Sadly, I have to announce that Stu Maschwitz is certifiably crazy and his passion project “Tank” proves it.
So I'm on quite a few email lists and I don't always catch everything that comes across my desk, nor do I make time to read them all, but something about Stu's email about his short film “Tank” caught my eye and it has been open in my browser for about a week… and like many of you, I do that to save things that I think I want to look at.
This evening (it is Friday and I should be relaxing, but i'm still working like many of you do), I was trying to close out a bunch of browser windows… you know, the ones that collect on your computer because… well, just because…
And while trying to clean up and NOT get distracted (because that slows you down even more!), I ran into that “Tank” window and well, it shot me.
I watched it.
And it was fascinating but I wasn't quite sure why. Maybe it is because I'm old.
“Tank” is very short on special effects (or so it seems).
And you may start watching and think that well, it is a story about a tank and a battle like you'd expect. But it is only 2+ minutes long so you say to yourself “self, it is only 2 minutes long” because well, everyone checks the length of a video before they start just to see how much they have to invest in watching it right? I can't be the only one!
But then at the end, I watched the behind-the-scenes that Stu made… and well, there's freaking gold in there!
And it is funny because Stu makes it an absolute point to show you how crazy he was for making the short (and spending over a year working on it).
So… watch “Tank”
And then I beg you to invest 19 minutes watching Stu tell you every little detail about his storied past and what drove him to create “Tank” and how he uniquely used his talents to possibly make it has hard as possible to make this passion project.
It is worth the time! Trust me!
TANK (short film by Stu Maschwitz)
Introducing Tank, a new short film from Red Giant’s Chief Creative Officer, Stu Maschwitz. In a visual homage to vector arcade games of the 80’s (like Battlezone and Star Wars), Tank tells the story of a team of pilots that must take on a weapon of mass destruction in a battle to save their world.
The behind-the scenes:
The Making of TANK
Putting aside current 3D modeling techniques, Red Giant’s Chief Creative Officer Stu Maschwitz looked to the past and built a visual homage to vector arcade games of the 80’s entirely in Adobe After Effects, using math, code, and hundreds of hours of painstaking animation work.
TANK tells the story of a team of pilots that must take on a weapon of mass destruction in a battle to save their world.
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