Motion

Zerogon

By:
Josh Planz
John Mattiuzzi
GMUNK 9 D.S.H. 9 J.S. 8.5 HOUSE 9 B.R. 8.5 V.M.H. 9 P.T. 7.1 A.M. 8.7 J.M. 8.5 N.L. 8.7 Creative 8.6 GMUNK 7 D.S.H. 7 J.S. 8.5 HOUSE 7 B.R. 9 V.M.H. 9 P.T. 7.6 A.M. 8.7 J.M. 8 N.L. 8.3 Design 8 GMUNK 8 D.S.H. 7 J.S. 9 HOUSE 9 B.R. 9 V.M.H. 8.5 P.T. 7.7 A.M. 8.9 J.M. 8.5 N.L. 7.7 Craft 8.3 GMUNK 8 D.S.H. 7.7 J.S. 8.7 HOUSE 8.3 B.R. 8.8 V.M.H. 8.8 P.T. 7.5 A.M. 8.8 J.M. 8.3 N.L. 8.2 Total 8.3
A lonely creature, from a lonely planet, who becomes abducted into the false allure of a computer generated world. Short film by Joshua Planz and John Mattiuzzi
The Concept

The team's pre-production was a little unorthodox. They set out with a goal to make a 15 second VFX test, something to just challenge them. But with early style frames fueling further story ideas, they ended up with a 4 minute journey into a world with the ‘lonely creature’ at its center. John’s first experience with creating a Previz proved a powerful tool as he could “edit backwards” in his words.

ZerØgon (3D Previs)



























They tried to hold as closely as possible to the previs, but inevitably things changed after the shoot.
Style frame
Storyboards
Character Design
Concept
The Production

The actual production took a single day, shot on green screen in their apartment in Brooklyn. With a handful of talented folk their day of shooting was flawless and down right fun! The equipment ranged from a beautiful RED Dragon, to cheap LED light strips taped to pieces of cardboard for some really unique atmospheric lighting effects.

3D PRODUCTION & POST
And into the depths of sleepless nights we went. This is really where the world of Zerogon was created. The team went back and forth from compositing to 3D, until they had something that they could comfortably agree on. Everyday was a new visual treat as they blissfully played through the long nights. And after 5 weeks of 17 hour days, they turned the corner into the final week of post.

Cheap LEDs in action!
Full crew from topleft:























Eric Bronco











Joshua Planz











John Mattiuzzi











Kate Mary











Maria Stern
Shot on the Dragon
Locked Edit in Premier
Becoming Zerogon!
Final

Featured on Sploid: http://sploid.gizmodo.com/this-freaky-spiderman-tale-has-an-end-twist-that-you-do-1730504091
Featured on i09: io9.com/this-bonkers-short-about-a-spider-legged-alien-has-a-br-1682588734
Featured on Gizmodo: sploid.gizmodo.com/this-freaky-spiderman-tale-has-an-end-twist-that-you-do-1730504091
Featured on cartoon Brew: cartoonbrew.com/cartoon-brew-pick/zerogon-by-joshua-planz-and-john-mattiuzzi-104474.html

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SCREENINGS:

2015 Siggraph Asia, Japan
2015 Slamdance Film Fest, Park City
2015, Slamdance on the Road, Videology, Brooklyn
2015 Buried Alive Film Fest, Atlanta
2015 Cine Beacon, NY
2015 “Galaxy Theater" Aired via NBTV, CA
2015 Sploid Short Film Festival
2015 Coney Island Film Festival, Brooklyn
2015 Animation Nights, NYC
2015 Arizona Underground Film Festival, AZ
2015 Critical Edge Film Festival, FL
2015 Mile High Horror Film Festival, Denver
2015 HollyShorts Film Festival, LA
2015 Anti-Hero Production Genre fest, Burbank, CA
2015 Filmquest, Nominated (Best Visual Effects)
2015 Filmquest, Salt Lake City
2015 Sci-Fi London, NYC
2015 NYIT Animation & Film Festival
2015 ConCarolinas Short Film Festival.
2015 IndieWorks 2nd annual awards ceremony, NYC
2015 Shortlisted Viewster Film Festival, Online
2015 VisionFest, NYC (Tribeca Cinemas)
2015 Athens Animfest, Greece
2015 Northwest Animation Festival, Portland, OR
2015 Bijou Art Cinemas, Eugene, OR
2015 Ozark Shorts in L.A.
2015 ASIFA-EAST Animation Festival
2015 Fort Myers Film Festival
2015 Bloomfield College
2015 Los Angeles short film festival
2015 Critical Edge Film fest
2015 Viewster Film Festival, Online
2015 Boston SciFi Film Festival
2015 IndieWorks, NYC
2014 ACM SIGGRAPH, NYC
2014 DigitalMarrakech, Morocco
2014 SVA Alumni animation film festival, NYC

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