We’re excited to announce the winner of our first student contest — Aleksandr Kilimnik of Gnomon School of Visual Effects, for his video Ghost in the Shell.

 Ghost in the Shell intro FX REMAKE
Why we love Ghost in the Shell:

“This reimagined intro follows the choreography of the original [Ghost in the Shell] opener scene-for-scene while vastly elevating the technical sophistication of the piece. The lighting throughout is flawless, and the flaky effect near the end is masterfully executed. What we see here is the genius of an original idea blossoming into its full potential. I look forward to seeing more work by the very talented Aleksandr Kilimnik!” – DoubleU

“This just stood out to me from the start in terms of professionalism. As the animation progressed, the liquid simulation showed a clear understanding of visual effects. The particles peeling off of the model definitely put this one over the top, and made this a clear winner.” – MindInMotion

Meet Aleksandr:

“I was born in Russia and luckily my parents made the decision to move to Hollywood. I got into creating 3D art at 13 years old, and have a huge passion for using the highest level of technology to create beautiful images, so eventually making VFX was the perfect blend. My goal is to continue to get better and better using software like Sapphire to put the finishing touches on artwork and animations I make for high profile clients!”

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In an effort to create a community amongst VFX, motion graphics, and editing students, we’re excited to share some of the top submissions to our 2015 Back to School Contest. We’re still accepting submissions for the contest. Entry is free, and the deadline is Sunday, October 04, 2015. See the details and enter here.

 

September 28, 2015

Fire in the Belly – Rio Fernandez, DePaul University

 

This piece has real soul. It tells a story about struggle, love, intolerance, and bravery. It is quite a stunning parable from a young mind, and there are a ton of production subtleties I liked.

 

Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 8.24.23 PM

In an effort to create a community amongst VFX, motion graphics, and editing students, we’re excited to share some of the top submissions to our 2015 Back to School Contest. We’re still accepting submissions for the contest. Entry is free, and the deadline is Sunday, October 04, 2015. See the details and enter here.

 

September 22, 2015

Fire in the Belly – Rio Fernandez, DePaul University

This piece has real soul. It tells a story about struggle, love, intolerance, and bravery. It is quite a stunning parable from a young mind, and there are a ton of production subtleties I liked.