Jurassic World : Fallen Kingdom

In 2016 Flex Animation was proud to be involved in the early stages of this summer's highly anticipated dinosaur adventure; Jurassic World : Fallen Kingdom.  Working with previsualisation geniuses Proof Inc London, Flex provided animatable rigs for seven of the key Dinosaurs used for choreographing the action and framing for the film.  This included the Velociraptor 'Blue' and the prominent Carnotaurus.  Although a smaller part of the final VFX process, Flex is proud to be involved with the tectonic stages of such an eruption of a film.

Special thanks to Proof Inc for working with us on this exciting project.  Thanks also to David Matthews for joining us to work on all of the Dinosaur rigs.

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Flex Animation - Skull & Bones E3 Cinematic Trailer

Early in 2018 Flex Animation provided four key facial rigs for Ubisoft's E3 'Skull & Bones' trailer.  Working closely with Pinewood Studios 3D group, Flex made use of our high fidelity facial rigging toolset.  Hi-resolution facial expression scans of the actors were provided by Pinewood, which were then honed and integrated in to the final facial rigs at Flex.

Special thanks to Pinewood Studios 3D group for working with us on this exciting project.  The full trailer can be viewed below:

https://youtu.be/hjC8_av7hhU

 Flex provided four main character facial rigs

Flex provided four main character facial rigs

Flex Animation helps bring The Last Jedi's 'Porgs' to life

Continuing our highlights of rigging work for A Large Evil Corporation throughout 2017, Flex Animation was pleased to be involved with one of the most interesting new creature additions to the Star Wars universe - the Porgs!  As well as The Last Jedi characters, Flex Animation has provided rigs for multiple Star Wars product trailers this year - including the Smuggler's Bounty Droids box and the Smuggler's Bounty 40th Anniversary box.

Based on the popular Funko collectible figure line, these simple large-headed characters are all built using our in-house automated stylised rigging pipeline, ensuring quick and reliable turnarounds with flexible animation controls.  Many thanks to A Large Evil Corporation for working with Flex Animation on these fun projects.

All trailers can be found below:

Flex Animation's adventures in the Marvel Universe

Excelsior! Continuing our highlights of rigging work for A Large Evil Corporation throughout 2017, Flex Animation was elated to be a part of several Marvel film tie-ins animated shorts and trailers.  These included Spiderman: Homecoming,  a Guardians of the Galaxy animated short 'Cosmic Sleigh Ride' (also shared by Marvel Entertainment online) and Thor: Ragnarok.

Based on the popular Funko collectible figure line, these simple large-headed characters are all built using our in-house automated stylised rigging pipeline, ensuring quick and reliable turnarounds with flexible animation controls.  Many thanks to A Large Evil Corporation for working with Flex Animation on these fun projects.

Trailers in full shown below:

Flex helps bring heartwarming 'Dumbo' trailer to life

Continuing our highlights of rigging work for A Large Evil Corporation throughout 2017, Flex Animation was excited to see the results of this heartwarming trailer for the Funko Disney Treasures line.  Hats off to the team at A Large Evil Corporation for recreating the feeling of a beloved Disney classic.

Based on the popular Funko collectible figure line, these simple large-headed characters are all built using our in-house automated stylised rigging pipeline, ensuring quick and reliable turnarounds with flexible animation controls.  Many thanks to A Large Evil Corporation for working with Flex Animation on this fun project.

Freddy Funko's Birthday Surprise

Flex Animation was especially proud to be part of Freddy Funko's birthday celebration earlier in 2017.  Flex has provided rigs consistently for Funko's original shorts by working with A Large Evil Corporation throughout the year.

Based on the popular Funko collectible figure line, these simple large-headed characters are all built using our in-house automated stylised rigging pipeline, ensuring quick and reliable turnarounds with flexible animation controls.  Many thanks to A Large Evil Corporation for working with Flex Animation on this fun project.

Marvel, DC & Star Wars - Funko 'Pop!'

In 2016 we supplied a vast array of characters, vehicles and creature rigs for A Large Evil Corporation's 'Pop!' stylised animated shorts and product teasers.  Based on the popular Funko collectible figure line, these simple large-headed characters are built using our in-house automated rigging pipeline, ensuring quick and reliable turnarounds with flexible animation controls.  The rigs included notable characters; Marvel's Deadpool, DC's Batman and Robin, and Star Wars' Han Solo with Tauntaun and many more.

Thanks to A Large Evil Corporation for working with Flex Animation on these fun characters.  Animated shorts and teasers featuring our rigs can be found below:-

Smuggler's Bounty: The Empire Strikes Back Trailer:

Spellbound:

Chimichangas, featuring Deadpool:

Legion of Collectors: DC Legacy Teaser:

Marvel Collector Corps: Super Hero Showdowns Teaser:

Marvel Collector Corps: X-Men Teaser:

Donna Summer: The Ultimate Collection

Earlier in 2016 we were engaged to create an end to end commercial for client SJW films, promoting a brand new CD collection for Donna Summer's greatest hits.

We supplied previsualisation of the commercial, allowing the client to chop and change as they saw fit.  Once approved, neon beams that fly towards camera were modelled and rigged in 3D to recreate feeling of past CD sleeve artwork, then timed & animated at each track.  Light fog and stars were added to give more depth, along with rare archival footage of Donna overlaid.

 On the left is source postcard artwork from past CD release, while on the right is the animated test created at Flex to replicate the look

On the left is source postcard artwork from past CD release, while on the right is the animated test created at Flex to replicate the look

Special thanks to Sophie Wardle and the team at SJW films for working with us on this exciting project.

Donna Summer: The Ultimate Collection full commercial is currently airing on UK Television & can be viewed via the link below:

https://vimeo.com/189783759

Flex Animation's first animated short 'Rise' in development

We're very excited to announce our first in-house project!  'Rise' will be Flex Animation's first animated short from Director and founder David Cowles Brooks.  Originally conceived in 2013, Rise will focus on Clarence as he struggles with the worst morning in history.

"Clarence enjoys one of those unique mornings.  The kind you dream about where you can't reach your goal.  Ever." - David Cowles Brooks on 'Rise'.

RSC's Tempest Digital Apparition

Last year we worked with the Imaginarium Studios to deliver a digital apparition of RSC actor Simon Russell Beale.  This forms the first time the RSC has incorperated digital avatars on stage with actors.

Special thanks to Imaginarium Studios for working with Flex on this very exciting project.  You can read more in The Telegraph who have featured an article on the upcoming production.


View Conference 2015

Flex Animation is proud to be an official media partner for View Conference 2015, Italy's international computer graphics conference.  The event runs from 19-23 October in Turin. This year's guests include:-

  • Christopher Townsend, VFX Supervisor for" Avengers : Age of Ultron "
  • Jorge R. Gutierrez, director of "The Book of Life" by ReelFx
  • Kim White, Director of Photography, Inside Out, Pixar Animation Studios
  • Michael Rubin, Senior Innovator at Adobe Systems
  • Michael Kurisnky, Production Designer for the animated movie " Hotel Transylvania 2" by Sony Animation
  • Erik Nash, VFX Supervisor for " Night at the Museum : Secret of the Tomb" by MPC
  • Glenn Entis, Computer Animation and Video Games Pioneer
  • David Misch, Author and Comedian

Check out the View Conference official website for more information & to book your attendance.

Anatomy of a CGI T. Rex - T.Rex Autopsy (National Geographic Channel)

Early in 2015 we rigged a fully anatomically accurate T. Rex for the National Geographic Channel's 'T. Rex Autopsy' documentary.  The brief was to keep the musculature lean, so particular care was taken to bias the flexing of the muscles against the secondary jiggle.

Below: a breakdown of the T. Rex rig built using our in-house toolset at Flex Animation.  Credit to Jonathan Symmonds for the source walkcycle for this breakdown.

 Animation puppet

Animation puppet

 Skeletal and muscle volumes

Skeletal and muscle volumes

 Skin simulation and flexing

Skin simulation and flexing

 Result

Result