Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Some Stills From the Short Film

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With the 30-second trailer for REVERSION set to hit the web middle of April 2012, we will begin showing some stills from the final 11-minute film.

The stills above are taken from two separate points in time while the Soldier is exploring the now-abandoned Ethercorp facility.  The danger lurks somewhere in the corridors, maybe even behind the walls...

Saturday, 24 March 2012

"Toys for the Big Boys...."

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For every large weapon load out, there is always a sidearm.  This is a fictional Cal 0.45 chambered hammerless pistol.  It doesn't look like much, but it draws quickly and is handy in a pinch.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

"Breaking Out the Big Guns..."

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When doing business in a volatile region, backing up your claims requires more than just money.  We continue where we left off with the last update, with an image of one of our more intricately built props from the film.  This Sniper Rifle has been heavily modified to suit both an outdoor and indoor functionality.

The rifle's magazine is loaded horizontally instead of vertically to provide the least encumbrance in moving the rifle quickly.  The ejector slot is on the rifle's right side.  A rectangular bar over the scope protects it from damage while also allowing good clearance if the shooter wishes to hide under foliage while decreasing the chances of an obscured view from camouflage falling on top of the rifle.

The crates feature Ethercorp's icon-style "Octagon-E" logo, a prominent symbol in REVERSION.

The prop is lit differently from how it appears in the film to allow more of its details to be visible.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

"Beneath The Heel of a Steel Boot..."

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For today's update we have an image of a character turntable.  The story of REVERSION depicts the ordeal of an incident's last survivor in an Ethercorp facility in the African Congo.  This turntable shows in great detail this key character of the film.  The design was used to help depict in some ways an off-putting side to Ethercorp's operation in the Congo in that it employed a militarized form of security in a region where regulation is known to be very fast and loose.

Monday, 12 March 2012

From The Magic Movie Machine Mailbox!

Today, we're going to answer some questions that were sent to us by some of you readers out there.  You can reach us through many channels if you know us already.  But even if you don't, you can email us at .

Our first letter comes from Juan Martin, a 3D artist and animator from Argentina, who writes:

Saturday, 10 March 2012

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Alright, it's time to let the proverbial cat... er... lizard out of the bag.  We were planning to release these later on as part of a possible collection with a number of variants.  But this particular piece of our kit is probably the worst kept secret of this project.

So we've decided it's time to let it out officially.
Yes REVERSION should be available on selected video streaming sites this Summer.

The images are HD sized for Landscape or Vertical displays.  Perfect for tablets and HD monitors.  So enjoy these, people.  It's all in the spirit of sharing.

In the meantime, we will continue to talk about how the film came together and we have some interesting content lined up.  Have a good weekend, everybody!

Thursday, 8 March 2012

"If The Halls Could Speak, What Stories Would They Tell?"

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Our first update involves two renders of sets used in the film REVERSION.  The first one above is the Lobby of Ethercorp's biological research facility in the Congo, and the second image is from the Office set in another part of the facility.  At one point in time, prior to the events of the film proper, Ethercorp may have had a sprawling facility where this ruin now stands.  Insulated from the outside world, and isolated from peering eyes, what stories would the halls tell if only they could speak?  Would they tell of the disaster that befell the place?  Or perhaps there is a more intriguing secret to which the walls are now mute witnesses?

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Coming Up Next...

We take a look at renders of some of the sets that were made for the film REVERSION and talk a bit about the back story of the short film.  We will also be discussing some aspect of the significance of the places you are about to see from the world of REVERSION.

Watch out also for our Director's Commentary section where we take you behind the scenes about the images you will be seeing, the reasoning behind some of the things you will see on the sets and images, as well as other stories from behind the veil of creating the film REVERSION.

That update comes up this weekend.
So stay tuned...

Monday, 5 March 2012

"It's All Part of The Plan..."

This is a thumbnail drawing of a quadriped running cycle drawn by our Chief Animator, Anton.  It seems like such a long time ago that everything we are seeing now come out as fully realized renders started life as text files and drawings on paper.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

"The End is only The Beginning..."

Welcome to the official blog page for our animated short film, REVERSION.

REVERSION is the first 11-minute animated film for hobbyist writer and film director Giancarlo Ng.  The film also represents the first film project effort by The Magic Movie Machine collaborative animation team.  The team was formed on January 10, 2010 and for many of its members, REVERSION represents their first foray into Computer Generated animation.