I want to share a few of the videos I marked as favourites over the course of 2014. There are only a handful this year as I was a lot busier and didn’t find myself spending much time looking up VFX breakdowns or watching very many short film. 2014 was just a difficult year for me personally, one of those tragic years when family deaths, career crossroads, and so many other things that come up in the day-to-day take their toll. Hopefully 2015 will be better, it’s already off to a great start. So, anyway, please enjoy the videos below. And if you have any you’d like to share, leave a link in the comments!
Huelux from Randy Halverson isn’t flashy, there’s no crazy compositing or visual effects. It’s not a groundbreaking new use of existing or emerging technology. But it is absolutely stunning photography. Mr. Halverson captured some of the most impressive and gorgeous time lapse videos of the night sky from around the United States and really showed off an eye for brilliant motion, framing, and timing. Kudos.
I turned on Marco Polo only a few weeks ago on a whim. I wanted to put something stupid on in the background while I read a book—don’t ask, it’s a weird habit—but I found myself completely unable to read the moment my eye caught this stunning title sequence. Do yourself a favour and investigate the behind the scenes video of the planning phase and the breakdown of the final video. In my opinion The Mill really knocked it out of the park here. I love the fusion of practical and digital effects and the ink painting really sang to me. The show is also really, very good. It’s clear that with series like this, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and others that Netflix has its sights very obviously locked on HBO.
I’d really like to include a VFX breakdown from Interstellar, but DNEG didn’t put one up on Vimeo that I could find. (I also didn’t put an overwhelming amount of effort into finding it either, so maybe the blame is equally mine.)