Worlds collide in GTA V photography

Category: 3D Animation, Fine Arts, Game Development, Gaming, Photography

Interesting to see how the virtual world of Grand Theft Auto V inspires artists to some great projects.

The city Los Santos and surrounding wider Blaine Country — the virtual ‘open world’ where the game takes place is inspired by LA and surrounding countryside. It shows a culture in decline with self-help gurus, fading celebrities, cheap reality TV and economic uncertainty. Is this a nicely stylized version of reality or maybe a peek in the near future?

We have already shown a really cool example of a photographer exploring this world, but Canadian artist Benoit Paille takes this concept to the next level.

He uses ‘reality’ and analogue technology to create photographs that blur the line between the physical reality and the game environment. He doesn’t make screenshots, he uses a DSLR to capture the locations displayed on screen. Then he blends in real models hands as they take a photo.

We like how this project explores the basic concept of photography and reality — stating that photography is never about reality, it is a fraction of our own perception.

The real life shots of hands taking the photos are meticulously detailed so they blend in perfectly with the virtual landscape.

During the process he also reflects on the question of legitimacy and the authorship of artwork, and the utopistic concern how the photographic medium will disappear as we know it.

Interesting exploration, well executed. Love the mind-bending aspect of it and the questions he is asking. Worth to have a look at the video and his Tumblr page where he documents the process.

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Summer Design Scholarships to Milan & San Diego!

Category: 3D Animation, Accessory, Animation, Architecture, Design, Fashion Design, Film / Multimedia, Fine Arts, Game Development, Gaming, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial design, Interior Design, motion graphics, Photography

Ah, summer is coming… Time to change your travel plans to add Milan or San Diego to the list of cities you are visiting this year! We are giving out two scholarships to summer design courses offered by four top universities. Yes, you get to spend your summer days soaking up one of these beautiful cities AND all the inspiration and knowledge to be gained from these great schools!

And, as usual, there’s some extra icing on this cake. On arrival, Frontier is giving you a shiny new iPad Mini* to boost your creativity — think of it as our welcome present to you. This sleek little device will slide nicely in your handbag while you are busy exploring and creating. All you need to do is have a current portfolio displayed on Frontier and fill in the online application form.

Other good news is that the already broad palette of courses on offer is getting even better. For the first time, you get access to some cutting-edge 3D animation, game design and visual effects courses from the award winning Media Design School in Milan. New Zealand’s school that has nurtured digital design professionals to bring you the magic of the biggest current Hollywood blockbusters like The Hobbit, Avatar and Tin Tin has made its way to Europe!

Whatever discipline are you interested in, we have an awesome short course for it! This unique summer collaboration of four universities (Domus Academy, NABA, Media Design School, NewSchool of Architecture + Design) cover a wide variety of areas, including:

  • Design & Architecture
  • Fashion & accessories design, fashion management
  • Digital Arts (3D, Gaming, VFX, Photography, Graphic Design)
  • Business in Design
  • Visual Arts
  • Design experiences

This is too good an opportunity to pass you by. Read about all the details here. Make sure to submit your application and make your portfolio look hot before the 2nd of May – that’s when we are closing the competition and progress to the judging phase.

Who knows…it might just be you winging your way to a foreign land, armed with a Summer Scholarship and an iPad. So get busy getting creative, spice up your portfolio.

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Advice from Valve & Weta concept artist

Category: 3D Animation, Animation, Design, Expert insight, Film / Multimedia, Fine Arts, Game Development, Gaming, motion graphics

It’s more exciting times at Media Design School, the award winning design institution in Auckland, New Zealand. Being top of the game in 3D means it has direct access to the best of the best in digital design. If it’s about movies, television or gaming, chances are Media Design School have their paws all over it, this includes inviting industry superstars in for guest lectures and studio visits. An advantage of being near to the famous Weta and Middle Earth I guess.

So as it recently happened, legend Weta concept artist Laura Dubuk visited the classrooms, taught a masterclass and left the students inspired with some awesome work and valuable advice. Laura is one of those top notch concept artists we’re all a tiny bit jealous of. Not only has she worked on some of the world’s biggest games at Valve, she now she works on super-secret blockbuster projects at Weta Digital in Wellington. With a background in traditional art, painting and some pretty amazing abstract sculptural pieces, this talented artist has managed to cover all the art bases incredibly well. Wanna see what she has to say? Well then click to read what she shared with young concept artists, students and aspiring digital designers at Media Design School over on their blog!

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Winners Announcement – VisionFest Video Competition

Category: 3D Animation, Animation, Film / Multimedia, Fine Arts, Illustration, motion graphics

Wow, this competition has far exceeded our expectations! The amount of excellent quality work entered shows how much talent and creativity lives in our Frontier Community.

Looking at the best entries during the judging we decided to introduce more prizes to recognise more then one winner. So on top of the ArtFest scholarship and flights, we’ll give away two Apple iPad minis to two of the runner ups.

The judges

We had outstanding industry experts from Santa Fe to look at the entries and choose the winners.

Terry Borst has worked as a professional screenwriter for more than 20 years. His screen credits include Midnight Runaround (a sequel to Midnight Run, which starred Robert De Niro); the independent film A Private War; many episodes of the popular internationally syndicated television series Bugs; and Wing Commander III and Wing Commander IV (two of the most popular video games of the late ‘90s). Borst has been commissioned to write feature-film screenplays for studios and a TV series pilot for the BBC and collaborated on the scripting and development of other AAA-level video games.

He also co-authored two books about combining classical Hollywood storytelling techniques with game development processes. Borst has taught screenwriting at UCLA, USC, and other universities before joining the Film School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Katelyn Peer, Program Director at Creative Santa Fe, is a graduate from The Film School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. At Creative Santa Fe, Peer focuses on directing the annual FANTASE Fest (a light, music, and design festival), as well as community programming initiatives such as the Santa Fe Arts + Creativity Center, and connectivity throughout the city of Santa Fe with projects such as WALK [SANTA FE]. Peer worked on the Santa Fe Studios Operations Team at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and directed The Film School’s 1st Annual Shoot the Stars project, The Boston Post. Peer’s video, The Chromatic Typewriter was featured in the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, the Outdoor Vision Festival, the Santa Fe Day at ISEA, and the Downtown Santiago, Chile Video Art Festival.

 

So … let’s get to the winners!

The full ArtFest scholarship with flights goes to Esteban Erazo from Quito, Ecuador. His short film ’The Invention of the Century’ has been chosen for the grand prize by the judges.

The judges thought: ‘In 26 seconds, the filmmaker showcases a unique animation look and style, slyly tips his hat to film history, and tells a complete story with humor and irony. No other film accomplished quite as much in so short a time.’

Congratulations Esteban!

But we just can’t stop here, we decided to give an iPad mini to two other contestants. One of them goes to Can Kesim from Santa Fe, US for his amazing abstract piece ‘Flatness’.

The judges noted: ‘Outdoor Vision Fest is about in part — the play of light against the darkness. The filmmaker plays with line, geometric planes, and dimensionality in an always intriguing exercise in chiaroscuro.’

The other iPad mini goes to Laura Bianco in Milan, Italy for her beautiful short film ‘Underground’. Laura’s short was a unique blend of digital animation made with old family photos and mixed audio recordings of her relatives talking about their lives.

The judges thought: ‘A charming meditation on memory, history, and seizing the moment: a unique blending of media.’

On top of these we have a list of films that will be exhibited at the Outdoor Vision Fest on the Santa Fe University of Art and Design campus on the 2nd of May 2014. Here is a ‘best of’ selection of more awesome entries and the list of works who will get to add this exhibition to their CVs.

Interstizio by Mattia Kollo

State of Mind by Trevor Giove

Light Tribe by Chris Stahelin

And the list of films goes on:
The Cairns, Smokin’ Bones, Fishman, Dot Project, and Feed Me.

Congratulations to all … until the next VisionFest competition in 2015!

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Who Will Conquer?

Category: 3D Animation, Film / Multimedia

This is absolutely epic and a must watch. I know that we’ve kind of missed the boat in terms of the Winter Olympics timeline, but I had forgotten to share this and when I remembered I thought, well, it’s just too amazing to not… even if the event is all done and dusted.

This incredible sequence is a promo for the BBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics. What to say apart from the fact that this is an incredible piece of work. Part live footage and part CG, Platige Image, the post house behind the job, have absolutely and completely nailed it. Full of drama, full of vast domineering mountains, full of rich dark hues and perfectly shot action, it’s a sports promo like no other. When I look at a job like this I can’t quite understand the scope of it all. There is so much work here that it’s amazing that it’s for a television channel (albeit one of the worlds largest) as it really feels like this should be made for the big screen. Even the storyboarding is astounding, and if you have any interest in that I highly suggest you click here to see it all laid out in pencil, along with some pretty impressive style frames. The creative agency behind the job Y&R, and it’s post house of choice Platige Image have really scored 100% on this one. It’s nearly impossible to fault.

Beautifully scripted, beautifully shot and beautifully realized. Whether you like sport or don’t like sport, either way, you’ve got to admit that this thing gets the pulse racing.

Im serious with this one. Turn it up, make it big and watch some incredible computer generated action.

(Right… done that? Now take a look at the making of. Just as impressive!)

Logan Bradley

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