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Mikros Animation and Cinesite invite you to get behind the scenes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem! A good opportunity to learn more about the making of this action-packed comedy featuring a hand-drawn look!
Mikros Animation: how to create a crowd
Golaem, the company behind the crowd simulation software of the same named, shared on their website an interview with Benjamin Dupin, Crowd Supervisor at Mikros Animation Paris. He explains how Mikros managed to handle crowds with up to 400, 500 characters in a single shot.
Benjamin Dupin also told us about crowd simulations in our video interview on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (ivideo n French, but English subtitles are available). He explained, among other things, how the Times Square sequence was handled, and how Mikros created the background characters.
00:00 – Introduction
00:13 – Visual style, collaboration with Jeff Rowe/Nickelodeon
06:19 – How the hand-drawn look was achieved
07:38 – Mikros Animation Paris/Montréal
09:09 – Matte painting, how to blend matte & CG, New York
13:13 – Crowd sims, Golaem/Houdini, Times Square
17:20 – Bad guy (spoilers!)
17:44 – Lighting, shading, compositing
19:36 – halos
20:06 – Stylized animation trend
21:58 – AI at Mikros Animation ?
23:43 – Real-time rendering?
23:51 – Advice for young artists
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem Cinesite Breakdown Reel
Cinesite shared a breakdown of their work on the movie. As they explain, “Mikros Animation in Montreal and Paris was the lead vendor on the film, with Cinesite Vancouver & Montreal supporting them by providing 21.5 minutes of animation across 20 sequences. Cinesite’s crew worked on the project for 11 months.” The Cinesite team was led by VFX Supervisor Chris Kazmier & Animation Supervisor Eric Cheung.
For more information about the work done by Cinesite on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, head over to their official website.