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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dia de Muertos animation

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Lotería • Día de Muertos from Filios on Vimeo.


This is the last of a series ('Lotería') of animations by animator Filios which focus on Mexican holidays. There were five animations in all, dealing with Mother's Day, Father's Day, Children's Day, Native Month and the above Day of the Dead.

The animation style is unique and has a distinctive Mexican flair. They are all great fun and can be found on Filion's page. He describes himself as a "Motion Graphic designer in Mexico City, founder and art director at Voraz."

They are fun and quick - the "Day of the Dead" only runs 20 seconds - and well worth the time if you enjoy funky animation.

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From the page:

El último de la serie "Lotería"
The last of this series

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2014

Tour De France 2015 - Animation of Route

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The 102nd Tour de France promises to be an exciting race. it begins in Utrecht, Belgium, and of course finishes in Paris. Perhaps the most exciting moments will be in the Alpe d'Huez. An animation of the entire route is above.

There is an explanation of the entire Tour de France, from start to finish, here. Even if you think you know everything to know about le Tour de France, you might want to check that animation out, too. It is extremely informative and will help you to enjoy watching the race.

The race begins on July 4, 2015 and concludes in Paris on July 26, after travelling through Holland and Belgium. This will allow the race to roll past various World War One cemeteries and monuments and battlefields in northern France, such as Amiens and Cambrai, before travelling to north western France.

There is a long transfer to the Pyrenees, but the decisive moments will take place in the Alps. The penultimate stage will be the ascent to Alpe d'Huez, with its legendary 21 hairpin bends, before the ceremonial finish in Paris.

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Tour de France 2015 details
  • July 4, stage one: Utrecht, individual time trial, 13.7km
  • July 5, stage two: Utrecht – Zélande, 166km
  • July 6, stage three: Anvers – Huy, 154km
  • July 7, stage four: Seriang – Cambrai, 221km
  • July 8, stage five: Arras – Amiens Métropole, 189km
  • July 9, stage six: Amiens – Le Havre, 191km
  • July 10, stage seven: Livarot – Fougères, 190km
  • July 11, stage eight: Rennes – Mûr-de-Bretagne, 719km
  • July 12, stage nine: Vannes – Plumelec, team time trial, 28km
  • July 13, rest day: Pau
  • July 14, stage 10: Tarbes – La Pierre Saint-Martin, 167km
  • July 15, stage 11: Pau – Cauterets-Vallée de Saint-Savin, 188km
  • July 16, stage 12: Lannemazen – Plateau de Beille, 195km
  • July 17, stage 13: Muret – Rodez, 200km
  • July 18, stage 14: Rodez – Mende-Montée Laurent Jalabert, 178km
  • July 19, stage 15: Mende – Valence, 182km
  • July 20, stage 16: Bourg-de-Péage – Gap, 201km
  • July 21, rest day: Gap/Digne-les-Bains
  • July 22, stage 17: Digne-les-Bains – Pra-Loup, 161km
  • July 23, stage 18: Gap – Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, 185km
  • July 24, stage 19: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – La Toussuire - Les Sybelles, 138km
  • July 25, stage 20: Modane Valfréjus – Alpe d’Huez, 110km
  • July 26, stage 21: Sèvres - Grand Paris Seine Ouest – Paris Champs-Élysées, 107km

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2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

'A Tale of Momentum & Inertia' - Boulder Man!

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A Tale of Momentum & Inertia from HouseSpecial on Vimeo.

This is a great little animated short that tells the tale of a giant boulder man and how it pays to be grateful for small favors.

It was directed by Kameron Gates and Kirk Kelley, this short film has won several awards, including
  • Best Minute Movie at Animation Block Party in Brooklyn,
  • Short Film Silver at The Australian Effects and Animation Festival,
  • Audience Favorite Award at the California International Animation Festival in the category 3D Animation, and
  • a nomination at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.
And, no doubt, other awards too numerous to mention. All right, so they aren't the Oscars. But it's tough out there on the festival circuit!

Anyway, this film "A Tale of Momentum and Inertia" is short, but epic. It has some sparkling animation. It is well worth the 70 seconds or so that it will take you to watch it.

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From the page:

Special CG short from animation studio HouseSpecial - More of our work: housespecial.com/all/
Portland, Oregon
Follow us - twitter.com/housespecialpdx & instagram.com/housespecialpdx
Catch this short at the SPARK ANIMATION 2014 - FESTIVAL on Oct. 22.
sparkfx.ca/festivals/information.php?SPARKANIMATION2014-F#20141022-F12
Kirk Kelley, Creative Director
Kameron Gates, Director
2014 Awards:
Best Minute Movie at Animation Block Party in Brooklyn
Short Film Silver at The Australian Effects and Animation Festival
Audience Favorite Award at the California International Animation Festival in the category 3D Animation
Ottawa International Animation Festival: Nominated Best Short Animation
Credits:
Executive Producer: Lourri Hammack
Producer: Zilpha Yost
Production Coordinator: Jamie Pulliam, Julie Ragland, Evan Smith
Animator: Wendy Fuller, Kameron Gates, Greg Kyle, Chris Ohlgren, Allan Steele
Matte Painter: Don Flores, Kameron Gates, Saira Matthews
Character Designer: Kameron Gates
Environment Designer: Ian Abando, Pascal Campion, Don Flores, Joshua Harvey
Storyboard Artist: Kameron Gates
Technical Director: Chris Immroth, Terence Jacobson, Patrick Van Pelt
Modeling: Michael Berger, Chris Ohlgren, Allan Steele, Josh Tonnesen
Texture Artist: Jeff Gipson, Saira Mathew, Sari Rodrig, Josh Tonnesen
Character Set-up: Terence Jacobson
Lighting Artist: Thane Hawkins, Matt Reslier
Rigger: Terence Jacobson
FX: Rogerio Mendes, Karl Richter, Patrick Van Pelt
Opening Titles: Jose Diaz
Editor: Steve Miller
Flame Artist: Rex Carter
Flint Artist: Leif Peterson
Post Production Manager: Cam Williams
Tape Op: Travis Ezell
Scheduler: Melissa Tvetan
Sound Design and Mix: Lance Limbocker




2014

First "Moana" Concept Art

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Above is the first concept art for Walt Disney Animation Studio's animated feature film "Moana."

Disney currently is gearing up for the release of "Big Hero 6" which is hitting theaters in a few weeks, but that doesn't mean they aren't hard at work on several other films. One of them is "Moana." We had been told that "Moana," which concerns a South Pacific princess on an ocean voyage, would be coming in 2018.

However, the production must be going well, because they have pushed "Moana" up to late 2016 - 23 November 2016 to be exact, Hollywood studios don't fool around when they reschedule films. Animation is a funny world, where you see things that aren't going to appear for two years. You'll be reading about this in 2016 as if it were today, or reading it then as if it were now, which is just kind of odd. That's show biz.

We don't have many details about the plot, but 'Moana' tells the tale of of a Polynesian teen who sets sail to find a fabled island in ancient Oceania in the South Pacific. She's joined by the Polynesian mythological hero Maui, and together they'll come across mystical creatures, underworlds and lots of other crazy things on their adventure.

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'Moana' is CG-animated. It will be the first CG-animated movie for its directors Ron Clements and John Musker, the team behind 'The Little Mermaid,' 'Aladdin' and 'The Princess and the Frog.' However, it is one of their other projects that is a bit closer to 'Moana' than any of those: 'Treasure Planet.'

"I grew up reading the novels of Melville and Conrad. And the South Seas, the exotic world that a lot of their stories are set in, was extremely intriguing to me," Musker said in an interview. "Just looking at the art which comes out that corner of the globe — the carvings, the statuary, the sculpture — I thought that it all begged for this bigger-than-life treatment that you can only get with animation."

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Musker brought forth the first African-American princess Tiana in 2009's 'The Princess and the Frog,' and now they extend that diversity even further. If it sounds like Disney's Hawaii-set 2002 animated film 'Lilo & Stitch,' well, it probably isn't. 'Lilo & Stitch' was more cutesy, while 'Moana' appears to be more dramatic and epic and, you know, 'important' in stature.

Adding to the confusion is that 'Moana'' is a word that refers to a Hawaiian family line and name passed on from Moana Kāne, son of Keākealani Kāne the mōʻī (king) of Hawaii. This figure represents the beginning of the kaukau aliʻi service line of Hawaiian nobility up to Kanaʻina. Also, in the Hawaiian language "moana" means ocean. So why they picked 'Moana' as the title for a film that has nothing to do with Hawaii (apparently) is a bit of a mystery, but Disney does that sort of ethnic grab bag stuff a lot. Who knows if it was intentional - but 'Lilo & Stich' used various Hawaiian words such as 'kapu,' and it used the word 'ohana' pretty loosely but in an important context, so 'Moana' is probably not there by accident.

Hopefully, though, 'Moana' won't go too far and go over the edge in that regard like Disney/Pixar film 'Brave.'

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In any event, Disney already has started the promo campaign for their 2016 films, so be prepared for more dribs and drabs of information over the coming 25 months, with the first "teaser" trailer probably hitting your computer screen during the summer of 2016.




2014


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Deleted Scene from "How to Train Your Dragon 2"

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This is a deleted scene from DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon 2." Please note that it was never completed and is still in sketch form - which actually should make it more interesting to animation geeks like us!

I know, speak for myself.

Anyway, as background, one of the year's big animated releases was DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon 2" last summer.

Well, as autumn follows summer, after a major release like that, we start getting releases of the film in various other formats. 21 October 2014 sees the release in digital form of the film, available via digital download from DreamWorks' website.

DreamWorks Animation’s 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on 11 November 2014, just in time for the holiday season.

As part of its promotion for this re-launch, DreamWorks TV has debuted this deleted scene. They went to the trouble of putting in voices and generic background music and everything, but still left the animation itself in sketch form, which is an interesting choice. Presumably that means they want to leave it deleted and not have it pop up in "Director's Cut" versions or anything like that.

The scene shows Hiccup when he first meets Eret, and comes up with a swashbuckling plan to teach him that dragons and people can be friends. It is kind of hokey, but good-natured. It also is kind of a long scene for the amount it advances the story, which is probably the real reason why it was cut.

Dusan Brown introduces the scene.

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From the youtube page:

[DELETED SCENE] Hiccup vs. Eret in HTTYD2 | THE DREAMWORKS DOWNLOAD

Published on Oct 16, 2014
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is coming to Digital HD this October 21st, and right now you can get even more Dragons action in this deleted scene from the movie! When Hiccup first meets Eret, he comes up with a swashbuckling plan to teach him that Dragons and people can be friends.


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2014

A look at "Kirby Buckets" on Disney XD

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This show has not gotten a lot of buzz - at least in the places I frequent - but it promises to be an interesting series for the younger crowd. It combines live action and animation, which is hot right now (and goes way, way back in film history, for instance in Gene Kelly's "An American in Paris."). "Who Framed Roger Rabbitt" is a somewhat more recent example (though it actually is closer in time to the Gene Kelly musical than to now).

"Kirby Buckets" is the name of the show. It will begin appearing on Disney XD channel on Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. It is primarily a live action show about young Kirby Buckets, who wants to be an animator. Kirby's intense passion for animation causes his creations to come alive.


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It's not a particularly original idea, but everything will depend upon the execution and whether the younger set finds the characters appealing. With Disney's track record, odds are that they will.

A major hazard for this show is that its young stars could begin shooting up in height and developing lower voices at any minute. Thus, this show will probably last at most for a few seasons before the stars become unrecognizable (like the kid on Disney's ABC primetime show, "Once Upon a Time," is doing).

The show is produced by Titmouse Animation (whose head, Chris Prynoski, did 'Beavis and Butt-head' for MTV, and the characters appear somewhat stylistically similar to those). Everything is approved by Disney, so there is no edgy stuff in this show. The Executive producer is Kristopher Brown. There will be about three minutes of animation per episode, with 20 episodes for the first season.

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From the youtube page:

Published on Oct 17, 2014 A scene from Disney XD’s new series Kirby Buckets, about an aspiring young animator whose ideas come to life for the viewer via animation by Titmouse. The show premieres Oct. 20, 2014, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD. Clip copyright 2014 Disney; used with permission.

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The Kirby Buckets cast on 4 September 2014


2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

"Feast" Preview, Disney Short

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"Feast"


"Big Hero 6" is right around the corner now, and Walt Disney Animation Studios is amping up the promotion. This is a special preview of a short that will play in front of "Big Hero 6." It is called "Feast" and is all about a hungry dog, apparently.

Very few people outside of the Disney staff have seen the entire short outside of Disney yet, so there's not much to say. Hopefully it won't be just a generic thing about ultra-cute dogs, but that's what it looks like. It looks very artsy with the lighting, though it clearly is CGI (lighting can be very tough to get right with CGI, btw, and requires a lot of extra work).

"Feast" is the brainchild of Disney animator Patrick Osborne - Disney solicits ideas for shorts from its animators, and getting yours chosen by John Lasseter is the closest thing to heaven for some back-bench animator - and inevitably it will be a contender for this year's Best Animated Short Oscar, just as was "Get a Horse," the short that ran before "Frozen" (it lost, though).

The short chronicles the life of a puppy named Winston, who watches his daily meals — and his master — evolve over time.

From the youtube page:

Disney's Feast premieres in front of Big Hero 6 in 3D on November 7.

“Feast,” a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (head of animation, “Paperman”) and Walt Disney
Animation Studios, is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share. The short opens on Nov. 7, 2014, in front of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6.” For more information:
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