I’m currently working at Cross River Productions in Paris on a 52x1mn30s webseries based on the Transformice online videogame.
Basically it’s all about mice fighting for cheese.
Here are a few episodes (you can watch more on the youtube channel) :
We are using Blender intensively for this project : for 3D of course but also for editing, color grading and compositing. Rendering is done with internal renderer and Freestyle.
GCRU/Afanasy is used for the renderfarm, Photoshop, After effect and Natron for some tiny 2D work.
We have set up a custom pipeline that allows us to automate a lot of tasks like linking assets in scenes and scenes in a edit .blend next to renders.
Using this process we are much more efficient, because we don’t need to jump between softwares to see the result of what we are doing.
If you’re curious here is a screenshot of an edit file :
A typical shot/layout file :
You can also find some rigging breakdowns that help us to explain the rig to animators that work outside the studio. And also test video on my vimeo channel .
The beginning of the project was a bit tricky for various reasons, and for the core team it was a first experience with blender. With the help of a few blenderheads we managed to get the project back on track and everyone here is now very pleased to use blender, and it perfectly fits our needs for that project.
If you’re interested in seeing more of how we’ve done things we’ll try to make a more in-depth making of when we get time.
And also don’t hesitate to ask here if you’ve got questions.
Finally we’d like to thank everyone involved in blender development for that wonderful piece of software and also all the people who have worked on the Transformice project !
Some links :
TFM TV youtube channel :
Cross River website :
Transformice videogame :