From concept to operation
Black Ice Digital is an acclaimed animation studio based in Pretoria, South Africa.
While we specialise in creating superb 3D animation, VFX and interactive experiences for almost any digital medium, we excel in process animations and breathing life into 3D characters. From industrial process animations and interactive animation content is our daily bread with which we captivate and intrigue audience and client alike.
We look forward to helping you realize your extraordinary vision and create something truly memorable.
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- CREATIVE CONSULTING
- CHARACTER DESIGN | MODEL SHEETS
- 2D/3D CONCEPT ART
- TEXTURING | SHADING
- ANIMATION PLANNING (in 2d and using Live References)
- KEYFRAME 3D ANIMATION
- MATTE PAINTING
- 2D-3D FX
Zoetrope -3D Animation
From the early 1900th Century with the invention of the zoetrope to Motion Picture today, audiences are transfixed by the inanimate coming to life through adding movement, animating and coming alive by the addition of a few frames!
A zoetrope is a mechanism that produces the illusion of motion from a rapid succession of static pictures. It’s fashioned in a drum shape with a series of slits on the upper half. A strip with the same number of images is place in the lower half of the drum. When the drum spins the slits act as shutters to show the images one at a time. Each of the images shows a slightly different part of the movement and they blend into a smooth motion when the object is spun. The term zoetrope is from the Greek words ζωή (zoeh), meaning “alive, active”, and τροπή (tropeh), meaning “turn”. “Zoetrope” taken to mean “active turn”
Cartoons / TV / Motion Picture are made up of a series of images, displayed in quick succession (24 frames p s), is ANIMATION. Animations have a complex application in our society, both 2D Animation and 3D Animation are created for entertainment – 3D Animation Movies like “How to Train Your Dragon”, 2D Animation Movies like Snow White, ad banners on digital advertising boards, instructional sequences and many more.
The History of 3D Animation
The first illustrations of prehistoric attempts to capture motion into a drawing can already be found in Paleolithic cave paintings, where animals are portrayed with multiple leg positions in superimposed positions, evidently trying to represent a sense of motion.
In the 17 th to 19 th centuries, simple animation devices were invented long before film projectors, the Zoetrope for instance. The first Animation on motion picture film was “Humorous Phases of Funny Faces” by J. Stuart Blackton in the year 1906. It features a cartoonist drawing caricature faces on a chalkboard, and the sketches coming to life. A typical 15-second commercial may consist out of more than 500 drawings at 25 fps or movement of objects, making the cost of materials and labour extensive.
A good example of this would be the Hippo from Hippo insurance, 3D Character Animation coming alive on screen due to the effect of “persistence of vision”.3D Animation can be particularly effective when keeping in mind the target audience and end user, and ultimately the message to be conveyed. You would think that animation only appeals to youngsters but it appeals to child and adult alike with the motion and emotions sparking empathy and joy for 3D Animation and 2D Animation Sequences.
Why Choose Us?
Black Ice Digital is offering 3D Visualization and 3D Animation services for all sectors. We can boost your marketing materials with 3D Animations and renderings no matter what range of business your company belongs to.
Our 3D Animation is applied to 3D Mining Services, Advertising, Real Estate, Oil and Gas, Architecture, Retail, Automotive Industry, Aerospace, Science, Film, Television, etc. We guarantee astonishing product value, reasonable price, professional approach and a fast turnaround time. Our powerful workstations, state-of-the-art software, far-reaching experience, capacity and creativity: all bend to your needs. Please, feel free to enjoy our 3D Segment of Black Ice Digital.
Unrivalled 3D Animation Marketing Tools
Reasonable Priced 3D Animation
Industrial / Mining 3D Animation
At Black Ice Digital specialize in offering Visualization and 3D Animation services to Industrial and Mining Sectors. We can boost your marketing materials with 3D animations and renderings no matter what range of business your company belongs to. Our 3D Animation is applied to Mining Services, Advertising, Real Estate, Oil and Gas, Architecture, Retail, Automotive Industry, Aerospace, Science, Film, Television, etc. We guarantee astonishing product value, reasonable price, professional approach and a fast turnaround time. Our powerful workstations, state-of-the-art software, far-reaching experience, capacity and creativity: all bend to your needs. Please, feel free to enjoy our 3D segment of Black Ice Digital.
Mining Safety 3D Animations
Mining Process 3D Animations
Packaging and Installation
Character Design / Scene Design:
Realistic / Non-Realistic
The Scene and Setting:
Is the scene fully Computer Generated, 3D Animation / Motion Graphic Design Compositing techniques combined with 3D elements, for lack of an better example I would point to Shrek – the Animation Ogre Character that Millions love by DreamWorks.
The Conveyed Message:
The message that’s being conveyed must be applicable to the character and content. With multiple influencing factors on your Animation, it’s best to trust the experts in the field. Black Ice Digital – Advanced 3D Animation Digital Solutions. Black Ice can create your 3D Character that takes all the above in consideration together with user centered design principals adds motion and stunning 3D Camera work – making your brand move with grandeur and style.
Planning Your Animation:
- Production Strategy and Budget Planning Phase
- Broadcast Formats and Platforms
- Concepts, Storyboarding and Pilots
- Project Management
- Animation – Video / 3D / Motion Graphic Design
- 3D Animation – 3D Effects and Virtual Reality
- Jquery + Java Anamations – Really Optimized for the Latest Web Standards
- Filming Video– Studio or Location
- Audio Production – Voice / Music / Effects
- Digital Platforms
- Internet – all Compatible Digital Formats
- CD-ROM – all Compatible Digital Formats
Some of our 3D Animation work
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EXPLORE 3D Animation
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Innovative digital experiences & amazing storytelling
Black Ice provides a combination of services that culminate to offer a digital skillset that is unmeasurable.
We strive to render the most economic service possible with our unrefusable offer that saves both resources, cost and time. Giving the client best value for money spent.
Our solution comprises of the design, manufacture and setup of kiosk solutions and terminals - Kiosk software development, Industrial 3D modelling and Animation to a motion graphic experience that tells a story and create mind blowing digital experiences.
Why Choose us
Our value based approach
that drive us
that drive us
Creating Platinum within Budget.
One stop Digital Solution shop.
Black Ice your partner of choice.
Our job flow
From start to finnish
One of our specialists take a detailed brief from the client.
The Black Ice team conceptualises the brief and provides a proposal and budget to client.
Lead times and terms are agreed upon. Job acceptance takes place.
Full in-house content development. Including Touch Screen Kiosk production, 2D/3D Animation and C# Development.
Content and Hardware goes through a rigorous testing process.
Customer views product/content and changes, (if any) are finalized.
Roll out of advanced digital solutions according to customers approved schedule.
We provide technical support after roll out. Including cloud based real-time content updates as well as on-site and off-site technical support.