In August of 2010 IdN
contacted me to see if I'd like to include "The Beast in Me" vimeo.com/7293141
in the next issue of their publication. I jumped at the chance,
however, as a DVD was getting pressed and included with the magazine, I
couldn't secure the rights to the man in black. I decided to dust off
FUTURA_ANIMATED one last time and see if I could recreate the Johnny
Cash piece with a new band that might enjoy the exposure that the IdN
I emailed the amazingly talented Phosphorescent who just happened to be
playing San Francisco that week. I always loved the track "Wolves" since
I bought it on vinyl a few years ago, and stark, minimal imagery always
ran through my mind when I heard it.
I designed a few styleframes, pitched it to 'em, and we were off to the
races! Completed in 10 days... while both teaching at AAU and working at
Cobra Creative, so essentially I made it after hours, and got this done
on fumes and passion!
The piece will be included in IdN v17n5 -
or you can get just the DVD at new IdN video collection -
Technically- This piece is C4D, After Effects and the type was created
with my custom animated cut of Futura in Livetype, based on a project I
did at Cobra Creative. The wolf was modeled and rigged in c4d (I started
with a base model from TurboSquid and pulled it apart and re-modeled
much of it and modified it) and the low poly look is based on some
deformers and expresso. I looked at some "real" character animators rigs
to get the IK right on the quadraped set up and some reference on
youtube to get the run cycle looking like something close in the
animation. There is some GI on the opening shot so the wolf character
casts some light in the environment, but no where else in the piece (no
time for rendering). The type elements are comped in AE and the audio
track is shortened to the first verse and chorus.
P.S. Want to play around with the source files?
They are right here-