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05-14-2008, 11:55 AM
ThE ShiFT is entered in the "Uplift Universe Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/uplift_universe/view_entries.php?challenger=15555)

Latest Update: Finished Video: Making of
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05-14-2008, 12:03 PM
Hi everybody out there!
It took a lot to us to take the decision to partecipate in this challenge because we were under extreme pressure due to work reasons... but in the end here we are! :)

Our team this year will grow up a little and we all want to push our envelope and try to deliver our best.

In the next days we'll deliver our storyboard, animatic and full team list.

Best wishes everybody,
See you soon

ThE-ShiFT team

05-14-2008, 01:12 PM
Good luck!

05-14-2008, 01:19 PM
Thanks a lot and the same to you! :)

05-16-2008, 04:06 PM
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Hi everybody, since our final objective will be a short film, we prensent you the storyboard of it. From the footages and the whole story we'll pull out the trailer for the challenge! We hope that you like it!

05-16-2008, 04:07 PM
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05-16-2008, 04:10 PM
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05-16-2008, 04:11 PM
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05-16-2008, 04:13 PM
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05-16-2008, 04:16 PM
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05-16-2008, 04:18 PM
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05-16-2008, 04:20 PM
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05-16-2008, 04:22 PM
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05-16-2008, 04:24 PM
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05-16-2008, 04:26 PM
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05-16-2008, 04:28 PM
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05-16-2008, 04:30 PM
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05-16-2008, 04:32 PM
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05-16-2008, 04:34 PM
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05-16-2008, 04:36 PM
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05-16-2008, 04:38 PM
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05-16-2008, 04:40 PM
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05-16-2008, 08:25 PM
As I said... ThE-ShiFT team is back in its power. I am happy that we have 2 categories now coz you folks badly kicked my ass during EON :argh: LOL, yeah I still remember it. Nice storyboard, classy story. Have fun!

05-19-2008, 10:52 AM
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Full concept alien

05-19-2008, 10:54 AM
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Concept head's alien

05-19-2008, 10:57 AM
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alternative concept alien

05-19-2008, 11:00 AM
AWESOME. I LOVE that "open mouth" concept...such a cool take on an otherwise-traditional alien head design.

05-19-2008, 11:44 PM
really nice concept and story board you got there!! looking forward to some more.

really like the alternate concepts mouth crotch thing, or whatever it is, looks scary, maybe mix the two concepts!! woot. nice work


05-22-2008, 10:40 PM
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Alien base mesh

05-22-2008, 10:44 PM
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Alien base mesh close up

05-23-2008, 06:08 PM
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Hi all!! Animatic is ready!!!

Play Video >> (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/uplift_universe/player.php?entry_id=90992)

05-23-2008, 06:55 PM
Nice animatic.really great,all the shots are very wel compose!But you have time to finish?There is only 18 days left.:D

Good Luck!

05-26-2008, 09:32 AM
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Hi and happy new week everybody! This is a collection of pictures representing the locations for our shooting...
We actually started today at dawn with the outdoor locations. We'll then move to indoor as our production designer finish to set it up. Our plans are to shoot for 2 days. Then we'll implement CGI aliens where needed...
ok..let's move on

05-26-2008, 09:37 AM
Hey Adib thanks a lot for your comments!
I'd like to take this chance to underline that we are aware of the short time we have to finish... so the short movie will not be our main target for now: we are shooting all we need to complete the short movie, but going to work on it's trailer first, then with more relaxed production times we'll finish the short movie wich requires more work.
Thanks again :)
bye...and good luck to you too!

05-26-2008, 05:19 PM
Nice !
if you finish in time it will be cool !

05-26-2008, 06:11 PM
ciao ragazzi sono quel rastone del pixmedia :D ricordate vero?? in bocca al lupo per tutto ,andate forte !!!bello lo storiboard e le ambientazioni dove girerete i contributi video !!

Hi guys ,nice to see you here in challenge ,i know you'll do a good work ,I like a lot the storyboard and the location .

05-28-2008, 01:16 AM
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05-28-2008, 11:16 AM
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Software: XSI

At the end the Alien's model is a mix between our two concept!! Here the turntable!! We hope that you like it!!!

Play Video >> (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/uplift_universe/player.php?entry_id=91050)

05-28-2008, 11:18 AM
You moving fast guys! NICE PROGRESS!:applause:

05-28-2008, 11:33 AM

05-28-2008, 04:24 PM
Very cool!

05-28-2008, 05:34 PM
Cool, animatic is very impressive!

05-28-2008, 06:57 PM
this will be very good entry.


05-28-2008, 07:14 PM
Thats really a nice work!!

05-29-2008, 08:57 AM
Hey guys thanks a lot everyone, and sorry for the late reply..as you can guess we're in such a hurry!!!

@ squarepixelstudio: yes we remember! Nice you're following our wip too..thanks a lot!
E grazie per l'in bocca al lupo! CREPI! ;)

Updates in a short while! :)

05-30-2008, 12:55 AM
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Production design

05-30-2008, 01:04 AM
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Production design

05-30-2008, 01:18 AM
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05-30-2008, 01:22 AM
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05-30-2008, 10:18 AM
Cool photography! Is it obtained directly by shooting or achieved in post? What camera did you use?

05-30-2008, 02:39 PM
i'm very eager to see the final showdown :bounce: .... ( vivdly remembering EON )
this is going to be a hit!
god bless you all! n good luck! :thumbsup:

06-04-2008, 01:28 PM
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We still alive!! here some frames grabbed from the trailer without vfx and color grading.

hope you like it.

06-04-2008, 01:30 PM
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trailer frames

06-04-2008, 01:33 PM
Woah this one is looking very promising!

06-04-2008, 01:45 PM
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trailer frames

06-04-2008, 01:48 PM
Ok now I'm scared....I can't wait to see what that shot will look like with the alien's arm replacing the prop :eek:

06-04-2008, 01:56 PM
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ahah thanks tyson!
we hope to finish the trailer before the deadline. :P

06-04-2008, 02:01 PM
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vfx human-alien

Ok go back to work we need loads of coffe for the next days. :D

06-04-2008, 02:13 PM
This looks gorgeous! Fantastic work guys!


06-04-2008, 02:43 PM
COFFEE IS OUR SECOND BLOOD MAN!!! he he he he! keep it up! the shif team is on the way for a new "BIG THING"

06-04-2008, 03:05 PM
Very cool.
Is it all real makeup or you tracked in Cg texture on the face?


06-04-2008, 03:18 PM
Hi grzesiekj, thank you and everybody else!
No we took pictures of the actor (no make-up) and modeled a CG head of him, but mixing with the skull of Emiliano. From all the pictures we had taken we camera-projected the textures onto the model, using xsi weightmaps to blend them seamlessly. Then we rendermapped the whole head and used that texture to paint the make-up you see...

More on this workflow in this veeeeery old thread here (except for the gradients part that we now substitute with weightmaps) :


Oh and by the way that's Emiliano :)

PS: Nwiz thank you sooo much for your support! We love you :)
God bless you too...

06-04-2008, 06:58 PM
I hope you can make it on time!!
Looking uber-cool, Don't sleep too much!!
Good luck

06-04-2008, 08:30 PM
the alien looks very cool! sets too! great job!

06-04-2008, 09:01 PM
Loads of Coffee here too. Apparently its evident that you have pretty good team very dedicated. Nice job!!

06-04-2008, 09:19 PM
you're dangerous Shiftians ,i don't know what kind of coffe you drink but i'm sure that is doped .God bless you guys :D

06-05-2008, 07:48 AM
My gosh! You guys really are upping the game here. Your stuff has even improved since the EON entry, which I thought was impossible!

Keep going!

06-05-2008, 11:02 AM
Thanks Pyke! It's gonna be a really hard week-end...let's grit our teeth!!!

06-05-2008, 08:33 PM
holy crap you guys are fast. hehe looks great, good luck!

(And yeah.. what kind of super-coffee do you guys drink?)

06-06-2008, 12:42 PM
Still...I love your way of shooting and in generale the cut of the images.
Great stuff so far...i think we look forward to great things here!!

06-08-2008, 03:13 AM
Congratulations! you are always the best

06-08-2008, 06:37 AM
OMG! :eek: you guys are teasing us dearly! :scream: :D :p ... i really hope you win .. so much dedication and passion .. bringing what's unreal to the big screen .. to life! .. to reality!
all my love and luck to your team! :love: good luck SHIFT people! :thumbsup: bless ya!

06-08-2008, 01:04 PM
tough work and great results so far...stunning short seams to follow.. i'm eager to see the final result.

06-09-2008, 03:16 PM
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probe sequence

06-09-2008, 05:01 PM
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video sequence of probe into the brain

Play Video >> (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/uplift_universe/player.php?entry_id=91198)

06-09-2008, 06:10 PM
OK...Italy is going to play tonight so let's stop working for now :P See you tomorrow!

06-09-2008, 09:01 PM
sweet stuff man! :applause:

06-10-2008, 04:00 PM
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Hey guys!! Here some frames of the final pull out.
This isn't the final compositing because we have some problems with the rain. We' re working to resolve it...

06-10-2008, 04:04 PM
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other frames....

06-10-2008, 05:48 PM
pretty cool work so far.
really looking forward to see the final film and trailer!

keep going!

06-11-2008, 03:53 PM
Fantastic use of lights.
Your cuts in general feel absolutely PRO!...and genuine film like!
Also the gamma and the colours on the images have a film like mood. Not easy to achieve in video works.

06-11-2008, 08:24 PM
Quality looks TOP notch. I have a good hunch that you guys will win.

Only comment is that it's a bit dark. Viewed it on one of my screens and it looked good....but on the other one (which is a bit darker due to a different manufacturer) everything except the sky looked black.

06-12-2008, 01:22 AM
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Tyson, OZ, redCigarette... thanks a lot, really....what can we say? Even these compliments alone means really a lot to us :)
Thanks also for the hint about checking the brightness: we already checked and corrected it...anyway we're going to pass everything to the color grading stage for the final milestones.

This is an almost finished shot we're working on...still animating, missing some drivel coming out from the mouth and, as I just said, still missing color grading.
Hope you like it...
Keep on everybody!

06-12-2008, 02:11 AM
Damn you guys are good.

Just watched your animatic again... you guys did a great job with the boards and editing on that, extremely clear at communicating what's going on. really looking forward to the finished piece!

06-12-2008, 02:38 AM
Wow. This is pretty awesome stuff!

How are you making sure the alien hand replaces the prop exactly right and looks like it is actually pushing the person's head? Did you do object tracking and the use that data to animate the arm?

Keep it up!

06-12-2008, 12:00 PM
Thanks guys! We're using every single second to deliver the best that we can, so your boosts are really our fuel :)
@ Mechis: there have been some hand made tracking on the head of the actor for two reasons: first of all the camera projection of the footage onto a rough cgi model of the actor contributes to the shading and reflections seen on the alien's hand...
Then having the model in place do helps with the hand animation itself, but we did it in helter-skelter, so the matching is really the result of a hand made tracking of the prop of the hand (you can see it in one of the previous posts). A particular effort has been put into mimic a movement of the hand to justify the actor's movement, so that it seems that the alien has really something to do with it.
The real prop has been removed with a frame by frame painting on the actor.
One last thing: having a prop on set to deform the actor's face had really helped with the overall effect.
Thanks again, and keep it up guys!

06-12-2008, 05:05 PM
man, this is freaky! i mean it in a good way of course. it reminds me my last session at dentist´s office, so i can imagine what that guy is going trough :). very good!

06-13-2008, 08:29 AM
Bastards. I think you should just give up. Seriously. This is just horrible. :D

Amazing work guys! Your establishing shot has a matrix feel to it-which is a good thing! I love the subtle grading on the hands of the Aliens palms...cant wait to see this bad boy moving!

06-13-2008, 06:24 PM
Autch! :eek: Top Nouch!! :thumbsup:

06-14-2008, 12:24 AM
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Hey guys thanks again! This is the close-up version of the last shot we posted...hope you like it as well!
We'll be back as soon as we finish the close-up of the alien...


06-14-2008, 12:29 AM
Ah cmon...stop teasing! Post some animation!

06-15-2008, 02:28 PM
Shift Team,

Not much time left. Waiting to see your good work.


06-15-2008, 03:06 PM
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Yes mate we know it! That's why we're not posting videos as we'd like: we're trying to tie everything together in parallel. It's ok anyway...we're on our way to the end ;)
Btw this one has just came out...

Play Video >> (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/uplift_universe/player.php?entry_id=91261)

06-15-2008, 03:12 PM
Mhhhh...it came out way too dark compared to what we see here on every monitor...do you guys had the same problems? thanks...

06-15-2008, 03:24 PM
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shot_22 recompressed with flash video encoder

Play Video >> (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/uplift_universe/player.php?entry_id=91262)

06-15-2008, 10:29 PM
Yes the first one is dark but i like it better than the second. The first is very subtle looks good.

06-16-2008, 02:22 AM
Hey Digikris thanks for your comment...you're right the darker one it's more interesting, but what we posted the second time has to be color corrected and we'll close the blacks. The concern was: if we cc everything and then the conversion sets everything to darker we run the risk of loosing the whole image.
Anyway the Flash conversion works fine now so no problems...
Thanks again.

06-16-2008, 02:42 AM
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This is another shot we've finished, still has to pass through color correction though...

Play Video >> (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/uplift_universe/player.php?entry_id=91269)

06-16-2008, 04:02 AM
I need more!
Hope your Guys going done today.

06-16-2008, 01:09 PM
Wow how did you guys make that guy look wounded?

YOu have special make-up artists?

Recommend me some books on movie education,lighting,story,directing, materials that influenced you?

Thanks and keep the tornado going

06-16-2008, 01:19 PM

22 hours left! :surprised

06-16-2008, 03:44 PM
My eyes are getting distracted to the overexposed brightness coming from the right. Is it purposefully done? You can tone it down .

06-16-2008, 04:17 PM
Good point DigiKris! We're actually covering that lamp and the final aspect ratio will be 2.35 so I guess that will be almost completely cut away...Thanks for pointing that out mate!

Ivanisavich, FREEBUG thanks for taking care ;) Believe me we're running fast and are almost there! And also believe me there hasn't been one single job we worked on that has finished in a different way (far from the deadline)...and I don't know if that's good or not...or a standard in this world...
TheMiyamotoMusashi yes we had a make-up artist :) ...as soon as we have some time to think about it we'll point out some references...Thanks for your comments.

We are going to post the semi-finished teaser in a few minutes :D

06-16-2008, 04:26 PM
Hey guys, It's looking great, can't wait to see the final film.
Question - are some of the aliens females? Cause they move in such a graceful way.

Good luck, get lots of coffe, you have 19 hours left :)


06-16-2008, 06:25 PM
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Ok here is an almost completed version of the teaser, also the trailer is almost completed...we're just fixing some minor things here and there, working in the titles and then we'll color grade the CGI shots...our colorist is finishing the live action sequences.
I's gonna be a nice night!!! :D

Play Video >> (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/uplift_universe/player.php?entry_id=91294)

06-16-2008, 06:28 PM
Hey Grzesiekj yes you got it those are females indeed...the best uplifters!

06-16-2008, 06:55 PM
Looking great!

work work work. you will make it!


06-17-2008, 12:24 AM
I really like the last scene! :)

06-17-2008, 01:40 AM
10 hours left guys....have you got a status report for the rest of us who are gleefulling awaiting your entry?

06-17-2008, 02:12 AM
LOL I guess you'd love being here right now: we're in 4...it's 4 am...and you can clearly hear people talking about bullshits and loughing at each other like fools!!!
Coffee and cigarettes are the only thing that keeps us alive!

... anyway I's ok we're almost there...tomorrow we'll think about sleeping...thanks for taking care mate!

06-17-2008, 05:08 AM
6 hours!
go go go, you can make it!


06-17-2008, 05:36 AM
What the hell are you doing reading this? Get back to work!

I love your teaser. The first zoom shot through all the buildings and stuff is pretty damned cool. And those flashes of the aliens...stop teasing! ;)

06-17-2008, 10:44 AM
http://assets.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/21/15555/15555_1213699487_medium.jpg (http://assets.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/21/15555/15555_1213699487_large.jpg)

UUUUH!! We made it! Here is the finished teaser. I really can't type anything, just thinking it's almost impossible LOL.
Just want to say a great thank you to all the people that helped us in reaching this goal and to all the people in this forum for theyr comments and encouragements!
And a very special thanks to our director Emiliano Colantoni!

The trailer will be uploaded in a few minutes!

Play Video >> (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/uplift_universe/player.php?entry_id=91309)

06-17-2008, 10:50 AM
http://assets.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/21/15555/15555_1213699856_medium.jpg (http://assets.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/21/15555/15555_1213699856_large.jpg)

Software: After Effects

This is the trailer...the next upload of it will contain the all packed toghether teaser, trailer and making of...see you in a while!

Play Video >> (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/uplift_universe/player.php?entry_id=91310)

06-17-2008, 10:57 AM
CONGRATULATIONS! it must been a tremendous work to be done in time! GGGGREAT!

avete tutta la mia ammirazione!

06-17-2008, 11:01 AM
Well done guys! Looks amazing. It all works really well and I love the lighting.

06-17-2008, 11:02 AM



06-17-2008, 11:03 AM
It's a masterpiece work ,hope you'll win the Uplift contest !!!
I'm with you boyz .:buttrock:

06-17-2008, 11:15 AM
Masterpices Like Always! Great Work!

06-17-2008, 11:30 AM
COOOOOL! congratulations again!

06-17-2008, 11:55 AM
http://assets.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/21/15555/15555_1213703755_medium.jpg (http://assets.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/21/15555/15555_1213703755_large.jpg)

Software: After Effects

here the making of...

Play Video >> (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/uplift_universe/player.php?entry_id=91315)

06-17-2008, 12:00 PM
Wow...you guys are scary good!

Are you going to complete the full short? I really hope so!

06-17-2008, 12:09 PM
Congratulations!! for finishing


06-17-2008, 12:10 PM
No Crits from me.
Congratulation on making it trough.
You guys made an intense stuff here.

Good luck trough the jury.:thumbsup:

06-17-2008, 12:12 PM
Congrats on finishing! It's awesome.

06-17-2008, 12:49 PM
Hey mates thanks you sooo much for all your support! It's been a tremendous effort for all of us to bring this project from the ideas to the trailer and teaser release as I'm sure have been for every one in the contest.
Anyway for us the thing doesn't stop here: Inspection comes from an idea for a short movie we had like 7 years ago, the CG talk challenge has been the spark to take the project back into consideration.
We shot all the material we need to finish the short but used and worked only on the things needed to finish the trailer and the teaser. As soon as we get a little rest we'll be back to work on that...

Cheers and thanks everyone!

06-17-2008, 12:56 PM
Great work and I'm glad to here this is gunna be made into a short movie. looks amazing as is

Good luck

Chris Haigh

06-17-2008, 02:15 PM
Hey mates thanks you sooo much for all your support! It's been a tremendous effort for all of us to bring this project from the ideas to the trailer and teaser release as I'm sure have been for every one in the contest.
Anyway for us the thing doesn't stop here: Inspection comes from an idea for a short movie we had like 7 years ago, the CG talk challenge has been the spark to take the project back into consideration.
We shot all the material we need to finish the short but used and worked only on the things needed to finish the trailer and the teaser. As soon as we get a little rest we'll be back to work on that...

Cheers and thanks everyone!

Same here. I shot 20 minutes worth of footage on RED. But i don't have a team like yours on top of it got sick for a week. Lost the momentum. But the shortfilm will be out for sure.


06-17-2008, 02:17 PM

absolutely professional, great filming, design, animation, post work.
Congratulations for the whole crew.
You did an outstanding job, and it will pay off, Im sure.
I will be watching this hundreds of times over and over again!


06-17-2008, 02:36 PM
Woah....that was awesome! A joy to watch! You guys did a superb job. Question...what kind of camera did you use? (sorry if you mentioned it in the thread already....I didn't see it) It looks like film....extremely high quality.

You guys are definitely going to get the team-entry master award....and it will be well deserved!

06-17-2008, 02:41 PM
heh, I knew it, ThE-ShiFT team has its style and class. Great job! I am curious what will you guys come up with for non Sci-Fi related challenge. So, I think some new XSI licenses will fit nicely in your production house, lol. Good luck!

06-17-2008, 03:34 PM
Scarry this!! Fantastic work on every element. Just wanna give a special congrats to editing department ;) you did excelent.

06-17-2008, 03:53 PM
I really wish this was a real film. This Was AMAZING!:bounce:

06-17-2008, 04:42 PM
awesome! i was smiling when i saw so many passes for characters! :D really pro looking, congrats! :beer:

06-18-2008, 01:11 AM
Congratulations to all, good work.
my remark will be very partisan but you are the number one the-shift
Clap CLap ciaff Cciaf clappete

good luck :)

06-18-2008, 02:29 AM
WOW!! Very good job guys :drool:

Nice shots, very dynamic scenes!!

Congratulations and good luck

06-18-2008, 05:12 AM
really amazing work guys... loved your previous challenge entry and this one is at the same level... good luck

06-18-2008, 12:04 PM
Hey mates! We just woke up! A big thank you to all from all the crew here: your comments give more sense to all the efforts!

@ grzesiekj: we already watched hundreds of times your works so we couldn't be more glad of your comments :D

@ ivanisavich: thank you as well! I do not kid If I say that you're a real reference for us (it may be dated but I personally am still in love with your "sony style" ad and still wonder how the hell did you managed to get all that thing to work!).
We shot on Panasonic AG-HVX200. Our DoP made a great work to light with that and the colorist did the rest of the job. Clearly the last step the trailer had been put through its a grain addition and the vfx clips have been processed with a thing I'm sure you're familiar with: some subtle progressive (from center to border) channel shifting to fake lens diffraraction. Thanks again.

@ JurajMolkak: hahahaa thanks for your comments. Since you ask I must say that unfortunately the only shi-fi things we've worked on for now are just Eon and Uplift: first of all we don't live in Milan o Rome so it's already hard to get your hands on tv-ad works. Secondly the italian movie style seems to be so old and love-related that even thinking of producing a shi-fi thing it's almost forbidden. Maybe that's why we almost reduce ourselves to an amoeba status being on computers for shifts like 16-18 hours per day (please believe me I'm not overstating here) when we have the chance to work on the things we've grown up watching.

@ x70: your actually is the comment that made our day ;D Thank you soo much!

Thanks again to everybody else!

06-18-2008, 02:27 PM
Wow absolutely stunning work there.
You guys have done it again. There was this
real cinematic feeling and at the and of the
thrailer i wanted to see more of that phantastic
project of yours.

Damn your sooo good.

Keep it up, your great work!

06-18-2008, 03:12 PM
good work dudes.

good luck :)


06-18-2008, 05:27 PM

Lino Grandi
06-19-2008, 02:37 PM
You've made it again!?!? Incredible work! No other words needed.

06-20-2008, 06:08 PM
Hey mates! Another big thank you to all!!
In these days of quiet, we have noticed a mistake in the final credits board. We're sorry but the final rush and the fear of not succeed had lead us to don't make all as we wanted.
For respect of our team mate, here the correct credits:

Nicola Vero Actor

Emiliano Colantoni Art director/editor/cgi artist/2d artist

Daniele Napolitano Editor (sorry Danie'!!)

Silvia Stellabotte Executive production/production designer/casting

Marco Stellabotte cgi artist/set decorator/assistant production

Gianfranco Sgura visual effects supervisor/technical director/cgi artist

Alessio Federico DIW Dop/chief lighting technician

Barbara Pichiecchio DIW Dop/casting/still photographer

Agnese Casolani Assistant lighting technician/set decorator

Eugenia Pichiecchio Costume designer

Agnese Federico Make up artist

Gianluca Palma operator/Steadicam operator

Mattia de Collibus Assistant camera operator

Giuliano Panaccio Assistant camera operator /cgi artist

Maura casale Cgi artist

Alvise Avati Animator

Federico Cascinelli Animator

David Bonelli Sound design/music by

Simona Barba Assistant sound designer

Fabio Colantoni Carpenter head

Valeria Verzella Cater

Adelino Lyoi Assistant director

Next week, we'll post the links to watch all in HD 720p and a more explicative "making of".

Thanks again to everybody else in paticular to Lino Grandi and Andrea Pinto for their support.


06-20-2008, 06:18 PM
no problem, guys!
good luck!

06-22-2008, 09:45 AM
Indeed you have forgotten me too

Andrea Pinto pain in the neck

ciaoooo :drool:

06-26-2008, 02:45 AM
Another amazing work from The-Shift Team
It's fantastic... I haven't other words to describe it.

06-27-2008, 04:46 PM
Hey Eros!!! Grazie di cuore, ti mandiamo un abbraccio!!! Say hi from us to all the X-Changes team please!!!
Thank you so much!

06-27-2008, 05:10 PM
you guys rule!! :bowdown: words fail me ....
i hope .. really hope .. you win :thumbsup:
bless you all! :love:

06-27-2008, 05:38 PM
I'll do it, thanks!
Now I'm back at Fano... not so far from you (it could sound like a menace!! :p )

Good luck!
(for me you're already the winner!)

07-01-2008, 01:33 PM
Hi everybody out there! As promiced we've uploaded the HD720P in H264 of both the teaser and the trailer on our server!
Please feel free to download them :)



PS. Eros how long are you going to stay? Why don't you drop by and have an ARROSTICINI & VINO night with us all??? Now THIS is the REAL menace LOL...no really... that would be awesome!

07-07-2008, 12:59 PM
Thanks for the HD videos. I watched them (a lot of times) on my 32'' tv with Dolby 5.1... It's impressive!

Congratulation :thumbsup:

P.S. What a beautiful menace!! I accept your invitation... it's an honour for me!
I'll send you a mail... here we are a bit OT ;)

07-09-2008, 01:25 AM
vey good job guys.
finally i saw someone from the town i study.

07-09-2008, 03:20 AM
sensatinal!:eek: CONGRATULATIONS SHIFT PEOPLE!! :applause: :love: :scream: very well deserved!! ( that goes without sayin :D ) ... the moment i saw the video .. it had to be your team all the way!! :bounce: marvellous!! god bless you all! ( in fact, he just did :D :D :D )

07-09-2008, 06:51 AM
I´m speechless! E X C E L L E N T & very professional result. Congrats.


07-09-2008, 07:53 AM
Simply Amazing output... you should be lucky to have a team like that... Nice work friends...

07-09-2008, 09:03 AM
Great stunning work Shift Team!!

07-09-2008, 10:01 AM
You guys are wonderful! Congratulation!
You made it till the end.

The final result is incredible.
Fantastic team work.


07-09-2008, 10:35 AM

As you guys can imagine we're walking one meter off the ground!!!

We want to say a mega-thank you to all the people invelved in this project, to everyone that took the time to support and encourage us (expecially the last night...when the were raving and people kept dropping by and say "go ahead you can make it!!!") and of course to the whole CGSociety crew for giving us the fantastic chance to work on such a theme.

And of course Congratulations to all the other winners for their stunning, amazing, incredible works!

Thanks ad lots of love everyone!

The-Shift team

07-09-2008, 11:07 AM
Only one meter? :D
Congratulations, to all the team!

Siete grandi!!

07-09-2008, 03:12 PM
Congrats guys!

07-09-2008, 03:20 PM
Emiliano and team at The ShiFT!!

Everyone at SOFTIMAGE is sending you BIG CONGRATULATIONS for your 2nd win!

Two times in a row! This has never been done before!!

We are all so happy for you - but we know that you 100% deserve it!

We thank you for using XSI to create your beautiful and fantastic artwork!!

Now with XSI 7 and ICE -- there is no limit to what you will create, we are waiting to see...

I hope to see you both again at The VIEW Conference this year in Torino!!

Kevin G. Clark -- PR Manager at SOFTIMAGE (in Montreal)

07-09-2008, 04:41 PM
Super awesome work guys! Congratulations on the team win! It's well deserved. :bowdown:

07-09-2008, 06:34 PM
Beautiful job guys. CONGRATULATIONS on the win. Well deserved!

07-09-2008, 10:41 PM
Congratulations !

Impressive job!

Top pro quality, the level of post production is just fantastic.
Wish even more success to all your group! Keep doing better and better.


07-10-2008, 07:27 AM
This is the first time i visited CG Challenges thread.. i really don't know what to say but tears of joy rolled watching the effort and quality put in the work.. Great Work from a Great Team.. :thumbsup: congrats!

07-10-2008, 09:22 AM
congrats ShiFT team! :)

07-10-2008, 09:58 AM
Congrats SHIFT team! Very professional!

07-10-2008, 12:04 PM
Really stunning work! And well deserved #1 Place :thumbsup:

07-10-2008, 12:11 PM
wow!!! Excellent work! congratulations( Parabens! ):beer:

07-10-2008, 02:32 PM
Amazing work!!!

07-10-2008, 03:05 PM
COOOOOL! congratulations! Great work!

07-10-2008, 03:07 PM
Where I can view the video?

07-10-2008, 04:23 PM
Well, contragutlations to the whole crew.
There was no surprize here though, your piece was brilliant!!
The first prize well deserved.



07-11-2008, 02:47 AM
what camera did you guys use and how did you achive that filmish look.


07-11-2008, 02:56 AM
A well-deserved win! Hope to see you in future challenges!

07-11-2008, 03:42 AM
Not a single challenger had a doubt about this win I guess. Very well deserved. Congratulations from our team.

07-11-2008, 10:49 AM
Congrats! Amazing work and the trailer looks very promising!

07-11-2008, 01:25 PM
Amazing work! I love the "environment modeling/texturing" workflow :)
I'v got one question about compositting. What is the UV Channel render pass used for? I know how to output it from 3d application, but I have no idea what can I do with it in post. Thanks for any tips and suggestions. And congrtulations for winning this Challenge for the whole team! :)

07-11-2008, 02:07 PM
Again thanks a lot everybody!!! It's an amazing and motivating feedback from you all!

@ Kris_Rusinek: very good question :) In the xsi's fxtree there is this spectacular and powerful node (but the very same kind of node is present in shake too...it's the ColorX node) called "component parser" that gives you the chance to write expressions to warp an image using the color gradients of another (it can do tons of other amazing things actually we use it also to convert bumps drawn in the fxtree into normal maps on the fly).
As you can imagine the benefit of using such a pass is that you can even skip the color pass (containing the texture) and texture your model in compositing...or you can introduce new textures on the fly and see what happens.
We used the uv pass on the aliens to introduce some fractal and add complexity to the skin shading in just minutes...
BTW revision's ReMap does the same thing...but to write a simple expression it's a lil less expensive ;)

07-11-2008, 05:14 PM
Hey congrats to you guys too! Awesome piece. Cool to hear how the Eon challenge got you guys established too. Anyway was fun, we hope to do it again! Cheers

07-11-2008, 08:58 PM
Thanks for the answer... that uv channel post processing souds really interestig - need to try is as soon as posible :) Lounching XSI right now...

07-13-2008, 12:52 PM
Congratulations for your fully deserved winning, and my sincere appreciation for the wonderful job you are doing with this short! :thumbsup:


03-31-2009, 01:17 PM
please tell me how you have correct the video image to have such a high contrast crisp and clear. It has a film look and feel to it. I am working on something for my degree project and really need help on correct my hd images! Would appreciate it alott!!

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