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Wizard of the coast entrusted us with the production of this new trailer for their sci-fi / horror expansion phyrexia. This trailer introduces the second act of a trilogy and wanted to rely on a motion design realization to represent the Phyrexian universe.

The trailer illustrates the resistance of the heroes (planewalker) to the phyrexian invasion through a large freeze frame battle composition where dazzling white porcelain statues face hordes of creatures covered in phyrexian oil, source of extraterrestrial life, gradually swallowing up any hope of victory. This graphic confrontation ends with the imposing throne of Helesh Norn composed of thousands of statues of soldiers who perished in front of it.

To make this trailer we modeled more than 70 statues in HD including 10 with facial expression captures based on 3d scans made at scan engine.

The music was specially composed for the film, a blend of horror theme and sci fi synth, it really creates an anxiogene vibe.

Thanks to the enthusiasm of the Magic card player community, the video reached 3.5M views in a few hours and the trailer fulfilled its role as thousands of comments illustrate the fan hype for the first Elesh Norn appearance as a CG character.

Film Stills

    • Director & Creative director François-Côme du Boistesselin
    • Head of production Jade Schiff
    • Concept Art Jaime Martinez - Feng Weirui - Pavel Rtishchev
    • Art Director/Motion designer Timo Noak - Rémi Loger -
    • Modeling Alfonso Gonso - Wojtek Piwowarczyk - Dirk Wachsmuth - Antonio Esparza - Andrei Le Mézec - Lucas Lefort - Jordan Weisgerber - Thibault Chapelain
    • Scan 3D Scan engine
    • Animation Myriam Rigonnaud
    • VFX Estéban Genre-Jazelet - Enrique Garcia - Dimitri Besnard
    • Render Timo Noak - Olivier Carru - Remi Loger - Lois Ahmed - Andrei Le Mezec
    • Music Maxime Hervé.
    • SFX YellowCab