3D sci-fi short shows what Trapcode MIR can do

Stockholm-based design studio Potemkin (opens in new tab), aka Magnus Östergren and Thomas Oger, have created this short which was commisioned by 3D and motion graphics software Trapcode (opens in new tab) to show off new After Effects (opens in new tab)plugin MIR (opens in new tab).

The project was born when Peder Norrby (opens in new tab) at Trapcode asked Potemkin to make a short film using MIR. Potemkin accepted the challenge then, as they outline on their website, they "came up with a way-too-complex multi-part plot and went to work, letting the plugin affect our creative, narrative and technical results".

Epic opener

This "low poly semi-epic childhood tribute space saga" is the first part of a space epic, establishing the protagonists and a fragment of the universe as well as the timeline in which Exodus takes place.

Collaborative tool Shotbox (opens in new tab) was used for pre-production, storyboarding, shot planning, Premier Pro for editing, After Effects took care of illustration, animation, and post-production, and Trapcode (opens in new tab) MIR was used to model the polygonal shapes and wireframes.

If it seems a bit juddery, Magnus Östergren explains on the Vimeo (opens in new tab) comments section that the framerate (12.5 fps) was actually an aesthetic decision - and a protest against the whole concept of high frame rates ("I don't really like 'smooth'). We're not sure what director Peter Jackson - whose latest movie The Hobbit has a frame rate of 48fps - would think of that!

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