“The Beauty” by Magic Animation Studio

  • ©Mao Qichao


SIGGRAPH Video Review:




    The Beauty


Company / Institution / Agency:

  • Magic Animation Studio


    The story of a girl who tries to assassinate the Emperor of the Qin dynasty, animated in the meticulous style of ancient Chinese painting.

    ”The Beauty” uses Maya as the major software for the whole production. As 3D software, Maya is always deemed to be weak and hard to handle in demonstrating 2D rendering as well as meticulous painting rendering. For “The Beauty”, the production team explored Maya’s potential and possibility in representing old Chinese-style painting and murals, including delicate and aesthetic characters, magnificent and majestic palace scenes, thousands of soldiers fighting in a battlefield full of smoke and fire, and dances with long flowing silk inner sleeves.


    Autodesk Maya 2008 Shake 2.5, Photoshop CS3, After Effects 6.5

Additional Contributors:

    Story: Mao Qichao

    Director: Mao Qichao

    Character Mock-up: Mao Qichao

    Art Director: Mao Qichao

    Technical Director: Zhu Tinghua

    Producer: Mao Qichao, Zhu Tinghua

    Lead Animator: Zhu Tinghua

    Animators: Pan Zhichao, Zhong Sheng, Wei Yichao

    Production Assistant: Wang Juan

    Production: Magic Animation Studio

    Acknowledgment Special thanks to Mr. Mei Linmao for his music: “Curse of the Golden Flower”

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