Gu Wei Nan Ting

The young Gao Ying arrived at the university for registration, unintentionally stumbled into a run-down inn in the urban village, and unexpectedly got involved in a mysterious dispute of a century-old catastrophe, encountering strange people and events one after another. The life of the young man was rewritten from then on...

The release of the PV for "Gu Wei Nan Ting" caused many fans to exclaim "in my lifetime". Having won the Silver Award for Best Story Comic at the Golden Dragon Awards, "Gu Wei Nan Ting" has a popularity value of over 35.5 billion. As a work of "Chinese horror aesthetics" going global, "Gu Wei Nan Ting" has a unique style that is fascinating.

How to restore the original Chinese horror aesthetics while preserving the unique pacing and shot composition of strip comics?
2:10 Animation Studio has long been recognized in the industry for its 3D-to-2D rendering technology. However, this time, we chose to showcase our 2D production capabilities to better fit the original artwork and atmosphere.
Staying true to the original work is the core philosophy behind the production of this PV and subsequent episodes.
The PV inherits the original color scheme, and the pure hand-drawn ink painting shots perfectly capture the atmosphere of the original work. The editing pace is sharp, just like the combination of dynamic and static shot composition in the original strip comic. In addition, 2:10 Animation Studio incorporated freehand scene techniques to enhance the Chinese style of the visuals.

How can we produce animations more efficiently and with higher quality?

Traditional 2D background images require a significant amount of resources, from sketches to line drafts, and from line drafts to color drafts.

2:10 Animation Studio introduces 3D production into the 2D process. 3D scene capture and rendering composition are more precise than traditional hand-drawn methods, improving efficiency while ensuring stable image quality.

The integration of 3D technology into the 2D process may seem easy, but it actually requires breaking down communication barriers between various stages. This is a process optimization and update achieved through countless project iterations.