Atheum's Way

Siggraph Dailies by Aleks Sakowski

Siggraph is next week, unfortunately I wont be able to attend. Our project will be screened at the festival along with our making of at the Dailies program. Below is Siggraph preview of some of the projects. Atheum's Way was chosen as their video thumbnail! 

The Dailies program celebrates excellence in computer graphics with an evening of presentations showcasing images and short animations of extraordinary power and beauty. This year, #SIGGRAPH2015 Dailies Chair Juan Buhler shares some exceptional work via this can't-miss sneak peek! Each presentation will tell the behind-the-scenes story of the imagery created.

Atheum's Way Heads to Siggraph 2015 by Aleks Sakowski

I am proud to announce that Atheum's Way has been selected to screen at the 2015 Siggraph conference in LA, arguably the largest animation festival on the planet. We were also selected to present as part of their "Dailies" segment -  "Whereas most SIGGRAPH content is focused on new techniques for creating images, SIGGRAPH Dailies! is focused on the imagery itself and the stories of the artists who created it."

"The SIGGRAPH conference and exhibition is a five-day interdisciplinary educational experience including a three-day commercial exhibition that attracts hundreds of exhibitors from around the world. SIGGRAPH is widely recognized as the most prestigious forum for the publication of computer graphics research."

Atheum's Way by Aleks Sakowski

A father must confront an eternal storm to reunite with his daughter, and learn that man must tame his past before he conquers his future.

Made by 2 people over the course of 1 year, Atheum's Way is an animated music video by New Zealand based production house Sakowski Studios, to the music of Solstate. Directed, composited and animated by Aleksander Sakowski, illustrated by Linhan Ye, music by Troy Mckubre.

The eternal storm in Atheum's Way is representative of the hardest challenges we face in life. One can not wait for the storm to pass, because there will always be another brewing. Facing those challenges teaches us the most about ourselves, and in the last leg of our journey we will face our greatest obstacles.

The machine serpent is a reflection of this ultimate challenge. Generations ago, these man made monsters were created as tools of war; after we lost control of them they became their own masters. Now after years of battles and navigating the oceans, this one has lost its eyes and attacks anything that crosses its path. If our most advanced machines are guided to war, would it be no surprise that once they are intelligent, war is all they will know? Humans have trouble showing empathy for their own kind let alone other thinking creatures, and machines are a reflection of us. If we create them in the name of war, war is what we will receive. The father must confront this challenge, and tame the blind beast.

Thanks to Liam Williams, Loic Yearbury, James Aldous and Jesse Meha for lending a hand when things got heavy, and special thanks to Troy Mckubre for his insurmountable patience.