Friday, November 26, 2010

James Cameron: God of Action +

  Along with a number of elements of cinematic storytelling, I'm a big fan of great cinematic editing, so to that end I thought I'd share some videos, I recently came across, from Spanish editor "brutzelpretzel's Clara" showcasing some of her kick-ass editing abilities with some classic movie footage, and choice song selection.

James Cameron: God of Action:
Clara's editing.
Song by Guns n' Roses.

  Check this video out:

Bonus feature:
   ... I love me a good car chase sequence (;
Movie Car Chases Tribute:
UPDATE: This one was actually edited by Clara's boyfriend (the other half of brutzelpretzel)

"Punch it Baby!"

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EXTRA Bonus feature:
   ... and I love me a good cinematic sword fight (:
Swordfights: En garde!:
Clara's tribute to her favorite duels in cinema.
Song by Santa Esmeralda.

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  Of course there is more to editing than cool action sequences, but these are a lot of fun ;o)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Megamind "MEGA Rap" TV Spot

"MEGA Rap" TV Spot from DreamWorks Animation's Megamind starring Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, and Brad Pitt.

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Bonus feature: 
DreamWorks' Megamind - Behind the Scenes:

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In theaters NOW!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Tangled – Horsing Around

  Here is a fun clip from Disney's upcoming animated film Tangled - featuring some really nice and entertaining animation timing.

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Bonus feature: 
Tangled - "Smolder" by Flynn:

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In theaters November 24th!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Toy Story 3 - 'SPANISH BUZZ'

  I really enjoyed Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story 3", and one of the character performances that I loved most was that of the character "Spanish Buzz", and an incredible dance sequence in which Buzz Lightyear takes Jessie the Cowgirl's hand and dances the Paso Doble.

  For Pixar's animators to ensure that the duo’s Paso Doble was accurate, they enlisted the help of Dancing with the Stars dancers Cheryl Burke and Driton 'Tony' Dovolani. The pair of dancing pros visited Pixar Animation Studios and let Toy Story 3 animators study their every move, as shown in this video:
  Check out this video:

Bonus feature: 
Interview with Carlos Baena:
   Disney/Pixar animator (and co-founder of Animation Mentor, along with Bobby Beck and Shawn Kelly) Carlos Baena got to share a bit of his Spanish heritage when he was asked to animate Spanish Buzz in Toy Story 3.  In this video Carlos discusses the animation of Buzz Lightyear in 'Spanish mode' after he is reset at Sunnyside Daycare. There’s footage from the film of Buzz doing his flamingo dance, Carlos filming himself performing some of the poses and gestures for reference (which is pretty fun and cool to see), along with some words from director Lee Unkrich, and footage from the animation test with Spanish Buzz and Jessie dancing that helped define what the characters would become.

  Check out this video:

  To learn more about Carlos Baena check out his website:

  And of course Toy Story 3 is now available at a store near you :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Mr. Peanut speaks for the first time-- and he sounds a lot like Iron Man

  Kraft Foods (Planter's parent) launches their new “Naturally Remarkable” campaign, in which they attempt to modernize the face of the brand by updating Mr. Peanut's wardrobe, some fun stop-motion action, and giving him a voice for the first time in 94 years-- check it out.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"Cute Girl Has a Catchy Dance" will make you smile

Watch this video now:

Kids can be awesome!

Friday, November 5, 2010

"And Then There Was Salsa"

By Frito Lay Dips.

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Going beyond the frame of video is becoming more and more popular recently.  Check out this ad on Vimeo for the full effect, if you don’t then you are missing out.

Interested in seeing more ads that break the video frame? Check out the links below:

Honda Insight – Let It Shine
Wario Land: Shake It – Amazing footage!

Bonus feature:  
The Flame and the Fantastic Flood:
More from Frito Lay Dips.

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I love these.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

ANIMATION MENTOR • Class 3 Progress Reel

  A summary of my works done for Animation Mentor • Classes #3 through to #1 • Advanced Body Mechanics. (More to come)

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  Character rigs by Animation Mentor.
  Animation done by me (Andrew "Big Show" Blodgett).

Notes and comments welcome (:

Where Good Ideas Come From

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They put the "NO" in Innovation.

Progress can be Overrated.

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Love this...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The McGurk Effect

From the blog of Victor Navone:

  "This goes to show how important it is to hit those "b" and "f" shapes in your lip-sync animation. Fascinating stuff!"

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Hat Lieberman shares some tips on STORYBOARDING

  I've seen a lot of storyboards over the years (for various animated TV series and commercials, etc).  Some smooth and easy to follow... others... welll... not so much :(
  So to those regards --- here is a nice little find - I thought I'd share :)

Hat Lieberman shares some tips on STORYBOARDING:

  "Here are a few quick little tip sheets I put together for some of my friends who are currently doing storyboard tests and looking to get into boarding."

#1. Be Careful of Theater Staging:
   There are no “right” or “wrongs” with storyboarding, only ways that work better than others. Figure out what you want to convey in a scene, and find the best way to present those ideas to your audience.

#2. Maintaining Screen Side:
  Note: there would obviously be more panels if this was flushed out, to play up the acting and also hook up the action. And on the last panel, I would probably frame it more centered while the female is farther away and then adjust right as she walks towards camera.
  This is a simple theory of cutting that can easily help create a sense of continuity within a sequence and or exchange. The idea is not exclusive to 1 character interacting with another. The same principle can be used between 2 different groups of characters, or even a character and an object (I.E. A telephone. A man waits anxiously for a very important phone call).

  The example above is a bit rudimentary for the sake of demonstrating the concept. More realistically, you will have characters moving around as they interact. In this case what we can do is create multiple patterns to track the exchange. The important thing to focus on when trying to handle multiple staging set ups is making sure the audience clearly sees our new staging occur. The simplest way to achieve that is by having characters physically cross paths on screen;
  As long as you continue to establish any new screen spacing, the sequence should maintain a certain level of continuity that will allow the audience to follow along quite easily.

#3. Maintaining Screen Direction:
  This is a similar theory to #2 however involves more characters and objects moving in and out of frame.

  "I think the most important thing to remember with storyboarding is that; anything and everything we can do visually will invoke a specific response from the audience. The key is to determine what exactly you want the audience to feel and then find the best way visually to achieve that reaction."

  "I hear a lot of people say “You can’t do that cut” or “You are breaking the 180 line, you can’t do that…" well obviously you can do it, because if you can board it, you can shoot it. It’s not that you “Can’t” do something, it’s that that "something" is confusing the audience, or isn’t visually pleasing, or isn’t achieving what is necessary of the scene. All of which are appropriate critiques of a jump-cut or breaking the line, however not so much if that is the desired effect you hope to have on your audience."

  "Please note, I could be completely wrong. I do not claim to be right, and as I stated above, there are no “right” or “wrongs” in storyboarding (and most art forms for that matter), only ways that work better than others. These are simply tips, tricks and principles I have picked up along the way that I’ve been able to apply directly to my own work and found to be successful."

"Hope it helps."


Click here to check out more from Hat Lieberman  

Monday, November 1, 2010

Whatever Lola Wants

  From director Dan Blank a short film/music video for the Satin Dollz (with special appearances by The Jive Aces). The Satin Dollz are a troupe of vintage pin up dancers in the Los Angeles area. They really are like live action pin up art in this video. Between the vignettes and the costuming Dan Really hit it home.

Produced by Dan Blank & Allison Lizzi for less than $2,000 on a DSLR.  Dan also did most of the visual effects himself. Filmed in Hollywoodland, California in glorious 7-D.  You should check out the "making of" as well. You'd be surprised by how much green screen there is.

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Bonus feature:  
The Making of "Whatever Lola Wants":
  Shot breakdown for the music video of "Whatever Lola Wants," starring The Satin Dollz.
Filmed in Hollywoodland, California in glorious 7-D.

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For more information on The Satin Dollz, visit
For more from Dan Blank, visit
The Jive Aces can be found here.​
"Whatever Lola Wants" performed by the great Sarah Vaughan. BUY THE ALBUM!​a8wV1P
Full Cast & Crew available at​?p=342