Sci-fi Director looks to Realtime Character Creation for CG animated feature film

Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull – Writer, Producer, Sci-fi Director

Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull

Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull started his career in video games, and then Visual Effects for Film and TV, before transitioning to directing and producing with his breakout sci-fi indie feature film – THE BEYOND, which was released by Gravitas Ventures, and premiered at #2 on the iTunes charts before trending on Netflix and fully recouping its budget quickly and becoming a profitable feature film.  

His second feature film 2036: ORIGIN UNKNOWN, which starred Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, Another Life) earned a limited theatrical release in the US before landing on Netflix.  

He was later hired to direct the pilot for Disney’s action comedy mini series – FAST LAYNE, and was also credited as creative consultant on the entire series and directed three additional episodes when he wowed Disney channel executives with his vision for the 8 part series.  HaZ is repped in Hollywood by The Gotham Group,  and is the co-founder of production company (http://hazfilm.com/)

Haz Dulull is currently developing genre TV, feature and animation projects utilizing virtual production and Unreal Engine, his understanding of utilizing ground breaking technology with storytelling has recently lead him to go into production as the director on the CG animated feature film adaptation of the acclaimed video game Mutant Year Zero, where he used Reallusion’s Character Creator 3 and iClone to create his realistic film character in just 1 week.

” The benefits of real-time visuals like Reallusion and Unreal Engine, is that they allow me to be as hands on as possible with every aspect of animation filmmaking such as setting up the camera moves, to choreographing the action all physically hands on, directly inside the scenes. “

Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull – Writer, Producer, Sci-fi Director

Photogrammetry Animation Studio Augments Pipeline with iClone, Character Creator SkinGen & Unreal Engine

Sébastien Resier – CEO at Arduinna Silva Studio

Sébastien Resier

Sebastian has worked in different industries; Aero Space, Insurance, Metallurgy, and as an IT professional. Two years ago, with one of his best friends, they decided to quit their respective jobs and create Arduinna Silva Studio.

Arduinna Silva Studio is a team of passionate, professional artists who are constantly on the look for improvement and perfection in what they do. They strive to provide the highest quality assets, textures and materials, and only work with real-time engines. For two years they have had the opportunity to collaborate with many architects, world’s leading studios and companies with big names in the world of video games such as Epic Games.

Recently they have embarked on adopting the iClone Ecosystem with iClone Animation, Character Creator 3 and the Unreal Engine pipeline, which has allowed them to breakdown previous barriers in development, cost constraints, deadlines and more.

” I looked at iClone since version six was released, it is definitely heading in the right direction. It is surely becoming an essential tool in the real-time software toolkit. “

Sébastien Resier – CEO at Arduinna Silva Studio

Video Game Fan Creates Youtube Animated Series with iClone and Character Creator

Paul McCree (aka Turjan Starstone) – 3D Animator

Paul McCree (aka Turjan Starstone)

Paul McCree (aka Turjan Starstone) has a somewhat eclectic creative background. At university he trained as a potter and glassblower, and he has also worked as a magazine cartoonist, a caricaturist, a pyrographer, a mold-maker and sculptor of metal and resin figurines, and most recently has branched out into the world of video-making and animation.

Prior to making the move to YouTube, the only video making he’d done was editing a cousin’s wedding video on VHS, and his animation experience was limited to one childhood attempt to make a plasticine figure walk across the screen using stop motion animation on an old Super 8 cine camera – so he was just as surprised as anyone when in 2017 he won a video making competition run by videogame developer Frontier Developments. Since then his “Turjan’s Travels” YouTube series has racked up over a quarter of a million views.

It was while making “Turjan’s Travels” that he was introduced to Character Creator and iClone by a couple of fellow videomakers, and immediately caught the digital animation bug. iClone is now at the heart of his creative workflow, serving as a way of bringing his ideas to life onscreen, as well as often also being the inspiration for those creative ideas in the first place.

” When introduced to Reallusion software I was immediately hooked – here was the exact toolset I needed to bring my characters to life onscreen! “

Paul McCree (aka Turjan Starstone) – 3D Animator

Italian Director turns to Realtime 3D Software with Digital Doubles for Star Wars Fan Film Previz

Director – Angelo Licata

Angelo Licata

Angelo Licata is a Turin born, Director/ Writer / VFX supervisor known for his 2007 independent film – Dark Resurrection, a tribute to Star Wars.

His film was was greatly acclaimed by the media, paving the way towards the film industry where he collaborated on several films including “EX” and “Maschi contro Femmine”, while directing numerous TV commercials. In 2013, he wrote and directed the short sci-fi film – Closer, which received over 8,000,000 YouTube views. In 2015, Angelo directed and wrote Mala Vita, a RAI television production with excellent reviews and winner of various awards including a special mention from the National Syndicate of Italian Film Journalists

In the last chapter of his Dark Resurrection series, Angelo created a short trailer/film where he employed iClone and Character Creator‘s Headshot plugin to plan for just 4 days of movie shooting!

7 Expert Tips for Digital Human Facial Animation in iClone 7

By Leo Lucien-Bay

iClone makes it easy to create HUD animation for realistic digital humans.

(Image credit: Leo Lucien-Bay)

iClone is a powerful real-time animation tool that aims to remove the painful and repetitive aspects from the animation process, and simplify the difficult job of creating realistic digital humans. Like the game engines that gave rise to Machinima, iClone has always focused on being real-time, making it less complex than the more conventional animation tools.

The recent 7.7 update saw the introduction of the Digital Human Shader, which added sub surface scattering, as well as improving the materials on offer, to give skin, teeth, eyes, and hair a much more realistic appearance. It also brought with it Headshot, an AI-based generator that enables users to create character heads from photos of real people.

With more realistic looking characters comes the need for more convincing animation. There are few things more off-putting than a 3D character model that looks realistic, only to become awkward and unnatural when it comes to open its mouth. 

For that reason, this article will focus on facial animation. We’ll take a look at some of the tools and techniques that you can use in iClone to help you not only get your animations looking good, but do so relatively quickly. Follow along in the video below, or read on for a written version. 

If you’d like to render this video in Unreal Engine make sure you check out the bonus tip at the end, which shows you how to use the Live Link plugin.

80 Level: Linking the Unlinkable: iClone Unreal Live Link for Animators

In this interview, Tom Jantol talked about his position as a film director and animator and shared his experience with iClone Unreal Live Link Plug-In.

Tom Jantol’s “SOMETHING CODED THIS WAY COMES” Movie trailer made with iClone Unreal Live Link:

Thank you for visiting us @ 2019 Los Angeles SIGGRAPH

The Fusion of iClone Creativity & Unreal Engine at SIGGRAPH 2019

Its been a week since SIGGRAPH 2019, and Reallusion would like to thank all our fans, friends and partners who visited our booth to experience the latest in realtime technology for virtual production, movies, games, AR/VR and motion capture.

In Los Angeles, Reallusion innovated once again by democratizing the creation and animation of digital humans through Character Creator’s Headshot and the iClone Unreal Live Link plug-in.

Reallusion Unveils Disruptive 3D Game Character Creation and Animation Pipeline for GDC 2019, Booth #P1754

Design & Deploy Realtime RTX, Game-ready 3D Characters

Reallusion debuts new 3D character and animation pipeline at GDC 2019 for games, cinematics and realtime experiences. Game visuals featuring RTX graphics and next-gen shaders now enable developers to make the most stunningly visual games ever.  Reallusion’s Character Creator and iClone match the visual leap with a new real-time 3D game character solution for Unity, Unreal and the world of games, AR and VR.  Design and deploy AAA-quality characters on an indie budget including tools for character creation, animation, motion capture for face and body, or a massive library of motions and moves to send to game engines. Optimize game characters with polygon reduction, LOD, UV and material merging for efficient game design.  Import ready-to-play characters into game engines with Reallusion’s automated support for shader assignment, player animations and facial performances.

See Reallusion’s Game Tools: Character Creator, iClone and Motion Live at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, March 20-22 booth #P1754. From character creation to animation, Reallusion will showcase and demo  Character Creator (CC) with automatic digital human shader assignments and characterization for Unreal UE4 and Unity mecanim character standard. Get a first look at the new Unreal LiveLink for iClone connecting iClone’s powerful real-time character animation pipeline to Unreal’s RTX raytrace render. 



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