3D Artist
Oct
16

This 12-minute short about robot rebels is absolutely jawdropping

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by
Carrie Mok

The short, by Blur Studio VFX supervisor Kevin Margo, is currently also in feature film development

This 12-minute short about robot rebels is absolutely jawdropping

CONSTRUCT, the 12-minute short from Kevin Margo, has finally been released on Vimeo in its entirety.

Margo and 75 artists and performers, including everyone from artists at Blur Studio to Liam Neeson’s stunt double and the stunt choreographer for Daredevil and Deadpool, contributed to the short.

The 210 all-CG shots were often created out of his 300-square-foot apartment in Venice, LA.

This 12-minute short about robot rebels is absolutely jawdropping

CONSTRUCT’s run-and-gun, “handheld” shooting method was so immersive that the short began fooling other artists, who assumed that Margo had tracked the digital robots atop of live-action plates. “Everybody wanted to know what camera I was using,” said Margo. “When in reality, our team was just churning out well-lit, photoreal CG backgrounds using ‘natural light’ and V-Ray.”

Margo was given access to Nvidia’s Visual Computing Appliance (VCA) system, which stacks eight high-end GPUs together. It made CONSTRUCT’s total rendering time drop from 480 to 60 days.

Chaos Group provided a direct line to their development team, who created brand-new rendering technology for Margo that linked V-Ray RT (now GPU) to Autodesk’s MotionBuilder. Motion capture performances could now be applied to ray-traced characters and environments in real-time, providing Margo with the type of information needed to give directives or make decisions on the spot.

The CONSTRUCT team has since connected their work to V-Ray Cloud, Google Cloud, a soon-to-be-released VR project, and the MAGI format popularised by 2001: A Space Odyssey’s legendary VFX supervisor, Douglas Trumbull.

CONSTRUCT is also currently in feature film development with production company Automatik, helmed by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Midnight Special, Operation Finale) and Fred Berger (La La Land). Alexander & Lee’s Brandon Millan will also produce the script penned by Marcos Gabriel, with Nightfox financing development.

Watch the full short below:

  • helen

    I think there should have been more words about the robot side but these twelve minutes are not little as they described a lot there…