Friday, October 24, 2014


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


Sunday, September 21, 2014

WATCH! Character Movement Genius: Robin Williams - In Motion

  Ok Animators and Animation Enthusiasts listen up, and checkout this tribute to a genius actor and his ability to express 'character' through movement... I give you the late, great... Robin Williams...


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Monday, June 2, 2014

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

  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

Monday, March 24, 2014


  Cognitive researcher Daphne Bavelier shares some surprising news about how video games can help us learn, focus, and fascinatingly multitask... Enjoy!

Stephen Fry on American vs British Comedy

  Some interesting insights from Stephen Fry on cultural differences in humor and comedy... Enjoy!

I supposes, somewhere in-between American and British humor you'd find Canadian humor :)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

WATCH: Animation of Calvin and Hobbes dancing - it will make you grin

  Animator Adam Brown's tribute to Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes' dance, made for fun... Enjoy!

LOL: And now, Mr. Freeze Singing 'Let It Go' From Disney's Frozen

  Don't fight it... You knew this was inevitable...
... Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s Mr. Freeze... singing... 'Let It Go' from Disney's Frozen...  Enjoy!

BONUS Feature

  Absolutely one of the best parts of Frozen, here is the original, voiced by Broadway legend Idina Menzel, and featuring some gorgeous animation...  Enjoy!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

WATCH: Rhythm & Hues - Life AFTER Pi - Mini Documentary

  A short documentary about Rhythm & Hues Studios, the Visual Effects company that in 2013 won an Academy Award for its groundbreaking work on Life of Pi– just two weeks after declaring bankruptcy and laying off employees...

How could one of the most prestigious VFX companies in the world not be making any money? ...
These were tragic, ironic times, and as employees, we were compelled to document it. As the bankruptcy finalized and layoffs continued, we began filming – watching helplessly as one of the most prestigious VFX companies in the world crumbled. As we all asked how this could happen, many stood up in outrage, sounding the alarm that this incident was not an isolated event, but a reflection of greater problems.

The old model of the movie business is passing away, yet modern-day Hollywood grips it ever more tightly. VFX companies and artists are treated as mere cogs in the machine, with little regard to creating a sustainable, collaborative working relationship. This will lead not only to the demise of more VFX companies, but to increasing instability industry wide.

Rhythm & Hues reached new heights in visual effects mastery with its stunning work on “Life of Pi,” yet they still fell into bankruptcy.

Life After Pi” reveals the behind-the-scenes factors that led to this sad and unforgettable moment in the history of Hollywood.

  Check it out!
  This is only the first chapter of an upcoming feature-length documentary called “Hollywood Ending,” that delves into the larger, complex challenges facing the Film Industry and the many professionals working within it, whose fates and livelihood are intertwined.

You can learn more at

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

WATCH: The Simpsons' Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki

  This is delightful, I loves me… some Studio Ghibli,… 'The Simpsons' affectionately celebrates the works of anime legend Hayao Miyazaki, the animation master behind Studio Ghibli... check it out...


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Sunday, February 16, 2014


  Just for fun... Rock,... Paper,... SHOTGUN!...  If Metal Slug, Mario, and Michael Bay had a baby... it would be named BROFORCE!!!

  Checkout this trailer, put together by Kert Gartner, for an insane 2D side-scroller video game, which appears to be big, stupid, fun of the highest order.  In the style of 80's & 90's action-movie-hero awesomeness, full of a wide variety of excessive-force featuring such characters as Rambro, Brobocop, Indiana Brones, Chuck Frickin' Norris, Bronan... you get the picture... Sure to amuse the Bro in everyone, Cape Town indie developers Free Lives and rogue publisher Devolver Digital join forces to bring you BROFORCE!


BROOOOOOOFORRRRRRCE! --- Hold down your trigger finger, yelling “‘Murica!” while you apply excessive force:  If you like the trailer, you can play the brototype at:

TED Talk: ANIMATION BASICS - The Art of Timing and Spacing

 Hey Look! It's a TED-Ed video on animation!!!

 Simple and beautifully explained, TED-Ed shows how expert timing and spacing is what separates a slide show from a truly amazing animation.


Monday, February 10, 2014

SHORT FILM: Amor a Vida

  A gorgeous short film in its own right, this is actually a title sequence commissioned by TV Globo in Brazil for their new Novela, Amor a Vida. The Novela's director really liked Thought of You, so you’ll notice some similarities.  Animated by Ryan Woodard, in only 3 weeks, it turned out amazing.

  Here it is with Ryan's original animation timing and music by Nico Platter...  Enjoy!

Official Amor a Vida website

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TEDx Talk About Insecurity And Animation

  Creative work is always a struggle, and innovation comes with a host of fears and insecurities to overcome.  Full of valuable lessons for anyone in any job, anywhere, in this talk, Tomas Jech shares personal stories about his time spent at PIXAR, Bungie, Blizzard, and Riot, and the lessons learned that help him deal with insecurity directly and maintain an innovative environment in the ever-changing industry of animation...


Watch 40 Years of Memorable VFX Magic in Less Than 5 Minutes

  Celebrating the evolution and growth of the art of VFX, here is a mash-up of footage from every single winner of the Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects since 1977, beginning with Star Wars: Episode IV, viewers are taken through 37 years of special effects in less than five minutes — finishing with Gravity, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Lone Ranger, Iron Man 3, and The Hobbit, this year’s nominees.

Conceived and Edited by Nelson Carvajal
Music: "Time" by Hans Zimmer


  Special effects of course predate Star Wars by several decades — most historians credit Frenchman George Méliès with the first major breakthroughs in the technique, circa 1902Méliès’ most famous film, the silent short A Trip to the Moon, used a range of tricks — from clay models to projector-rigged cameras — to recount a fantastical Victorian journey through space.  Our depictions of space have become, well, a bit more sophisticated since then...