Utada Hikaru Filmmaker talks iClone


If you have not been privileged to experience the work of John Holland then you are in for a treat. If you know his work, then you’ll be happy to know he has released his 11th iClone video featuring the music of Utada Hikaru. I recently talked with John and asked him to tell us more about himself and his iClone filmmaking process.
Since I first discovered John’s work in 2006, I’ve followed his rise from first-time animator with iClone to full-time student at the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). I’m impressed with the journey John has taken and feel it’s representative of many stories that the Machinima craft has to tell. The power of the filmmaker is no longer exclusively in heart of the Hollywood hills, it’s now in the heart of every imaginative soul.
Reallusion Interview with John Holland:
RL: Can you tell us a bit about yourself? A quick bio?
Lets see, well my name is John Holland, I am 20 years old, and I am a Animation Sophomore at the Savannah College of Art and Design. I live in Georgia and I have been animating here and there for a little over 2 years now.
RL: How long have you been using iClone?
I’ve been using iClone since the end of 2005 when I downloaded the trial version of the program(I found it by accident and i’m really glad that I did because its what made me realize I want to do this for a living). I had never animated anything before at this point and I always thought it might be fun to give it a try.
RL: Why have you chosen iClone as your tool for animating Utada music videos?
I decided to use iClone for my Utada music videos because I just find its pretty easy to use and I can get the results I want with it in just a couple hours of work, you don’t have to an experienced animator to create great videos, and with each upgrade it seems that the program just gets better and better.
RL: How long does it normally take to create one of your videos with iClone?
For each video I make, the time it takes to finish one depends mostly on the amount of time I have when I’m not working on projects for school. The overall time I guess each would take if I just constantly work on it for a couple of hours each day, would put them at about a week.
RL: What video editor do you use?
For editing videos, I just use Windows Movie Maker. Probably not the most professional tool, but it is pretty simple to use and gets the job I want done.
RL: Can you explain your process that you plan your shots inside iClone. Do you storyboard your videos?
When I start a new video, I just listen and look at the lyrics to the songs I plan to use, and just see what comes to mind. I usually make a list of things that I think would be interesting to do, images that come into my mind when I hear certain parts, colors, lighting, and things like that. So I don’t necessarily storyboard my videos out, but I don’t go into each video without some idea of what I hope to achieve.
RL: What do you like most about iClone?
As for picking one feature to say I like best is pretty hard, because there are a couple things I really enjoy about iClone. I really like 3DXchange and Clone Cloth, I think they both allow for a lot more customization to the things everyone can create with iClone.
RL: What would you like to see added or refined in the forthcoming iClone 3?
With iClone 3 coming out soon, I really would like to see being able to animate independently more than one character at a time. I think that would be a great feature. As for other inclusions, I’d really like to see more types of animals added to iClone like Dogs and Cats. From some of the things I’ve heard are supposed to be in iClone 3, I think Reallusion is heading in the right direction.
View all 11 of John Holland’s iClone Music Videos
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=atlier00

iClone Project Runway: Students design fashions in virtual worlds

Fashion design in the real-world requires much ado to go from paper to Prête-a-porte. In the virtual world, designers shed the sewing and strut their stuff with Adobe Photoshop and Reallusion iClone. Students enrolled in the Textile Design course at the Heaton Manor School in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK are first exposed to fashion design by creating their CloneCloth fashions conceptualized by painting and image editing inside Photoshop. The students then fit their looks using iClone’s CloneCloth character texture patterns before sending their virtual fashion line down the 3D real-time runway. Creating the fashion design based on iClone’s CloneCloth characters give students a number of model and clothing style forms to choose from that best fits the vision for each look in their virtual fashion line. Students express their eye for fashion while learning image editing and texture creation with Photoshop and are able to quickly see their fashions come to life with 3D animation using the accessible features of iClone.

TMOA Radio: iClone vs. The Movies

The Movies On-Air Radio interviews Machinima filmmaker CapeMedia on his transition from ‘The Movies’ to iClone. TMOA, spends a very informative and entertaining segment in the studio with CapeMedia discussing iClone filmmaking from the view of a filmmaker in search of a new engine for production. Cape, a long time ‘The Movies,’ filmmaker talks about the challenges of filmmaking in The Movies and his reasons for choosing iClone while discussing with hosts, Ken and Roger, about the strengths and challenges met with working inside iClone. The full interview is a great listen for anyone currently working in other engines and considering a shift to iClone and for current iClone users there are many excellent points made about how to improve your productions and best utilize iClone in the complete production pipeline. Thanks to TMOA’s Ken and Roger and CapeMedia for sharing their excellent broadcast.
Listen: Download the MP3s for the show
MP3 #2 – Cape’s segment begins at 34:00
MP3 #3 – Cape’s segment continues including questions from listeners
CapeMedia’s “The Sword Dance”
Cape’s website: http://www.capemediauk.com/Films.htm

iClone, Radiohead and Aniboom.com

Calling all iClone filmmakers looking to become the next music video mogul! The Machinima community has deep roots in music video ‘mods’, but this time it’s all about originality. The Radiohead, Aniboom.com create-the-video contest has a few requirements, in the first stage entrants will need to create a storyboard for members of the band to review whereby they will select certain candidates to move to the next round. There are no limits to what kind of storyboard you submit and videos are allowed for ‘previz,’ giving iClone filmmakers a certain edge over the competition. Another edge, you only have until April 27th to complete your first entry so speed is key and iClone will be certain to aid in this. Finally with the ability for iClone filmmakers to own and distribute their own work with full commerical ownership you can confidently enter the contest without doubt that, if you win, the boys from Radiohead can showcase your work on MTV, MySpace and elsewhere while padding your wallet with a sweet $10,000 production deal and you’ll have zero worry about using it to pay legal fees to some game company. Good luck!
Radiohead
The full details and article from Animation Magazine
Online animation network Aniboom has teamed with TBD Records to launch a contest inviting Radiohead fans around the world to produce an animated music video for any song from the band’s latest album, In Rainbows. Radiohead band members will choose the winner, who will receive $10,000 to produce a full-length animated music video. The competition will be supported by Adult Swim, Cartoon Network’s late-night programming block, as well as MySpace, where fans will be able to vote for their favorite videos.
(from Animation Magazine announcement) – read full article below
http://www.animationmagazine.net/article/8067

London Film Academy teaches iClone

The London Film Academy’s Digital Film VFX Certificate Program introduces students to previsualization techniques with iClone. Alan Marques, instructor and Visual Effects pro talks about how iClone is used at the London Film Academy in this video.


Alan Marques has 23 years experience in the digital special effects industry, VFX Supervisor, and Lead Tutor on LFA’s new Digital Film VFX Course, has over 30 feature film and television credits to his name including “GoldenEye”, “Seven Years in Tibet” and Werner Herzog’s “Invincible”. He has worked for a number of high-end visual effects companies including The Magic Camera Company, Artem Digital and Terry Gilliam’s Peerless Camera Company. He is a member of The Visual Effects Society and the BKSTS and has lectured to industry professionals for a number of years.

Machinima film, BEAST, showcases Reallusion CrazyTalk

Machinima, the emerging media movement where minimal studios produce maximum entertainment registered another milestone this week with the release of, ‘BEAST,’ by the Binary Picture Show.
BEAST opens as a kidnapped man wakes up bound in a mysterious room, knowing nothing of his captor, or indeed why he is there, setting the stage for a killer cinematic thrill.
Most Machinima films rely on in-game effects, fighting and heavy action missing the connection of true character emotion to the audience. BEAST not only connects to the audience, it grips, twists and shakes. Congratulations to the Binary Picture Show on a truly landmark film. Reallusion is honored to have such an accomplished example of CrazyTalk within BEAST.
“Crazytalk gave me the ability to do some great facial animation that would have been very difficult and time consuming in many other tools.” – Leo Lucien-Bay, BEAST creator.
The release of BEAST took place on Sunday Sept 16th: View High-Res version here

Do you want to be the next John Lasseter? CNET reviews iClone

Nothing faked in iClone’s animation
iClone 2 Studio Machinima SoftwareSeth Rosenblatt, CNET on May 16 2007
CNET Editors Rating – 5 out of 5 Stars
“Do you want to be the next John Lasseter? Is Hayao Miyazaki your hero? iClone Studio Edition 2.0 updates the feature-heavy, template-based 3D animation studio aimed at the amateur animator. It’s a must-see app if you’re trying to break into the camera side of movies and animation, or if you just want to play around with 3D animation without having to draw everything from scratch.”
Read the full review & Download iClone 2 Studio

Renderosity Reviews iClone 2

iClone, You Clone: iClone Reborn
“Whether you plan to use it as a production tool for your films, interactive media, websites, or previsualization, iClone will surely make your life easy in a lot of ways.” – Sergio Rosa, Renderosity
Last month Reallusion released iClone 2.0, the latest version of their acclaimed real-time animation software. If you’ve been following the program, you surely have realized how much it has grown since it was released a year ago (this is the third version in the one-year timeframe). For those that don’t know it yet, iClone is a real-time 3D animation tool that lets you quickly make your own short movies, music videos, and even teaching videos.

Renderosity - Staff ColumnistIt includes a library of characters, scenes, props, and pretty much everything else you may need, letting you focus on the creative part rather than the technical part (rigging characters, scripting, setting up renders, etc). Just like Poser, iClone runs a marketplace where you can buy animation cycles, characters, scenes, and props that will fit all your needs.

[Continued]… Read more @ Renderosity.com –http://www.renderosity.com/news.php?viewStory=13564