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Alt-J Videoclip


By Matray (of Babioles fame).

matray writes:

Hi there !

I've done pretty quickly a film for a videoclip contest, with a lot of blender in it :)

I'm not really into free contest stuff generally but I really like the artist and his song (the whole album actually !) So I took my camera and with no money (and not that much time, it was 3 weeks before the deadline when I've found out about this...) I've done this with the help of some friends.
I was willing to wait for the decision before sharing it with the blender community, but it's been more than a month and they still didn't pick any of the 83 films submitted, so I can't wait any longer to share it so... Here it is:

I've worked with Cycles for the first time and this is really a great render engine ! The DOF is superb, easy to setup, fast (not the DOF ;) ) I just miss the SSS sooo badly ! But anyway I really liked to work with it ! The character is the very first one I've done in 3D about 5 or 6 years ago and it was the perfect opportunity to bring him back to life.

Everything was tracked, and composited in Blender and there were just a few final touches like grain, glow and sharpen that were made in After Effect.

And for the animation part I've used Faceshift which was free at the time, and record myself singing the song. This wonderful piece of software captures every movement of your face with a Kinect. Then I've used a friend's script to import those datas into blender to assign the faceshift values to my monkey's face shape keys.

So I hope you like it. It's not a very happy film but the song is about revenge, so...

Cheers !


  1. Usage of speech-sync software is good here :) Actually I was wondered "wow! he keyframed all these movements, it's a stubborn work!" :)
    The video tracks are very cool. The mix looks very professional. What else to expect from "Babioles" artist? :D

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    Gobsmacked. I have been a visitor to this site for many years, but up intil now I was never moved to comment so I never joined up. that all changed when I saw this clip. Your character and the story being told works so well with the song. Well done very well done in my honest opinion. And thank you for sharing it with us.

  3. Great work, good luck! Is it intentional that the creature looks like the skeleton of a shadow world relative of our dear Suzanne?

  4. Great work, love how seamlessly the skeleton is integrated into the live action space at the end. Can you share the script that you used to import the Faceshift info to Blender?

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