You might have already heard about this elsewhere on the web, but I thought I’d make my own post about it!
Danny and the Wild Bunch is a short film Directed by Robert Rugan. I started working on the VFX for it about two years ago, and it has recently finished making the rounds at various film festivals. And what a time its had on the festival circuit! Check out all these awards!
Winner “Best Short Film” – Las Vegas Film Festival
Winner “Best Animation” – Catalina Film Festival
Winner “Best Animation” – Asheville Film Festival
Winner “Honorable Mention” – LA Underground Film Festival
My contribution to the VFX was mainly modeling, rigging and texturing the CG characters. With my character software Species, I was able to model all 8 characters and do most of the rigging in about a month. This project was great fun to work on. Director Robert Rugan, while armed with a clear vision, gave us all a great deal of creative freedom with the VFX and we all worked together to make this project awesome. I’m so happy with how fantastic the final cut looks!
Big shout out to Dave Thomlison who did the facial rigging, the legs for the spider guys, and another shout out to Angel Negron, who I worked with very closely on texturing the characters, and who also shaded and rendered all the CG with Redshift. And kudos to the animators, Frank Patterson, Dave Alonso, Laura Skowronski Nattam, Nick Martinelli and Eric Lampi!