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Darkly beautiful: crafting animated horror short, La Noria

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Achieving the cinematic feel of a big-budget production

Award-winning animator Carlos Baena knows a thing or two about the film-making business. Having cut his teeth at ILM, Paramount Pictures and Pixar, he’s since struck out on his own, handpicking a team to craft the atmospheric, darkly beautiful animated horror short, La Noria.

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La Noria (‘Ferris Wheel’ in English), is the story of a young boy who goes on a life-changing personal journey when he meets a series of otherworldly creatures.

Watch the video below for a quick look into how the team at Nightwheel Pictures put La Noria together:

Although the work of an independent film company,  this short film punches well above its weight in terms of cinematic quality: it has the slick look and feel of a big-budget production.


As Sasha Korellis, producer at Nightwheel explains: “Because we wanted to do this animation in a way that had a lot of cinematic flavor, it was a no-brainer for Nuke to be part of that".

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La Noria- the making with Nuke
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That’s because Nuke is the global tool of choice for delivering high-quality post production, across everything from film, to television, to commercials.

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[NUKE] allowed us to do certain things that on the 3D software would have taken months to do.

- Carlos Baena, Filmmaker, Nightwheel Pictures

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