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VFX Milestones in film history

Eadweard Muybridge’s The Horse in Motion (1878), and Primitive Motion Studies (from 1884-1887)

One of a number of early achievements that helped pave the way for animation was by Briton Eadweard Muybridge who famously photographed The Horse in Motion in 1878.
In a series of pictures, he captured frame by frame, how a horse’s four hoofs were actually off the ground at the same time.
In other test footage, including The Human Figure in Motion – Descending Stairs and Turning Around, he photographed cinematic glimpses of naked men and women in motion, such as this female and male walking up and down stairs

La Voyage Dans la Lune (1902, Fr.), (aka A Trip to the Moon)

Turn-of-the-century Frenchman/magician Georges Melies developed the art of magical special effects (and film editing) in earlier films and then perfected them and used them in later films, such as in this classic and pioneering science-fiction film – a 14 minute ground-breaking masterpiece (nearly one reel in length (about 825 feet)).
He made up and invented the film medium as he directed. It contained 30 separate tableaus (scenes) with innovative, illusionary cinematic ‘editing’ techniques (trick photography with superimposed images, double-exposures, dissolves and stop-motion jump cuts), live-action, animation, the use of matte paintings, the substitution shot, actors performing with themselves over split screens, and miniature models.
He depicted many memorable, whimsical old-fashioned images, such as a modern-looking, projectile-style rocket ship blasting off into space from a rocket-launching cannon (gunpowder powered?), a crash landing into the eye of the winking ‘man in the moon’, a dream sequence with a dissolve, the appearance of fantastic moon inhabitants (Selenites, acrobats from the Folies Bergere) on the lunar surface who disappeared in a puff of smoke (jump cut), a scene in the court of the moon king, and a miraculous last minute escape back to Earth.

Fantasmagorie (1908, Fr.)

Emile Cohl’s animated short film was considered the first fully animated film. It consisted solely of simple line drawings that blended, transformed or morphed from one image into another. In one early live-action sequence, the animator’s hand entered the scene to draw a clown-like stick figure.
The dream-like film was created by placing each drawing on an illuminated glass plate and then tracing the next drawing – with variations – on top of it until the animator had about 700 drawings, all of which were double-exposed to make the film run longer. The black lines on white paper were printed in negative reverse, making it appear as if the action was on a blackboard.

Gertie the Dinosaur (1914)

Newspaper cartoonist/animator Winsor McCay created the first major North American animated character – Gertie the Dinosaur. Gertie was originally part of a vaudeville stage show (called a “chalk talk”) in early 1914. By late 1914, McCay (self-proclaimed as “America’s Greatest Cartoonist”) created a theatrical release version of the cartoon that included a “live action” segment that book-ended the cartoon.
In the animation, McCay introduced the brontosaurus dinosaur, who then walked out onto the screen. Appearing to ‘interact’ with Gertie, McCay directed his creation from stage right – telling Gertie to do a little dance, take a bow, and raise her right foot, to the audience’s astonishment. Then, McCay ‘walked into’ the animation by disappearing behind the screen, and then appeared in cartoon form as a ‘live action figure’ on the screen to ride on the back of the dinosaur into the distance.
It was the earliest example of combined ‘live action’ and animation — and the first “interactive” animated cartoon. The film’s advertisement called it the “Greatest Animal Act in the World.”

Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924, Ger.)

Director Fritz Lang’s two-part fantasy epic film was based on German legends – it was noted for its special effects creation of a giant, 50-foot fire-breathing dragon named Fafnir. The slow-moving mechanical creature required seventeen technicians to operate.

…to be continued

Loredana feat Clabucel

Loredana feat Clabucel from chishbak on Vimeo.

Producer – Amv film
Visual FX + character animation – Golem Studio


Gothaer - 45 sec from chishbak on Vimeo.

Client – Gothaer
Agency – Lowe
Production – Saga Film
Post Production &VFX – Golem Studio

Ilona Rusa – Marketing Director
Oana Serban – Group Account Director
Mihaela Pegulescu- Account Manager
Manuela Gogu – Creative Director
Marina Cordun – Copywriter
Claudia Pascu – Art Director

Razvan Marculescu – Director
Alex Sterian – D.O.P.
Alex Teodorescu – Producer
Ilinca Nanoveanu – Producer AV
Bogdan Lazar – VFX Supervisor

Killer Whale Story – 2

Alfredo Foods TVC “Macrou” from chishbak on Vimeo.

Killer Whale Story

Alfredo Foods TVC "Merluciu" from chishbak on Vimeo.


Client – Alfredo Foods
Agency – Propaganda
Production – Digital Spirit
Post Production &VFX – Golem Studio
Grading – Digital Cube
Music – Electric Brother
Sound Effects – Silly Conductor
Director – Bogdan Lazar
DOP – Adrian Silisteanu
Killer Whale character & voice – Ovidiu Niculescu
Alfredo Marketing- Lucian Usurelu
Production Agency – Marcela Moldovan
Exec Producer – Andrei Loghin
Art Director – Alexandru Macsoda
Copywriter – Vlad Tomei
VFX supervisor – Razvan Nineaca

Golem for Stink for Ebay

Ebay - 2012 AD from chishbak on Vimeo.

A fost frumos vara asta. La Golem am avut facut efecte si fitze pt Stink, DDB Tribal si….. EBAY :). 

Multumesc tuturor celor care au facut posibil acest proiect
( Andrei Loghin, Swantie Rummel, Edi, Razvan, Mihaita)

Ebay – 2012 AD from chishbak on Vimeo.

Client: ebay
Agency: DDB Tribal
Director:Arno Salters
DoP: Shawn Kim
Production company: Stink GmbH Berlin
Producer: Swantje Rummel
Post Production: Swiss
Service Post Production : Golem Studio
Service Production Company: Digital Spirit

Dragon – Concept art

dragon turntable1 from chishbak on Vimeo.


dragon turntable1 from chishbak on Vimeo.

Silva 2012

Silva 2012 from chishbak on Vimeo.


 inca o poveste cu bere de la Heineken, spusa de Golem:

 Client – Heineken
Director – Richard de Aragues
DOP – Tudor Lucaciu
Producer -Andrei Loghin
CGI Supervisor – Bogdan Lazar
Edit – Catalin Cristutiu
Sound – Catalin Matei

 Production Digital Spirit
CGI/Animation – Golem Studio
Editing – We Are Basca Illustration –
 Image Tank Agency – Friends Advertising

Ada Computers – 20 ani


Ada Computers 20 de ani de activitate – business presentation


Bere Bucegi – Spot de primavara 2012

…………… …………… Saga continua cu editia de primavara a CGI-ului din Bucegi