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Old 04 April 2008   #1
LOST CARGO - stop motion short film, and making of...

Hi all,

AWN is hosting LOST CARGO, a stop motion short by 2 young Belgian directors:

http://www.awntv.com/videos/lost-cargo

The story:

On his long journey, intergalactic space trucker Eugene occupies himself with mail-ordering various useless gadgets to support his lazy lifestyle. When his merchandise is attacked by a nasty disease, his little robot Han-D can no longer handle the workload. The new high-tech robot saves the merchandise at first, but when it starts taking its job too seriously, Eugene's laziness and belief in technology turn against him.

I've cobbled together a page on the making of the VFX, as I was responsible for compositing and effects and finished work on this 3 years ago.

The film contains close to 200 effect shots, including CG elements, rig removal, effects compositing, etc.

And here is a breakdown of several shots of the movie with pictures and clips and everything!

http://www.uptotenheavier.com/08_LC_MO/LC_MakingOf.html

Enjoy!

Pieter.
 
Old 04 April 2008   #2
Brilliant!
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Old 04 April 2008   #3
LOL awesome! loved it.
 
Old 04 April 2008   #4
wow, top quality. You guys should make a feature! Loved the animation style as well!
 
Old 04 April 2008   #5
Thanks!

On the producer's website there's a clip of one of the directors animating, so you get a bit of a sense of the scale (and patience) involved:

http://www.illuster.nl/index_distribution.html

(Click on the top left image of Lost Cargo, then the second link at the bottom)

Would LOVE to do a feature. Maybe, one day, who knows... Definitely know a lot of things NOT to do on a larger scale now, too...
 
Old 04 April 2008   #6
What a coincidence: I just saw this film over the weekend, and was telling a workmate about it, and here it is on CG Talk. Good film - enjoyed watching it.
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Old 04 April 2008   #7
Wow! I absolutely LOVED it!
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Old 04 April 2008   #8
Fantastic! Enjoyed it all the way.
 
Old 04 April 2008   #9
I first saw it a few weeks ago and it immediately became one of my favourite animated shorts!

BRILLIANT!!!

Ales
 
Old 04 April 2008   #10
WOOW, very cool, great story, character design and animation. Well done!!
 
Old 04 April 2008   #11
wow, I did not realize that was stop motion when I first watched it... I thought you had just animated it to feel like stop motion!
 
Old 04 April 2008   #12
Wow, thanks guys!

@webhead & alesmav: where have you seen it? Just curious...

@aesir: you're not the first to make that comment, interestingly. It does look very clean, it's been recorded digitally as well, with a specially constructed digital camera. (and on top of that, I remember myself and Pieter Engels painting away any "dead pixels" we sometimes got, especially at low lighting conditions...). There wouldn't have been so much rig removal if it would have been CG though...

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Old 04 April 2008   #13
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Originally Posted by PieterVH
@webhead: where have you seen it? Just curious...


I just saw it yesterday while cruising the web for new videos before noticing you had posted about it here. I believe it was AWNtv, but when I went to watch it again today, the video quality seemed better than it was yesterday for some reason.
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Old 04 April 2008   #14
Hey,

This was great, absolutetly amazing, I love it. How long did it take you guys to finish this? great stuff! Thanks

Andreas
 
Old 04 April 2008   #15
Oh man, sweet. Riveted. Always appreciate the stop-mo. Thanks for the making of.
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