Friday, June 29, 2012

Breaking Down an Animated Shot: Animation Mentor

Looks like a fun day if you are in the area June 30th! Check out the Animation Mentor site for more details.

An excerpt:

"Ever wish you could spend a day with professional animators and watch them break down a shot and detail each step? Well wish no more! Our friends from Pixar, DreamWorks, and Tippett will break down a couple of shots from their feature film work, discuss the challenges they faced, and share how they achieved the final results. And remember to ask lots of questions! Seating is limited — so register today!"


Gilliam's Favourites

Ever wonder what Terry Gilliam's favourite animated films are?  If so, go here.  To see some of them, go here.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Introducing the Source Filmmaker by Valve

This has been getting passed around work...looks like it could be useful. Thanks to Valve for putting it out there.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Getting a Visual Effects job - by Scott Squires

Having worked in the VFX Industry for almost 3yrs I have experienced many of the things in this article. As everyone's journey is different and some things here could apply and could not, it is a great article to get a little bearing on many things that you might encounter in the VFX side of our industry.

So have a read and take what you can from it.

Getting a Visual Effects Job


found via SPUNGELLA

some other related links

Cutting it in the VFX Industry
Breaking into the VFX industry

Monday, June 25, 2012

Brave Story

Character A has a conflict with Character B based on pride and control. Character A's will to power accidentally does something to put Character B in jeopardy, so Character A has to rescue Character B. During the rescue, the two characters reconcile their differences and learn to accept each other.
That's the underlying structure of Brave. It's also the underlying structure of Toy Story.

We may never know the story that Brenda Chapman intended to tell before being removed from the director's chair, but the story we have is a retread. It comes in a visually attractive package with qualities that were unachievable just a few years ago, but it feels like Pixar, having rejected Chapman, reverted to something it felt comfortable with. So while Brave isn't one of the Pixar sequels already released or yet to come, it still feels overly familiar with only the environment to set it apart. A reliance on setting, rather than story, smacks of the later drawn Disney features.

There are echoes here of How to Train Your Dragon, Mulan, Brother Bear, Donald's NephewsBeauty and the Beast, Pinocchio, The Sword in the Stone, Princess Mononoke, and The Adventures of Robin Hood. That's evidence of a story team taking the easy way out, using elements they know will work, rather than letting events grow out of the characters' actions.

Brave will make a lot of money and shows the heights the Pixar artists are capable of reaching.  However, I personally take more pleasure from films like Persepolis, The Illusionist, Spirited Away and Mary and Max than I do from Pixar's recent films. While they may not be as slick or elaborate, those films have singular points of view.

My opinion of Brave won't change anything. Mainstream animated features are too successful to let dissenting voices bother anyone with influence. But animation has once more decided to live within a cage of its own making and is happy to stay put, safe and secure.  Frankly, it's a waste of talent.