Robot Wins Copenhagen 3D Award for Taking Onimusha 3 to the max

Tokyo-based animation studio Robot Communications took the top prize in the Game Cinematics category at last night’s awards ceremony for 3D Festival 2004 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Robot employed Discreet’s 3ds max and character studio software to create the animated opening cinematic sequence for the popular PlayStation 2 game, Onimusha 3: Demon Siege, from Capcom.

Collecting the prize was Robot technical supervisor Ikuo Nishii, whose team spent a year in production on the sequence, which required ten days of motion capture sessions. In addition to its games work, Robot provides content for TV commercials, movies and websites.

Onimusha 3: Demon Siege has been available in Japan since February 2004, and is expected to be available in North America in late spring and in Europe summer 2004. The gameplay spans four centuries–from ancient feudal Japan to modern day France –as main characters Samanosuke Akechi (played by Asian film star Takeshi Kaneshiro) and Jacques Blanc (played by French film star Jean Reno) try to save the world from the evil warlord Oda Nobunaga and his army of Genma warriors. In the opening cinematic, Samanosuke engages the Genma army in all-out battles that lead up to the climactic showdown with old enemy Gargant.

Here is a complete list of nomination and winners in each category:

Commercials

Winner: Johnnie Walker Fish (Framestore CFC)

Audi Drink Like a Fish (Framestore CFC)

Nintendo School’s Out (La Maison)

Tizer Baboon (Passion Pictures)

Xelebri Face of the Future (The Moving Picture Company)

Sony Mountain (The Mill)

Tooheys The Quest (The Mill)

Student 3D Animation

Winner:Pfffirate (Xavier Andre and Guillaume Herent)

Run, Dragon,Run!!! (Ricardo Biriba)

Annie & Boo (Johannes Weiland)

Roy and Dog (Jesse Davidge)

Short Film

Winner: Jo Jo in the Stars (Studio AKA)

Rockfish (Blur Studio)

Early Bloomer (Sony Pictures Imageworks)

L’Homme Sans Tête (The Man Without a Head) (La Maison)

Music Video Visual Effects

Winner: Hit That (The Offspring) (Passion Pictures)

Bad Day (REM) (Passion Pictures)

Go to Sleep (Radiohead) (The Mill)

Twist (Goldfrapp) (The Mill)

Feature Film Visual Effects

Winner: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Weta Digital)

The Matrix: Revolutions (ESC Entertainment/Tippett Studio) *

The Hulk (Industrial Light & Magic)

Pirates of the Caribbean (Industrial Light & Magic)

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (Industrial Light & Magic)

3D Game Cinematics (non interactive)

Winner: Onimusha 3 (ROBOT Communications)

Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (Blizzard Entertainment)

Spawn: Armageddon (Attitude Studio)

Stranger (Oddworld Inhabitants)

Technological Innovation Award

Joint Winners: Zbrush 2.0 (Pixologic), Winner: Massive (Massive Software)

Fluid Dynamics (Next Limit)

FBX Format (Kaydara)

Achievement Awards

3D Animated Feature Film

Finding Nemo (Pixar Animation Studios)

Television Visual Effects

Battlestar Galactica (Zoic Studio)

The Intl. 3D Awards are one of the most respected kudos for the 3D, CG industry worldwide. It recognizes excellence in the field of 3D design, animation, game development, architectural visualization and digital visual effects. For more information, visit www.3dawards.org