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Virtual Reality Animation Inspiration

The short cartoon "A Moment in Time" by Goro Fujita is quite remarkable. The cartoon itself is filled with life and details, generating an interesting and vivid atmosphere. But what makes it stand out are the means of creating this virtual painting. Everything you see was painted "by hand" in virtual reality, every animation was done frame by frame and the rendering happens in real-time in the VR App Quill itself. Positional sound was added to complete the immersion. Goro Fujita explored the possibilities of the VR App and talked about the process:

"What if I painted and animated a moment in time that people could explore and experience from multiple angles at their own pace?"

This is when I started working on my first animated Quillustration. I started with a street and animated a guy walking down this street frame by frame. Then I added a guy smoking a cigarette on the other side of the street all as looping animations. The more I added to the scene the more magical it became. Seeing my painted characters come alive and being inside my painting with them was incredible. The scene kept growing and as I added positional audio to the mix it became complete. This piece took me about 80 hours to finish and the fact that Quill allows a single person to create something like this is still mind boggling to me. Important to note, what you are about to see is a real time capture of the animated Quillustration meaning it’s all running in real time inside Quill. This new medium is truly something extraordinary, it's more than I could have ever dreamed of!

I have to agree, I am quite intrigued to see more like this. To really grasp the scale and the implications of this, check out the behind the scenes clip. I also highly recommend another video by Goro Fujita, called "Worlds in Worlds".

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