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From filmmaker to 3D artist

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Les mystères de l’infini, J.J Grandville 1844

My background as a filmmaker has heavily influenced my approach to 3D. But in virtual reality I want to go even a step further. I want to create the illusion of a fourth dimension. Inside a VR headset our senses are transported to a different place and time. Within this virtual space traditional storytelling fail and open a realm of new forms of expression.

I owe my artistic freedom to the Blender Foundation and its generous community. Today I am totally independent. For chroma key filming I use my Iphone, modeling I use 3D Blender and post production Final Cut.

The eight films below are the results of my progression so far.

The ’?’ Motorist revisited is my second film for a virtual reality headset. You can also see the film in normal view here below.

Welcome

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The ’?’ Motorist Revisited in Virtual Reality

The ‘?’ Motorist revisited a homage to Walter Robert Booth 1869–1938.

Walter Booth was a pioneer of British film. Like many early filmakers, he had a background as a magician. His use of magic tricks and experimentation with the film medium made him one of the great innovators of his generation.

Booths’ film The ‘?’ Motorist opens with a couple driving a car and a police officer chasing them. The couple escapes by driving straight up the wall of a building and shoot off into the sky. They fly to the moon and beyond to the rings of Saturn. Eventually, they fall back to earth, crash through the roof of a courthouse and end up being chased by the police again. Read more

In my version, a T-Ford arrives on the moon with two women at the wheel. They land and discover a small and beautiful movie theatre, a reminiscence to the early cinemas found on fairgrounds in the early 19th century. Inside the cinema, Booths’ original film starts and we get to experience the movie with the same fresh eyes the public once had in back in 1906.

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Credits

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Thanks to the Blender Foundation and community for all help.
3D work in Blender 2.8 and editing in Final Cut Pro X

On screen: my wife, Anna Gorsetman and I

Original film by Walter R. Booth: The‘?’Motorist from 1906
Music: Mister Expedition, by Kevin MacLeod
Music: Cheek to Cheek, by Fred Astaire
Music: Iron Horse- Silent film Dark, by Kevin MacLeod Youtube Audio library
Sculptures: Nike of Samothrace by Panomedia
Sculptures: Jason with the Golden Fleece by Geofrey Marchal
Audio: Final Cut Pro X Audio library, SoundSnapPond5
Render farm: RenderStreet

You can see the film in VR 360 stereoscopic with a VR headset in Youtube VR and Facebook VR.

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Romance

The brothers Lumière film ”L’arrivée d’un train à la gare de la Ciotat” created a sensation back in 1896. The legend goes that the audience panicked when they saw a train coming directly at them.

For my first virtual reality film I have recreated a complete 3D model of the Ciotat station and the arrival of the train.

The camera also follows a couple in love as together they discover virtual spaces inspired by painters such as de Chirico and Manet.

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Credits

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Thanks to the Blender Foundation and community for all help.

3D work in Blender 2.79 and editing in Final Cut Pro X

Original film from Lumières: L'arrivée d'un train à la Ciotat
Audio: SoundSnap, Final Cut audio library and Pond5
Music: Youtube library, Blue Danube by Richard Strauss
     AudioMusic: Valse no.1 from Valses oubliées, S.215
by Franz Liszt (1811-1886).
Performed by Vadim Chaimovich, Musopen 
HDRI sky: CGSkies and hdri-hub.com
Render farm: RenderStreet

You can see the film in VR 360 stereoscopic with a VR headset in Youtube VR and Facebook VR.

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The Carth

When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)


William Turner (1775-1851) blends light and color in his paintings in an extraordinary way. I am particularly fascinated by one of his paintings at the National Gallery in London: "Rain, Steam and Speed - The Great Western Railway".

Music: Blue Danube by Richard Strauss

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Credits

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Thanks to the Blender Foundation and community for all help.

3D work in Blender 2.7 and editing in Final Cut Pro X
Audio: SoundSnap, Final Cut audio library and Pond5
Music: Youtube library, Blue Danube by Richard Strauss
Willam Turner painting: The National Gallery download page
HDRI sky: CGSkies and hdri-hub.com
Render farm: RenderStreet

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Europa 2016

In 1536, Michelangelo was over sixty years old when he started to paint the Last Judgment in Rome. It took him 6 years to complete.

The famous fresco has been recreated in a 3D environment where the camera sweeps around the numerous characters. The atmosphere is as tense as on a sinking ship following the figures who grasp and climb over each other in desperation. Struggling to reach safety at the top where there is only space for the few.

Etchings in the background by Giovanni Battista Piranesi 1720-1778

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Credits

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3D work in Blender and editing in Final Cut pro X.
Audio from Final Cut audio library and from Pond5
Skeleton rig by feelgoodcomics.

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The enigma of La Ciotat

My wife painting at home and later in a landscape inspired by Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978).

The black and white silent film was filmed by the brothers Lumière in France 1895: “L’arrivée d’un train en gare de la Ciotat”, is considered one of the first film ever made.

Music: Valse no.1 from Valses oubliées, S.215 by Franz Liszt (1811-1886). Performed by Vadim Chaimovich.

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Paintings

The veil, so loaded with meanings these days!
I prefer to search the mysteries it veils.

First painting: unknown artist.
Engraving by Gustav Doré (1832-1883): The Confusion of Tongues.
Second painting by Antonello da Messina
(1430-1479): The Virgin Annunciate.

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Fireplace

First painting: unknown artist.
Engraving by Gustav Doré (1832-1883): The Confusion of Tongues.
Second painting by Antonello da Messina (1430-1479): The Virgin Annunciate

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