Martin White the nominee of the 2005 Suzanne Award for the Best Animation Artwork has completed his 20min film entitled: The Goat, The Boy And The Sun.
Martin has been inspired to make 3d animated films since seeing the animated film Tron as very small child. Today with tools available pretty cheap for the masses, Mr. White finally had the chance to make something out of his life.
In 1999, a blinding light illuminated White's face, as he for the first time heard the classical piece by Prokofiev: â€œScythian Suiteâ€ conducted by Kurt Masur on a BBC. That taken with his love for Disney's Fantasia, inspired him to take the entirety of Mr. Prokofiev's music piece and create an animated short.
After seeing the stunning images created by the Blender and Yafray community, he decided to take the open source route. And not long ago after many years of hard work he presented his 3rd animated film at Blender Artists Forums for everyone to see!
White writes a bit in the Blender Artists Forums thread:
It was turned down by about fifty film and animation festivals around the world and has still never had a public screening. Perhaps it's not difficult to see why - the character animation is sloppy in places and it's a big commitment to program a film that's nearly twenty minutes long. It also has a rather bleak ending, which people I've shown it to tend to get rather taken aback by.
I'm still fond of it though and there are a few bits I'm very proud of, particularly the sunset.
Nearly everything is rendered "in-camera" in Yafray, except the stars and the mist, which were rendered separately in Blender and composited over the top. There's some of the Blender sequences 'glow' effect on the early daytime shots, too. Oh, and there's some laboriously hand-painted motion blur at 00:07:20!
A contact at the BBC here in the UK advised me to put sound effects on it if I want to sell it to television, so I'm going to be making a start on that soon - it really does make all the difference.
So please support Martin White in this great achievement!
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(Thanks to Calvin for writing a great deal of this article)