BobbysBrane brought mummies back to life using
Autodesk 3ds max and Morph-O-Matic
Independent animator Bobby Standridge relied on the
award winning Morph-O-Matic to create a fan art animated
video clip for the Nashville, Tennessee based band Here
Come the Mummies and their song Freak Flag. We asked
Bobby a few questions about his creation and why he
Can you tell us a bit more about what Here Come the
Mummies is about, and who you are?
Bobby: Here Come the Mummies is a band I stumbled
upon and fell in love with. I began my animation career
by creating a music video for another band that I love
(the animated video of Neil Peart performing YYZ by
Rush) and it opened up a bunch of doors for me, so I
figured, hey, let's try it again!
How long did you work on the
project, and how many people where involved?
I discovered the band almost a year ago and set to work
on the video soon after. That's how big an impression
they made on me. I probably spent a good 6 months on it.
My company, Bobby's Brane, is a one man operation, so I
had to wear each and every production hat for this
Which software did you use to
make the complete project?
Bobby: 3ds Max with several plugins including
Morph-O-Matic, finalRender, finalToon, and BonesPro. I
used iPiSoft's desktop mocap software with two Microsoft
Kinects for the animation of the mummies and "before"
girls, and Daz 3D's stock dance mocap files for the
animation of the "after" girls, with the exception of
the Michael Jackson dance medley, which I hand-keyframed.
All elements were assembled in Adobe After Effects.
Why did you choose to use Morph-O-Matic over the build
Bobby: The ability to isolate keyframes for any
channel combination on the timeline eliminates much of
the confusion that exists with morpher. The integration
with my production pipeline was seamless.
What’s your favorite feature in
MOM and why?
Bobby: Having a modeless dialog is a godsend for
starters. I can switch from character to character with
ease. The ability to export out the animation from one
mummy and import it back in to all the others was
extremely helpful too. I kept finding little ways that
your product (Morph-O-Matic) makes the typically tedious
facial animation process easier and dare I say… fun.
Once again, Di-O-Matic technologies helped artists bring
unique CG characters to life, this time aiding
Bobby Standridge (a.k.a. BobbysBrane) create facial
animations for the multiple Characters in a music video
for Here come the mummies' Freak Flag. Adding a peculiar
group of 5000 year old mummies to our list of famous CG
characters like Spiderman and Lara Croft that used
Di-O-Matic products to come to life and entertain