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01 January 2010, 10:48 AM
Andrea Femerstrand is entered in the "B-Movie" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Finished Video: At last (

02 February 2010, 03:14 PM (

So far the concepts are done for the 3 -headed chicken, we do have some props modeled for the lonely farm and storyboards will soon be on the way.

The video will be showing a fake teaser about this spectacular old b-movie á la 50's style starring a chicken evovling into this hideus monster after getting hit in the head by a tiny little glowing comet from outer space.

Lot's of clichés, lot's of drama, hehe.

I'm also entering the Image challenge creating a movie poster about this fake teaser. It's gotten approved by the rest of the team, and they let me have access to designs, characters and plots. Correct creds will be given to everyone who's been involved.

Allright here are the team members so far:

Boba Subin - character modeler
Joakim Palmkvist - rigger/prop modeler/animator
Andreas Andersson - Lighting artist
Andrea Femerstrand - concept artist, storyboard artist
Sofie Trigo Wagner - UV artist

More people will be involved later on, so this list will get updated frequently.

02 February 2010, 03:38 PM (

Joakim modeled the windmill this other day. Pretty, pretty.

02 February 2010, 05:18 PM
Great character design - can't wait to see it strutting around!

Good luck

02 February 2010, 02:44 PM (

First rough model of the chicken by Boba!

02 February 2010, 02:48 PM
Duncs: Thank you! :) Yeah I'm looking forward to see it come to life as well!

02 February 2010, 02:57 PM (

some size relations so far

02 February 2010, 03:13 PM (

First rough model of the chicken by Boba!

hello, i really like that chiken, i want to see the process of this production :)

02 February 2010, 03:36 PM
Your three headed chicken is missing two heads :P otherwise great sculpting on that chicken :)

02 February 2010, 07:29 PM
lovely designs
would love to follow up on this production :D

02 February 2010, 11:33 PM (

Just had to share this shader test done by the lighting artist - Andreas. Looks cool already :D

02 February 2010, 11:35 PM
Zabander: Thank you very much! Me and the rest of the team really appreciate this a lot :)

zamanimator: Thank you I'm glad you like! See you around here and on DA :)

02 February 2010, 11:42 PM
:applause:Great work !


02 February 2010, 07:11 AM
Fantastic designs, looks very promising and original, The design is following the pattern of many of your work (the ones in your online folio) so i am sure you have a lot of experience pulling it off, i look forward to see more of this project ...!
Keep it up :)

02 February 2010, 09:50 AM
Thanks for the words of encouragement....checked out ur blog...u have awesome painting the princess mononoke one! :D

02 February 2010, 11:25 AM
A chicken ! :p
Nice design and great style, good luck !

02 February 2010, 11:39 AM (

Aighty, here's the turnaround of head no.2, the stupid head :D

02 February 2010, 11:40 AM (

And heres the rough model of the second head so far!

02 February 2010, 11:45 AM
threedeesfx: Thank you! Hehe yeah well, the chicken is still in mutation-progress ;) The second one just popped out.

visionmaster2: Thanks!

amir jahanlou: Thank you very much :)

Bingu: No problem. Why thank you too!

Pangloss: Haha yeah :D Thanks, we'll do our best!

02 February 2010, 03:33 PM
nice Chicken ... does it have a name??

would you have a sketch of the final compostion? i would like to learn more about what you are heading into.

NICE! :)

02 February 2010, 04:50 PM
Nice chicken hahah, good work
Andrea Femerstrand is entered in the "B-Movie" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Work In Progress: second head model (

02 February 2010, 08:35 PM
oneczech: Thank you! Well, so far he's got no other name than "Radioactive three-headed chicken" :) We have a script that's somewhat finished, that Joakim helped to rewrite. I'll see if I can upload it next time. Hopefully, I'll have time to make the storyboards soon as well.

Zabander: Once again, thanks Zabander! Yeah boba is great :)

02 February 2010, 08:37 PM (

Here's the third head. The sleepy one.

02 February 2010, 08:38 PM
haha i love this! seriously cool and fun.

02 February 2010, 08:39 PM (

Here's the chicken model so far! :)

02 February 2010, 08:46 PM
opentarget: Thanks! :)

02 February 2010, 12:03 AM (

Here's the modelsheet of the gal that will get eaten by the giant beastie-chicken.

02 February 2010, 10:20 AM
Some Craz-ee Chicken Dancing There Miss

02 February 2010, 12:17 PM
hey Noukah, (

Your concept is looking very nice. I really liked your three headed chicken. Wish it had six legs, would've made a nice dinner dish for the whole family (for the whole city for your case :p) hehe. Keep up the good works.


02 February 2010, 09:13 PM
that chicken is hilarious. can't wait to see your character modeled out.

02 February 2010, 05:39 PM (

A digital paintover of the whole body that I made.

02 February 2010, 05:40 PM (

And some closeup paintovers for the heads :)

02 February 2010, 05:43 PM
valentious: Thank you!

overcontrast: Hey thank you! Yeah six legs would've looked cool too. I wouldn't dare to eat them though ;)

tastyUdon: hehe thanks. More character models will soon be on the way!

02 February 2010, 08:51 PM
make my chickens look stupid. Great work!!!

02 February 2010, 08:45 PM
lunar1369: Thank you! Which thread is yours? :) Not sure if I've seen your chickens hehe.

02 February 2010, 10:51 PM
You're welcome. Follow the link in my sig below

02 February 2010, 06:24 PM
I thought Id share the camerarigs I made for this project, 2 versions of a dolly cam and a hand held cam.

Maya version:

creative crash download (

Hope you like them

02 February 2010, 12:56 PM
lunar1369: Cool, I'll go check it out! :)

Here's the script people : Click (

02 February 2010, 01:18 PM
you've got some awesome illustrations on your blog!
I'm looking forward to seeing your entry.
Good luck to all of you (and thanks JockeP for your message on my thread)

02 February 2010, 03:06 AM
Your illustration style is rad! Love it! The contrast between the 3 different heads is striking - looking forward to seeing more. :)

02 February 2010, 10:04 AM
This really coming together really well. I am really impressed with how it looks. its so good that the animation will really have to be spot on, I am looking forward to seeing how this goes.

03 March 2010, 10:54 AM (

Some more props for the farm :)

Boba's & Joakim's work!

03 March 2010, 11:13 AM (

Here's a digital paintover I made of the blonde girl model. Model made by Carolina Årnäs :)

03 March 2010, 11:42 AM
Great design, I love the 3 heads chiken :-)

03 March 2010, 12:46 PM (

Thought I might share my modelsheet of the farmer as well :)
The model is in the making by Carolina right now, so I'll upload the model and paintover later on as well!

03 March 2010, 02:39 PM
hope that you'll use your paintovers for textures - they are nice.
Painted look with reflections and soft lights will look definitely good.

03 March 2010, 10:07 PM
igorsandman: Hey there, thank you very much!

dkirkland: Thank you! :) Yeah I'm really excited to see the final result of this whole thing!

wayofthepixel: Thanks! Yeah I'm pretty sure that the animators in our team will make a great job :)

ASKsebastienchauvel: Thank you!

digiboxoffice: Thanks very much! Yep, that's the goal, to make it look as much as the design as possible.

03 March 2010, 01:04 PM (

Here's the storyboard we started out with for the story. It was very rough before so I cleaned it up a bit. Hopefully we'll be able to show the layouts soon as well.

03 March 2010, 01:53 PM (

Thought that I might share the model sheet of the baby chick.

03 March 2010, 04:55 AM
I look forward to watching your final. The chicken model has so much character and attitude. It’s one of my favorites so far. Good Luck!!!

03 March 2010, 08:28 AM
hope that you'll use your paintovers for textures - they are nice.
Painted look with reflections and soft lights will look definitely good.

Hey Noukah! great models and paints!! nice concept too, i agree with digitboxoffice, hopefully you can keep the paint style in the 3d models.
Good luck! :buttrock:

03 March 2010, 03:04 PM
Andrea is adding video the right way. Be patient :P

03 March 2010, 11:47 PM
realy cool! peach fuzz on hair is nice :)
very Incredibles look.

would be nice to see more of the animation. But again character is lovely.
Good work guys and girls!

03 March 2010, 12:23 PM (

Software: Maya,mental ray,Photoshop

Here's the blonde all shaded and textured.
textures painted by me, shaders and lighting made by Andreas and the model was finalized by Carolina.

Play Video >> (

03 March 2010, 12:29 PM
Pear3d: Tank you very much for the encouraging words :)
Luc14no: Thank you! Yes, I tried to apply the same painterly feel as much as possible, much will also depend on how Andreas solves it with the shaders.
digiboxoffice: I'm glad you like it! The animations are currently in the making as we speak, an hopefully I'll be able to let you have a taste on that as well.

03 March 2010, 04:52 PM (

Here's a testrender by Andreas when she's sitting on top of the silo.

03 March 2010, 05:37 PM
I'd lower the camera ange, because now feels like she will fall or slide down. And try to frame it so that mountains would get in to the shot and a little bit of sky.
Render looks qiute noisy, I asume you use bruteforce with lower setting or something like that. What if try lightcache or irradiance map to blur samples?!
Was this particular shot blured in 3d software? I'd suggest blur it in post then you'll get preaty bokeh in the background and no noise.

But overall it's just details, blonds look nice anyway :)
good work

03 March 2010, 10:21 PM
Hi thanks for you input. The camera is animated as a zoom in with a little bit of tilt and this is a frame in the middle of that movement but yes we would have to check the cameras so they work together with all the elements to get a nice composition. The noise is a post effect, looking for a little bit of an older grainier look with some strange blur and some oversaturated colors mixed with low key colours. The image is blured in post but we will have to tune the blur and the noise when we have the whole sequence rendered out.

03 March 2010, 05:22 AM
Looking really nice Andrea. I like the character and lighting a lot. :)


03 March 2010, 11:16 AM (

Software: Maya

Some animation from dan (a.k.a Framed) :)

Play Video >> (

03 March 2010, 11:07 PM
Your concept and characters personalities look promising to me. I 'm looking forward to see more. Good luck all:cool:

03 March 2010, 12:36 PM (

Software: Maya


Here's the next shot animated by Dan (Framed) :)

Play Video >> (

03 March 2010, 02:55 PM
he he he realy cool shot ! animation looks nice, i like esspetialy this one chiken on right :) this tired one ;)

03 March 2010, 05:04 PM
Super Cool! I can really start to see alot of character in your animation test! Good luck!

03 March 2010, 07:47 PM
I love their eyes:thumbsup:

04 April 2010, 01:25 PM (

Software: Maya

Next animation shot! By Dan again.

Play Video >> (

04 April 2010, 06:36 AM
Hi guys. It is looking good. Really nice characters. Keep up the good work.
Can´t wait to see the renders.

from Ms Secret Agent

04 April 2010, 10:37 PM (

Here's a fast moodboard and lighting suggestion.

04 April 2010, 12:24 PM (

Software: Maya

Here's another sequence animated by Dan(Framed)

Play Video >> (

04 April 2010, 09:01 AM (

Here's another rendering wip from Andreas (ackee). Looking good!! :)

04 April 2010, 10:09 AM
Animation and rednering looks very nice.
Good luck on finish line

04 April 2010, 11:10 AM
It's been a while since I visited this therad and it looks very solid. Animations are solid if you keep render quality as in the last submission this should be great.
Good luck!

04 April 2010, 11:37 AM (

Software: Maya

Here's another sequence from Dan(Framed) again.

Play Video >> (

04 April 2010, 12:01 PM
Animation and rednering looks very nice.
Good luck on finish line

It's been a while since I visited this therad and it looks very solid. Animations are solid if you keep render quality as in the last submission this should be great.
Good luck!

Hi guys. It is looking good. Really nice characters. Keep up the good work.
Can´t wait to see the renders.

Thanks for the support and good luck to you too, I've been lurking on your threads a lot latelly.. Don't know about yourself but this is going to be one tight deadline for us.. I hope it won't look too rushed!

04 April 2010, 03:31 PM (

Software: Maya

Here's a new wip from Dan (Framed)

Play Video >> (

04 April 2010, 03:45 PM
Thanks for the upload, I just can't make the uploader work for me.. :) This shot is still a couple hours from delivery, so much going on with this character its hard to keep up.. with the schedule we have!

04 April 2010, 12:47 PM (

Software: Maya,mental ray

Here's a rendered shot from Andreas (ackee).

Done with Maya, mental ray and Fusion.

Play Video >> (

04 April 2010, 01:50 PM (

Software: Maya,mental ray

I accidently uploaded a dark version of that previous shot, so here's a lighter version.

Still done by Andreas (Ackee) with Maya, mental Ray and Fusion.

Play Video >> (

04 April 2010, 02:29 PM
Looking good. I don't know how whole sequence will look like but I only suggest you to improve camera work, now it moves in unnatural way.
Good luck! :beer:

04 April 2010, 03:13 PM
I like the explosion, did you use Maya fluids for it? How did you do the lightning?

04 April 2010, 04:22 PM
yes the explosion is made in maya fluids, there is also some debris flying around from instanced particles but i dont think that is showing :D

The lighting is a spotlight with some decay and then some fill lights on the car etc, rims on the house etc. Used a linear workflow :-)

04 April 2010, 05:35 PM
Looking good. I don't know how whole sequence will look like but I only suggest you to improve camera work, now it moves in unnatural way.

I *think* I know what you mean about the camera on that last shot. But I don't mind if you elaborate a little bit just to make sure :) There's two known issues with the shot, the camera stops before the shot is over, and the background matte isn't tracked right now and it feels like the set is moving, not the camera!

Thanks for the feedback!

04 April 2010, 08:00 AM (

Software: Maya,mental ray

Hey all, here's another one.
I think this one's entirely rendered by Andreas(Ackee) as well :)

Play Video >> (

04 April 2010, 08:32 PM (

Software: Maya

Here's som new animation from Dan(framed). The baby chick models were modeled by Carolina and rigged by Joakim.

Play Video >> (

04 April 2010, 10:12 AM (

Software: After Effects,Maya,Photoshop

Here's a making of WIP of our project :)
Compositing of this video: Joakim Palmkvist.

Play Video >> (

04 April 2010, 01:52 PM (

Software: Maya

Here's another shot. I think this is one of the last shots of the shortfilm. Animated by Dan(Framed) again :)

Play Video >> (

04 April 2010, 02:08 PM
Hehehe, Very great idea, Really!! Can't wait to see the final.

Work hand and take some rest! Finally Cheer! my friend! :D

04 April 2010, 02:30 PM
Thank you for you encouraging words :)
Take care you too and keep producing great pieces!

04 April 2010, 09:52 PM (

Software: Maya

Some updates from Dan!
This one's still pretty much in wip, so please ignore the double sound, etc. It's getting fixed :)

Play Video >> (

04 April 2010, 10:07 PM
really funny :) good work guys.
reminded me old MTV animations. where purple cat that seated on a tree and one crazy chicken just wouldn't stop bugging the cat. After that cat wasted the chicken :)

fast and flicker free renders to you!

04 April 2010, 10:26 PM
I hope you'll have enough time to finish, it's excellent !

Good luck ! :thumbsup:

04 April 2010, 03:53 PM
Thanks for the encouraging words you too! :)
I hope the renderings go smooth without any fuzz as well.

04 April 2010, 01:02 AM (

Software: After Effects,Maya

This will be our final making of :)

No time to write now gotta do the finish...

Play Video >> (

04 April 2010, 01:41 AM
Hurry, hurry!! I want to see this one done. Remember, your chickens make my chickens look stupid. (No offense, Noggin.)

04 April 2010, 04:45 AM
gogo :D :buttrock:

04 April 2010, 05:20 AM
I wish...we just missed the deadline with 2 minutes, cant belive it after all the sleepless nights the last weeks...well
bummed :buttrock: :cry:

04 April 2010, 06:34 AM
The submissions are still open as far as I see...

04 April 2010, 11:39 AM
There was an upload extension. See last page of faq

04 April 2010, 11:48 AM
Yeah we just noticed, we are working to get this done.
But we have some parts of our team sleeping and not answering their phones hehe

Stay tuned for the final version :)

04 April 2010, 03:10 AM (

Software: Maya,mental ray,Photoshop

Finally, the final video is up!

Softwares used: Maya, Fusion, Mental Ray, 3dlight and photoshop.

About the movie

Well, the main idea was pretty much as most other people would get when thinking of things that could suit a typical horror Bmovie. We wanted to come up with something really bizarre yet funny, and the idea of a giant mutated chicken(with three heads?!) popped up as we were brainstorming. Definitely something "eadioactive" and including a screaming blonde girl felt like a complete obligation.

And from there, everything started spinning. We decided immediatelythat this should be a complete CG movie having everything being done in 3D.
We used regular pen and paper for early concepts and storyboards, photoshop for everything 2D, turnarounds, moodboards, etc. And last but not least, all the 3D stuff was created in Maya.

We had a great time working on this, so thanks to everyone who worked with us and thanks for following our progress through these months. It's been tough and we barely made it to the finish line, thanks to the guys who managed to stay up and render like crazy yesterday :)

I wanna wish everyone good luck in the contest, and hopefully we'll see you in the next ones in the future.

Play Video >> (

04 April 2010, 03:33 AM
Very nice characters and animation, funny movie. Great 'not even the cameraman dares to watch' scene.
Good job all :thumbsup:

04 April 2010, 04:44 AM
Very interesting.
I like the animation and modeling.
Very funny.
Great job !

04 April 2010, 08:14 AM
Chicken chicken!!
yes super work u doneeeee
good luck to all :thumbsup:

04 April 2010, 10:04 AM
hello, i can't see the end of your movie ? i'am alone in this case ?

04 April 2010, 01:00 PM
Glad you guys liked it, we had lots of fun doing it. We had to simplify the original plan/script because some key members of the team got paid freelance work and were unable to work on it as much.. All things considering I think all of us are pretty happy with the end result..

hello, i can't see the end of your movie ? i'am alone in this case ?

I havent noticed but the file is just over 100Mb so you might need to let it buffer up properly on the player. Or try downloading the movie instead of streaming it!

04 April 2010, 01:54 PM
ok ok :)
but be careful , i have read on the rules we can't exeed 50mb for uploading :)

04 April 2010, 04:43 PM
FANTASTIC. Every aspect was top notch. I hope Beuda was wrong about the 50MB thing. Mine was 170.

04 April 2010, 04:58 PM
but ...

"Videos need to be encoded with a screen ratio of 4:3, common resolutions would be 640x480 or 320x240. The higher the bitrate you use the more space your animation will require. Keep in mind you are allowed only 50 megs of video files...."

04 April 2010, 05:07 PM
I asked them in the FAQ thread, we'll see if they answer :)

That info you're referring too, is probably for the CGuploader(video files for CGportfolios), which is a different uploader than the one we're using for the contest, in this case - the Challenge uploader. They didn't write anything under the "Rules" section, nor under "Deliverables" about this, and if they really have a limit of 50MB, then many submissions won't make it in the contest.

I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope for everyone that I'm right :)

04 April 2010, 05:46 PM
Edit: I'm with stupid.

It's a bit unclear but I think you're right. It would be counterproductive if there really was a 50Mb limit :D

04 April 2010, 06:34 PM
Haha - your movie is really funny and a good work too.

04 April 2010, 09:47 PM
I really enjoyed this one as well. You guy did a great job!

04 April 2010, 04:19 AM
Congratulations guys! Nice job. Great that you managed to complete it even though you got yourselves into a zombilooking condition. I guess it is a part of the B-movie :-).
Good luck now with the competition.

04 April 2010, 12:32 PM
Thanks a lot guys! :)
I'm so glad we made it!

04 April 2010, 03:47 PM
Very nice, it's a great movie !... the end is very funny !.."applause" very good job

04 April 2010, 04:53 PM
That was great. I really liked everything, especially the camera angles and lighting. A lot of fun to watch. All the best in the Competition! :)


04 April 2010, 07:09 PM
awesome, really great movie :cool:
Good luck


04 April 2010, 07:30 AM
really great entry.
brilliant making of as well, congrats!

04 April 2010, 08:32 PM
Thanks a lot, everyone! :D

05 May 2010, 06:53 AM
Great stuff.
My top 3 picks
B-Movie Entry: Staszek Marek
B-Movie Entry: Konstantinos Kakarountas
B-Movie Entry: Andrea Femerstrand

05 May 2010, 02:04 PM
Amazing! Looks great, and good humor!
Definitely one of the best. :)

So this is just the trailer, right, when can I watch the whole movie!? ;)

Bra jobbat allihop!

06 June 2010, 09:21 AM
Hey, Erik!
Thank you very much!! :D

Nice to see you here.

We'll see what happens in the future ;)
I think many of us in the group are fed up with all the chickens atm haha!

06 June 2010, 02:44 PM

Great job with the movie, its awsome!

// Jacob @ Imagination Studios.

06 June 2010, 06:20 PM
Congrats Guys! :D

06 June 2010, 10:29 PM
Thanks everybody! It was alot of fun, kinda looking forward too the next one :banghead: :thumbsup:

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