Monday, February 27, 2012

ILM tour with Shawn Kelly!

  Congratulations to Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) for winning Best Animated Feature Film at last night's Academy Awards / Oscars, on their very first fully-animated feature film, Rango.


  Now, come along with EPIX as we get an exclusive tour of George Lucas' visual effects mecca, Industrial Light & Magic. Senior Animator, (and co-founder of Animation Mentor), Shawn Kelly, shows us what life is like for those behind the creation of famous creatures and new worlds at ILM(FYI among other things Shawn has worked on Rango, Transformers, and Star Wars)

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  Super awesome, and all-around-great-guy, I myself had the honor to meet Shawn Kelly and, along with a group of Animation Mentor buddies, had a tour of ILM last summer :)
Shawn Kelly and Andrew Blodgett
Click here to see related post: 'Rango - CG Breakdowns and a Look Behind the Magic
Click here to see related post: 'Rango' Behind-the-Scenes
Click here to see related post: Studio Profile : Character Animation inside ILM
Click here to see related post: ILM - Industrial Light & Magic: Creating The Impossible

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Aardman: The Pirates! Band of Misfits

  New from Aardman and Sony Pictures Animation, check out this behind-the-scenes featurette of the upcoming film The Pirates! Band of Misfits.

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Bonus!
  More of an in-depth look behind-the-scenes, HeyUGuys visits Aardman Animation Studios.  Very informative with a ton of great little details.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fan Trailer - and - The John Carter Legacy

  Ray Bradbury said Burroughs' JOHN CARTER books "put us on the moon."  Now after a 100-yr. wait, we get a movie based on this influential character.

--- Here is a fan trailer celebrating the new John Carter film --- Director Andrew Stanton approves :)

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Bonus Feature:
John Carter - Legacy
  Learn more about John Carter, one of the oldest science fiction tales ever, in this featurette for the upcoming film.

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Go see it.

NEW short film -- Puss in Boots - The Three Diablos

  New from DreamWorks Animation, following up on the Puss in Boots movie, here is a short film The Three Diablos.

  "Now gather around, because you have much to learn from... PUSS... ... in boots!”

  Click the player, and enjoy the videos:

Click here to see related post: Puss In Boots - "You Made The Cat Angry"
Click here to see related post: Puss In Boots - Is So Legendary...

Monday, February 20, 2012

Rango - CG Breakdowns and a Look Behind the Magic

   Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) has posted some really cool breakdowns of their first fully-animated feature film, Rango.

  Winner! and nominated for... Best Animated Film 2011 by every film awards group going.

  Click the player, and enjoy the videos:
The Animation & Effects of 'Rango'

Behind the Magic: The Characters of 'Rango'

Behind the Magic: The Look of 'Rango'


Click here to see related post: 'Rango' Behind-the-Scenes
Click here to see related post: Studio Profile : Character Animation inside ILM
Click here to see related post: ILM - Industrial Light & Magic: Creating The Impossible

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Transformers: Dark of the Moon - CG Breakdowns and a Look Behind the Magic

   Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) has posted some really cool breakdowns of the live-action, science fiction, action, special-effects-extravaganza feature film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon. (Originally based on a toy line from Hasbro)

  Nominated, by a number of film awards groups, for... Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Science Fiction Movie of 2011.

  Click the player, and enjoy the videos:
The Animation & Effects of 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon'

Recognize the Artists - 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' - Oscars TV Ad

Behind the Magic: 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' - Tilted Building

Behind the Magic: 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' - Transformations

Bonus Feature:
Here is a bit from the last Transformers movie
- The Magic Behind the VFX of Transformers Revenge of the Fallen

EXTRA Bonus Feature:

Michael Bay Showcases Transformers Blu-ray Limited Edition

Only 5,000. Get it at bayhem.com/ujBSSo

Click here to see related post: 'There are no words! Thomas the Tank Engine Transformer!
Click here to see related post: Studio Profile : Character Animation inside ILM
Click here to see related post: ILM - Industrial Light & Magic: Creating The Impossible

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Carl & Ellie A Love Story - from Pixar

  Nothing says love like these few brilliant minutes of animation, from Pixar's movie Up.  You never hear a word, and yet they say so much.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

DreamWork's Jason Schleifer TEDxYouth Talk

    Jason Schleifer Head of Character Animation at PDI / DreamWorks Animation, gives a short, fun talk about animation.  Inspirational and informative, plus you get to see some sweeet animation tests from Megamind.  Check it out.

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Also, you can click here to check out Jason Schleifer's website for Animator Friendly Rigging

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!

Happy Valentine's to you and yours.
Here are some fun videos...
   Enjoy the videos:
Doug Chang: A very Vimeo Valentine

Kina Grannis: Valentine

Fall Out Boy: The Carpal Tunnel of Love
(Viewer Discretion Is Advised)

Field Notes: Red Blooded

Ben Schwartz: Valentine's Break Up

LOL!

Click here to see related post: HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012!!! 
Click here to see related post: HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!!! 
Click here to see related post: HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!   

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Feeling Creatively Drained?... Let This Letter From Pixar Inspire You

 Words of wisdom from the animation industry... KCRW's The Business, talks about the Animator Letters Project and airs a reading of the 'Persist' letter contributed by Pixar animator, Austin Madison, read by Austin himself.

PERSIST

  Have a listen:
Pixar Animator, Austin Madison's Letter- KCRW's The Business by KCRW

Letter Transcript:
PIXAR

May 17, 2011


To Whom it May Inspire,

   I, like many of you artists out there, constantly shift between two states. The first (and far more preferable of the two) is white-hot, "in the zone" seat-of-the-pants, firing on all cylinders creative mode. This is when you lay your pen down and the ideas pour out like wine from a royal chalice! This happens about 3% of the time.
   The other 97% of the time I am in the frustrated, struggling, office-corner-full-of-crumpled-up-paper mode. The important thing is to slog diligently through this quagmire of discouragement and despair. Put on some audio commentary and listen to the stories of professionals who have been making films for decades going through the same slings and arrows of outrageous production problems.
   In a word: PERSIST.
   PERSIST on telling your story. PERSIST on reaching your audience. PERSIST on staying true to your vision. Remember what Peter Jackson said, "Pain is temporary. Film is forever." And he of all people should know.
   So next time you hit writer's block, or your computer crashes and you lose an entire night's work because you didn't hit save (always hit save), just remember: you're never far from that next burst of divine creativity. Work through that 97% of murky abyssmal mediocrity to get to that 3% which everyone will remember you for!
   I guarantee you, the art will be well worth the work!

Your friend and mine,


Austin Madison


"ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE!"

Animator Letters Project

VW Combines Internet’s Two Favorite Things!!!

  Volkswagen’s “The Force” was hands-down the best commercial of Super Bowl 2011.   Now VW combines two of the Internet’s favorite things: Star Wars and adorable animals. If this isn’t tailor-made for going viral, I don’t know what is.

   Enjoy the videos:
The Bark Side: 2012 Volkswagen Game Day Commercial Teaser

The Dog Strikes Back: 2012 Volkswagen Game Day Commercial

Bonus Feature:
The Making Of: The Dog Strikes Back Commercial

EXTRA Bonus Feature:
  Here is the number 1# commercial of 2011...
 The Force: Volkswagen Commercial

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Pixar's Mark Andrews - Story Lecture at CalArts

  Mark Andrews director, writer and story artist at Pixar Animation Studios, gives an inspiring and energetic talk about visual storytelling.

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Videos courtesy of David Ochs.