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