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03-17-2011, 02:02 PM
Check it out - There was a few snippets of this on NewTek's Siggraph reel last year too, but now there's an official website for it... :thumbsup:
No trailer yet, but interesting in general ("making of" has LW screenshots)


Richard is a great guy, very modest but also very talented artistically and technically...

03-18-2011, 04:25 AM
Awesome, thanks Kev for the post :D. Sorry there's no trailer yet but hopefully soon. At the moment I'm making sure I've done every single tweak I can think of before I send the finished film off to be printed onto 35mm Film next week. Yikes, no way of fixing anything up after that.

Then in April I'm doing the Dolby Digital mix at Park Road Post, with a fantastic sound mixing crew. Can't wait!

03-22-2011, 09:50 PM
Good luck with the film print and dolby mix over the next few weeks Richard! :thumbsup:

In case anybody was interested, there is like just a couple of seconds of snippets from Richards masterpiece that he submitted to NewTek for their Siggraph reel here (http://tv.newtek.com/player.php?recordID=89).

Its at about 1:00 into the reel. Very quick and short, but worth a looksee... :)

04-29-2011, 06:38 AM
Abiogenesis is finished, it's literally in the can. This entire short was done mostly using Lightwave.

Also the Abiogenesis trailer is now online! Check it out on the Abiogenesis film website www.abiogenesisfilm.com . It's quite short, but hopefully sweet enough to keep you interested while I get the finished film into some festivals.

I had an amazing time doing the final Dolby Digital mix at Park Road Post in Wellington New Zealand. It looks and sounds awesome on 35mm.

04-29-2011, 08:46 AM
Congrats Richard! four years making this film? talking about being passionate doing something.

04-29-2011, 08:13 PM
Striking! Can't wait to see it. Mind sharing which technique you used for the starfield? It looks beautiful.

04-30-2011, 07:40 PM
Hey thanks guys for your comments. Yeah 4 years seemed an awfully long time to work on the one project. I'm really pleased with how it turned out though, and I think people will be able to see where all that time went when they see it.

For the star field I used Spray Points in modeler to create various clusters of points and distributed them around in Layout, with some of the denser clusters further away from the camera. I then applied small luminous sprite Hypervoxels to these dense clusters in the background (so you get some variable size), and large black sprite Hypervoxels to some more spread out point clusters I had placed in the foreground. These would obscured most of the dense point clusters. I then took a render of this into Photoshop, further painting out some of the dense clusters with a soft edge brush. I picking the bits I liked best, using them to create a panorama that was mapped back onto a cylinder in a new scene in layout. Finally the bigger points were made to glow and have their slight pointed star glare effect using the glow filter in After Effects. The planet and probe were added in separate passes.

Just watched "Thor", now that has some awesome star fields!

04-30-2011, 07:47 PM
Congratulations! It looks real nice. You deserve a pat on the back

06-22-2011, 06:03 AM
amazing stuff!!!! looking forward for full movie.. will it be available on dvd?

06-23-2011, 02:53 PM
amazing stuff!!!! Looking forward for full movie.. Will it be available on dvd?

+ 1 - would really be cool on Bluray!!

06-24-2011, 02:36 PM
Looks gorgeous -- looking forward to seeing the full version and getting a copy on DVD!

06-26-2011, 11:49 PM
The attached pic's a bit of a tease. I'm having a go at getting the film into a few film festivals before public release, and have had Abiogenesis professionally authored onto DVD and Blu-ray (It does look real good on Blu-ray) for this festival submission process. I find it really encouraging that you guys have expressed an interest based on the few bits I've released. There's some great surprises to come when I can show you the final film :). Please bear with me while I have a go at some of these film fests. Thanks.

06-27-2011, 02:36 AM
Damn it Richard! Now I have to buy a BluRay player... That's an unexpected expense I'll have to try and afford now... lol! :thumbsup:

Let us know when you start to get into those Festivals - be great to hear how broad you can get your film out there... The NZ International Film Festival (http://www.flicks.co.nz/features/2011-new-zealand-film-festival-line-up/) kicks off mid-July in case you wanted to see if you can Squeeze it into the Animation category... Unless its there already? Hint! Hint! Nudge! Nudge! :D

12-29-2011, 09:23 PM
Abiogenesis has been selected for the Cinequest Film Festival 22, February 28- March 11, 2012 in San Jose. Please check it out if you will be in the area, looks extra cool on the big screen!

12-31-2011, 08:15 AM
This sounds awesome, and the bit shown looks very promising....

06-11-2012, 07:18 PM
Abiogenesis is still doing the rounds at the festivals. Lots of screenings coming up:
Maui Film Festival (http://www.mauifilmfestival.com/)
Palm Springs International ShortFest (http://www.psfilmfest.org/index.aspx)
Edinburgh International Film Festival (http://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/)
Golden Kuker - Sofia (http://animationfest-bg.eu/en/competition/category/ecofilms)
Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (http://taafi.com/)
SIGGRAPH (http://s2012.siggraph.org/attendees/computer-animation-festival)

06-12-2012, 01:50 AM
Wow... Congrats on making it into so many festivals! Siggraph should be a blast - its in LA again, though I'm a little miffed I can't afford it this year...

Go Abiogenesis! :thumbsup:

02-05-2013, 09:33 PM
Hi, sorry been a while since an update. My short film "Abiogenesis" (made with LightWave) will soon be available online for you to watch as part of the Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013 presentation. Plus you may have a good chance to experience it on the big screen at a theater near you.

Starting with a theatrical release that opened February 1st, Abiogenesis is screening in hundreds of theaters throughout the US Canada and Europe over the next few weeks, and will have a limited theatrical release in other countries. http://theoscarshorts.shorts.tv/locations.php Then leading up to the Oscars (Feb 24) it will have its iTunes debut on February 19th in over 50 countries and be available on VOD in the US and Europe as part of the Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films 2013 presentation. http://www.imdb.com/news/ni45015205/

Abiogenesis has not been nominated for the Oscars this year but is one of three "bonus/honorable mention" short films being included with this years nominees to round out the feature length presentation. The theatrical release now makes Abiogenesis an Academy qualifying film to run for next years Academy Awards.

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02-05-2013, 09:37 PM
Congratulations! It's an amazing film.

02-05-2013, 09:47 PM
Nice work! Heard lots about it, but didn't think we'd ever actually get to watch it at all.

04-09-2014, 08:11 AM
I just downloaded this film on itunes. It is quit amazing. The design of the machines are beautifully intricate with a kind of Victorian look.

04-10-2014, 09:51 PM
I purchased it on itunes as well. Can't wait to watch it :)

04-11-2014, 11:33 AM
Not available anywhere else? I haven't heard anything about this in ages, and lost interest a bit. Haven't seen LW3DG talk about it at all either.