“La Main des Maîtres” by Georges Méliès School (EESA)

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    La Main des Maîtres


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  • Georges Méliès School (EESA)


    “La Main des Maîtres” takes its graphical direction from the early 20th century’s Art Nouveau and Victorian styles. Beneath the graphics is the society of the working class during the industrial revolution as it relates to class struggle. The major artistic influence on the overall animation style is the painter Alfons Mucha. From this inspiration, everything went to Steam-punk, which contributed more craziness and freed the genre. The production culminated as a 2D animation short built with 3D animation tools in one year with a three-man team.

    All the characters were modeled in 3D. They were rigged and animated with cloth simulations and rendered with a sort of “toon” shader. Once animated, using a custom MELScript UI to manage them, they were rendered and fixed in 2D to add facials, correcting penetrations, lines, and shadows, and to composit everything in an attempt to match 3D characters with non-animated 2D characters and matte paintings. Moreover, having 3D characters allowed us to match with 3D visual effects.


    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 – 2Go DDR II – 8800GT


    Maya, Houdini, Photoshop, Bodypaint, After Effects

Additional Contributors:

    Directors: Adrien “CaYuS” Toupet, Clément Delatre, Looky

    Ico and Secondary Characters: Martial Le Minoux

    Chari: Kira

    Graphic Concept, Modeling, matte Painting, 2D Animation: Looky

    Rendering, Texturing, Compositing, 2D Effects, Props, Lighting: Clément Delatre

    3D Effects, Cloth, character Rigging, 3D Animation: Adrien “CaYuS” Toupet

    Music: Sébastien Renault

    Sound Effects, Sound Mixing: Olivier Michelot

    Production: Georges Méliès School (EESA)

    Acknowledgement: For your good advice and support, our families, friends, teachers, and especially Cédric Babouche, Emilie & Alexis Wanneroy, Guillaume Fradin, Alain Ridon, Daniel Buthiaux, Olivier Michelot, Maud Bourotte, Emeline Degand, Gengis Khan, PJ, and Alissa Soukhanova.

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