Megalomania is the final film from Jonathan Gales’ Masters in architecture at the Bartlett, UCL. He was one of the 5 finalists of the Alpha-ville 2010 Visionary Cities Competition. He has shown such a great trace of creative works along his school years, and professional filming. The blog,, explained the production details, and the idea generation process. The final film presents the exceptional excellency of CG technique, and a great sense of storytelling.

Artist Statement

Megalomania perceives the city in total construction. The built environment is explored as a labyrinth of architecture that is either unfinished, incomplete or broken. Megalomania is a response to the state of infrastructure and capital, evolving the appearance of progress into the sublime.

Constructed predominantly using 3d Studio Max and rendered with Vray. Organic movement sequences were originally filmed on a Canon 5D mkII, tracked in PF Track and developed in CG. Demolition created using Rayfire. All compositing done in Adobe After Effects, edited in Adobe Premiere Pro. Audio recorded and coordinated using Adobe Audition.

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