Depth of field in Antics3D

October 16, 2008

Depth of field is a great effect to place emphasis on a particular character or object in your scenes. It’s a simple technique, but one that can really drive forward the narrative of your shots.

There are a couple of ways you can achieve a depth of field effect in Antics3D, as demonstrated by this short clip from YouTube user manecolooper:

Manecolooper posted this up as an entry to our student competition – create a short clip demonstrating a filmmaking technique. Every student that enters will receive a free V4 Professional license. The top 3 clips will win their creator a cash prize of up to $1000. The deadline is the end of October, but it won’t take you long to create such a short clip in Antics3D.

Back to depth of field. One way to achieve this would be to place a billboard behind the character or object you want to focus on. Apply the frosted glass texture (or similar) to this and everything behind the billboard will be nicely obscured, bringing your character or object into sharp relief.

That’s a fairly quick workaround. Another solution would be to use a blue or greenbillboard behind your focus object then take the scene into a post-processing package.

It’s also possible to use lighting to focus on the desired elements in your scene. Antics3D regular Tony Bannan posted some shots on his blog to demonstrate this a little while ago. Realtime shadows have been added to Antics3D since then.


Student Teacher Competition – Every entry wins Antics3D Pro

September 19, 2008

If you’re a student with an interest in filmmaking then we’ve just launched a great contest for you.

Use our free 21-day trial to produce a short clip showing a filmmaking concept and you will receive a free copy of Antics 3D V4 Professional ($295 on our web store).

What’s more, the top clip will earn $1000 cash for its creator. With two runner up prizes of $250 each you’re in with a great chance of picking up some cash as well as some free filmmaking software!

For more details, including how to download your trial copy of Antics and how to submit your video, check out this link

The choice of which filmmaking concept to demonstrate is yours. For example you could show the rule of thirds, the 180 degree rule, a shot-reverse-shot. This is the kind of thing we’re looking for:

If you have any questions then email us at or post on our forum.

Full time students at any level, from any country, can participate. Proof of student status may be requested.

What you need to get started:

Summer Shorts Contest

June 30, 2008 are looking for submissions to their Summer Shorts 2008 contest.
Any format of film is accepted, as are multiple submissions. So if you have a story to tell, or a video to share then get it uploaded before the September 1st deadline.
From their site:
The Annual Summer Shorts Film and Video 2008 is for all filmmakers, videomakers, animators, and storytellers around the world. Come participate online by uploading your films, videos, and animations for a chance to place (1st, 2nd, or 3rd), and to share your works and your stories.

Multiple submissions are welcome and increase your chances of placing, as well as receiving exposure for your films, videos, and animations. All genres are accepted. You can upload your narratives, documentaries, music videos, PSAs, experimental films, thesis films, and more. UK Music Video Competition

June 26, 2008 are running a competition with some great prizes to celebrate the launch of their UK site

They want you to create a music video for a track by Jonathan Coulton. You can choose from two of his tracks, ‘Bacteria’ or ‘Todd the T1000’, both of which are available for free download from the competition page.

Prizes include an Alienware laptop and a Sanyo Xacti DMX-HD2 Camera.

The submission rules are fairly relaxed, although you must be a UK resident to enter. Under ‘What is Machinima’ they define the term as “the art of real-time filmmaking in a virtual environment (oftentimes within a video game engine)”. So videos created in Antics will be accepted.

Entries are invited up to August 1st, voting begins August 2nd.

Good luck!

Publicise your short – Ovation TV

June 17, 2008

So you’ve created your masterpiece of animation, how can you make it stand out from the crowd? How will people find your work? Opportunities to get a TV audience for your animation are few and far between, however we have just spotted this appeal for animation from new channel Ovation TV. Recently launched in the US, the channel attracts audiences of up to 28 million.

Now unfortunately the deadline for submissions for their Unreal World event this month has passed. However they are still encouraging submissions for their ongoing My Art series. Find out more about the channel and their submission process on the Ovation TV site.

Submissions aside it sounds like an interesting channel to keep an eye on if you’re in the US.

Ovation TV are certainly worth adding to the list of sites you should submit to. Keep an eye on this blog as we will inform you of any new opportunities we find and share tips and tricks for promoting your short.

Machinima at 2008 DragonCon Film Festival!

June 10, 2008

The 2008 DragonCon Film Festival will feature a strong machinima showing, with a Q&A panel of machinima makers as well as hours of the best machinima videos.

As posted on our forum, they are on the look out for machinima panellists and speakers as well as video submissions. They encourage videos from realtime machinima tools such as Antics, as well as those produced within game engines.

DragonCon is held in Atlanta, GA the weekend of Labor Day (August 29-September 1, 2008).

Check out their website for more information, details on how to submit a video, and to see some of the machinima from last years event.