“MTV – Forests” by Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

  • ©Piotr Karwas  Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg


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    MTV - Forests


Company / Institution / Agency:

  • Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg


    Topic: forest protection. A mad guy is cutting trees. When the whole forest is turned into an empty field, the woodcutter is covered with leaves and wood particles. In his madness, will he recognize that he is not a tree?

    The main character in this short film is a combination of motion capture, keyframe, and traditional cell animation tech-niques, in which sequences of hand-drawn images are mapped into the 3D world.

    All 3D animation was done with Softimage 3D. Actor motion was captured with Ascension Motion Star. Cell animations were done in the traditional way, then scanned and colored in Discreet Logic Flame. All textures were hand painted with acrylic paint, then scanned and postprocessed on Photoshop. Everything was rendered with Mental Ray. Compositing was done in Flame.

    Most of the work was done on SGI and Intergraph workstations.


    Softimage 3D, Ascension Motion Star, Discreet Logic Flame. Photoshop, Mental Ray, Flame

Additional Contributors:

    Director: Piotr Karwas

    Producer: Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg

    Cell Animator: Wojtek Wawszczyk

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