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

Here is a further look at - the making of the film Life of Pi

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...


Click here to see related post: I LOVES ME... SOME STUDIO GHIBLI!

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

Click here to see related post: Thought of You
Click here to see related post: Thought of You - Making Of
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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...