The Third & The Seventh

Alex Roman has released “The Third & The Seventh”, a full-CG animated 13 minute video that brings together the disciplines of architecture and cinema. Alex (Jorge Seva) trained in CG and architectural visualization in Spain but discovered the beauty associated with already-built spaces. He took a year off to work on this project, bringing together a range of images, some abstract, some surreal. The third and seventh disciplines of architecture and cinema are references to Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s Lectures on the Aesthetics and the writings of film theorist Ricciotto Canudo: architecture, sculpture, painting, dance, music, poetry, and cinema. The videos are embedded in Vimeo format. It’s worth waiting for them to load and watching in full screen.

The Third and the Seventh


Director Alex Roman (Jorge Seva) was responsible for modelling, texturing, illumination, rendering, postproduction and editing, producing the work on 3dsmax, Vray, AfterEffects and Premiere, rendering it all on an i7 920 and a QX6850. There are a few non-CG elements in the shortfilm, photographer (shot on greenscreen), pigeons, timelapsed growing flowers, flying airplane and sky backgrounds. Alex was also responsible for sound design, music sequencing, orchestration and mixing, using Sonar and EWQLSO Gold Pro XP.

Music was based on original scores by Michael Laurence Edward Nyman (The Departure) and Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns (Le Carnaval des animaux). CG work was done with 3dsmax, Vray, AfterEffects and Premiere. Music for the Compositing video is Humming Chorus by Giacomo Puccini.

Do you find it hard to believe the footage is CGI? Watch the compositing video…

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