After three years of production, Ian Hubert, the king of the one minute Blender tutorial, uploaded the first episode from his sci-fi series, Dynamo Dream. And it was worth the wait. The series is a mix of live-action and CGI that follows a salad merchant on a seemingly normal day through the dense streets of the Sunset District, a futuristic metropolis full of fax machine drones, giant mutated crabs blocking traffic and flying assassin robots.
The episode is visually stunning and seems endlessly filled with details. Each frame can be paused and observed, each with hints at a sprawling world that extends beyond the camera’s frame. The world is compelling and surprisingly charming.
Although they resemble other gritty dystopias, the folky music, calm atmosphere and moments of pause let you know that humanity is not completely lost in Dynamo Dream. There are still small pleasures to be found in the hustle and bustle. This continues in the protagonist, a green-fingered merchant who sells salads in mugs. She is a flower that grows from the cracks of the concrete, although things may not remain peaceful for long. Hopefully, it won’t take another three years to find out.
Over the years, Hubert has provided a behind-the-scenes look at this project and has become a well-known figure in the 3D art community, creating impressive work with ingenious animation methods that are in the spotlight in his Lazy Tutorials. series about his YouTube channel. His videos show you how to get a lot out of a little bit, often in less than a minute. More impressively, all of the 3D models used in this series were created with Blender, a free 3D package. The composition is done with Adobe’s After Effects.
You can check out some of those tutorials below and support Hubert through his Patreon, where he shares tutorials and 3D items with his clients.