To celebrate this special edition of VFXRIO, an original video has been released

Alvy Ray Smith, Co-Founder of Pixar and winner of two Scientific & Engineering Academy Awards®, in attendance

Matteo Moriconi, of VFXRIO and Rodrigo Hurtado founder of XCave Studios, have joined forces to create a conceptual video for the promotion of Brazil’s digital event VFXRIO LIVE, which begins on February 7th as a free online event at VFXRIO.BR.

The video will be presented at the online event but can be viewed here in advance. The headline guest is Alvy Ray Smith. Alvy Ray Smith founded Pixar with Edwin Catmull in 1986. He will be introduced by Lucia Modesto, one of the biggest names in Brazilian technology, Executive Supervisor at TV Globo. Smith will also share extracts from his new book, A Biography of the Pixel (MIT Press,) released in Spring 2021.

Matteo Moriconi, VFXRIO director and also president of the Brazilian Association of Visual Technology commented: “We are honoured with the participation of Alvy Ray Smith in our event. Our responsibility is to showcase visual technologies as they become part of a human narrative. Alvy Ray Smith’s contribution to this narrative and his unique view are fundamental for our understanding of new technologies and creativity in the digital era”.

Developed using Epic’s Unreal Engine technology, the conceptual video is inspired by the works of Moebius and Joseph Campbell and takes the viewer on an adventure bound to the city of Rio de Janeiro. “The hero in our story sets out on a journey of self-discovery. He goes through several phases of development until he arrives at his final destination at VFXRIO, the most important Brazilian event dedicated to visual technologies”, says Rodrigo Hurtado.

The soundtrack created by Marcelo Baldin accompanies the hero in his journey across physical and metaphysical borders. “The video reflects the mission of VFXRIO, which is to reveal, discuss and promote visual technologies. In the film, the hero discovers his role through a series of events that reveal the truth about his origin and nature. This trip brings balance and hope to the world through technology. We are honoured to be able to work with Rodrigo Hurtado and Marcelo Baldin from Wolfgang Audio, two of the most important Brazilian professionals in the industry”, says Matteo Moriconi.

Rodrigo Hurtado is the creative director and founding partner of XCAVE – the first Brazilian animation and realtime VFX studio. He specializes in script and new immersive XR and real-time technologies. With over 20 years of experience, he created and produced audiovisual and interactive innovation projects for global brands such as Netflix, Amazon, Warner, Paramount, Sony, Samsung, Ubisoft, Google, among others. He was one of the creators of the immersive studio Arvore, and Creative Director of XR and animation at Vetor Zero – the largest animation studio in Latin America. Marcelo Baldin, a musical composer and sound designer, is the founder of Combustion Studio and Wolfgang Audio. 


The Wanting Mare (2020) Movie Review

The Wanting Mare – Beautiful World Building

Director: Nicholas Ashe Bateman

Writer: Nicholas Ashe Bateman (Screenplay)

Starring: Jordan Monaghan, Josh Clark, Yasamin Keshtkar, Edmond Cofie, Christine Kellongg-Darrin

Plot: In Whithren, a line of women pass a recurring dream through multiple generations.

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Wanting Mare starts as we meet Moira a young woman that has recurring dreams that pass through the generations of herself, she lives in the Whithren alone in this world until she meets a man named Lawrence that has been trying to escape this land in the only way, a ticket, Lawrence steals tickets from people, which ends up with him trying to help Moira, only not everything goes to plan.

Thoughts on The Wanting Mare

Characters & Performances – Moira is the woman who is raised in the Whithren, she has dreams that fill the generations of her previous family’s lives, which will guide her and want her to make more, her kind nature sees her help someone in need, hoping to escape this world, giving her the feeling of love for the first time. Lawrence is the man Moira helps, though he is a man that steals tickets, which will offer people freedom from this world, he wants to help Moira in return for her kindness, but not everything goes to plan. This film is filled with strong performances throughout, without anyone getting the big impactful scene that could elevate everything to the next level.

StoryThe story here follows a young woman living in the Whithren that is alone, but filled with memories in her dreams that have come from generations before her, she finds herself meeting someone that could help her escape this world getting her a chance of a ticket to freedom. This is a story that will flow well, with a hint of mystery about what is going on, we are left to see how much this world could offer anyone, while not letting them just take it, the generational dreams are the highlight, showing us how we could see someone experience their family’s previous life through dreams, but we do end up having more of the world creation being left to the imagination.

ThemesThe Wanting Mare brings us a fantasy film that will look to cover space and time, through a world of emptiness, which looks both bleak and beautiful.

The Wanting Mare is a beautiful movie that is a pleasure on the eyes, that does have a brilliant concept that will be engaging, despite a few flaws along the way.