Tavolsag Short film

Tavolsag Short film is inspired by Ryan J Woodward creator of : The thought of you & Kori Wakamatsu choreography

Távolság represents a collaboration of 5 years, across 8 countries, to show “how distance and longing can empower our true feelings”. Because without distance, we can never know the true meaning of love.

This heart captivating dance directed by Mohammad Malak, the base of this film was inspired by the work of Ryan Woodward 2D animation ‘The thought of you’, as it provokes the love in distance.

Távolság (spelled: Tavolshag, is a Hungarian word means Distance). The amount of work which was done in this project is priceless, through it the set of skills and talent of these artists who worked on it. This project wasn’t about the level of details to the 3D models, the textures or environment, as much it was about the feelings which was presented by these characters.

Syntax CGI team, with the association of Chaosgroup, DigicPictures,Ephere Ornatrix, Mocap.pl and Autodesk conceived and coordinated the creative technical input and output to this unprecedented collaboration to deliver a beautiful piece of art. At Digic Pictures the set of Motion Capture data was completed in accordance with a real dancer’s performance to form the basis for the later animations, so the virtual movement of these dancers are a perfect match of the real thing.

Syntax CGI & Mocap.pl had the sophisticated task of transforming the CGI data into photo realistic animations. The experience gained by Michal Hrydziuszko and Marek Tatar is now successfully put to effective use. Meanwhile, extensive simulation work simulated by Artur Malczyk, after all, the aim was to create an artistic yet emotional and realistic feeling to this performance. Every movement is predetermined by so called animatics of several hundred hours’ worth of calculations. The results was something to be proud of.

The so-called rendering time of such a sophisticated animation plays between fifteen minutes and half hour per individual frame, which was provided by Sven Pfiffer at Render4You Company. A total of nearly two thousand hours were needed for this animated film to be done. Finally, the compositing stage with Slawomir Malinowski & Mohammad Malak; brings everything together that belongs together. 5 minutes of fascinating animation, what was in the beginning a Motion Capture data and wireframe is now transformed into a complete work of art, with nearly 5 years of production time from planning to completion and lots of fun as well madness in the process.


SYNTAX CGI presents Tavolsag
Created by Mohammad Malak

Original Soundtrack by The Cinematic Orchestra
performed by the British jazz/electronic group
Walt Disney Records

3D Character Artists :
Alexander Tomchuck
Arek Tomaszewski
Mikhail Korovyansky

3D environment by EVERMOTION :

Rafal Waniek .A.K.A Edi
Pawel Gajlewicz
Krzysztof Kundzicz
Adam Kozlowski

Title sequence 3D environment by
Mohannad Khamra

FX TD lead Artur Malczyk
Hair & Cloth simulation by Artur Malczyk
Smoke & Particle FX Artist Slawomir Malinowski
VFX Supervisor Mohammad Malak

Animation Supervisor :
Michal Hrydziuszko

Mocap refine and hand animation:
Marek Tatar

Motion Capture by DIGIC Motion / DIGIC Pictures Budapest :
Alex S. Rabb
Csaba Kovari
Istvan Gindele
Istvan Zsoter
Eszter Bohus


Foldi Bela
Kori Wa
Mohammad Malak

Dancers :
Tamas Kiss
Dzsenifer Vattai

Cinematography / Compositing
Mohammad Malak
Slawomir Malinowski

Chaos Group / V-ray:
Javid Imanov | Software & license support at chaos group: vray
Kalina Panteleeva | Render supervisor & CG specialist
Alexander Karakashev | Channel Partner Marketing Expert

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