2018 was a great year for us at Reallusion, as it saw the maturation of iClone’s Motion LIVE mocap platform, along with the much anticipated release of Character Creator 3 for indie game developers, movie filmmakers, AR / VR creators, and animators alike.

Here is a flashback of all the best showcase stories from 2018 !

REALLUSION TOOLS POWER REPLICAS MOVIE

CGSociety interviewed REPLICAS executive producer James Dodson and VFX artist James Martin, with a behind-the-scenes of the REPLICAS’s Film production. Read how Reallusion‘s ecosystem of tools drove the innovative previz, motion capture and postvis techniques at the heart of the REPLICAS movie.

“iClone ended up giving us a workflow that we just hadn’t expected at all. For the needs that arose as we developed REPLICAS, it proved to be the perfect solution.”

– James Dodson / Executive producer, REPLICAS

Read Story: https://blog.reallusion.com/2018/12/21/cgsociety-reallusion-tools-power-replicas-movie/

FILMMAKERS & TECHIES GATHER AT VIZARTS TO EXPERIENCE REALTIME MOTION CAPTURE WITH ICLONE AND ROKOKO

VIZARTS Lab 1 was held at Aalborg University, in Copenhagen where students, directors, cinematographers, scriptwriters, producers, animators, programmers, designers and researchers got together for three days to explore real-time motion capturing technologies. At the event Tommy Thore Ipsen, from World For Story Studios – showcased how his team is using iClone’s Motion LIVE mocap platform.

“The motion pipeline for iClone can combine facial animation with finger tracking, and body mocap, where you can do everything in layers.”

– Tommy Ipsen / World of Story

Read Story: https://blog.reallusion.com/2018/12/14/filmmakers-techies-gather-at-vizarts-to-experience-realtime-motion-capture-with-iclone-and-rokoko/

CREATING 3D CHARACTERS AND ANIMATIONS FOR AUGMENTED REALITY CHILDREN’S BOOK

Brian Haberlin the co-founder of Anomaly Productions, shares how their team incorporated Reallusion’s iClone 7 and Character Creator 3 into their AR pipeline for their new “first-person”, augmented reality book – Creative Creature Catcher.

​”Character Creator is a great tool for creating bipedal characters.  With the in-program morphs and once you can cheaply buy from their store you can really dial-in almost anything.”

– Brian Haberlin / Founder Anomaly Productions

Read Story: https://blog.reallusion.com/2018/11/15/ar-post-creating-3d-characters-and-animations-for-augmented-reality-childrens-book/

GERMAN INDIE GAME STUDIO USES CHARACTER CREATOR WITH UE4 TO RECREATE FRIENDS INSIDE STEAM GAME

My name is Phil, I am 30 years old and I from Germany. I started working on our game – Photonic Distress after meeting my colleague Irakli Gagnidze on the UE4 Marketplace. We checked YouTube videos and we saw a Character Creator video. It took us a while to get the results we wanted, but finally our game was filled with CC Characters!

“I was not happy with the final character results of Mixamo Fuse because the faces weren’t unique enough. Then we discovered Character Creator.”

– Philipp Reichling / Indie Video Game Developer

Read Story: https://blog.reallusion.com/2018/11/08/german-indie-game-studio-uses-character-creator-to-recreate-friends-inside-steam-game/

ZOMBIE MUSIC VIDEO FEATURES UNITY STORE CONTENT IN ICLONE REALTIME ANIMATION

Director Jason J. Brown shares the Zombie Angel Poetry Slam (by TUK) video, where he chroma keyed live actor footage and combined it with Unity Asset Store scenery and props, inside iClone’s realtime 3D engine.

“I think this is a major turning point in scene assembly because the Unity Marketplace is MASSIVE – and every item is packaged in a standardized way that iClone can handle.”

– Jason J. Brown / 3D Digital Media Artist 

Read Story: https://blog.reallusion.com/2018/10/26/zombie-music-video-features-unity-store-content-in-iclone-realtime-animation/

ANIMATION STUDIO VISUALIZES REALTIME MOTION CAPTURE WITH OPTITRACK AND ICLONE MOTION LIVE

See how Florida-based animation studio — Monkey Chow Productions has learned to employ bleeding edge technology to perfect and lightspeed animation production thanks to iClone’s realtime animation.

“Using Motion LIVE to connect OptiTrack to iClone, is an incredible tool for telling the stories that YOU want to tell.”

– Jeff Scheetz / Director

Read Story: https://blog.reallusion.com/2018/10/19/animation-studio-visualizes-realtime-motion-capture-with-optitrack-and-iclone-motion-live/

MULTI-AWARD WINNING WRITER/DIRECTOR USES CRAZYTALK FOR SUNDANCE FEATURE FILM PROJECT

Farbod is an award-winning director, writer, animator, and composer that has made more than 5 Films with Award Winner/Official Selection at
numerous Film Festivals. His animated Film, ‘Bats and Jokes‘, where he used CrazyTalk 8 for facial animation, has won awards for Best Animation, Best Music and Best Short Film.

“With CrazyTalk  I was so impressed about its new facial animation capabilities that I bought it right away. One of the best light-bulb moments of my life.” –

Farbod Ardebili / 2D Animator Director

Read Story: https://blog.reallusion.com/2018/09/04/multi-award-winning-writer-director-uses-crazytalk-animation-for-sundance-feature-film-project/

ICLONE USER BECOMES LOCAL CELEBRITY WITH HAUNTED HOUSE, STAR WARS FAN FILM AND PROJECTION BUSINESS

I am 51 years old and I have made films since I was a teenager with my Super 8 camera. Later I became a singer/songwriter and performed with my band and eventually settled into a career as a graphic designer and web developer. As a hobby I became a Halloween haunter and that passion grew into quite a production as the videos I created went viral on YouTube with more than a million views.

“The animations I am able to create with iClone have been critical to my success.  I have since turned my passion for projection mapping into a business, helping other people do the same.”

– Matt Champneys / Animation Projection Artist

Read Story: https://blog.reallusion.com/2018/08/29/iclone-user-becomes-local-celebrity-with-haunted-house-star-wars-fan-film-and-projection-business/

ICLONE AND THE MAKING OF THE MOOD INDIGO MUSIC VIDEO BY JASON J. BROWN

Jason J. Brown is a digital media specialist and 3D artist that produces digital content such as animated graphics for television and video projections for musical theater companies. He has made many YouTube tutorials outlining his digital techniques– particularly for iClone and HitFilm Ultimate.

“It would not be possible for a small studio to generate dozens and dozens of CGI worlds without a super accessible CGI tool like iClone.”

– Jason J. Brown / 3D Digital Media Artist 

Read Story: https://blog.reallusion.com/2018/06/19/iclone-and-the-making-of-the-mood-indigo-music-video-by-jason-j-brown/

RETIRED SCHOOL TEACHER TURNS TO CRAZYTALK ANIMATOR CONTENT DEVELOPMENT

My name is Daniel S. Ferebee and I am a retired school teacher living on the east coast of the United States.  I have been involved in the creative arts for more than 20 years now. The content I develop includes graphic design, photography, music production, illustration, animation, voiceover and character design. Most of all I love to create characters for animation!

CrazyTalk Animator has been and will continue to be a great asset within my box of tools for doing the work I love. “

– Daniel S. Ferebee / 2D Content Developer

Read Story: https://blog.reallusion.com/2018/06/13/retired-school-teacher-turns-to-crazytalk-animator-content-development/

TALENTED AFRICAN ANIMATOR AIMS TO CREATE FULLY-ANIMATED ICLONE MOVIE

My name is Benjamin Sokomba Dazhi. I am from Nigeria and I am an animator and I mostly use iClone as my main animation software tool. I am very passionate about animation and I am creating fully animated movie using iClone. For now I am working alone as an indie animator, but thanks to Reallusion tools I am slowly building my team and making my animation studios dream come true!

“I will continue to use iClone for a very long time as I am very comfortable with its user-friendly approach. With this in mind, I can see how iClone is going to go all the way to the top! ”

– 
Benjamin Dazhi / 3D Animator

Read Story: https://blog.reallusion.com/2018/06/08/talented-african-animator-aims-to-create-fully-animated-iclone-movie/

MILLION SUBSCRIBER YOUTUBER USES CRAZYTALK FOR SPORTS COMEDY WEB SERIES


Dean Stobbart’s 442oons is a highly successful YouTube channel with over a million subscribers, that creates weekly-animated football parodies with songs and pictures. Dean saw a gap in the market that “no one had really done football cartoons before”, so he made his first video – a cartoon parody of Luis Suárez and Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger with the help of CrazyTalk Animator.

CrazyTalk Animator is far more than entry level! The tutorials were really helpful and the forums were amazing with people happy to share their tips and tricks!”

– Dean Stobbart / YouTube Animator

Read Story: https://blog.reallusion.com/2018/05/09/million-subscriber-youtuber-uses-crazytalk-for-sports-comedy-web-series/

EMMY AWARD WINNER SHARES HIS JOURNEY AND DISCOVERY OF ICLONE

Mark Pleasant formed Small Wonder Studio (SWS) right out of college in 1973. Since then he has been producing, directing, and shooting original productions, music videos, TV commercials, documentaries and 3D animation for clients around the world that include: RCA Records, Curb Records, BMG and Disney’s Lyric Street Records. Working in film & video and digital-media, Mark has tackled a variety of production assignments, and in all of this he has also become a long-time iClone advocate.

“Just when I thought things might be slowing down for an old geezer like myself, things are busier than ever. And I have to say that a lot of the credit goes to the folks at Reallusion with that amazing iClone!” 

– Mark Pleasant / 3D Producer Director

Read Story: https://blog.reallusion.com/2018/04/24/emmy-award-winner-shares-his-journey-and-discovery-of-iclone/

GAMER TURNS TWIN PEAKS PASSION INTO VR EXPERIENCE WITH ICLONE

Hi my name is Orly Rodriguez. I always dreamed of becoming a professional game developer, but I never imagined it would have happened so fast. One day I was watching Twin Peaks: The Return, and I had this crazy thought… I should make The Black Lodge from the show in VR. A few days later I was standing in that very room thanks to tools like iClone and Character Creator that have helped us achieve things that normally would have been impossible..

“Reallusion software has been an absolute joy to work with. I don’t think I would have continued making this project if I hadn’t discovered it. iClone is such a powerful tool and there is nothing out there that comes even close to it.”

– Orly Rodriguez / VR Game Developer

Read Story: https://blog.reallusion.com/2018/04/10/gamer-turns-tv-show-passion-into-vr-experience-with-iclone/

UGANDAN 3D ARTIST, ANIMATOR AND SCULPTOR DRAWS INSPIRATION WITH ICLONE FOR TV SERIES

My name is Solomon W. Jagwe and I am a Ugandan 3D artist, animator and sculptor. I came to the US where I majored in Art and Visual Technology with an Emphasis on 3D Environment Design and modeling, Character Modeling and Animation, Vehicle Modeling and Simulation.

iClone saves me time by simplifying my animation process. The ease with which I am able to edit the mocap data for the animation that could have taken me hours to hand animate by myself, is one of the major reasons I use iClone” 

– Solomon Jagwe / 3D Animator

Read Story: https://blog.reallusion.com/2018/03/27/ugandan-3d-artist-animator-and-sculptor-draws-inspiration-with-iclone-for-tv-series/

MICROSTOCK & FREELANCE GRAPHIC DESIGNER TURNS TO CRAZYTALK ANIMATOR

I am Francesco a multimedia artist currently based in Milan, Italy. For more than 10 years I have been working on multimedia art, video games and advertising as an Illustrator, animator and sound designer. After a few years in the video games and Virtual Reality field, I’m back to my main passion: cartoons!

“I chose CrazyTalk Animator 3 because it is the perfect software for everyday people like me, that need to produce animated content in a very limited time. The output quality is outstanding and the workflow is smooth and customisable. This is  the tool I have been waiting for a long time!”

– Francesco Tammaccaro / Multimedia Artist

Read Story: https://blog.reallusion.com/2018/03/23/microstock-freelance-graphic-designer-turns-to-crazytalk-animator/

SOLO GAME DEVELOPER BECOMES OVERNIGHT SENSATION WITH GUTS & GLORY

Jedediah “HakJak” Steen is a solo game developer that started HakJak Productions part-time in 2015, while finishing up college courses, working a full-time job and raising a family. When his first project, Guts and Glory, went viral on YouTube, he took a leap of faith to work on the project full-time where he used Character Creator 3 and CrazyTalk 8 for his game’s developement

“Reallusion is helping to level the playing field between AAA game studios and indie game developers. Character Creator gave me far more freedom and power to create what I wanted than any other character creation software I have used.”

– Jed Steen / HakJak Studios

Read Story: https://blog.reallusion.com/2018/03/19/solo-game-developer-becomes-overnight-sensation-with-guts-glory/

AUGMENTED REALITY COMIC CREATORS ADOPT ICLONE FACEWARE FACIAL MOTION CAPTURE

Cutting-edge media company – Anomaly Productions, adopts Faceware Realtime for iClone Facial Motion Capture system for AR comics, webisodes and general promotional videos for their comic and graphic novel properties.

“The Faceware Realtime for iClone plug-in is simply a MUST for any production house that requires professional facial mocap.”

– Brian Haberlin / Anomaly Productions

Read story: https://blog.reallusion.com/2018/03/06/augmented-reality-comic-creators-adopt-iclone-faceware-facial-motion-capture/

INVADER STUDIOS OFFICIALLY CONFIRMS ICLONE FACEWARE FACIAL MOCAP TECHNOLOGY FOR DAYMARE: 199

Invader Studios announce that thanks to Reallusion’s Faceware Realtime for iClone Facial MocapDaymare: 1998 will be more cinematographic than ever as this animation technology has enabled us to streamline the production of our first, third person survival horror IP.

“iClone 7 now has an amazing AAA game studio-level tool for creation of realistic facial animations.”

– Michelle Giannone / Invader Studios

Read the story: https://blog.reallusion.com/2017/12/12/invader-studios-officially-confirms-iclone-faceware-facial-mocap-technology-for-daymare-1998/

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