Tuesday, May 26, 2015

WATCH! ILM - CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF CREATING THE IMPOSSIBLE

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ILM!

 In 1975 George Lucas formed Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) to create the special effects for his space opera Star Wars. Since that time, ILM has contributed to over 300 films in the process earning 15 Academy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Effects and 28 Scientific and Technical Achievement from the Academy.

  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

WATCH! BLACK DYNAMITE SEASON 2 OPENING: PROGRESS REEL

 
  Main Title Sequence for the 2nd season of Black Dynamite: The Animated Series! Done by Studio Trigger (Kill La Kill, Little Witch Academia) and Sanzigen (Kill La Kill, Cyborg 009) (Ultra Super Pictures). 

Directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi (Kill La Kill).

  Enjoy!
FUN PRODUCTION FACT:
10 of the 22 cuts in this sequence were hand drawn illustrations (Still images & some Key animation like the foot gas pedal). The rest is all 3D animated / toon shading (Sanzigen). Frames were removed and shot on 1s, 2s and 3s to give the impact of classic Imaishi, 2D style timing. The crew had an absolute blast producing the Main Title and felt it was one of the more creatively liberating projects they’ve worked on. Imaishi felt the show style itself was so cool to him because the style looked inspired by Takeshi Koike, which he later admitted was his stylistic inspiration for Dead Leaves. :-)

Friday, October 24, 2014

WATCH: DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND WATCH THIS SHORT CARTOON

A Tale of Momentum & Inertia
“It’s hard to think of a better way to spend seventy seconds than this. Enjoy.”
 
  No good deed goes unpunished in this goofy short produced by HouseSpecial, a Portland-based animation studio. The whole story lasts just over a minute—yet it's animated with remarkable specificity and humor. (The rock monster's eyebrows, for example, are just delightful.)

Creative Director: Kirk Kelley
Writer/Director: Kameron Gates
Writer: Allan Turner

  Enjoy!

Monday, June 2, 2014

WATCH! ILM's Hal Hickel Talk - on Creating Believable Giant Robot/Creature Performances and Collaboration - PLUS+ PACIFIC RIM Pipeline Special

Making-of-Pacific-Rim-by-Hal-Hickel
  Great for Animators and Animation Enthusiasts alike;  ILM's Animation Supervisor for  PACIFIC RIMHal Hickel, talks about inspiration, the creative process, and creating believable performances with a sense of size, weight, scale, and a bit of style. As well as what it was like to collaborate with Director Guillermo del Toro...

 ~ Enjoy!

Filmed during the Bloomberg Businessweek Design Conference 2014.


BONUS Feature
  Here's the "Pipeline Special" featurette from FX Guide TV discussing, in this elaborate behind-the-scenes video, how PACIFIC RIM's mind-blowing visual effects were made...

 ~ Enjoy!


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Sunday, March 30, 2014