Tangent Animation "Next Gen" picked up by Netflix


#1

Tangent Animation’s newest feature animation, “Next Gen”, is the studio’s second animated film. Rendered 100% using Blender Cycles, according to a source at the studio (it seems this film was also produced using Blender).

Watch it here:
https://www.weibo.com/tv/v/e843ea96a612b86d41927e3cf3aab574?fid=1034:e843ea96a612b86d41927e3cf3aab574

Interestingly enough Netflix paid 30 million to pick it up for Western audiences:
https://www.cartoonbrew.com/feature-film/why-did-netflix-pay-30-million-at-cannes-for-the-chinese-animated-film-next-gen-158348.html

Tangent Animation’s first animated feature (also done in Blender) was “Ozzy”: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5770430/

“Next Gen” looks and feels much more advanced compared to their first film.


#2

One of the Tangent Animation studio’s co-founders, Jeff Bell, shared a bit more technical production info:

[quote=]I can’t talk too much about the movie prior to its release, but I can confirm a few things on the technical and production side.As people surmised, this is indeed 100% Blender for the core work, including Cycles for all rendering, supplemented with other software in a few areas, specifically:Substance Painter and Photoshop were used for a good chunk of the surfacing and texturing work, with Blender paint tools used for the balance.

Houdini and Fume FX were used to generate VDB and Alembic data for import and render in Cycles. Stefan Werner and Luca Rood (who did a fantastic job on improving the cloth sim in Blender that was used heavily in NextGen) worked on adding proper support for VDB voxel data, and improving the Alembic support, including importation and exposing attribute data for use in Cycles material networks.

On the development side:Stefan also did some incredible work on volumetric rendering efficiency, adding the Intel Embree core to Cycles, and generally improving the Cycles renderer for user on NextGen. Render times were extremely reasonable and manageable, even with full 3D blur and in-camera DOF used throughout the filmWe added a number of other features to Blender to benefit the film, such as support for Cryptomattes (we render everything in camera, so Cryptomattes are a godsend in compositing), improved animation features, and a variety of other features in various areas of Blender

Tangent itself has never been a Maya studio, though a previous incarnation of the studio used Maya. I was one of the first animators to work on Maya at the R&D phase back in 1994-1998, and I’ve utilized Maya as the core piece in 5 different pipelines in various studios, so to switch to Blender is a big deal for us. The ability to redirect spending from commercial software to custom development is huge for our projects.

We will be working with the Blender Institute on re-incorporating our changes into Blender where possible, as we believe that it’s important for the community at large, and we welcome others to improve on the work we’ve done so that we can benefit from those improvements on our upcoming films.[/quote]


#3

How did they find all Blender animators?
I heard that nowadays character animators turn down a job if they need to animate with anything other than Maya.


#4

Good question, check this blenderartist thread and ask Jeff. I hope he can help you.
https://blenderartists.org/t/new-from-tangent-animation-next-gen-is-this-bender/1116159/48


#5

It looks really amazing! Netflix is awesome in creating. But their price policies and geo-restrictions are so annoying that I bet this time I’ll visit top torrenting sites to get this. I hope it will be cool!


#6

Where did you hear that?

In general a good animator is able to animate with any app, no matter if it´s max, Maya, Blender or any other pacakge with the main animation tools, they should, for example in Pixar the do not animate with Maya and they have to be proefficient enough to shift pacakges with ease.

Right now in the Blender Animation Studio there are several animators, one of them is Spanish, Pablo Fournier, he was an animator in Maya at Illumination and he is animating with Blender now, not just with Blender but he is going through the pain of using Blender 2.8 alpha/beta for the production hehehe

Do you think an animator should turn down a job if it´s asked to animate in 3dsmax?

:slight_smile: