First Battle is a personal project with the aim of creating a visual interpretation of the warm nostalgic feeling of playing games from childhood. I set out to make a short, contained piece filled with detail and nods to the original game.
The square aspect ratio is reminiscent of the original GameBoy screen. Hidden throughout the film are the First Generation Gym Badges, in the same order which they would be found in the series. There is also a single Pokemon placed in a shot which, when combined with the surrounding elements, forms a pun. What better way to pay homage to the game than to create a game.
Created in Maxon C4D, rendered with Octane and composited in After Effects.
The screen goes black. Are you ready for your first battle?
Written by Kevin O'Shea and Emma Pacey
Created by Kevin O'Shea
All the sprites and graphics were created in Photoshop and then imported and animated in After Effects. A colour version was produced to drive the colour of the hair and a greyscale copy to drive the Shader Effector in C4D. From there I exported a JPG Sequence and brought it into 3D. The sequence was then mapped onto a Plane with each polygon corresponding to a pixel. Coloured Thread Sections were assigned to each polygon with a Cloner and driven by the Shader Effector.
I modeled and textured each object in the scene and animated the cameras together before separating the animation into different shots for rendering. The render sequences were then brought back into After Effects for compositing and the film was edited in Premiere.