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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Sunday, June 17, 2012

DOCUMENTARY: THE SWEATBOX - A Rare Look at a Troubled Animation Production

  For the first time in their history Disney allowed an outside film crew into their world to chronicle the nuts and bolts, blood, sweat and tears of their animation process – and at times they wished they hadn’t. This was the bumpiest ride anyone within the studio could remember – not what you would imagine in the cozy world of Mickey Mouse. And for Sting it was a lesson in collaboration that he often wished he hadn’t embarked on.

  The documentary The Sweatbox was filmed by Sting's wife Trudie Styler and never got an official release on a DVD extra.  Still this fascinating documentary is well worth watching, and has rarely been seen beyond the film festival circuit. 

Winner! for…
Best Documentary 2003 – 2003 IFCT

via Cartoon Brew:
  "The Sweatbox is at turns infuriating, hilarious and enlightening. You’ll cringe in sympathy with the Disney artists as you see the gross bureaucratic incompetence they had to endure while working at the studio in the 1990s. The film not only captures the tortured morphing of the Kingdom of the Sun into The Emperor’s New Groove, it also serves as an invaluable historical document about Disney’s animation operations in the late-1990s. If any questions remain about why Disney fizzled out creatively and surrendered its feature animation crown to Pixar and DreamWorks, this film will answer them."

(Suggest you watch ASAP before it's thrown back into the Disney vault)

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  Inspiration and some shrewd advice about the life of an Artist.  If you are an Artist of any kind, you NEED to watch this.  Award-winning author, top graphic novelist Neil Gaiman addresses Philadelphia's University of the Arts graduating class - check it out.

  Enjoy the video:

  “Neil Richard Gaiman is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. Gaiman’s writing has won numerous awards, including Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker, as well as the 2009 Newbery Medal and 2010 Carnegie Medal in Literature. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work.” (Wikipedia)

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

TRON: UPRISING - Sneak Peek and Prelude Episode!

  Following up on my last post, showing off more off Robert Valley's style, here is a kick-ass, crazy-cool sneak-peek at Disney XD's new animated TV series Tron: Uprising.  Check it out...

Beck's Beginning (Series Prelude Episode - Full)
  Not sure how long Disney will let this stay up, so check out while you can...

Friday, June 1, 2012

ROBERT VALLEY: Pear Cider and Cigarettes

  Robert Valley is one of the most unique and innovative designers working in animation today.   Robert’s distinctive style is all over animation work for the Gorillaz music videos, Nike, Coca-ColaAeon Flux with Peter Chung, The Beatles: Rock Band cinematics, and many others.   Most recently Robert’s work was a buzz as Disney XD's new animated TV series Tron: Uprising premiered, on which Robert was character designer.  Robert’s style and influence can be seen all over the projects he works on.  He is a leader in the visual field, pioneering visual styles and film-making that push the boundaries of cinematic storytelling.

  Now Robert Valley has released an animatic edit for a personal short film that he’s working on called Pear Cider and Cigarettes.  Fans of Valley’s aggressively angular figures and dynamically staged animation will be in for a treat.  Check it out...

(WARNING: Some scenes may not be appropriate for all ages and contain coarse language, and/or violence)

Dance Central
  Directed by Robert Valley.

EXTRA Bonus Feature!
THE BEATLES: Rock Band (intro cinematic)
  Produced at  Passion Pictures.

EXTRA - EXTRA - Bonus Feature!
GORILLAZ: Feel Good Inc. (music video)
  Produced at  Passion Pictures.

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