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Friday, December 14, 2007

Visions of Light

For those who are interested in the art and craft of Cinematography I highly recommend Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography (Netflix has it). And of course Amazon:

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Enchanted Making-ofs and Interviews

Click here for the clip and to your right you see a collection of other clips. - found @ Seward Street

Among the general behind-the-scenes and interviews you get one with James Baxter.

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Horton Hears a Who - New Trailer

Go to Apple for the different versions of Bluesky's "Horton Hears a Who". This is from the Apple site:

"A new CG animated feature film from 20th Century Fox Animation, the makers of the “Ice Age” films.."

So, Bluesky is now 20th Century Fox Animation? Hmm....

Beautiful design and the renders are crazy. The elephant walk on the bridge is awesome! And the beginning is really cool with the stairs, but hey, watch it for yourself, good stuff!

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Apple Christmas Ad - Stop Motion

I know you guys can't stop watching Colin's bear, but here's something else:

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Nice 11secondclub shot

Funny shot by Kevin Franczuk for the November winner of the 11secondclub entry. Nice render too.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Best Demo Reel Ever

Rough, but short and sweet! :)

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Industry related?


- found @ swissmiss

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

James Baxter's "Enchanted" Reel

Go to jamesbaxteranimation and watch his "Enchanted" demo reel. It's so good. I love those two shots (see pic). The movement, the flow, the rhythm, and not just by the character but also the hair and cloth, they all have character, they are all one. Those shots to me are THE prime example of how character animation should be done and why a lot of CG work is so cold because they lack that sense of rhythm. Why sim cloth and hair? Because it's hard as hell to animate it by hand, I know. But I can't wait to get animation controls all over hair and cloth. Very subjective of course but I could watch animation like that all day.

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Pixar Cameos and Easter Eggs

Great post by Jim Hill, outlining a ton of cameos within the Pixar movies and shorts.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Critique - Working

Hey, nice set!

A few things need to change and get added. First, you need at least a visual cue that his walkie-talkie is beeping. But I suggest you find a beeping sound and some generic jungle background noise (check the school resource folder, there are tons of audio files in there).

The other thing is the bug. You need to either find a simpler rig, or make it much clearer what it is. It looks like crumbled paper or some trash right now :)
Then the first jump away is too fast. Make it clearer what it is. Maybe have the wings flap or move it around a bit as he crawls forward so we know exactly what it is. As the thing jumps away we finally get that this is a bug, but then it's already gone. So that beginning needs to be much clearer.

You might also work on the silhouette towards the end. You got his hand/walkie-talkie in front of his face and then right there the cup, so it's getting a bit crowded.

Nice start, keep going!

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Madagascar Penguins get TV show

Get all the details @ Animated News

I wonder if the general audience had enough of penguins though...

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