Animation | Pre-Viz | Visual Effects

The Lost Letter

Don’t miss this brilliant new short directed by Kealan O’Rourke. All the visuals were created and animated at the Trickshot Films studios. Funded by RTE, the Irish Film Board and the Arts Council.

Winner 'Best Animated Sequence' at the Galway Film Fleadh 2016

What do we do?

we produce innovative visual effects, pre-viz and animation

Creative Collaboration

We have a strong track record in 3d animation, previzualisation and visual effects. Our enthusiastic and flexible approach along with our commitment to quality means we can help you realise your vision – just the way you intended.

Featuring at the Fleadh

We recently completed all 3D production on the RTE, Irish Film Board and the Arts Council funded short film The Lost Letter directed by Kealan O’Rourke which debuted at the 28th Galway Film Fleadh last July winning the award for “Best Animated Sequence”.

Off to a Great Start

We have just opened our new offices in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. A magnificent place to create magic.

The Lost Letter Trailer

Rising to the Challenge

Trickshot Films completed all of the 3d work (excluding titles) for the short film “The Lost Letter”. Directed by Kealan O’Rourke and produced by Brian Wilson the short was funded by RTE, the Irish Film Board and the Arts Council. The Lost Letter won the award for best animated sequence in a short film at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2016.

The director’s vision and requirement for top quality CG animation presented a new challenge for our lean production environment. But we love challenges here at Trickshot Films and we used the opportunity to set up a new production pipeline based around the GPU renderer Redshift. We completed all shots on the film in-house – a sizeable task with over 100 shots and a running time of approximately 7 minutes. Everything was modelled, textured, rigged, animated, lit and composited in our studio in Dun Laoighaire. The final comp was produced using Fusion and we’re very happy with the image quality.

A making-of video from “The Lost Letter”.

There were plenty of challenges along the way in getting “The Lost Letter” completed. Along with  fur, fog and fire there were more subtle ingredients which were added such as volumetric lighting which really adds a lot of depth to the world we created. Our main focus at Trickshot, apart from realising the directors vision and making everything look great, is in breathing life into characters. So it was very gratifying that the short won the best animated sequence award at the Film Fleadh.

Current Projects

We’re currently working on a couple of exciting in-house projects. Here’s a few work in progress shots from one of them… We’re hoping to be able to show this off in full in 2018.

A sneak peek at some shots from our upcoming project “Tall Tales from the edge of the world”

We also just finished rigging and modelling for an internationally distributed kids TV show which we can’t say anything about until the first episode airs. What we can say though is that it’s a beautifully designed show and it was a really interesting project to work on.

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