Tuesday, December 4, 2012

L.A. Times - The Future of Animation

  The L.A. Times conducted an hour-long roundtable with the directors of five recent feature animated films: Mark Andrews (Brave), Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians), Chris Butler (ParaNorman), Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph) and Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania) about the challenges of making feature animated movies and the future of animation.


TRAILER: Pixar Shorts - Vol. 2


Available Now.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

SHORT FILM: Toy Story Toons "Partysaurus Rex"

  New from Disney / Pixar, created at Pixar Canada.  Released with the theatrical 3D release of Finding Nemo, here is the third episode in the Toy Story Toons series... Partysaurus Rex.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

BEHIND THE SCENES BREAKDOWN: Paperman - Disney's NEW short film

  Paperman is the latest and much-praised short from Walt Disney Animation Studios, which will be shown in front of the studios newest animated feature, Wreck-It Ralph, opening early next month.
  It is an exciting time to be working in the animation medium. The short was created using a fascinating blend of computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, utilizing a new Disney in-house technology called Meander, a vector based drawing tool that gives the artist a lot of power to manipulate the drawn line.
Director John Kahrs (Tangled, Toy Story 2, The Incredibles,...) says...

  "We brought together as best we could the expressiveness of 2D drawing immersed with the stability and dimensionality of CG. It really goes back to working with Glen Keane on Tangled, watching him draw over all the images."

   "... We discovered that he (Brian Whited) was programming this thing and building this software – and we just totally took it over, hijacked him and his program and got him on the project.  It’s not like a texture map.  It’s just like painting on the surface of the CG. It actually moves on a 2d layer that’s driven by the CG.  And the greatest thing about the tool is that all of that drawing is right up front with the hand drawn animator; right there in their space so they can see what they’re doing."

  "... I loved Tangled – and I feel like we’re in a golden age right now with CG – all the studios today are competing with a stylized form of realism.  I have to believe that’s not the only way that animation can look. I feel like 2D needs to come into the place where it can compete with a big blockbuster movie that has tons of cg and so forth.  We have to push the processes and techniques and see where we can take them."

  A video has been released showing a breakdown of this new technique and technology in action, check it out...


"There was drawing everywhere..."

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TRAILER: The Croods

  NEW from DreamWorks Animation, the creators of How To Train Your Dragon, Megamind, Puss in Boots, and Madagascar, comes The Croods...


Monday, October 1, 2012

GREAT INTERVIEW: Genndy Tartakovsky - Hotel Transylvania

"Hotel Transylvania sets record for biggest September opening of all time!" 

  Best known for the Cartoon Network's animated TV series Star Wars: Clone Wars, Samurai Jack, and Dexter's Laboratory, Animator/Director/Producer Genndy Tartakovsky talks about his feature film Directing debut on Sony Pictures Animation's  Hotel Transylvania...


LA Times - Genndy Tartakovsky on making Hotel Transylvania:
“I took all the aesthetics I like from 2-D and applied them here. I don’t want to do animation to mimic reality. I want to push reality. You want to have your own identity. You don’t want to have an expression that Pixar has. That was super important to me. In 2-D, the way you draw defines you, but in CG the computer takes away your identity. I wanted to make sure the movie had my point of view.”

Cartoon Brew - on Hotel Transylvania:
“... it’s time for Hollywood’s CG features to evolve – and it looks like it will take a cartoonist to blaze that trail. I like what Genndy is bringing to the table – a sense of style and humor that pushes (however slightly) what a modern day animated feature can be. It’s a small refreshing step in a exciting direction – and I look forward to seeing where this could go.”



In theaters now...

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Pixar's Presto | Doug Sweetland - INTERVIEW - ANIMATIC & SHORT FILM

  Pixar’s Presto is as perfect an homage to classic Hollywood cartoons as could be - fast paced, strong poses, appealing characters and visual gags, charming and original – pure awesome from frame one.  Directed by Doug Sweetland award winning animator and academy award nominated director.  Doug Sweetland talks about the making of the short film Presto...


NOW... a... SPECIAL TREAT... Here is a 'rough' story-ideas-animatic which includes a number of ideas not seen in the final version, done in almost a story pitch style.

And now... here is the 'final' animatic
(It would be great to see more stuff like this on the Pixar DVDs)

Now... here is the final film... PRESTO...


Pixar re-used the same theater in the very beginning of their feature film UP 
- when you see Young Carl Fredricksen sitting in the theater watching the news reels of Charles Muntz's adventures.

EXTRA Bonus Feature!
The music of Presto
  Scot Stafford says a quick word about the musical themes and general approach to scoring Presto...


Shown in theaters before Pixar's 2008 feature length film WALL-E.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

SHORT FILM: One Day - and a look at the Making Of

  A sweet animated short about a man whose house teleports all over the world... made by 5 students at the french school Gobelins L'Ecole de L'Image or Goblins School of the Image, here is the short film... One Day.

Created by: Joël Corcia, Bung Nguyen, Thomas Reteuna, Laurent Rossi, Bernad Som.

Don’t miss the making of just below the short!

Bonus Feature!
  Here a look at some of the making of the short film In-Between...


TRAILER: Hotel Transylvania

  New from Sony Pictures Animation, the Makers of The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Arthur Christmas, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, comes Hotel Transylvania...


TRAILER: Wreck-It Ralph

  New from Walt Disney Animation Studios, comes Wreck-It Ralph...


Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Thought I'd share this for fun... Great reference for animation body mechanics and body language...

  The acrobaticalist ninja action heroes, NANDA, perform a well choreographed slow motion ninja fight as a crowd teaser for their upcoming touring show, "The Jacket" at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.


"NANDA – Juggling, acrobatics and comedy play alongside thrilling doses of NANDA signature kung-faux fighting in this epic story of ancient mystics, robots, lasers, and adventure heroes. All of the most entertaining aspects of popular film are irreverently paid tribute in this joyous high-energy romp that’s perfect for ages 5 to 105!"

SHORT FILM: Batman of Shanghai!

  Produced by Chinese animation studio Wolf Smoke, Cartoon Network's DC Nation presents Batman of Shanghai - The Destiny Scroll a unique re-imagining of the Batman universe in a heavily stylized form, set in a 1930's era Shanghai - check it out.

“We did key frames on paper first then used vector software to do the between frames and color painting."


Thursday, September 6, 2012

SHORT FILM: In-Between - and a look at the making of

  This is SO good... gorgeous animation and a wonderful little story – about a young woman who tries to overcome her shyness while being followed by a crocodile, made by 5 students at the french school Gobelins L'Ecole de L'Image or Goblins School of the Image, here is the short film In-Between.

Created by:
Alice Bissonnet, Aloyse Desoubries-Binet, Sandrine Hanji Kuang, Juliette Laurent, Sophie Markatatos.
Music by:  
Laurent Courbier

Don’t miss the making of just below the short!

Bonus Feature!
  Here a look at some of the making of the short film In-Between...


Alice Bissonnet - research, storyboard, layout, animation.

Sandrine Hanji Kuang - research, character design, animation.

Juliette Laurent - research, storyboard, layout, animation, compositing.

Sophie Markatatos  - research, layout, BG coloring, animation clean-up.

TITLE SEQUENCE!!! Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja

  Check out the Crazy-Cool Title Sequence for Disney XD's new animated TV series Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja ...

  Watch it!  Love it!

Sequence created by Passion Pictures, directed by Kevin Dart // Stéphane Coëdel

SHORT FILM: Nefertiti's hand

  Written and Directed by Guillermo García Carsí (creator of the Pocoyo animated TV series).


Sunday, August 26, 2012

TED Talk: Rob Legato - CREATING AWE

  Rob Legato creates Oscar Award winning movie effects so good they (sometimes) trump the real thing. In this warm and funny talk, he shares his vision for enhancing reality on-screen, in movies like Apollo 13, Titanic and Hugo.


Bonus Feature!
  VFX studio Pixomondo shares some of the making of Martin Scorsese's film Hugo.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Avengers - Gag Reel!!!


Friday, August 17, 2012

TRAILER: Cloud Atlas

   From the Creators of The Matrix Trilogy and the Director of Run Lola Run, comes Cloud Atlas...


TRAILER: Rise of the Guardians

  New from DreamWorks Animation, the creators of Madagascar, How To Train Your Dragon, Megamind, and Puss in Boots, comes Rise of the Guardians...



  New from Blue Sky Studios, the Creators of Ice Age and Rio, comes Epic...


Thursday, August 16, 2012


  Phenomenal spoof created by a group of VFX students at Staffordshire University, in the UK, here is a taste of Christopher Nolan's 2010 film Inception,... LEGO STYLE...


Bonus Feature!
  LEGO Group celebrates its 80th Birthday, here is a look back at its history with this short animated film.  (Not the most polished animation, but a lovely story).  My favorite toy growing up... ^__^

  Enjoy! Find out more here, http://aboutus.lego.com

Friday, August 10, 2012


   An epic battle over a foxy goddess, made by 4 students at the french school Supinfocom Arles, in 2011, here is the short film A Fox Tale.  A gorgeous story, wonderfully realized with expert colouring...

Directed by: Thomas Bozovic, Alexandre Cazals, Julien Legay, Chao Ma.
Music by: Guy-Roger Duvert
Sound Design by: Nicolas Titeux


Bonus Feature!
  Here is Chao Ma's 2011 ShowReel showcasing some of the development and making of A Fox Tale.



Thursday, July 26, 2012

135 Shots That Will Restore Your Faith in Cinema


Breaking Bad // POV


Saturday, June 30, 2012


  Directed by Mark Romanek


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

INTERVIEW: Making Disney's NEW Short Film 'Paperman'

  Paperman is the latest 2D/CG animated short from Walt Disney Animation Studios.  Which will be introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, by first-time Director John Kahrs (Tangled, Toy Story 2, The Incredibles).

  Here is an interview with Director John Kahrs and Producer Kristina Reed on making PapermanEnjoy...

Sneak Peek - Coming Soon

Wreak-It Ralph (Movie Trailer)
  Paperman is debuting at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and will play in front of Disney's Wreak-It Ralph (coming to theaters in November).  Here is a look at Wreak-It Ralph.  Enjoy...

1 in 5 teens will experiment with art: KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS OF ART!!!

  Love this parody ad campaign by Team Detroit, done for the College for Creative Studies.

  Believe-it-or-not teenagers aren't stupid.  So when Team Detroit was recruited to create an ad campaign, for the CCS, they decided rather than out-spend the competition, they would out-think them instead.  The result is a pitch-perfect parody of anti-drug PSAs, right down to the overly-dramatic, obviously posed photos of gravely serious family situations.  Hehehe... great fun, done with style and a sense of humor.

Then something unexpected happened:
  "After we created this series of low-tech posters, something amazing happened. They went viral. People started sharing them though blogs, Facebook and Twitter. People chuckled, then passed them along to their friends. Who knew you could blow up the Internet with a campaign full of print material?"

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Behind the Scenes: SyFy's TASMANIAN DEVILS

  "Six daredevil friends break the rules and BASE jump into a remote area of Tasmania - where another group of, mutant, devils is waiting for them when they land."

   I recently completed some CG-Creature-Animation on a upcoming SyFy Channel creature-feature movie called Tasmanian Devils, starring Danica McKellar and Kenneth Mitchell, directed by Zach Lipovsky.  Here is a look at some behind-the-scenes footage of the live-action shoot... Enjoy the videos...

Tasmanian Devils BTS - Day 9:  Behind the scenes with Danica McKellar.

Tasmanian Devils BTS - Day 10:  Exploding a helicopter on the set of Tasmanian Devils...

Tasmanian Devils BTS - Day 14:  Blood explosion into a helicopter on the set of Tasmanian Devils.   You know it's going to be good when the call is "3... 2... 1... Splat!"
Tasmanian Devils BTS - Day 15:  A closer look at one of the visual effects shots from Syfy's Tasmanian Devils.  In this shot Roger Cross is pulled out of a helicopter, while pulling the camera back to create the illusion of him falling out. All shot in slow-motion.

  So needless to say... there will be some explosions, and all of our heroes may not quite survive to the end.  Of course all this footage will be amped up in post-production, composited, CG creatures added, and color corrected.  I look forward to seeing how it all turns out.

Starring Cast:
... and a bunch of giant-mutant-Tasmanian Devils  ^__^

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