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Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève 2009 - Introduction


Olivier Amrein wrote:

We have just finished our latest job here at RGBprod . We were invited to create the 3d animations for the introduction of the different awards of the Grand Prix de l'Horlogerie de Genève 2009. This event can be explained as the “oscars” of watchmaking. It was shown last Saturday to an audience of 1200 of the most prestigious watchmakers of Switzerland during the award Ceremony held in the Geneva Grand Theater.

The animations stars a robot made of an epic (fashion word!) amount pieces taken from a watch mechanical movement. We basically modeled a robot shape we liked and started to stick these pieces to that shape, adding details and creating new some pieces if we needed them, but most of the piece very already modeled from a previous watch project we did. As for the rigging process well…it was like any other rig, nothing much special Except maybe that most of the gears are driven from bones using drivers, so they rotate whenever you move an arm or leg, handy!

All 3d done in blender some compositing and effects in aftereffect. The project credits goes also to Francesco Siddi (our talented italian) and Andres Bajares (our talented apprentice). Music and sound from Impactaudio.

Please be sure to also check out the 11 little animations for the different awards on the RGBprod YouTube channel.

P.s. there is also a thread on BlenderArtists.

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  1. Génial ! Beau travail...

    J'aime bien la petite touche d'humour toujours présente. Par contre impossible d'accéder à la vidéo de présentation du concours montre homme qui à l'air de ressembler à James Bond... dommage

    Continuez comme ça !

  2. Majestic! Congratulations! And I'm also happy to see an Italian be present in this beautiful international project using beloved-Blender (very few of us use it professionally)

  3. This is a fantastic piece of art. I commented on the Youtube video as well - this model + rig should be released/sold to the community so that newb animators (like me) can learn transformer style animation.

  4. Great piece of work - technically very impressive. I was a little bit under impressed with the design of the robot - something more dynamic might have better fir the piece as a whole. Nice job, though.

    ~ J

  5. Superbe animation, gros taf ! Combien de temps pour réaliser ? :) Bonne suite !

    Amazing work ! How much time to do it ? Cheers !

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