Reallusion and Animation Magazine partner to showcase super-power animation technology at the 2011 Comic-Con.
We talked with so many great folks at Comic-con and heard some stories about our tools powering hefty studio projects. Comic illustrators and indie publishers were interested in the Reallusion CITY marketplace and also how they can create motion comics from their existing catalog with CrazyTalk Animator. The iClone5 Kinect mocap preview wowed with instant calibration and real-time puppetering with record. We also announced today that iClone5 will be available in September. There are iClone5 videos and a preview of features here.
We talked to directors like David E. Duncan a storyboard and VFX artist for Ironman, Snow White & The Huntsman and more. His VFX and Previz studio, Flying Sorcery, specializes in innovative r/c aerial shots, animatics and previz. iClone's Kinect-powered mocap and 2D facial animation with CrazyTalk impressed a seasoned pro, but what's really impressive is the IMDB page for David. That's his storyboard from Ironman.
Comic-Con is a pop-culture crossroads. The entertainment industry is there in full force and nearly everyone is relaxed, having fun and ready to enjoy the ride. Open minds reign supreme.
The combination of industry-insider coverage with a free copy of Animation Magazine and Reallusion's in-booth Kinect mocap experience made for steady crowds at the booth. iClone5 kinect animation and CrazyTalk Animator Motion-Comic demos were a hit and we got some great feedback from animators, illustrators, directors; even famous TV shows (ahem, Jimmy Kimmel Live!) are using Reallusion to make funny, fast.
A perfect ensemble of storytelling at its best. Writers of comics and celebrities from all genres are onsite for meet and greet or autographs, which makes for some major geek-freak (Ok, ok... I'm guilty. see cheese photo with Garth Ennis #kidforever)
Indie studios have found CrazyTalk and Reallusion tools to be a just-in-time solution and we caught one film on-the-rise at Comic-Con's Martial Arts Film Festival, "Justice For Hire."
Zach Shelton, director, Willow Road Animation met us at our booth and shared their story of coming to Comic-Con and how CrazyTalk Animator played a big role in their film. Zach shares his experience in the following video interview I did with him the day after the premiere.
The film, "Justice For Hire," motion-comic trailer DID premiere at Comic-Con's Martial Arts Film Festival.
The Reallusion experience at Comic-Con invited attendees to see the powerful, time-saving and budget-friendly tools for 2D and 3D animation. 2D Animators see how fast CrazyTalk Animator can animate their existing 2D illustrations or rig their custom sketchs or vectors into fully animated sprite-based characters. Facial animation is solved with CrazyTalk Animator. Define the character, record audio and see your comic panel or storyboards come to life. Previz and feature production artists applauded CrazyTalk as a "pocket knife," in the studio.