I started series of short animated projects - etudes.
Inspiration comes from classical music traditions, where etudes were composed with idea to practise particular skill, but at the same time they were complete compositions on their own.
It's a project done for the great passion I have for works of J.R.R. Tolkien and in particular Lord of The Rings.
With this etude I wanted to practise fire simulations, in particular SOP based pyro in Houdini (GPU accelerated). So I took the opportunity to come up with my own design for palantír from Lord of The Rings. I wanted to give look of pure energy, evil and destruction.
Matthew Moult was very kind to do the voice acting of Sauron and I think his dark interpretation goes very well with the vision.