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3D camera mapping scenes for the documentary MOTALKO


Plain 3D camera animation with 2D actors can be so effective. This is probably the most stunning 2D actor animation I saw sofar. It is amazing how successful Miklós was in injecting live into those old images - of course the music fits perfectly. Camera mapping can really be amazing.

Watch and enjoy - this is truly stunning work.

Miklós Falvay writes:

Hello, my name is Miklós Falvay, I'm a freelance media design artist from Hungary.
Last year Attila Kékesi documentary director asked me, to work with him in his new movie Motalko.
I had to make "something interesting" with a lot of old photographs and documents. I found some camera mapping scenes on the internet, and finally we chosen this technique.
I never used any 3D software before, but I thought, this is a good time for learning Blender!


The whole process (modelling, texturing, compositing) was done with Blender 2.49.
Created by: Miklós Falvay
Layout artist: Domonkos Pinke

MOTALKO is a documentary about the first Hungarian petrol station.
Directed by Attila Kekesi, produced by Miklos Havas.
Released in 2011.



  1. Wow, that was impressive! Beautiful! And the trick to make even the noise in the image come alive with (i guess) tiny 3d objects was just damn cool. Well done!

  2. This is wonderful. I was drawn in and felt captivated from beginning to end, much like Brian May and Elena Vidal's 3D book "A Village Lost And Found".

    It's gratifying to know that Blender was used for this project.

  3. Köszönjük Miklós, ez felemelő volt! Nagyon nagy gratula, csak így tovább! ;)
    (Thank you Miklós, this was uplifting! Very big congratulation, keep up the good work!)

  4. Miklós great job! I love your work on these old photos. Grain animation pictures in perspective gives a stunning effect. Congratulations!

  5. Simply wonderful, Miklós.

    You explain you are new to Blender but you have mastered this technique in perfect style. I love the use of particles to add even more depth, but it must have taken ages to reconstruct the objects to do such a perfect fly through. Truly impressive :D

  6. I guess there is allot of hard work put into this, and it shows. One of the better camera mappings I seen. Great job.

  7. I created this kind of FX so many time ... but I never tried to recreate the white spots in 3D. That's add so many depth to the image ! It's a really great idea ... congratulations for this classic, but so well done FX. ;o)

  8. Having done camera mapping animations before, I know how much work goes into getting it to look right. So congrats to a job well done! The only thing I don't like is the chromatic aberration, I don't think it adds anything and in fact is somewhat distracting.

  9. "I never used any 3D software before, but I thought, this is a good time for learning Blender!"

    ...and you turn out something this good?... I hate you. ;P

  10. Blendiac lol great comment - it is in deed embarrassing to see what he pulled of.
    He watched for each detail, images, particles, music. just perfect.

  11. Ildiko Borsos on

    Ez fantasztikus! Ilyet még nem láttam! Büszke vagyok Rád, Miki :) Csak így tovább!
    (That's fantastic! I've never seen something like that! I'm proud of you Miki :) Keep it up!)

  12. This is truly inspiring. I am going to go through my old family photos tonight and try to find some that would be appropriate for this technique. Thanks.

  13. What resources did you consult to learn Blender for this effect? Any interest in a quick how-to? This is an amazing effect! Thanks for commenting.

  14. Bill in Tennessee on

    I've often seen similar techniques done on the History Channel with WWI and WWII photos, and I just assumed they laboriously did "cut-and-paste" techniques with PhotoShop to get the 3-D effect. Now I know... it's another digital trick called "photo mapping"! Nice to know how it's done, although it's sort of akin to knowing how the magician does the trick, and ruining the effect, but still nice to know.

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