Our second year animation students have just completed the first half of Studio Module PR5001, in which they collaborate together on short film projects. Over the past seven weeks, six students created Escape Studios' very first animated horror trailer: "Death From Above". The film was animated in Maya, rendered in Unreal Engine 4, and edited in Adobe Premiere and After Effects. Directed by Jordan Coles, and Produced by Callum Wylie, the project was edited by Daniel Brand-Sinyinza, and the CG supervisor was Edoardo Sartori. Storyboarding was by Niki Valera and Tequila Mason. You can find Death From Above at the IMDB here.
|Storyboards by Niki Varela|
An adrenaline-seeking couple skydive over an exotic Mediterranean island when they encounter a mysterious danger.
Pitch and Concept Trailer
The initial pitch was made by director Jordan Coles. Unusually, Jordan had prepared not just a concept pitch for his idea, but a full previs animatic - using low poly rigs cut together with music and sound effects to help tell the story and demonstrate the value of the idea. A good, confident pitch is an important part of any successful project.
Later, the team drew storyboards to develop the story further, and establish a stronger relationship between the two main characters, fleshing out the characterisation and improving the back story.
The project was completed during the lockdown caused by the Covid-19 crisis. The Death From Above team worked entirely from home, completing the project using their personal computers, with little or no IT support.
Rendering was done in Unreal Engine, overseen by CG Supervisor Edoardo Sartori.
Written and directed by Jordan Coles
Story by Jordan Coles, Callum Wylie, Daniel Brand-Sinyinza, Edoardo Sartori, Niki Valera, Tequila Mason and Flynn Smith
Produced by Callum Wylie.
Edited by Jordan Coles and Daniel Brand-Sinyinza
Director of Photography - Daniel Brand-Sinyinza
3D Layout, Set Design and CG Supervisor - Edoardo Sartori
Animation Lead - Callum Wylie
Animation by Jordan Coles, Callum Wylie, Daniel Brand-Sinyinza, Edoardo Sartori, Niki Valera, Tequila Mason and Flynn Smith
Voice Actors - Callum Wylie, Karlita Rojas Tarazon
Website by Daniel Brand-Sinyinza
Rigs by Gabriel Salas and Truong CG
You can see more about "Death From Above" at the official site, and at the IMDB. You can also find it here at the Rookies.
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