Tech Behind the “Red Lion” Music Video [Mettle Mantra VR, Flux, FreeForm Pro, Adobe Fuse & Mixamo]
by on July 22, 2019 in articles DIYmusician Film Festivals
The Tech Behind the “Red Lion” Music Video [Mettle Mantra VR, Flux, FreeForm Pro, Adobe Fuse & Mixamo] Olivia Hadjiioannou Oh. Prog Metal

For all you animators who asked about how we did some of the visual effects in the award-winning “Red Lion” video, here are a few examples and free After Effects project files for you to experiment with. We used the awesome Mettle 3D plugins Mantra VR, FLUX, FreeForm Pro, and ShapeShifter AE for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro in order to create the surreal elements of “Red Lion”. We made the “Metallia” 3D model with Adobe Fuse and animated her on Adobe Mixamo before importing into Photoshop and later AE.

Tima Vlasto, did the VFX for “Red Lion” and compiled these AE project files for you to use freely. She said it would be very cool if you found these helpful to go and watch “Red Lion” on YouTube or stream the “Metallia” album on Spotify, or follow Oh. on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and connect with us.

The music video Red Lion is presently a winner, finalist and official selection in 14 film festivals worldwide for Best Music Video, Best Experimental Mixed Media and Best VFX.

Red Lion received the Best Music Video award in the inaugural French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) in Cannes, France. Winner Best Music Video at the Cosmocinema Film Festival in London. Winner of the Best Music Video Short in The Psychedelic and Transpersonal Film and Music Festival at The Producer’s Club in New York City. Winner Best Experimental Mixed Media Short Film at the Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival in Southwestern Crete in Greece.

Read more about the making of “Red Lion” and the music I make in the Bio and EPK.

Animation and VFX

The Making of Red Lion

It would have taken us many months to create the 5 minutes of animation for Red Lion if it weren’t for the incredible Mettle 3D plugins for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Adobe Fuse for the 3D models and the free animations on Adobe Mixamo. These plugins and resources made it possible to complete the 5 minutes animation in less than 200 hours.

We are very proud to say the video was #MadeWithMettle. The plugins opened up so many creative possibilities and we were blown away by what beautiful scenes we could create and make what we imagined a reality.

Mettle Plug-ins

Mettle’s Mantra VR is a comprehensive set of 16 stylization effects that work in both 360/VR and 2D, for After Effects and Premiere Pro. In “Red Lion” we used Circular Waves, Esher Droste, Hyperbolix, Mobius Raw, Repeater and Turbulence effects. We also used the Mettle Flux plugin which creates 3D volumetric fractal flames and the FreeForm Pro 3D Mesh Warp plugin that creates terrain, morphing organic shapes, an array of primitives, water simulation and character animation. For a few effects we used Mettle’s Shapeshifter AE plugin that creates 3D morphing shapes.

Learn more about Mettle 3D plugins for Adobe software

Mantra VR Escher & Droste effects

Mantra VR Escher Droste
Mantra VR Escher Droste
Mantra VR Escher Droste
Mantra VR Escher Droste
Mantra VR Escher & Droste
Mantra VR Escher & Droste

Mantra VR Hyperbolix

Mantra VR Hyperbolix - Mobius
Mantra VR Hyperbolix - Mobius
Mantra VR Hyperbolix
Mantra VR Hyperbolix
Mantra VR Hyperbolix
Mantra VR Hyperbolix

Mantra VR Mobius - Repeater - Circular Waves - Turbulence

Mantra VR Spherify - Repeater
Mantra VR Spherify - Repeater
Mantra VR Circular Waves
Mantra VR Circular Waves
Mantra VR Turbulence
Mantra VR Turbulence

Flux

Mettle Flux
Mettle Flux
Mettle Flux
Mettle Flux
Mettle Flux
Mettle Flux

Freeform Pro

Mettle Free Form Pro
Mettle Free Form Pro
Mettle Free Form Pro
Mettle Free Form Pro
Mettle Free Form Pro
Mettle Free Form Pro

Adobe Fuse & Mixamo 3D Animations

Adobe Mixamo 3D Animation
Adobe Mixamo 3D Animation
Adobe Mixamo 3D Animation
Adobe Mixamo 3D Animation
Adobe Mixamo 3D Animation
Adobe Mixamo 3D Animation
Adobe Mixamo 3D Animation
Adobe Mixamo 3D Animation
Adobe Mixamo 3D Animation
Adobe Mixamo 3D Animation
Adobe Mixamo 3D Animation
Adobe Mixamo 3D Animation

Mettle FreeForm Project File

Mettle FreeForm Pro Olivia Hadjiioannou
Mettle FreeForm Pro Olivia Hadjiioannou
Mettle FreeForm Pro Olivia Hadjiioannou

For you animators who asked about how to do the cube visual effect in the “Red Lion” video. Here is a free rough project file to play around with. You will need the Mettle FreeForm Pro plugin.
You can download a demo of FreeForm at Mettle.

Mettle Flux Project File

Mettle Flux Olivia Hadjiioannou
Mettle Flux Olivia Hadjiioannou
Mettle Flux Olivia Hadjiioannou
Mettle Flux Olivia Hadjiioannou
Mettle Flux Olivia Hadjiioannou
Mettle Flux Olivia Hadjiioannou

For you animators who asked about how to do the aura animation in the “Red Lion” video. Here is a free rough project file to play around with. You will need the Mettle Flux plugin.

You can download a demo of Flux at Mettle.

Adobe Fuse & Adobe Mixamo

Adobe Fuse and Adobe Mixamo Olivia Hadjiioannou
Adobe Fuse and Adobe Mixamo Olivia Hadjiioannou
Adobe Fuse and Adobe Mixamo Olivia Hadjiioannou

Extras

Mettle FreeForm Pro Pool

Mettle FreeForm Pro Pool

Part of this pool was used in one scene in the “Red Lion” video. It was made by following the tutorial by Tim Harris on Mettle. Here is a free rough project file to play around with. You will need the Mettle FreeForm Pro plugin.

You can download a demo of FreeForm at Mettle.

Mantra VR Escher Droste

Red Lion Mettle Mantra VR Escher
Red Lion Mettle Mantra VR Escher

Mantra VR Circular Waves

Before

The Tech Behind the “Red Lion” Music Video [Mettle Mantra VR, Flux, FreeForm Pro, Adobe Fuse & Mixamo] Olivia Hadjiioannou Oh. Prog Metal

After

The Tech Behind the “Red Lion” Music Video [Mettle Mantra VR, Flux, FreeForm Pro, Adobe Fuse & Mixamo] Olivia Hadjiioannou Oh. Prog Metal

Mantra VR Spherify - Repeater

Before

The Tech Behind the “Red Lion” Music Video [Mettle Mantra VR, Flux, FreeForm Pro, Adobe Fuse & Mixamo] Olivia Hadjiioannou Oh. Prog Metal

After

The Tech Behind the “Red Lion” Music Video [Mettle Mantra VR, Flux, FreeForm Pro, Adobe Fuse & Mixamo] Olivia Hadjiioannou Oh. Prog Metal

Before

The Tech Behind the “Red Lion” Music Video [Mettle Mantra VR, Flux, FreeForm Pro, Adobe Fuse & Mixamo] Olivia Hadjiioannou Oh. Prog Metal

After

The Tech Behind the “Red Lion” Music Video [Mettle Mantra VR, Flux, FreeForm Pro, Adobe Fuse & Mixamo] Olivia Hadjiioannou Oh. Prog Metal

Mettle Shapeshifter

Mettle Adobe After Effects

The Tech Behind the “Red Lion” Music Video [Mettle Mantra VR, Flux, FreeForm Pro, Adobe Fuse & Mixamo] Olivia Hadjiioannou Oh. Prog Metal

After

The Tech Behind the “Red Lion” Music Video [Mettle Mantra VR, Flux, FreeForm Pro, Adobe Fuse & Mixamo] Olivia Hadjiioannou Oh. Prog Metal

This warped guitar play-through scene using Mettle Shapeshifter was cut early on during the storyboard phase of the production. A small piece of the effect was used as an overlay in one scene of “Red Lion”

Freebie Mettle Flux Auras

The Tech Behind the “Red Lion” Music Video [Mettle Mantra VR, Flux, FreeForm Pro, Adobe Fuse & Mixamo] Olivia Hadjiioannou Oh. Prog Metal
The Tech Behind the “Red Lion” Music Video [Mettle Mantra VR, Flux, FreeForm Pro, Adobe Fuse & Mixamo] Olivia Hadjiioannou Oh. Prog Metal
The Tech Behind the “Red Lion” Music Video [Mettle Mantra VR, Flux, FreeForm Pro, Adobe Fuse & Mixamo] Olivia Hadjiioannou Oh. Prog Metal
The Tech Behind the “Red Lion” Music Video [Mettle Mantra VR, Flux, FreeForm Pro, Adobe Fuse & Mixamo] Olivia Hadjiioannou Oh. Prog Metal
The Tech Behind the “Red Lion” Music Video [Mettle Mantra VR, Flux, FreeForm Pro, Adobe Fuse & Mixamo] Olivia Hadjiioannou Oh. Prog Metal
The Tech Behind the “Red Lion” Music Video [Mettle Mantra VR, Flux, FreeForm Pro, Adobe Fuse & Mixamo] Olivia Hadjiioannou Oh. Prog Metal

Watch Red Lion

RED LION by Oh. Olivia HadjiioannouRED LION

A numinous Red Lion illuminates the path the warrior goddess Metallia must take to align her fragmented selves and restore an ever-present multidimensional vision long lost to humanity.

Director/composer Olivia Hadjiioannou (aka Oh.) presents a consciousness-expanding visual and acoustic odyssey. Avatars, griffins and multidimensional mathematical objects inhabit this psychedelic landscape.

Inspired by scenes from Federico Fellini’s, “8 1/2”, Lewis Carroll’s, “Alice in Wonderland”, Maurice Sendak’s, “Where the Wild Things Are”, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s, “The Little Prince” and ancient Greek myth.

“Red Lion” is the first in a six-part series of animated music videos by the multi-instrumentalist, Oh. for the progressive metal album, “Metallia“.

Film Festivals Awards

Poster "Red Lion" Music Video Oh. Olivia Hadjiioannou

•”Red Lion” Winner French Riviera Film Festival 2019
•”Red Lion” Winner Independent Talents International Film Festival 2019
•”Red Lion” Winner Cosmocinema Film Festival 2019
•”Red Lion” Winner Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival 2019
•”Red Lion” Winner The Psychedelic and Transpersonal Film and Music Festival 2019
•”Red Lion” Finalist Oniros Film Awards® 2019
•”Red Lion” Semi-Finalist Light & Future International Film Festival 2019
•”Red Lion” Semi-Finalist Indie Visions Film Festival 2019
•”Red Lion” Official Selection Athens Marathon International Film Festival 2019
•”Red Lion” Official Selection Solaris Film Festival 2019
•”Red Lion” Official Selection Insomnia International Animation Film Festival 2019
•”Red Lion” Official Selection The Lift-Off Sessions 2019
•”Red Lion” Official Selection Music Shorts Film Festival 2019
•”Red Lion” Official Selection Aphrodite Film Awards 2019
•”Red Lion” Official Selection Los Angeles CineFest 2019

Listen

“If you put Kate Bush, Auf Der Maur, Ayreon, Chiasmata, Igorrr, old White Zombie and Amogh Symphony in a blender with several metronomes running different time signatures, add a healthy dash of thrash riffs to the proggy mix and baked the resulting mixture for several hours you probably wouldn’t even come close to the sound.” – Lee DavidsonProg Metal Madness

Olivia Hadjiioannou, Ολίβια Χατζηιωάννου, Oh., Press photos, Official Photos, Music, News, Greece, metal, RockMulti-instrumentalist and director Olivia Hadjiioannou as the artist Oh. has been honored for her ingenuity, innovation and creativity in music and video with multiple international awards. She made her debut as Oh. on the international music scene with the award-winning music video, "Trials" in 2013 – cited as one of the 50 top events to mark Greece during the economic crisis. With the advances of immersive video, she released her single "Love of Avalanches", mentioned in Huffington Post as one of first 360-degree immersive VR videos released by a Greek artist on YouTube in 2016.

The music video "Red Lion" is presently a winner and official selection in 12 film festivals worldwide. Winner of Best Music Video award in the inaugural French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) in Cannes, France. Winner Best Music Video at the Cosmocinema Film Festival in London. Winner of the Best Music Video Short in The Psychedelic and Transpersonal Film and Music Festival that took place on May 25, 2019 at The Producer’s Club in New York City. Winner Best Experimental Mixed Media Short Film at the Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival in Southwestern Crete in Greece. Read more in her Bio and EPK

The EP “Metallia” has received over 32 reviews from 13 countries worldwide, is in top 10 progressive rock and metal charts and listed as one of the best albums of the year for 2018 on Metal Nation Radio.

CD Metallia - Oh. aka Olivia Hadjiioannou

“Metallia” by Oh. is an epical prog-metal composition in six parts. A multi-layered sonic piece of ravishing solo electric guitars, time-bending tempo shifts, grooving bass lines and deranged drums.

This instrumental progressive metal album will reveal its intricacies and hidden depths over time. It will extract from your mind pure visions, to mend your mental pictures, preen presumptions and to elicit an element of the unexpected…. because that is what will transmute your subliminal mind map into a remarkable blueprint which will lead you from wherever you are now, to wherever you want to be.

Available on Bandcamp

Weird and Wonderful World of Oh.

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