Styles / 3D
3D animation continues to usurp it's older sibling's place in animation production (that's 2D to you and me..). We are excited by the possibilities it brings to our projects, such that most jobs entail some use of 3D. We are able to bury it in to the two-dimensional aesthetic prescribed by the brief, or foreground it, but whichever process we use, 3D can bring an amazing versatility and quite frankly jaw-dropping sophistication to our animation. Take a look below at the wide range of styles we have created using 3D techniques – from rounded toy-like characters to shining streaking lights in a virtual space, and beyond. And we're still evolving…
This infomercial follows the fortunes of female entrepreneurs and business start-ups in Mexico. Created in 3D with a minimalist cardboard and line aesthetic, the clip was directed by Claudio Jimémez for Mighty.
Here's a 60-sec TV spot for Benedetti's Pizza, directed by Mighty. 3D CGI mixes with live-action in a high-octane animated romp!
This is Mighty's spot for coffee brand Sello Rojo, featuring a CGI farm.
New work from director Mr Binns, for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The Foundation is promoting a new way of thinking about the ecology and economy of our planet under a methodology called 'The Circular Economy'. In a nutshell they hope that businesses will adopt a circular, over a linear, style of manufacture whereby products and [...]
Here is our 2012 Christmas animation! Inspired by the John Lewis advert (see below), we imagined what might have happened next.. Merry Christmas and a happy 2013! Director/Producer: Steve Smith Animation by Rob Thomson Music by Tim Goalen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N8axp9nHNU
Control is a short film by director Mr. Binns. It's a disturbing look at agoraphobia, and the panic that builds inside someone who can't even leave their own home through irrational fear of the outside world. Dark and foreboding, the film uses some clever and complex 3D rendering techniques to literally break apart the character's [...]
'Aquel Luga' is a music video for Mexican band Muhu, directed by Mighty in a mix of sharp 2D design and 3D character animation.
We have created 5 stand-alone animated clips for the National Maritime Museum to help illuminate objects in the museum's collection. Students visiting the museum can now get their hands on tablet PC's and carry them around the gallery snapping photos of objects that interest them… 5 lucky objects trigger our animations, which shed more light [...]
Here's a screen-friendly version of our 5000 pixel-wide moving painting for the National Maritime Museum's amazing exhibition: 'Royal River, Power, Pageantry and the Thames', complete with behind-the-scenes footage..! The looping animation adorns 4-screens above the museum's reception desk, and was visited by the Queen in April 2012. We like to think she stood awhile and [...]
Delighted to show the result of 6-months work here at Beakus.. Our much anticipated animated series 'Numtums' began airing on CBeebies on 27th February 2012, twice a day at 9am and 1pm, as part of the 'Love To Learn' cluster of shows. The animation was produced and directed at Beakus by Steve Smith, designed by [...]
Our latest signing, director Gergely Wootsch has a mesmerising style, but he's also a talented animator, so here's his animator's reel. It includes animation he's created at other studios, under different directors, so here's a quick credit list: 00:02 - Personal work 00:06 - 'This is Not Real' (RCA, 2011) 00:12 - 'Ordaemonium' (RCA, 2010) 00:31 - 'Matter Fisher' [...]
A young boy's chimerical journey from a small English town to the Himalayas that leads him to an all defining conclusion. We present director Gergely Wootsch's graduation film from the Royal College of Art, 'This Is Not Real'. A staggering mix of heady digital graphics and beautifully atmospheric character animation, the film has been shown [...]
Google? In China? Well… yes. We were asked to provide a high-tec but earthy 3D CGI sequence for an upcoming Google conference in China. Based on the idea of 'making dreams possible' we worked to an extremely tight schedule and created a wooden world upon which we see stencilled Chinese characters and illustrations. The video [...]
Steve Smith created two emotional spots for Greek channel ET1's rebranding, via Red Bee Media. Based on "Humour" and "Astonishment" the two clips needed quite seperate thinking, despite both being realised in 3D. Mixed through both clips are high-resolution ultra-slow-motion live-action shots of exploding glitter, water jets and bouncing marbles! Director: Steve Smith Producer: Richard [...]
Beakus were asked by fimmaker Mike Paterson to create three unique videos for the National Maritime Museum's 'Old Weather' project. The aim is to promote the campaign to crowdsource volunteers to transcribe the weather recordings in hundreds of old ship's log books. The data will feed in and augment existing data of weather patterns through [...]
Steve Smith's idents for Russian Channel 'Bibigon' scooped a British Animation Award for their diversity and broad appeal. We thought we'd show a little of how they were made, focussing on the 3D ident 'Eel'. You can see the finished ident here.
These British Animation Award, and Annecy Crystal winning spots for Russian kids channel Bibigon, were directed by Steve Smith. A team of six 3D animators worked hard to realise each spot in just 2 weeks. Commissioned by Red Bee Media you can watch a further set of 2D animated clips here.
Here is an immensely exciting sneak preview of the new short in development at Beakus. It's being designed and directed by Steve Smith and takes our 3D visualisation on to another plane. The stylistic, dark and yet humorous film follows the breakdown of a family in the far-reaches of the windswept Norfolk countryside.
Working with Red Bee Media, Steve created a series of lyrical emotive idents for Ren TV. Emotions included Astonishment, Fear and Excitement. Created in 3D they extrapolate on the idea that colour and line can express any emotion. Director: Steve Smith Producer: Richard Barnett for Trunk Commission: Red Bee Media
Beakus director Steve Smith was commissioned to make a 1-minute short for MTV's 'Load' mobile platform. 'Leap of Faith' follows the perils of being a box-headed robot in a post-apocalyptic cityscape.. Made entirely in 3D it features music accompaniement by Julian Wilson, and was actually used by BAFTA as an example of how to make [...]
The insanely popular Mitchell & Webb approached animators (via the BBC of course) to visualise some of their radio sketches. Beakus director Steve Smith designed and animated 'Pit Ponies' about a couple of old nags down a mine who realise life isn't all it's cracked up to be…
To promote and bookend a documentary about Toyota's F1 team on the Discovery Channel, Steve directed a small team of 3D animators to create 4×50-sec spots. Uniquely rendered in outline, the CG car was stripped down from the actual engineer's model. Conceptually, commissioner Andy Fowler from Brothers & Sisters wanted each spot to follow a [...]
Americana band 'Grand Drive' wanted a follow-up to the successful video for "Firefly", also by Beakus director Steve Smith and Trunk. This time the concept was based around antique automata – Victorian mechanical machines that perpetuate themselves. The location was a dog track, and our hero is a white hare, who is doomed always to [...]