon..

04 April 2008, 09:33 AM
Nice character designs! Wait to see more!Good luck!

04 April 2008, 09:43 AM
fantastic mesh and character design. i like your 3d quality...

04 April 2008, 10:44 AM
Haha that's awesome! I love the design! :D

04 April 2008, 12:12 PM
hehe... it remind me that character

Good job. Its going to funny animation. Waiting for next steps...

04 April 2008, 06:02 PM
I am still a fan of your art Juraj ! I is always a pleasure to see you at work !
Keep the faith !

04 April 2008, 06:20 PM
howdy folks! I took a lil break for you.

@ makaron - Mona, you queen of furry beauty :D... Glad to have you here!

@ adib - Thanks. You do yourself great as well, so Good Luck to you too!

@ infoarq - hey! I remember your entry from SB challenge. Looking for some fresh inspirations out of your entry!

@ ivanisavich - oooo :buttrock: I am glad you like the design. I am afraid I will have tough time to make my animation a bit closer to your professional level...

@ gaz01 - LOL exactly! This one was on my mind while I was finishing that character too. I should rename him to Lifter Michael... anyways, keep watching!

@ gpepper - buuuuddyyyyyy :beer:

04 April 2008, 09:04 AM
Lots of humour and great concept sketches. The model looks very promising too.
Good luck with it all! :thumbsup:

04 April 2008, 10:27 PM (

well, flower...

04 April 2008, 01:45 AM
really cool and original concept, enhanced by top notch models

this entry :buttrock: for now, keep it up ;)

04 April 2008, 03:15 AM
i like your alien flower, alot. i was thinking of something simular for my scene but I desided not to do flower just moss and allgie (spelled wrong). but i love your design very original

04 April 2008, 08:30 AM
Hey! lovely Idea and concepts, I like your models too, it's going to be a nice one!
keep it up buddy and goodluck, mim

04 April 2008, 10:04 AM (

and finally a woooo_man of Joe's life. This my alien character.

04 April 2008, 12:46 PM
nice concept... but i was wondering where did you got your inspiration :))))
hope you didn't develop a trauma!


PS: sorry if i was rude!

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04 April 2008, 03:25 PM

@Paul4wood - Thanks, Good luck to you too!

@Goul - Glad you like my models. Want to keep them effective for animation purposes. And I am still not very familiar with sculpting tools so they may look bit retro in this highly detailed era.

@Cographicz - thanks, well now its good that we don"t have simillar elements in our projects :)

@mim-Armand - hey, I see your in team this time. Thanks for nice comment. Good luck!

@liviuberechet - No trauma, not rude :) In fact, this is going to be funny element really. Hope to compose it correctly.

04 April 2008, 04:05 PM
another very original idea, good job. i like it.

04 April 2008, 08:12 PM (

I found "her" less creepy this way :)

04 April 2008, 04:49 PM
i like these characters...
belive me you have a diferent stile. (i like this)

04 April 2008, 02:25 AM
Good luck!!!

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04 April 2008, 09:07 PM (

Here is a bit of techie, a part of heavy load machine used by Universe Lifters Co. As for the backgrounds and other props - I will work mostly with flat colors and gradients to catch stylised retro look in my show. Challenge ends in 50 days, so I say 10 days for materials and TD part, 30 days for animation and 10 days after effects touch-up-ing. Sounds reasonable, but life is life you know...

04 April 2008, 11:47 AM
still great Juraj ! Continue !

04 April 2008, 07:20 AM
Oh, the sweetheart character is fabulous, totally cracks me up each time I see it. I like the style for the tech stuff too, it will all look good together. Great work, but I hadn't expect anything else :)

04 April 2008, 08:37 PM (

Howdy folks,

So I finished first model for the show. Hope you like it. I am also starting to shape out the whole look of my animation here. The logo is in its beta version, but overall I want to have this almost empty retro look for whole show. 44 days left - kinda scary looking countdown, heh. Just keep swimming...

04 April 2008, 06:32 PM (

Software: XSI

Just a quick rig / style test.

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04 April 2008, 07:09 PM
Hey buddy!
Unfortunatly I can't see your full animation all the ways, though due to my low speed conection I'm on now, Btw it looks great as rendering, lighting and overall look;
I'll check it tommorow on my workplace for sure;
ah and I see you're working with XSI, how good is his RIG and/or Animation workflow?! I didn't use it ever but I saw some grate works from that!
and about cowntdown! yesss! I'm just agreee! it's like a nightmare! and these days going so fast!! :sad:


04 April 2008, 07:17 PM
nice style,nice work!:applause:

04 April 2008, 05:37 PM
howdy folks,

I have some replays for you here. I am so sorry that I am a bit out of your entries but believe me, I know about your entries, I am searching them and enjoying your skills. It is really hard to find the luxury of time, since these challenges took me hell lot of time in past, time I prefer to ejoy with my gf, family and friends these days.

@ Cographicz, liviuberechet, adib - thank you folks, thanks for nice support.

@ infoarq - about a different style: the question is How important is to have a differnet style in pro production and in challenges that are based on pro production idea. So far I see it important in independent enviroment, but you can see clearly what is the eyecatcher. This is my 5th CG challenge, 5th chance to create something visually fresh or refreshing - will see.

@ gpepper - btw, where are you buddy? The league of legends are slowly dissapearing I guess :)

@ gunnie - Thanx sis! I kinda miss your creations around. Glad to have you checking my entry tho.

@ mim-Armand - Thanx for feedback buddy! well, about the XSI - I cant really compare it to the others since it is my one-and-only tool for animations tryouts. To me, the learning curve is very fast and everything is understandable from the animation process. For the rigging part - you need to work on your rigs from scratch in order to have it good for your production IMHO. There aren't many free usefull rigs out there that are easy to modify. I would love to have someone else to create my rigs, since it is hard for me. I am waiting for some magical tools that allows me to creat rigs and skins with single click ( or maybe two clicks ) ;) So overall IMHO - XSI's animation tools are excelent, XSI's rigging tools are in todays standard.

04 April 2008, 05:52 PM
@ gpepper - btw, where are you buddy? The league of legends are slowly dissapearing I guess :)

yeah you are right, I'm not here !
Many jobs to do and I'm late ! I work every week end and night too and it is not finished I have a huge work to do until september !
So, no contest for me accept maybe high speed contest !
Keep the faith Juraj, we are watching you !

05 May 2008, 03:18 PM (

Software: After Effects

Here is finished animatic. It is without soundtrack and ending frame for now. This is going to be short opening animation for "Adventures Of Lifter Joe" - TV series wannabe. It is not really movie but as you can see, there is small story in it. Enjoy.

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05 May 2008, 03:44 PM (

some progress on main character Joe. This character should be finished and ready for animation at the end of this week.

05 May 2008, 10:53 PM (

Main character is finished. I still have to work on "Sweetheart" textures and rig but I am about to start working on key frames and extremes and continuously going to add more and more layers. l8r!

05 May 2008, 03:45 AM
Hello my frien, nice to see you again! always you come with crazy-amazing the human character..very soft...i will keep in contact:beer:

05 May 2008, 10:11 PM (

Software: After Effects,XSI

okay, it is about time to show some sketchy motion in 3D ( with little 2D help ). Anyway, it was pretty hard begining in 3D because of some unexpected technical problems with storing action clips. Still not solved but I want to start handkey work tomorrow so I am hopefuly going to progressing faster from now on :)

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05 May 2008, 12:30 AM
Hahah nice! So action packed....I think your timing is working well :D

05 May 2008, 11:25 AM
Thanks Tyson! As you noticed there is many action and I prefer to have whole compact story within 30 secs time limit. Room is pretty short so it is kinda challenging, but hey...this is a challenge right? Glad you like the timing, nice to read that from pro :cool:

05 May 2008, 03:48 PM
Hey, looking good, the story is a bit hard to follow for me. Not saying it's not good, just a bit difficult for me to understand right away. I had to watch it couple of times. But now I get it. I think you could tie in the "female" arms a bit better, show the girl sneaking up on him or something like that, but that might be a bit too much given the time constraints. I'll keep an eye on this one, no pun intended. It's looking really good, and I like the style. Keep rockin'

05 May 2008, 07:14 PM
Hey Juraj amazing style as always! Love the concept and the color scheme, expecially referring to the finished character entry...The story itself is very original too, only thing is that I don't get quite well what happens to Lifterjoe as the flower attacks...
Great work overall anyway

05 May 2008, 08:13 PM
howdy folks!

@XminusOne - thanks for feedback. About the story flow, I think you had some hard times to get it because of rough animation and color look. It is going to be much smoother so more elements are going to be understandable. Dont mind girl's hands for now, it is just placeholder coz I dont have them rigged yet. It will be some sexy move for sure, as you said, sneaking up.

@ThE-ShiFT - woo, ThE-ShiFT team is back! Glad you like my concept. When the flower attacks I want to have him just throw it away. There is nothing that can hurt Joe ;) in fact.
Good luck!

05 May 2008, 09:45 PM
Looove that flower..
actually every one of ur concept so far..

Impressive WIP so far..looking forward to this thread! :thumbsup:

05 May 2008, 05:03 AM
Very nice!
this is going to be a grEat work man!

05 May 2008, 07:58 AM
heh, I finally cross the "hot thread" line with this one :D thanks for viewing.

@redCigarette - glad you like it. That flower is my fav character for this show too.

@mim-Armand - yeah, I am still happy with it. Hope the time presure will not make me rush in an important rendering/composition steps. Thanks!

05 May 2008, 07:47 PM (

Software: After Effects,XSI

Getting closer...

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05 May 2008, 04:44 PM (

On this small object, which is going to stay in action for about 1 second, I learned a big lesson - rendering passes are not always single click easy. I found a few important limitations especially when you are working with not typical rendertrees ( and I usually do :) So after almost 12 hours of hell tweaking I decided to cut my rendering passes to - main, shadow, ao, masks... thats about it.

05 May 2008, 12:13 PM (

okay, all elements for the show are now done. It's about time to push the animation, rendering and postpro. 10 days left... hm hm hmmm

06 June 2008, 11:46 AM (

Software: After Effects,XSI

I am currently editing MOf video but here is my finished video entry. More informations will come with next upload.

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06 June 2008, 01:10 PM
Hahah very was fun to watch! I like the text you layered on top...that combined with the speedy edits made it look like watching a comic book, which gave it an enjoyable tone.

Great job!

06 June 2008, 07:57 AM (

Software: After Effects,BodyPaint,CorelDRAW,Photo-Paint,XSI

my finished CGChallenge XXII entry

As well as a movie trailer should catch your attention and make you want to see the whole movie, opening sequence of TV series should do the same. So I came up with this personal goal for the Uplift Universe Challenge.
My entry is an opening of "Adventures Of Lifter Joe" - new TV series wannabe. These are unordinary space adventures of Joe, hardworking human, who drives heavy load machines for Universe Lifters Co. across the galaxy. There, in such a "cosmopolitan" space everything is possible...

Wow, this is my 5th finished challenge in a row, so I am kind of happy and proud. I pushed my boundaries hardly again, learned and tried many new things, tested my skills in very limited space influenced by my professional and personal life. I am happy with what I brought this time. Hope you will enjoy it as I do.

thanks to:
my lovely girlfriend Ludka, I love you and thank you for all your patience and care. My family, and all folks who supported me around this challenge.

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06 June 2008, 08:34 AM
I liked very much,because is adifferent style and concept! Best to you!:thumbsup:

06 June 2008, 01:24 PM
@ ivanisavich - Thanx Tyson for your support during the challenge. I am glad you like my finished entry. Good luck.

@adib - Thank you. We both did choose a different styles and concepts. There is so many dark entries and they are getting pretty solid attention. So far it looks like mission impossible for my entry but I hope people will go through all "shocks and WOWs" to find some potention and art in this one as well :) Cya in next challenge hopefuly! Good luck.

06 June 2008, 03:21 PM
Great work! If was fun to watch it. And one of the best making of in this challenge!
Congrats and good luck!

06 June 2008, 07:26 PM
Gratulations to your movie Juraj!

Looks total proffessional. I realy like the colors and the fresh mute.
Also the music is cool.

Now the complete film, please.;)


06 June 2008, 02:42 AM
The design of your characters and the whole art direction is great. Very funny to watch.

Congratulations man and good luck :beer:

06 June 2008, 01:17 PM
i agree with JRBRAZ. it is really entertaining.
simple but funny, which i believe was a goal. good work!

06 June 2008, 02:18 PM
Again compliments from all our staff JurajMolkak! Your trailer is original, the story is funny and the overall style is definitely unique. I could have said it was your work even without signature. I said it other times and I say it now:your works always impressed us.
Keep up the good work mate!


06 June 2008, 05:25 PM
mouahah !
Excellent job Juraj !
Very funny !
I wish you the best !

06 June 2008, 05:56 PM
nice! Somehow I missed your final entry the other night in the mix of everyone's last minute submissions. Awesome, and like you said, very cool to see some more cartooney / less serious stuff too! : )

Good fast pace to it. sweet poster. Congrats on finishing and g'luck!

06 June 2008, 01:35 PM
Thanx for feedback folks!

@fgdf - thank you. Yeah, I had 1 day left to deadline so I decided to edit some nice MOf material instead of digging the animation / postproduction. Glad you like it.

@eckart - yeah, now the complete film. I am already playing with some new ideas and concepts so I better stop this and move. I am still not too happy with the style, still looking for something much more personal.

@JRBRAZ, turbinea - cool you like the look of it. Yeah, it was my initial idea, to have something simple, light and entertaining.

@ThE-ShiFT - heh, compliments from the dream team again. One day I will work on something with different name and will see if you can recognize me. That will be real exam. Thanks.

@gpepper - I was awaiting your feedback. Now, that's some satisfaction, lol. Thanks.

@moljnir - Why I am not surprised you like the poster? :beer: We have some crossovers in few things of this challenge. Good to see folks with simillar sense for the show. Thanks.

07 July 2008, 06:53 AM
Mouahaha! Oh dear, didn't see this until now - great work!
And congrats for the honourable mention :applause:

07 July 2008, 08:57 PM
hey Gunie! Glad you like it. Hope to see you around next challenge entering again. Honorary mention - yeah, finally little room for me. Maybe it will motivate me in next one :D

07 July 2008, 10:00 AM
Congrats man for Honorary Mention!

07 July 2008, 03:50 AM
Congrats dude!
You have come a long way with these challenges.

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