Passion Pictures: The Butterfly Effect

Fun and entertaining is what describe’s Dan Surmich’s short film, The Butterfly Effect. The look and feel of the film derives from the employment of Unity 4.0 3D software. According to Cecile Barou’s submitted Cover Letter:

The Butterfly Effect is a 3 minute CG animated film Passion Pictures has made in partnership with Unity, the games engine developers. Written and directed by Dan Sumich, he describes the film as, “A big dollop of bombastic fun.” An ordinary looking guy wakes up one morning feeling the worse for wear and realises he’s run out of milk. As he drags himself out of the house to go and buy some, an extraordinary sequence of events draws him into a journey of mayhem on the streets of San Francisco.

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Angelo Collazo

I am a doodling high-school artist who became a professional 3D computer animator. (Thanks SVA!) While still doodling, I have been blessed by God to work on large projects such as Psyop's Michelin Man tire campaign, Blue Sky Studio's movie "Rio", and Nick Jr's "Team Umizoomi". I also enjoy working on my own side personal projects (I aspire to be a director). Currently, I am fully enjoying a new life-chapter as a happily married man.


Ruoyu Li

nice short. whats interesting to me is the extensive use of a game engine to tell what would have been traditionally rendered sequences. Game engines today are getting very good at producing photo realistic results. Check out these other cinematics done with real time rendered graphics.

Angelo Collazo

Ruoyu, These two examples are fantastic! Thanks so much for posting them!


It would be great to say goodbye to post rendering. However pre rendering will get more extensive.


welll. at first the rendering looked great, but then it really started to nose dive towards the last 75% of the movie. Still entertaining though.

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