CVolution #2 - Career Choices

Sven Hauth
GMUNK 7.5 R.V. 7.5 P.T. 7.9 V.M.H. 8 J.M. 7 M.P. 7 G.R. 7.5 F.A. 7.5 D.B. 6 A.J. 7 Creative 7.3 GMUNK 7.5 R.V. 8.5 P.T. 8.4 V.M.H. 7.5 J.M. 7 M.P. 7.5 G.R. 7 F.A. 7.8 D.B. 7 A.J. 7 Design 7.5 GMUNK 7 R.V. 9 P.T. 8 V.M.H. 8.5 J.M. 6 M.P. 7 G.R. 8 F.A. 7 D.B. 3 A.J. 7 Craft 7.1 GMUNK 7.3 R.V. 8.3 P.T. 8.1 V.M.H. 8 J.M. 6.7 M.P. 7.2 G.R. 7.5 F.A. 7.4 D.B. 5.3 A.J. 7 Total 7.3
This personal project is #2 in a 5-part series of experimental animations, loosely connected by the theme of life stages.While #1 deals with birth, this follow-up animation visualizes the concept of puberty and the choices we are faced with. Each object the mailbox turns into stands for a certain career path (e.g. typerwriter = author), until it finally decides to break free and postpone it's final decision.
The Concept

The general idea was to have the mailbox undergo a series of transformations, while still maintaining the overaIl shape and aluminum material. Inspired by the works of Raymond Loewy, Sven decided on a kind of streamline design. The mailbox was supposed to exist in a surreal environment, a place where usually you would not encounter a mailbox.

Sven started with a number of rough pencil sketches, to see which objects might work well.
Environment Moodboard - A recent trip to Utah sparked the idea of the salt lake, which lead to the idea for the final object - a mix between a sander, a drill and a race car, making its getaway across the salt flats.
Mailbox reference - Reference photos were gathered including mailboxes and a number of other interesting objects.
The Production

Cinema 4D in combination with Vray as a renderer was used for the production. After a few weeks of modeling all the necessary objects, it was finally time for animation. The most important part of course was to create the transformations. While they are very quick, they still had to be visually pleasing and have the right amount of "snappiness". For certain parts Sven made use of Cinema's Dynamics tools, but most of it was done manually by playing around with the f-curves. Because this was a personal project without a budget, it had to be rendered on one machine, which took about two weeks. After Effects was used for color grading, adding motion blur, stock footage of dust and some minor corrections. The final animation was then sent to Audionerve in Hamburg for sound design.

The mailbox in Cinema 4D.
V8 engine turning into typewriter.
In After Effects, adding motion blur with Reelsmart.
Dust footage for the breakout scene.

The final animation will be just one part of the complete CVolution project. Work on CVolution #4 has just started.

Train to trumpet.
Engine to typewriter.
Camera to DrillSanderRacecar.
Final Animation
Sven Hauth Designer
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