October 23, 2012 at 11:45AM
Watch: 'The Green Ruby Pumpkin' Captures the Spooky Spirit of Halloween (VIDEO)
Tran Ma and Miguel Ortega's "The Green Ruby Pumpkin."
Two Senior VFX artists, Tran Ma ("Thor," "Alice in Wonderland") and Miguel Ortega ("Jack the Giant Slayer," "Priest"), have crafted an appropriately scary -- and impeccably designed -- Halloween-inspired short film, titled "The Green Ruby Pumpkin." Even more impressive than the film itself is the story behind the short: the entire project was rendered on 7 computers, as well as shot totally in a living room with the help of green screen.
"The Green Ruby Pumpkin" is an independent, low budget project that manages to blend CGI and 2D animation almost flawlessly to tell the tale of a magical woman who doles out candies every Halloween, but follows a strict (albeit rhythmical) code: "There is one rule to which all must comply / no candy is given to those who don't try." One night, after a successful evening of dispensing candies to some of the most well-disguised children in town, three boys show up at the woman's door without costume, directly violating her only mandate. But the woman's suspicions weren't exactly spot on.
Although the moral of the narrative is up in the air (Never judge a book by its cover? Give everyone candy, no matter what?), it's a fun, simple story that feeds the imagination just in time for the holiday season.
Watch the video below, and check out "The Making of The Green Ruby Pumpkin" video here