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We’ve cut together a short compilation of the post-production, digital retouching and visual effects shots we’ve completed for various TVCs over the last 2 years.

New Broadcast Reel

Reel Pictures (Melbourne, Australia) is excited to add RealFlow (Next Limit’s award winning fluid simulation software) to our production pipeline.

Here is a quick test we made with the software with some water magically twisting through a ‘D-Spline’ with a vortex.

We add RealFlow to our list of Digital Tools as we embark on a new project – an Abstract 3D animation for the Perth Mint.

The animation will be made up entirely of heavy fluid sims and be presented on a 10 metre 180 degree curved screen. Many exciting months ahead as we delve deeper into RealFlow!

Working with RealFlow at Reel Pictures

Every IP student that has ever worked at Reel Pictures has been involved in putting one of these together.

Reel Pictures partners with a nearby school and runs a yearly video production class with a selection of top year 5 & 6 students. Over 2 terms, the students take part in the production process from concept all the way through to final post production. The video is then shown at the final year school assembly.

We made one every year to help the school and for some real fun. Sam Van Ingen was the IP student who worked on this one.

Re@ct 2011 student video production

One of our recent animated videos made for GEO Australia. GEO administers prisons Australia-wide & overseas.

Health and Safety is taken very seriously by the industry but these sort of programs are often very dry. GEO gave us free reign with this project and trusted us to come up with a style which hopefully is more engaging than the standard Health and Safety Video.

The animated video was created with 3D Studio Max and After Effects. We used the ‘State Sets’ feature to form a dynamic link between 3ds Max and After Effects so assets like cameras and lights were shared between the 2 programs. For some of the Text animations we relied on the new ‘Newton 2’ plugin for After Effects – an extremely fun 2D Physics simulator.

GEO – Health and Safety in the workplace – Motion Graphics video

There are currently 25 AFL Legends featured in the AFL hall of Fame – a key exhibit at the National Sports Museum which is housed at the famous MCG in Melbourne.
Reel Pictures was responsible for creating the multimedia content for the Sporting Hall of Fame when it opened at the Museum in 2007 and has updated the Hall of Fame with every new Sporting Legend inductee.

This video is a breakdown of the animation content that went in to the Biography of the latest Legend elevated into the Hall of Fame, Royce Hart.

Royce Hart – AFL Legend Animation

Reel Pictures created and then destroyed a plastic chair with a cricket ball for Underwork’s recent “All Day Socks” TVC.

We constructed the main chair backing and then ‘fired’ a CG Cricket ball through the chair at a speed of 80km/hr. We then slowed down the flow of time to less than 1/500th of its original speed for our final composite.

Our main DCC tools used in this sequence were Autodesk 3DS Max, Rayfire tool and Vray 2.4. We were lucky enough to utilise the new RFCache system for Rayfire 1.6 in order to slow down time in the chair destruction sequence. The RFCache system can interpolate between frames, allowing you to slow down the destruction as much as you want.

View the final TVC here:…

VFX Breakdown – Underworks David Warner TVC

Happy New year 2013 – Our 20th Anniversary

Wishing all visitors a happy & prosperous new year in 2013!

On April 1st of this year, Reel Pictures celebrates 20 years of operation!
At the very least, there’ll be a mighty BBQ.

Reel Pictures - Smiley BBQ

Work is almost finished on the 2013 Reel Pictures showreel, featuring selections from some of the best projects of 2012.
We look forward to adding that to the site soon. Thanks for reading!


We are pleased to announce that we have made a massive update to the Reel Pictures website. This is our first major update in over 6 years and the site has been completely remade from the ground up. We are using WordPress, so we can now make updates to the website on the fly and from anywhere – even a mobile device!

Updated Reel Pictures Site