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Brain Divided (Short Film)

Brain Divided (Short Film) Description

Check out Brain Divided a great 3D animated short film by the talented #Josiah-Haworth, #Joon-Shik-Song and Joon-Soo-Song! Presented by #Ringling-College-of-Art-and-Design and debuting online exclusively in Cartoon Brew’s 4th annual #Student-Animation-Festival. Ok so The Pros – this short animation ticks all the boxes, its original the storyline is engaging and animation is very good, the guys have done a good job and there are no Cons great work guys.

Brain Divided succeeds on every level as an animated short. The filmmmakers’ command of both animation and technology is flawless. But the value of their film lies in how they apply their technical skills toward making an entertaining and funny film. They take advantage of every opportunity for visual humor and delight us with sharply timed gags. The personalities in the film are especially well defined: the two human characters strike just the right balance of comedy and believability, while the two sides of the brain have a satisfying evolution as characters within the span of the film.

Nice. amusing. and full of stereotypes. many real seductive. the fight between macho and wise sides of man. the transformation of woman in the second part. and the humor. result – one of known stories who, in strange way, remains interesting. maybe for reflecting the reactions of many guys at the first date. and, maybe, only for the predictability of a story who reminds ours.

Brain Divided THE IDEA

The dating game is one of the most nerve wracking experiences that anyone can go through. So we thought that this would be a great story to pursue. The original concept started off as two guys attempting to impress a beautiful Disney Princess-esque girl, but it lacked character, fun, and a more dynamic relationship between the two main characters. One day while surfing the web and brainstorming we were inspired after seeing an animation clip of the classic angel vs. devil on the shoulder complex. we instantly thought of Kronk in The Emperor’s New Groove.

Watching the interactions of his shoulder angel and devil was always hilarious and we wanted to try and recreate that comedy in our own film. However, we knew that the this concept has been done a lot in the past so we wanted to put our own spin on it. This led us to come up with the idea that the “Angel” and “Demon” were actually the “Left” and “Right” side of the brain fighting for control.

We thought it would be great to literally go inside the head and see the physical battle that ensues within the mind and its effect on our main character. This gave us everything we wanted, a fun and simple story, with a broad range of character animation that we could play with.

Brain Divided TOOLBOX

All animation and lighting for Brain Divided was done in Autodesk Maya 2013 using the Renderman plugin using linear workflow. All four of our characters were rigged using The Setup Machine (TSM) with some modifications, thanks to Jeremy Cantor, that allowed us to get a bit more versatility. Post processing, compositing, and effects were done in NukeX and edited together using Adobe Premiere. Adobe Photoshop allowed us to tweak individual frames as well as test lighting ideas. All of the software and powerful HP workstations that we used were provided by Ringling, as was use of the school’s powerful render farm.

Brain Divided CHALLENGES

One of the biggest challenges in Brain Divided was writing and creating good comedy while making the story flow and work seamlessly. Because our piece was strongly dialogue driven, we needed to write a script that was witty, charming and real. It was very difficult because we had no prior experience in screenplay at all. It was a lot of trial and error while simultaneously coming up with fun slapstick comedy, and juggling the variety of characters that we had. It really pushed our storytelling abilities and writing capabilities to another level.

Also, Brain Divided was one of the longest to come out of Ringling and keeping it all organized and on time was a huge undertaking. We had approximately 90+ shots to animate and light, split up between the three of us. But to make the films visuals work better we had to learn how to use Nuke, and before the final semester of school we had never used it. Juggling thirty shots each while learning new software gave us our fair share of sleepless nights.

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About Brain Divided (Short Film)

Genre Animation, Short, Comedy
Directed By Josiah Haworth, Joon Shik Song , Joon Soo Song
Written by Josiah Haworth, Joon Shik Song , Joon Soo Song
Music Corey Wallace
Release Date 14 July 2013
Runtime 5:01
Starring Andrew Racho, Kristen Gish, Sarah Young
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