Ian Hubert delivers with a fun action-packed VFX Adventure
Let me just start by saying that like most people that would know of this project, I am part of a community of users of a program called "Blender". A free, open source 3D animation program that has grown over the years into a practically complete post-production suite! This film is made by the creators of this program to help stimulate development and help production-prove the program. But that is not why I am giving this film a 10/10. I am giving it that rating because it is an awesome film that tells a heart-warming story along with delivering amazing Visual Effects and some really awesome special features. Let's start with the story: it is a simple one but a beautiful one, about a man and his somewhat crazy robot ex-girlfriend... Okay so it's not the most thought provoking, deep, philosophical story, but it's still really nice :). I did have some trouble understanding how all of the elements of the story came together, but it was still really fun to watch. And besides, it seems to be Hubert's style to never quite tell us the whole story, but still have enough that you can follow and understand. And the film feels wrapped up by the time the credits roll. One or two small nitpicks about the acting, but nothing too serious. Now the Visual Effects: AWESOME! The Visual Effects were consistently awesome (save for a small bit near the beginning. You'll see it), always giving off a high quality big picture feel (done by only 8 artists!). At points it's almost impossible to think that most of the film was shot on greenscreen. It's really Inspiring to see what can be done in such a short time frame by such a small team. Another thing worthy of a shout- out is the audio. All done by one artist, the music has a beautiful mix between a sharp metallic techno and soft, organic, strings and piano (plus, the composer has made the entire soundtrack freely available for download from the film's website). The sound effects are equally as astounding. Delivering a heightened realism that would not be found if the audio was not so top-notch. As I said, this film was made to help develop a program called Blender. What is nice about that is that the filmmakers are releasing all of the files from the film under a license that lets anyone mess around with them! Along with a making-of, 9 (9!) minutes of vfx breakdowns, and much, much more. If you find you like the film, even a little, you really should buy the DVD. I'm not going to say this is the world's greatest film ever, but it is a really, really awesome short film. Proving the computer program (something pretty important to the community) and delivering an overall great, fun experience. (Plus I did like the Nyan Cat cameo (once you see it... ;) )) Seeing as the film is freely available on YouTube, I strongly recommend you go and watch it film... go... NOW!
Nick P :)
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