Red Giant's Old/New comedy shows off power of its VFX software

With a nice line in Dr Seuss-style storytelling, Red Giant's short features poor lifestyle choices, clones and laser-eyed mammoths

Red Giant has released Old/New, a short film created to highlight its visual effects software.

To help demystify the filmmaking process, Red Giant has also released a behind the scenes mini-documentary that walks viewers through their workflow – writing, art direction, filming, editing, colour correction and visual effects.

Directed by Seth Worley the film is narrated by actor/comedian Patton Oswalt, and concerns the story of Drew McHugh, a man who has a penchant for the new. His ruinous obsession with novelty- including new devices, new fashion, new friends and even names - is challenged when he discovers the rustic appeal of old-fashioned things. He quickly becomes obsessed (again) with the reclaimed and well worn, plummeting face-first down the rabbit hole of novelty and nostalgia.

The film is co-written by director Seth Worley and executive producer Aharon Rabinowitz, who have together collaborated on six Red Giant films.

“Seth is a crazy-talented filmmaker,” said Aharon Rabinowitz, who is also Red Giant’s head of marketing. “We love working with him to tell stories that are both fun and visually exciting. He has a unique aesthetic that never disappoints.” Like its predecessors, Old/New is full of visual effects, some obvious, and some very subtle."

“Red Giant is a company made up of filmmakers, visual effects artists and people who love telling stories,” added Rabinowitz. “With each film we make, we learn more about the evolving process of filmmaking. It’s an important part of how we’re able to create new tools for filmmakers, and how we’re able to keep the existing ones relevant.”

Old/New was created to help show off the power of Red Giant’s filmmaking and visual effects tools, with a focus on the new Magic Bullet Suite 12 – a set of seven tools for colour correction, finishing, and film looks for filmmakers.

The suite includes a colour grading tool, Magic Bullet Looks (pictured), and Colorista III, which gives filmmakers real-time colour correction directly on the editing timeline.

Magic Bullet Suite 12 also introduces the new Magic Bullet Film, a tool that gives digital footage the look of real motion picture film by emulating the photochemical process – from the film negative, to colour grading, and finally to the print stock.

With its ability to easily give footage a modern or vintage film treatment, Magic Bullet Film was the inspiration for the story in Old/New.

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