Monday, November 30, 2009

Nigerians Love FOOTBALL!!

Here's an animation we just wrapped up. If there's one thing that binds our crazy country Nigeria together, it is sport. And the biggest one is FOOTBALL!! This short piece was inspired and is dedicated to that idea. We were looking at developing a 2D animated style for this and to keep things simple and punchy. The soundtrack actually drove the visuals/character development for the piece. We wanted something Nigerian viewers could identify with.

We loved the end result and intend to produce more of them in the future with corporate sponsorship. 

Thursday, November 12, 2009

2nd Mumu's Guide FREE online 3D Tutorial for Beginners

Here's the second in our online tutorial series for 3D beginners. This episode looks at the concept of 'transforms'. This is basically the change in position, orientation and size of an object in 3D space. Hope it's helpful to you beginners out there.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Music Video Animation

This is a music video animation done a few years ago which has been remixed for 2009. The concept is loosely based on the idea of creation. It was done for the artist Adama.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Anti Malaria TVC

Here’s a TVC we loved working on. It’s for an extensive anti malaria campaign that was run by the Society for Family Health organisation in conjunction with international bodies here in Nigeria. We were called up by Flint Productions to produce a realistic 3D mosquito for two

Monday, October 5, 2009

Mumu's Guide to 3D!!!

This is the first in a series of free online turorials for aspiring Nigerian 3D & visual effects artists.We've had a lot of people asking for training but we couldn't really cater to them for now.So we came up with EVCL's Mumu's guide to 3D&VFX.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Nigerian Sci-Fi Movie

Here are stills from an idea of a sci-fi/magical movie based in Nigeria that we’ve been toying around with for a while. It is an idea that came way before District 9 before anyone comments. The idea itself is nothing new to be honest. What’s interesting is the angle of how it would work in the West African

Friday, October 2, 2009

WIP: The Rule of Law....

These are stills from a project we are working on. The current project title is ‘The Rule of Law’. The Nigerians amongst you will understand the title as will those familiar with our political terrain. This is a highly detailed 3D model of probably the most famous man in the country in the moment, President Umaru Yar’adua.

The sculpture tries to capture the immense inner pressures that come with leading Africa’s most populous nation. EVCL’s Sageer Mohammed had to rely mainly on poor quality images as references. It is actually based on a model that he did for a competition on the Nairaland forum. However working with EVCL director Adamu Waziri the 3D model was worked on further to get it more realistic.

WIP: Mother and Child

Here’s a work in progress still from ‘Mother & Child’, our in house animation experiment. We’ve more or less got the character design we want and we are now working on the background setting.  

Anti Malaria Campaign

These are shots from an advert we did a while ago. It was for the Society of Family Health in Nigeria. It was a spot to educate the general public about anti malaria medication. We were asked by Flint Productions to handle elements of the visual effects. The core of this focused on creating a 3D mosquito that would realistically blend with the HD footage.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Nigeria and District 9

District 9 has definitely got Nigerians talking because of the way we were portrayed in the movie. As a science fiction enthusiast, I was really looking forward to this movie. The short film it was based on called ‘Alive in Jo’burg’ was an interesting one if you were in the visual effects field. Then word started to reach me about its portrayal of Nigerians. Some were even saying we should boycott District 9. As usual, the internet forums were blazing the trail. I thought I’d reserve judgement until I saw the film. Wherever possible, I like to form an opinion based on fact rather than just jump on a popular bandwagon for the sake of it.

After watching the film, here are my thoughts. Of course it wasn’t nice to see us portrayed in a negative light. But that’s stating the obvious. I can see why our Minister for Information decided to step in, demand an apology and ban cinemas from showing it. I didn’t agree with the move but I can see why she did it. I my opinion she picked the wrong target. There are several reasons why I hold this view.

3D Fulani Lady

Here are some shots of a 3D model of a Fulani lady done by EVCL character modelling supremo Sageer Mohammed Carpenter. It based on a photo of a Fulani lady from Yola State. He used a bit of artistic licence to achieve the character pose as in the picture she was seated. It’s one of Sageer’s earlier works.

Mother & Child

Here are some scans from the storyboard for a short animation piece we are doing. It will have a simple 2D visual style loosely based on a West African painted artistic style. We want to achieve something simple and elegant. It’s a bit of experimentation at achieving a specific look.