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Bruce by Tom Judd

Bruce is a powerful graduation film directed by Tom Judd at Royal College of Art. A simple gag on the surface, there are some thought-provoking and disturbing ideas beyond the surface–for example, how should we feel about synthetically created and controlled lives? According to Tom, “It was all animated in Photoshop CS4. A few of the more dynamic shots were done in Maya and then rotoscoped in PS.”

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  • Really nicely done.

  • “There are some thought-provoking and disturbing ideas beyond the surface—for example, how should we feel about synthetically created and controlled lives?”

    Agreed! An excellent piece.
    The film raises another question: “Does having a hand in creating a life, automatically give one jurisdiction over it?”

  • A great short here, I hope to seem more from Tom!

  • Cool.
    But i don’t understand how you can animate in Photoshop..?
    Someone knows?
    Thanks

    • Instead of using paper, you do your drawings as a layered Photoshop document.
      This is then imported into something like After Effects and put into sequence there.

      • Thanks for the reply.
        I assumed the pipeline would be like that, just seemed a bit cumbersome. Especially adjusting your timing in After Effects..
        Programs like ToonBoom would be easier, no?

      • From CS3 onwards photoshop introduced video layers and the animation timeline. You can use onion skinning much like flash and then export image sequences. Well worth a look. You can also import video layers (i used maya to mock up the 3d moves and then rotoscoped them in ps).

  • how great it must feel to manifest this cool idea in such a solid piece!!

  • Jay

    Lovin’ it!

    I can see an air of influence from Aardman’s The Pearce Sisters; dark comedy. including the use of 3d and 2d technique.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mqi5ol2TjKI

  • Thought I’d seen meat plugged into computers before:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymxLcIsgJ_s
    time 1:04.
    funny!

  • really good story.

  • Great little short. I loved it!