The Tale of the Bluebird & the Dragon by Ninjadev [web]
screenshot added by sigveseb on 2022-07-17 02:52:51
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release date : july 2022
release party : Black Valley 2022
compo : combined demo
ranked : 1st
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popularity : 65%
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alltime top: #1851
added on the 2022-07-17 02:32:26 by sigveseb sigveseb

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ninjadev quality! nice idea, good execution and artwork!
rulez added on the 2022-07-17 02:45:43 by psenough psenough
Fun and different concept, really well executed :)
rulez added on the 2022-07-17 08:03:11 by farfar farfar
Such an epic prod ! The ninjas never disappoint :D Super coherent and smoothly done, and the tune is awesome !
rulez added on the 2022-07-17 08:44:34 by alkama alkama
I love the rendering and artwork. Clear winner of the compo. The story itself could perhaps use some polishing :-)
rulez added on the 2022-07-17 09:40:36 by Sesse Sesse
rulez added on the 2022-07-17 16:19:05 by mop mop
Highlight of the compos for me and a well deserved winner.
rulez added on the 2022-07-17 18:23:19 by neon neon
so fresh, so different
rulez added on the 2022-07-17 20:35:29 by Bobic Bobic
What neon said!
added on the 2022-07-17 22:19:29 by lug00ber lug00ber
rulez added on the 2022-07-17 22:19:40 by lug00ber lug00ber
Such a strange concept, with such superb execution. The dedication shown here to actually see this through left a strong impression. The morphing painted glass effect is classy and original.
rulez added on the 2022-07-17 23:10:23 by Duckers Duckers
amazing, I love it, and especially I love those lovely and tasteful (and flawless) visuals.
rulez added on the 2022-07-18 00:06:25 by wullon wullon
spectacular and fun
rulez added on the 2022-07-18 01:48:43 by TomCatAbaddon TomCatAbaddon
rulez added on the 2022-07-18 03:32:13 by bitl bitl
rulez added on the 2022-07-18 07:20:21 by TôBach TôBach
rulez added on the 2022-07-18 11:17:12 by kusma kusma
not exactly a typical demo scene style, but fore sure a piece of beauty.
rulez added on the 2022-07-18 11:37:33 by hollowone hollowone
Why not? :)
rulez added on the 2022-07-18 12:49:40 by Frequent Frequent
Lovely <3
rulez added on the 2022-07-18 12:58:53 by D.Fox D.Fox
Very entertaining (and different) "real time music video".
rulez added on the 2022-07-18 13:33:51 by moqui moqui
rulez added on the 2022-07-18 14:04:06 by mollerse mollerse
Felt in love with it. Great and cute concept and exectution.
Reminds me a litte of a scene from Disney's Beauty and the beast.
rulez added on the 2022-07-18 17:06:11 by critikill critikill
This was an unexpected and beautiful prod!
rulez added on the 2022-07-18 19:53:35 by aldroid aldroid
Instant graphics thumb !
rulez added on the 2022-07-18 20:20:06 by Kuemmel Kuemmel
Åssåm, Almost, Nærmest… Total(lly)t brilliant 0/ 0/ 0/

<3 LOVE <3
rulez added on the 2022-07-19 01:06:51 by response response
Fantastic! Very beautiful and fresh!
rulez added on the 2022-07-19 12:37:17 by Mystra Mystra
is it, or is it not scene poetry.
Sweet one :)
rulez added on the 2022-07-19 14:02:51 by 0b5vr 0b5vr
You guys never stop to impress. What a strange and superb peace of creativity!
added on the 2022-07-19 16:15:09 by tFt tFt
oh no...forgot to THUMB! :O
rulez added on the 2022-07-19 16:15:44 by tFt tFt
Nicely done.
rulez added on the 2022-07-19 23:57:08 by raer raer
Phenomenal, what a fantastic demo.
rulez added on the 2022-07-20 15:12:15 by okkie okkie
sooooo sweet
So, so fresh and lovely
rulez added on the 2022-07-22 12:46:18 by darya darya
it's quite cringe but the interesting idea of those 3D scenes saved it
rulez added on the 2022-07-22 15:08:21 by maali maali
Just what I needed! A nice uplifting demo. Those "outside the castle" scenes at the end also looked very nice. What's going on there? Are they a series of billboards or is it polygons or what?
rulez added on the 2022-07-24 02:56:38 by rloaderro rloaderro
Totally not my cup of tea but still well executed, so I would be an asshole to not give it a thumb.
rulez added on the 2022-07-24 03:29:31 by Dascon Dascon
rloaderro: Thanks! If you're refering to those 3D scenes: They were made with the help of a makeshift Python pipeline consisting of various AI models, computer vision algorithms and manual refinements. First, 2D images were made by prompting a text-to-image-based diffusion model for a few hours, followed by a super-resolution model to make the resolution sufficiently high. Then a monocular depth estimation model was applied. However, to make the resulting 3D model look good from various camera angles, I separated the mesh into several layers with the help of multi-otsu, and applied a gentle erosion. The missing depth information in each layer was inpainted with navier-stokes (opencv). The missing parts in the textures of the layers were inptained with an image inpainting model. The layering made it possible to see behind objects when moving the camera. I manually refined the textures and depth estimations until I was satisfied (or ran out of time). Finally the meshes were decimated and draco-compressed with Blender.
added on the 2022-07-24 17:10:59 by iverjo iverjo
Totally my cup of tea
rulez added on the 2022-07-27 00:09:06 by bitoverflow bitoverflow
Oh wow. I'm blown away!
rulez added on the 2022-07-28 19:51:39 by pixtur pixtur
Not bad.
added on the 2022-07-28 20:35:55 by AntDude AntDude
https://arkt.is/ninjadev-the-tale-of-the-bluebird-and-the-dragon/ doesn't connect. :(
added on the 2022-07-28 20:36:31 by AntDude AntDude
Oops, should be up again now. Thanks for the heads-up!
added on the 2022-07-28 21:51:24 by sigveseb sigveseb
rulez added on the 2022-07-29 01:22:55 by stijn stijn
Why not? :)

Frequent: I don't know ;)

I just did not expect to have fantasy, fairy tale storytelling being a main concept for a demo scene production. Not so many such novel ideas have been implemented in the history of our community. It's cool, I love it, I'm just surprised ;)
added on the 2022-07-29 09:55:48 by hollowone hollowone
sigveseb : Thanks, but that web page is blank in both Firefox and SeaMonkey web browsers. :(
added on the 2022-08-01 20:49:08 by AntDude AntDude
This is awesome!
rulez added on the 2022-08-01 21:04:31 by Emod Emod
@iverjo : great stuff! Seriously hightech!
added on the 2022-08-02 08:46:58 by rloaderro rloaderro
Extremely entertaining! And HighTech!
rulez added on the 2022-08-03 12:50:39 by Virgill Virgill
omg this was so beautiful. it doesn't happen often that a demo touches me deeply emotionally, but this one hit home hard.
masterfully crafted, absolutely gorgeous piece. <3
rulez added on the 2022-08-03 18:37:23 by v3nom v3nom
.. and also just a tune that you can hum / that gets stuck in your head :)
added on the 2022-08-03 19:02:08 by farfar farfar
v3nom: Thanks for the kind words <3

AntDude: Yep, the early version of our new demo tool renin was unfortunately incompatible with Firefox, and we didn't manage to squeeze in a fix before releasing this demo. There's hope for future renin demos though: https://github.com/ninjadev/renin/pull/53
added on the 2022-08-03 21:38:18 by iverjo iverjo
So different, so awesome, this is art! Unlike some people, my sphincter isnt as tight, i give credit where credit is due, and i dont keep my thumbs up my a**!
Great storytelling and great finish. Always loved the "Ninjadev Style", hopeing for more from you guys, soon! :)

Now i wish you guys could start to code for slightly older systems, anyways, you are my PC heroes, thx guys!
rulez added on the 2022-08-07 22:37:32 by Anders Anders
I love the originality of this, finally someone who thinks outside the box and does something well made and different.
rulez added on the 2022-08-08 22:44:59 by java java
Dragons are musicians and are always agree with good singers for a nice song 😄
rulez added on the 2022-08-11 13:01:03 by Black Dragon Black Dragon
hmm, thought I had commented on this already. Anyways, this is the kind of story/song that I would typically feel really cringe about when watching, however the whole thing was so well done and fit together so nicely that I just found it lovely in the compo. Very well done!
rulez added on the 2022-10-10 08:49:55 by ferris ferris
See, this is what happens when you write the lyrics without singing them out loud before you hand it to the vocalist :D

Cute idea, reasonably good execution (the "3D" scenes were a welcome break from the Moppi parts), and I like how the story itself fits neatly to the folk tale mold - it's small nitpicks like the aformentioned lyrical problems (syllable count, use of unsingable words that sound tortured) and e.g. the normal map on the windows that keep it from perfection, plus that it only really has one idea.
rulez added on the 2023-01-07 16:18:22 by Gargaj Gargaj
Jesus H. Christ I'm in love with this demo <3

Many times a demo either has a fresh idea but lacks in execution, or it's polished to a mirror shine but is otherwise the well executed techno/dnb + pbr + post fest we've all seen before. This one combines a sufficiently unique idea with sufficiently great execution to make me fall in love, nits be damned.
rulezcdc added on the 2023-01-24 23:48:25 by dojoe dojoe
something else
rulez added on the 2023-02-24 23:17:08 by SiR SiR
Such a nice and artsy concept! Really like it!
rulez added on the 2023-02-24 23:28:52 by SoDa7 SoDa7
Fresh and well executed
rulez added on the 2023-03-26 11:52:13 by pyksy pyksy
Have forgotten to thumb this up saw it now again and likes it
rulez added on the 2023-06-05 18:49:37 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
Totally cute!
rulez added on the 2023-07-18 23:36:18 by Frozzy Frozzy

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