Are You There?

A mood painting I did to try and capture the feeling of finding someone.

See more artwork at: www.deviantart.com/ergoasch

Art by,
Ash

Pigeon: Impossible

Here’s a throwback to animation we can’t believe is already 9 years old. It’s a great piece by Lucas Martell (along with an accomplished team) that proves a good story and concept can always stand the test of time.

This award winning short provided the basis for Fox Animations new project ‘Spies in Disguise’.

Thoughts by,
Sian

Houdini 17

We use a range of software at Carse & Waterman, but one of the programs we are using more and more is Houdini from SideFX. While we still use Autodesk Maya for all of our animation, we are now using Houdini for almost everything else.

Houdini's procedural nature allows us to generate content much quicker than the traditional linear approach, while also being more flexible with better performance.

SideFX recently released Houdini 17, the latest update to this application, and with it they introduced several new features. Houdini 17 is an enormous release which adds many features but by far the most talked about feature in our offices is Vellum.

 (Image from sidefx.com)

(Image from sidefx.com)

Vellum is a new Cloth/Strand/Grain/Softbody solver using xpbd, an extension and improvement of the pbd (position base dynamics) solver. Houdini first introduced pbd's in version 14, and has allowed for the simulation of sand and snow both dry and wet. The new xpbd solver enhances this capability and extends it to support Cloth and Strands/Hair. It is a very fast, very robust solver and has given us some incredible results that were not possible or very difficult to achieve using the older wire and cloth solves. Being a unified solver also allows for direct interaction between cloth and hair, something which would have been hard to do in previous versions.

 (Image from sidefx.com)

(Image from sidefx.com)

17 also includes improvements to white water (foam/mist on the top of oceans and waves), material fracturing (useful for destruction of concrete/wood/glass), interactive poly modelling using the new PolyDraw tool, massive improvements to the Pyro/Fluids work flow by sourcing via particles as default along with support for openVDB allowing much faster sourcing and simulation, Terrain improvements, a new Retime SOP for re-timing animation/simulations, UV tool improvements, improvements to character animation and rigging, 64-bit and AVX accelerated Vex - this one is really nice as we use VEX a lot. There are also smaller quality of life improvements like the new attribute noise sop, secure selection, Triangulate 2D improvements, Blends shape node improvements, Trace sop, Winding Number sop and much more.

This is a huge release and we still haven't tested everything new, but are excited for the possibilities these new features allow.

Review by,
Rich

Halloween Fundraiser

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About a month ago was Dougie Mac’s ‘Bring a Pound’ day. It’s a brilliant initiative held every year to raise money for the local charity. Thanks to the generosity of the C&W team and our office neighbours Inspired Film & Video, we collected £50 on the day but were determined to raise more.

Being so busy we decided to merge the fundraising with a Halloween party. It was a great event with everyone having fun playing computer games, watching Halloween films and eating spooky snacks.

Everyone dug deep for Dougie Mac and we raised a further £100! A big thank you to everyone who came and gave what they could. We hope you had a great time in the process.

Bonfire Night

There are lots of bonfire and firework displays this weekend.  Have fun and stay safe!

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Art by,
Adam

Fancy Dress & Food!

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Some of us went all out for Halloween this year! Here we are with some of the Inspired Film & Video team.

We also had an awesome delivery from one of our favourite clients Gepp Industries. A big thank you! Always a pleasure teaming up on such boundary pushing projects. Keep an eye out for our next collaborative animation soon!

Happy Halloween,
Sian

Happy Halloween!

iMe is gearing up for Halloween tomorrow.  He's chosen one of his favourite outfits ready to scare anyone who dares cross him!

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Art by,
Adam

Party!

Last month we took part in Dougie Mac’s ‘Bring a Pound’ scheme to raise money for the local charity. We were proud to raise a nice amount but wanted to do more. September was a very busy month for us so we promised to do something in October instead.

Making the most of October we thought what better way than a Halloween themed party? So this weekend we’re going to have fancy dress, games, films, food and lots of fun!

What better way to celebrate than knowing others will benefit too?!

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Art by Ash

Dragon Lake

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See more artwork at: www.deviantart.com/ergoasch

Art by,
Ash

Art by Ash

Lilly Kingdom streetway to Petaros Castle.

See more artwork at: www.deviantart.com/ergoasch

Art by,
Ash

Happy Birthday!

There's a birthday in the office today and if you know who it is, you'll know there should be lots of food involved.

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Happy Birthday Sian -  We hope you enjoy the cake!

The C&W Team

78 Tours

Georges Schwizgebel is a Swiss animator who's won many awards for his work.  I hadn't came across him before, at least not knowingly, but after seeing this animation today I love his work.  Created in 1985, '78 Tours' (a reference to the old 78 rpm records) is an animation which showcases multilayered animation. 

It tells the story of a man reliving his memories whilst sat in his kitchen drinking coffee and listening to the radio, perhaps the song prompting his recollection of things. It's a beautiful blend of many different scenes on a warm summers day, constantly morphing from one to another in a smooth movement.  Watching the way the animation has been created is almost mesmerising.

Watch below and see what you think:

Thoughts by,
Sian

Art by Ash

The Lost King

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See more artwork at: www.deviantart.com/ergoasch

Art by,
Ash

Art by Ash

The Curse Statues of Ice Mountain

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See more artwork at: www.deviantart.com/ergoasch

Art by,
Ash

Forza’s Great Britain Compared to the Real Great Britain

'Forza' is a car racing video game franchise by Microsoft. Originally starting off as a “serious” motorsport series to attract in car enthusiasts, later entries to the series took a more casual laid back attitude to attract more players to the game. 

The specific “Horizon” tagline that is attached to the series every 2 years is the more “arcade” jump in and drive type game.  These specific “Horizon” titles are praised for the outstanding work of the realistic depictions of the real world locations they are set in.

The fourth instalment was unveiled to take place in the countrysides of Great Britain.  See the stunning comparison images below:

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Snowshill Cottage.  Left - real cottage.  Right - cottage in Forza Horizon 4 (picture comparison found from IGN)

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Edinburgh Castle.  Left - real castle.  Right - castle in Forza Horizon 4 (picture comparison found from IGN)

It's crazy how realistic computer games are becoming.

If you're interested to see this all for yourself, 'Forza Horizon 4' releases today!

Thoughts by,
Adam
 

Wreck-It Ralph 2 Trailer

Earlier this year, Disney released a teaser trailer for their upcoming film ‘Wreck-It Ralph 2’ (also named Ralph Breaks the Internet). 3 months on and an all exciting, all new trailer has been released outlining the plot of the second film.

The trailer features a variety of clips of Ralph and Penelope exploring the internet. What’s more interesting to see is that the film won’t be just a bunch of modern day pop culture references but showcasing a variation of different environments such as “Slaughter Race” a fictional “Mad Max”-esque online racing game.

 (Image: copyright Disney ‘Wrech-It Ralph 2’)

(Image: copyright Disney ‘Wrech-It Ralph 2’)

‘Wreck-It Ralph 2’ releases in cinemas this November.

Review by,
Adam

Bring A Pound Day

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It's Dougie Mac's annual Bring a Pound day.  Last year we joined in by dressing up everyday for the entire month of September.  This year we are going a bit lower key with a gaming night tomorrow at our office.  We're hoping everyone will have loads of fun & food, and most importantly give generously so we can make a difference!

We hope you join in with your own ideas to help raise money for this fantastic charity.

Thoughts by,
Sian

Art by Ash

Its been a while since I've posted new stuff on here.  I've been rather busy with things and I need to post another new one on here too.  However, this is the newest picture I've done.  It's Sally from 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'.  I loved doing the Tim Burton patterns and giving it the gothic look it deserves.

Art by,
Ash

Dougie Mac Quiz

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Carse and Waterman will be at the Bet365 stadium for the Dougie Mac quiz tonight.  We're eager to get testing our general knowledge and see how competitive we really are!  It's to raise money for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice charity so it's all in jest and for a good cause of course. 

There may still be spaces for teams so get in touch with Dougie Mac on 01782 344359 if you want to come down and pit yourselves against us... May the best man win!

Thoughts by,
Sian