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The Formula

Published on 29 March 2010

The Formula

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The entire film is created from two sequences of continuously morphing Mandelbulb fractals.
The rendering was made using a plugin I am developing for After Effects.
More news on that will follow soon...

  Last updated: 29 March 2010


  • Mr.doob commented at 30 March 2010 at 02:17

    Sublime. Looking forward to your second film :)

  • Fred commented at 30 March 2010 at 03:22

    Simply marvelous, thanks for sharing. Strangely, I wouldn't have come across this if I hadn't been using some of your freeware goodies on picnik and done a search for more from you, then discovered I could follow you on Twitter.
    Thank you for all the great stuff you give to us, and continued success !

  • Alexander commented at 30 March 2010 at 05:50

    I like that work very match. Especially the mood change at 2:15

    Is it possible to get rid of noise in some parts of fractal?
    Almost all Mandelbulb renderings have some tracing artifacts. Here is the cleanest one I've seen so far:

    Thank you for your work!

  • Jonathan Wolfe commented at 30 March 2010 at 07:00

    Fantastic work, Tom! Beautiful lighting and movement - really awesome job!
    It makes me wish I had AfterEffects CS4 instead of just 3, so I could use your plugin. Well, at least I can share your elegant art with others, while I keep cranking out my Mandelbulbs in UltraFractal...

  • simppa commented at 30 March 2010 at 08:34

    Extremely cool! Sweet atmosphere and mood.

  • David Lenaerts commented at 30 March 2010 at 09:09

    Absolutely incredible work, Tom! Found myself staring at the screen mesmerized the entire time.
    Would love to see more, of course ;)

  • Pierluigi Pesenti commented at 30 March 2010 at 09:28

    Awesome. 3D fractals are so fascinating. You almost forget about the recursive thing when you just look at it, it just looks a complex displacement texture, but then the camera start flying back, and you can admire the recursion. Keep going on.

  • Mikael Christensen (Syntopia) commented at 30 March 2010 at 09:28

    As always very impressive, Tom! In particular the morph starting around 2:20 - where everything seems to align nicely before zooming out.

  • zenbullets commented at 30 March 2010 at 10:21

    That is some sexy maths. Always nice to see fractals rendered without recourse to dayglo and ibiza-trance.

  • The Formula commented at 30 March 2010 at 13:14

    An incredible peice of work Tom....respect and well done.


  • Manny Lorenzo commented at 30 March 2010 at 14:31


    This is an absolutely incredible art piece. Your genius really shows. I got goose bumps watching it.



  • Lucas Swick commented at 30 March 2010 at 17:59

    I find this particularly fascinating and love the camera movements. Out of curiosity, what was your old machine (the one that you mentioned would just 'give up') specced at?



  • My Mate Dave commented at 30 March 2010 at 18:36

    Amazing work, love the music also.

  • Diego commented at 30 March 2010 at 19:19

    Great work!! I miss a bit colour variation, but I love the deep of field, the morphings and the camera.
    That seems to be a really nice AE plugin to play with!!

    Congrats man

  • ktx commented at 30 March 2010 at 19:44

    Great piece ! I appreciate your efforts.
    I think this would work as an opening title for a dark sci-fi movie just well.

  • Susan Fields commented at 30 March 2010 at 22:05

    The music and the animations took me somewhere else...this is a lovely piece of work....more pleeeassee! x

  • Clive commented at 30 March 2010 at 22:12

    The music & images really compliment eachother well....

    It also reminds me of cauliflower which is always a good thing.

    Great stuff....

  • Tim Fallon commented at 31 March 2010 at 10:23

    Next level shit!

  • Daniel commented at 5 April 2010 at 03:15

    I loved this! The atmosphere was always intense, and I found it pretty scary too! Also, the music was well chosen, and synced to the graphics (which I always like).

    Congrats, can't wait for another...

  • Marc commented at 15 May 2010 at 21:03

    Amazingly beautiful work. Congratulations. I look forward to more.

  • Richard commented at 21 May 2010 at 03:41

    (It is Mandelbrot though)

  • midj commented at 25 June 2010 at 05:04

    a hugh film and work my friends, well done

  • RussellGlenn commented at 27 June 2010 at 15:38

    Somewhere back in time I found two ways to generalize the M-set to 3-D. The images here, on my half-assed website, were rendered years ago:
    The gray scale images I did in Fractint; the others are POVRay by Paul Bourke at
    I'd love to see what you Mandelbulb guys could do with these formulas...

  • THE FORMULA commented at 22 September 2010 at 02:12

    This still an INCREDIBLE piece of would be great to do another one...if you have anything I can edit together before november launch...we should do it....hope your well.



  • Ray Ban Cats commented at 5 March 2011 at 05:15

    Seriously, this is epic! It's like a journey through another universe. Love it!

  • web design in kent commented at 24 May 2011 at 20:04


    Really like to do that my self.

  • Orfebre Martin commented at 30 June 2011 at 16:27

    I think this would work as an opening title for a dark sci-fi movie just well!!