The Discovery Network show, MEGA MACHINES (formerly titled RISE OF THE MACHINES Season Two) gives the viewer an in depth look at some of the most iconic machines used today. The Ten-part series uncovers the ins and outs (literally) of these illustrious machines. Revealing how they’re built, how they work and most importantly how they’ve evolved over time, to be deemed, Mega Machines!
The show was a successful collaboration between Montreal based, VFX Studio, AA Studios, animation studio Digital Dimension and the award winning production house, Windfall Films.
Together, AA Studios, Digital Dimension and Windfall Films began this project in August 2017, a project that would take up to eighteen artists and over five months to complete. Splitting the work amongst the artist’s, AA Studios delivered eighty-five shots, at forty-five seconds each. Fifty 2D animated, motion graphics shots, and thirty-five photorealistic 3D animations. Recreating machines in 3D such as, the Sikorsky S-92 Helicopter, a Hovercraft, the Helix Rollercoaster, a Road Train, and a Freight Train. As for motion graphics content that would include all the same as well as, an Aprilia RSV4 motorcycle, an Arctic Icebreaker, an Airfish 8, an Antonov An-124 and a Shinkansen (Bullet Train).
By recreating these supreme machines in both TFX and 3D, the viewer is given the opportunity to understand the mechanics behind these Mega Machines as well as, viewing the crème de la crème of VFX work. AA Studios prides itself on delivering the best VFX possible and with that, comes an enormous amount of pre-production and planning, to ensure projects run smooth and, clients are happy. For this production, AA Studios created an extensive CGI pipeline. The work consisted of hand drawn designs, mapping, blocking, animating, compositing and rendering all while ensuring each shot was of the highest quality. Endless hours, passion, and talent went into creating this project and once it begins airing in Canada (in the next few months) Canadian viewers will see why.
UK and US residents can watch full episodes of MEGA MACHINES on the Science channel