Sunday, February 26, 2012

Keep Calm And Carry On Animating

Posting this up at work this week heh heh

Here's the story behind the original poster 'Keep Calm and Carry On'. Thanks Oz for the heads up!

The Story of Keep Calm and Carry On 

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Muppet Show: Star Wars (1980)

With the new release of Star Wars EP1 3D and the new Muppets film I thought I'd post a classic example of how things were 31 years ago.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

VFX Supervisor Scott Squires on 'Acting and Animation'

VFX Supervisor Scott Squires recently posted an in depth article on his blog  concerning the ongoing debate over the relationship between animation, motion capture and acting/actors. He makes some solid points and adds  great perspective from his extensive career in vfx. It's definitely worth a read.

// Acting and Animation  
via Effects Corner 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Raiding The Lost Ark: A Filmumentary

Ok, I'm a huge Indiana Jones fan and I just had to post this!

// Raiding The Lost Ark: A Filmumentary By Jamie Benning
(Over 2hrs of documentary film footage and commentary from the making of Raiders!) 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Doug Chiang's 'ROBOTA: Vengeance' on Kickstarter

Checkout Doug Chiang's new project 'ROBOTA: Vengeance' over on Kickstarter! I'm a big fan of Doug's ROBOTA artbook and I also remember the trailers Sparks* and Ice Blink Studios worked on years ago (which I posted below). This new game project is really looking great! Super excited about it! Wish those guys in Novato all the best!

Old trailers for ROBOTA by Ice Blink Studios and Sparks*. Also checkout this older interview with Doug Chiang about the making of ROBOTA over on FXGUIDE (2002).
// Artist in Action: ROBOT - Doug Chiang and Sparks*

Friday, February 10, 2012

'How To Train Your Dragon' Artists' Panel

This is a pretty good lecture on the production of HTTYD. The audio is a bit rough in places though.

Panel includes:
Alessandro Carloni (Head of Story)
Nicolas Marlet (Character Designer)
Pierre Olivier Vincent (Art Director)
Simon Otto (Head of Animation)
Tracey Miller-Zarneke (author of The Art of How to Train Your Dragon)

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Michael Jackson video reference for The California Raisins TV Commercial (1989)

I found this great reference vid of Michael Jackson the other day when I was searching for information on the 'The California Raisins'. As it turns out, the footage was posted by animation supervisor and stop-motion whiz Webster Colcord who I've had the privilege to work with on past shows. I emailed him about the video and he said that it was performance reference for two shots he animated on the project. To the right are a few pics from the production that Webster sent over. The 'Raisins' were produced at Will Vinton Studios. You can read more about the history of the studio here: History of Will Vinton Studio. 

And be sure to check out Webster's blog:
// Webster Colcord - Animation And Stuff