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The Lacquerer by Higher Lyrics [web]
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release date : april 2011
release party : Revision 2011
compo : animation
ranked : 1st
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popularity : 65%
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This blew my mind, great graphics, great concept, great music ! what else ? <3
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 01:05:03 by nnorm nnorm
I like it : the concept is sharp, animation and music rules.
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 01:08:22 by cybernostra cybernostra
Great work on animating. Really impressive.
rulezcdc added on the 2011-04-25 01:18:40 by Zavie Zavie
freaky. awesome.
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 01:20:47 by stijn stijn
concept! missed an actual conclusion though.
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 01:58:44 by Alpha C Alpha C
yesss, awesome on the bigscreen
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 02:02:10 by Premium Premium
this is sick. in a good way :)
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 02:23:50 by gopher gopher
i expected a change all the time, however it didn't happern. still, sick visuals.
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 02:25:14 by Saga Musix Saga Musix
Just my cup of tea. It's nice to see artistic and technical skill combined into something like this. Amazing sync. I will have nightmares about this face changing its colors.
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 02:30:31 by pixtur pixtur
awesome prod
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 03:41:55 by wullon wullon
Someone's a fan of Chris Cunningham. Good proof of concept, but it already ended when I expected it to properly start.
added on the 2011-04-25 08:17:59 by tomaes tomaes
Awesome. Scary as hell.
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 11:47:21 by jonnyram jonnyram
Nice modelling, but not my cup of tea...
added on the 2011-04-25 12:07:36 by baah baah
Great work!
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 12:20:59 by rascy rascy
i liked the start but then it got a bit windowlicker for me ;-)
added on the 2011-04-25 12:21:45 by bfx bfx
Holy crap! That was awesome!
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 13:16:59 by Mystra Mystra
Aua mein Kopf!
Awesome mindfuck, big thumb!
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 17:36:27 by Hopper/SquoQuo Hopper/SquoQuo
So much love for this! So much! Thank you Cosmic!
rulezcdc added on the 2011-04-25 19:13:42 by okkie okkie
Ruled so hard
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 19:43:31 by thec thec
The minute I saw this anim I knew it would win. Cosmic is always coming up with the most awesome dark concepts!
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 20:09:41 by mop mop
I demand a part 2 with lots of lots of lots of violence and gore!
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 20:10:57 by maytz maytz
Totally awesome.
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 20:45:31 by Widdy Widdy
Remembers me a little bit to "The Descent". Great freaky creature and great animation
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 22:00:39 by Chainsaw Chainsaw
WOW! This video literally *grabbed* my attention at the Revision party while I was innocently getting a beer. It sends chills down your spine and leaves you with a sensation of fear. Brilliant!

Also it looks like a video from the band "Tool" - intentionally?
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 22:59:43 by tokra tokra
Totally great experience at the party.
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 23:03:30 by SiR SiR
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 23:19:41 by moqui moqui
lacks of narrative layer but nnnnice anyway.
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 23:26:07 by comankh comankh
I know it is looking at me, noooooo....
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 23:33:49 by Dbug Dbug
Wow! Amazing! Absolutely fantastic.
rulez added on the 2011-04-26 00:31:06 by decipher decipher
What all said, fantastic animation.
rulez added on the 2011-04-26 00:54:56 by Anat Anat
Lovely. Looks like a Chris Cunningham Aphex Twin video without drugs.

Is there a problem in the left shoulder of the model? It looks like it has popping triangles or something.
rulez added on the 2011-04-26 02:20:34 by xernobyl xernobyl
rulez added on the 2011-04-26 11:04:57 by aha aha
YES YES YES! - and - what maytz said!
rulez added on the 2011-04-26 11:06:22 by Puryx Puryx

.. also a good visualization of how I felt both sunday and monday mornings during Revision - i blame slushice, vodka and pepperschnaps!
rulez added on the 2011-04-26 11:13:34 by booster booster
I was really relieved about the fact that this guy didn't make it to our side of the screen. Really.
rulez added on the 2011-04-26 11:54:46 by novel novel
this is just awesome :)
rulez added on the 2011-04-26 13:31:48 by prost prost
This is just TOTALLY awesome !! Great soundtrack, great anim. I'm impatiently waiting to see the next project you told me about.
rulez added on the 2011-04-26 13:53:22 by ok3anos ok3anos
somekind reminds me of TOOL vids..this one is very nice!
rulez added on the 2011-04-26 15:44:35 by -JANER- -JANER-
Still scared!
rulez added on the 2011-04-26 19:59:48 by ulrick ulrick
rulez added on the 2011-04-26 20:04:53 by cupe cupe
On the bigscreen, that put an impressive opressive ambience, kinda scary. Visual perfection.
rulez added on the 2011-04-26 20:06:06 by xtrium xtrium
overwhelming ambience. you're looking at the screen.. always. nothing can disctract you from this. it just sucks you into it and ejects you with a scrambled mind. and you have to watch it again :)
rulez added on the 2011-04-26 21:47:10 by nemesis nemesis
So incredibly awesome!
rulez added on the 2011-04-26 21:56:20 by chock chock
Wow, I feared the screen would break :D impressive
rulez added on the 2011-04-26 22:46:56 by dirtie dirtie
Very nice, but it would have been better if something happen...
rulez added on the 2011-04-26 23:03:40 by gibs gibs
another thumb up from the "I don't know what the hell is going on here, but I can't tear my eyes away..." camp
rulez added on the 2011-04-27 00:26:53 by gasman gasman

This was chilling! Amazing concept realised with absolute perfection. I love the interraction with the screen. Feels like he knows I'm here watching him.
rulez added on the 2011-04-27 00:52:26 by Wade Wade
Oh. My. GOD. This was one of the three best prods of the entire party. Genuinely scary. I was awestruck. Genuine emotion. I only wish it would've kept on going, it ended when it was the most interesting.
rulez added on the 2011-04-27 10:22:17 by elfan elfan
Thanks ... now I've got nightmares about this freak :D
rulez added on the 2011-04-27 11:17:09 by d0DgE d0DgE
hello guys,

thank you very much for all your comments. At Revision after the compo i was totally overwhelmed by the reaction of the people. Everybody coming to me saying: "Man, Ollie that was great" and then the woman of 3sat came to me and i had to give a interview (totally drunk :D ) - oh my. THANK YOU SO MUCH ! im happy - but very tired.

alpha C / saga musix:

thank you guys. i worked from scene to scene. just started and did the animation in an experimental / self-surprising way. "What would be next - and then and then ?"


thanks man. the sync actually was done in a pretty simple way:
I first created a soundscape with random samples.

Then i animated the character to that sound. Now i went into afx and did a timestretch here and there. and the frames went faster and slower and so the sound.
I could have placed any kind of music or sound in the background and it would be some kind "in sync" that way. simple.


thank you for putting it to youtube i have no account there.

tomaes / bk237:

yes i am indeed the biggest fan of chris. if there´s one idol i had to choose it would be him.

BUT ! i don´t wanna copy or imitate him. That would be lame.
I wanna create my own style and work and i´m trying to do this in every piece i create.


yeeehaw ! thanks for that comment.


thanks ! but i think there will be no sequel. There will be another movie. but a new one.
The next thing i´m going to create will be a little shorter to concentrate more on the details
and quality.
I talked to some people and made a suggestion to have a 10 seconds animated competition in a loop or so.

Imagine that ! every artist doing animation could push the limits to the top that way.
Not to have in mind: "I have to finish 3 minutes"
In 10 seconds all the skills of the animators out there. That would be soo great.


i like the band but i was not inspired by one of their videos.
I´m actually no animator so the main goal was to do a synced type of animation from sound effect to sound effect. that made it a little bit easier for me.


Thank you. There is really a little problem with the shoulders. And also the fingers when
formed to a fist. I´m aware of that and i have a fix for that now. i´m still learning.

I´m new to the animation software messiah (bought my license 1 1/2 months ago)
and had to learn it while doing the whole movie.

There are ways to fix this. But the deadline was really tight.
To learn messiah faster i played all the learning videos / tutorials at double or triple speed to save some time :D

next time it will be perfect - gimme some time ;)


man, we missed you at the party. Thanks for your comment and we´ll hopefully meet at buenzli this year.


thanks pal. ah btw i found your swiss army knife from the barbeque in my pocket !
you´ll get it back soon ;)


thanks. i first thought about breaking the glass. but i then changed my mind and maybe he´s more scary behind the wall. maybe in another production he´s going to be on the other side :D muahahar ;)

btw revison was really awesome ! thanks to the organizers who were very friendly despite all the stress they most likely had. I loved breakpoint all the years but the new location is really cool. Very professional job you did - everyone of you - thank you.

I´m going to be there the next year as well - come what may. And don´t be scared bout the lacquerer - he´s just polygons ;)

Yours Ollie
rulez added on the 2011-04-27 20:22:18 by Tolle Tolle
rulez added on the 2011-04-27 21:18:51 by BoyC BoyC
rulez added on the 2011-04-27 21:21:48 by necronomic0 necronomic0
apart from the fact that it ended right when i was hoping it'd get climatic, this was fucking sick.
rulez added on the 2011-04-27 23:34:49 by Gargaj Gargaj
Really nice animation and modelling - loved it :)
rulez added on the 2011-04-28 13:22:14 by Zonbie Zonbie
This is awesome!
rulez added on the 2011-04-28 16:06:52 by Lacoste Lacoste
rulez added on the 2011-04-28 22:59:24 by ileaardbei ileaardbei
what Gargaj said :)
rulez added on the 2011-04-29 00:38:48 by keito keito
rulez added on the 2011-04-29 00:53:42 by elfh elfh
rulez added on the 2011-04-29 14:22:23 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
hi guys, thank you again for all your comments

i learned so much while doing this one so i´d like to share the project file
from my movie. Its a project file for the software messiah studio.

if you´re interested just get it from here and play with it as much as you like.


i hope it´ll work (maybe you have to turn on nurbs mode for the body and the head to render
properly - otherwise it could crash - and in the audio folder there´s the sound included - maybe you have to reload it in your messiah play tab)
the file is pretty big with all textures included. make sure you set the whole folder to your project directory.

also if there are some zbrush users around here there´s also a little example head file for zbrush with some blendshapes in the layers palette. The body is actually missing for being that
ugly :D and also there´s no hd displacement information included due to file size reasons.


its not perfect but maybe interesting for you.

check it out and cu soon

yours ollie
Top quality stuff and somehow disturbing.
rulez added on the 2011-04-30 01:49:32 by keops keops
another thumb for cosmicollie for sharing the project files :)
added on the 2011-04-30 01:51:13 by keito keito
this is topnotch ..

but sorry to say, it reminded me of something
similar or so which has been made before.
correct me if i'm wrong?!
rulez added on the 2011-04-30 10:33:13 by tEiS tEiS
rulez added on the 2011-04-30 10:51:44 by Bartoshe Bartoshe
rulez added on the 2011-04-30 11:23:15 by chromag chromag
Owned the compo.
rulez added on the 2011-04-30 12:03:12 by zefyros zefyros
hi teis - thank you.

i´m not sure if there was a production like this before.
If so - at least i had no intention to imitate anything.

I´m award of some "before seen" elements of it are:

the transform thingy:
for example xmen (mystique)
unreal engine 3 demo film (the guy transforming his head that way)
i think they are done with the same techniques.

some video i barely remember from muse i think where some guys bowing
down while standing and luffing in some way (im not exactly sure if it was muse)

and of course zillions of zombie movies where there are corpses hitting the glass wall.

My intention was to simply do a film in nearly perfect sync.
(in octillion i wanted to do a good camera movement and make it look huge without adding
detail - in julie i wanted to learn 3d tracking)
Everything has been done in some way before - in music - in gfx, everything.

what did carl sagan said once ?
"If you wish make an apple pie from scratch - you must first invent the universe"

But just a thought about this (and about art in general)

I always tell the people to use and show the infamous cube you´ve seen so many times in demos again ! yes the old boring cube.

but look at it and show it in a context like noone has seen it before. You - the creator included.

look at this:

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you probably seen this before - its a cube and an egg, right ?
but in that context i think it´s something new isn´t it ?

ouch - i don´t know how this came out of that hen.

rulez added on the 2011-04-30 17:59:43 by a-move a-move
video of the year :)
rulez added on the 2011-05-01 21:31:05 by maali maali
Very original
rulez added on the 2011-05-01 22:03:35 by jack-3d jack-3d
Really, really awesome. The effort for that model alone deserves a thumb up.
Love that grin. Though, as others also mentioned before, it lacked a conclusion or climax. Like, who is he? What is he doing there? Or at least a twist.

Well, to be honest the very first things I thought were: "Aphex Twins", "come to daddy" and "MFX".

But to cut off the nagging, and cut to the chase, plain ossom, well deserved 1st place :)
rulez added on the 2011-05-02 01:22:21 by mog mog
Amazing model, direction and sync ... lacks a bit of a story/conclusion tho.
rulez added on the 2011-05-02 08:39:54 by shock__ shock__
weird shit, I love it :)
rulez added on the 2011-05-04 11:50:20 by malmix malmix
Incredibly weird, but awesome!
rulez added on the 2011-05-06 13:41:17 by psonice psonice
Nice model and wtf cubegg :O
rulez added on the 2011-05-06 13:50:45 by msqrt msqrt
I think this prod is underrated.
added on the 2011-05-14 15:08:56 by Zavie Zavie
added on the 2011-05-14 15:29:51 by okkie okkie
great prods indeed...
rulez added on the 2011-05-14 15:34:14 by got got
wtf, quality o.o
rulez added on the 2011-05-14 15:48:51 by noby noby
cosmicollie: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_in_the_Andes! <- more cubed eggs (carl barks ftw)...

also: great video!
rulez added on the 2011-05-14 16:13:51 by giZMo^fr giZMo^fr
rulez added on the 2011-05-18 15:36:24 by ɧ4ɾɗվ. ɧ4ɾɗվ.
Very good. The model's thumb is a little bit too skinny. Looks alien.
added on the 2011-05-18 21:46:00 by artanis artanis
rulez added on the 2011-05-28 21:19:32 by v3nom v3nom
rulez added on the 2011-06-04 00:07:30 by T$ T$
rulez added on the 2011-06-04 02:22:44 by Gʀɪʍʍy Gʀɪʍʍy
kinda spooky, but looks amazing
rulez added on the 2011-06-29 13:44:15 by phobium phobium
My only critisism (and by that I truly mean my ONLY critisism) is the anticlimactic ending. The rest is absolutely flawless.
rulez added on the 2011-08-16 08:56:40 by gloom gloom
rulez added on the 2011-08-26 11:37:24 by ferris ferris
This must be the best thing ever to come from the scene. Pure art!
rulez added on the 2011-09-14 20:26:59 by Proteque Proteque
rulez added on the 2011-09-29 09:13:23 by nula nula
f'n genius work being done here. for some reason i missed commenting on this one earlier.
nice one, ollie =)
rulez added on the 2012-01-03 01:53:59 by dalezy dalezy
epic! \o/
rulez added on the 2012-01-25 15:02:03 by hornet hornet
Well done in every aspect
rulez added on the 2012-02-26 12:34:12 by Frequent Frequent
rulez added on the 2012-03-06 16:00:20 by las las
not quite sure...
rulez added on the 2012-06-09 19:34:04 by praetor_alpha praetor_alpha
hm i absolutely have no memory of this.
yay! rediscover! \o/
rulez added on the 2012-08-02 19:40:29 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
A highlight from the 1st Revision, reminded me great moments :)
rulez added on the 2013-07-26 01:24:00 by rez rez
Whoa, I'm glad I found this by accident. That was breathtakingly amazing! The and making-of was quite interesting as well.
rulez added on the 2014-05-27 17:10:57 by Kylearan Kylearan
what gloom said
rulez added on the 2016-03-17 21:46:05 by sm sm
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rulez added on the 2016-03-20 16:13:17 by RbR RbR
creepy and cool
rulez added on the 2023-06-03 22:38:52 by MRIguy MRIguy
Saw it for the very first time today and am very impressed. Great stuff!
rulez added on the 2023-06-04 21:52:14 by Triace Triace
Never thumbed this? WTF?! Awesome work.
rulez added on the 2023-06-04 22:06:09 by gaspode gaspode

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