Since a few month I’ve changed from the Vray render system to the Redshift renderer in C4D – a good decision when it comes to flicker free animations. Here’s some test renderings with organic texture maps used as a displacement material using Redshift, render time each under a minute.
Testing several renderpasses in Redshift I stumbled over the ‘world position’ pass – no clue what I would use it for, but for sure it looks interesting.
So here’s the ‘world position pass’ version of the latest clip, using the same color correction and distortion effects as the original clip.
During the last couple of years, we’ve been screen printing a lot, and now we can finally announce out loud that we just have opened our new online shop and website for all printed goodies. We are delighted to finally offer a big variety of posters, stickers and shirts on our site, and much more is planned for the near future.
At the moment, we’re not shipping outside the US as we haven’t found a system yet to send mailing tubes internationally at a reasonable price, but that might change hopefully soon. So please have a look at our brandnew colorful website right here:
Due to various circumstances like jobs, holiday, testing different software for greenscreen keying and also hanging around in the sun or dive bars, this new musicvideo took much longer to finish than expected. Eric Schlappi provides the opening track of his nice album “Kurald Emerlahn” – if you’re located at the US westcoast, go and see him performing at various spots in the Portland/Oregon area – his livesets with crazy modular synth equipment setups are great.
The premiere for this clip took place in Lobo/Texas during this year’s days of the Desert Dust Cinema.
The stage and surrounding for Sarah’s dance for the creatures is an almost exact replica of the Grosses Schauspielhaus -great theatre- in Berlin, a good example for German expressionist architecture in the times after the first world war (architect: Hans Poelzig). Of course it was described by the Nazis as “Entartete Kunst”, and so the famous stalactite cave looking decoration was removed in 1938. After WWII the city of Berlin took over the facility, and the building was renamed Friedrichstadt-Palast.
Software: Modeled in C4D, rendered with Vray.
Now the fifth Desert Dust Cinema – our short film festival in the former ghost town called Lobo – is over. Again, these were intense days of organizing, working, dancing and hanging-around-in-the-sun.
This short documentation can only show some aspects of a special weekend for all who have been involved. A big thanks to everyone, especially to our guests from far away and our partners at “Tales from the Trash”.
It’s festival time again! The Desert Dust Cinema, our short film festival in the former ghosttown Lobo/Texas, will happen during Labor Day weekend – that’s Friday, August 31 to Sunday, September 02 2018. As usual, we will have more information on the schedule online during summer on the festival’s website.
The screenings will again take place outside in the evening at the former Lobo gas station. Live music will also be happening, at no entry fee. If you haven’t been around, have a look at the documentation on the website and join us for this long weekend in September 2018!
While the new musicvideo is slowly making progress, here’s the newest results coming from our screenprint facility: an everlasting calendar, thirteen 3 color pages full of Arizona’s strange and wild creatures. If you’re in Tucson, visit Tiny Town Surplus on 408 N 4th Avenue to get a copy.
A short update: as several circumstances got in the way, work on the new clip came to a standstill during the last couple of weeks. After all, today the final cut of the sequences was finished, and chances are good that the video will see the light of day at some point during this summer.
The audio track “The White Crow” is the opening song of Eric Schlappi’s upcoming album “Kurald Emerlahn”, to be released by Baby Tooth/Tucson. For everyone living in Arizona: the official album release party will take place at the Bar Passe Tucson (417 N. Forth Ave) on July 13 2017.
Last weekend our back porch and part of the cacti garden were changed to a greenscreen setup for the next inhouse production – a musicvideo for Tucson’s electronic music maestro Eric Schlappi, starring Sarah Smith.
Again a combination of filmed footage and CGI, this video will be our most mysterious one… No title yet. More updates on this exciting project hopefully soon!
The fourth Desert Dust Cinema in Lobo/Texas had 34 international short films screened in two programs on two nights. For the first time since many years, the area of the kidneyshaped pool near the former motel was part of our illuminated festival ground.
After the screenings we had performances by Oortstorm, Jalin Malin, Gary Bear, Elegant Rabies, Eric Schlappi, Igloo Martian, Good Times Great Oldies, Ben Scheffler & XNOR and DJ Kate. Again, a big ‘thank you’ to all participating filmmakers, musicians and all our friends, neighbors and new guests – hope to meet you again next time.
I’m excited, but at the same time I just hope not having to explain what it is all about..
Our new animated short finally sees the light of day!
Starring our friendly neighbor, sometimes-cat-sitter and Lousiana native Glyn Royston, this clip will have its premiere in the real world at this year’s Desert Dust Cinema short film festival in Lobo/Texas during the first weekend of September. Come around, it’s all free!
Some of our acrylic prints will be part of the opening show of the Phoenix Modernism Week in April 2016. It’s a group exhibition called “MOD-AZ” and celebrates mid-century architecture and design, reflecting the Arizona Community.
The show will take place at Chartreuse located in Bragg’s Pie Factory, 1301 NW Grand Ave, part of the Lower Grand Avenue Arts & Small Business district in downtown Phoenix. MOD-AZ will open on Friday, April 1 2016, 6-10pm, through Saturday April 16th.
But there’s even more to announce: We’re also taking part in the “Modern Marketplace” on Saturday April 9th, 11am – 5pm, held at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Website says: “Meet contemporary interior designers, landscapers, furniture designers, green builders, architects, historians, preservationists and other professionals”, so this might be fun…