30 November 2009

"Pigeon: Impossible"

"Pigeon Impossible is the tale of Walter, a rookie secret agent faced with a problem seldom covered in basic training: what to do when a curious pigeon gets trapped inside your multi-million dollar, government-issued nuclear briefcase.

The film took nearly 5 years to complete and is the first attempt at animation by writer/director Lucas Martell: "When the project started, it was mostly an excuse to learn 3D animation, but by the end of the project I had spent so much time reworking and polishing the story that I just wanted people to laugh." 


The end-result is a hilarious 6-minute romp through the streets of Washington D.C. as our hero fights to save himself, and the world from the chaos reigned down by a hungry pigeon. Breathtaking visuals and a sweeping soundtrack showcase the work of nearly one-hundred talented artists and musicians, and the film stands as a testament to what can be accomplished by a team of dedicated volunteers working for the love of their craft."


 More Info!! ; )


ps to all Animators: You WANT to check their blog and their video podcasts!! It's really Amazing!!

An Animated Chat With 'Up' Director Pete Docter

"The animated 3-D movie Up — directed and co-written by Pixar veteran Pete Docter — became the first animated film to open the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. An adventure story featuring a grouchy old man, a chubby, dauntless scout, a 13-foot flightless bird and a house borne aloft by balloons, it was a buoyant summer hit for Pixar, earning ecstatic reviews and taking in more than half a billion dollars at the global box office. It's out now on DVD and Blu-ray. "
 Read More / Listen to the story!

 Script Docter: Writer-director Pete Docter co-wrote Pixar's summer hit Up and earned a story credit on 2008's enormously successful Wall-E.

28 November 2009

"Mariza" By Constantine Krystallis

A very special Animation with great potential for Nickelodeon Animation Festival 2009 representing Hellas (Greece) is the one following, made by Constantine Krystallis.

Vote for it!!
Movie's Page
Director's page

27 November 2009

"The Passenger" by Chris Jones

Recentrly I found that 7 minute short Animated film which is really great! Later I read that it took 6 years so Chris (the creator) can finally complete the short!! He says:

"Six years in the making and completed in 2006, The Passenger was written, designed, modelled, textured, illuminated, animated, composed, recorded, mixed, edited, produced and directed by Chris Jones."

More info: www.chrisj.com.au

Heart by Laurent Clermont

A sweet little piece from Laurent Clermont

25 November 2009

23 November 2009

Tim Burton: A retrospective

A collection of movie stills, drawings and other artwork produced by the famed director is on display at the New York Museum of Modern Art.

A cinematic artist
Artist, illustrator, photographer, writer and director Tim Burton appears at New York's Museum of Modern Art on November 17 to help launch his career retrospective featuring drawings, paintings, puppets and films.

A jaw-dropping entrance
The show of Burton's works, which runs at MoMA until April 26, shows artwork generated during the conception and production of the director's films, pieces from unrealized projects, student art, his early non-professional films and work for non-film endeavors.

A close-knit group
Joining Burton at the museum was his girlfriend, actress Helena Bonham Carter, second from left, frequent collaborator Johnny Depp, left, and actor Danny DeVito, right.

A wide-eyed view
These figures, including Stain Boy, center background, and Robot Boy, right, are part of Tim Burton exhibit's at the Museum of Modern Art.

Up in arms
This sculpture, which looks like many of the dark, menacing characters in Burton's films, is one of the more than 700 works of art on display.

Like minds
Tim Burton on set with actor Johnny Depp, who frequently works with Burton, during the filiming of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" in 2007. The movie is about a man unjustly sent to prison by a lecherous judge who vows revenge.

Take that!
Johnny Depp starred as the title character in Burton's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." The director often has taken classic tales and put his own dark spin on them.

Romance on the job
Bonham Carter and Burton discuss a scene on the set of "Sweeney Todd." The British actress has been in several Burton films, starting with "Planet of the Apes." They have been a couple since working on the 2001 film and now have two children together.

Inspiration for exhibit
It was while watching Burton's "Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory" (2005) that MoMA assistant curator
Ron Magliozzi dreamed up the exhibit.

A director and his 'Bride'
 Tim Burton on the set of the movie "Corpse Bride," which he co-directed in 2005.


An unlikely match
"Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride," an animated movie is set in a
19th-century European village, tells the story of young Victor,
who is whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious
Corpse Bride, while his real bride, Victoria, waits bereft in the land of the living.

Not a happy face
This shows an image from "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" storyboard from 1993.

A 'Christmas' affair
This movie still from "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993) shows Sally and Jack. The movie is about Jack Skellington, aka the Pumpkin King, who is bored with his job and feels that life in Halloweenland lacks meaning. He stumbles upon Christmastown and promptly decides to make the Yuletide his own.

An unwelcome guest
Michael Keaton stars in "Beetlejuice," directed by Tim Burton in 1988. The movie is about a dead couple who attempt to scare a modern family out of their house with the help of a "bio-exorcist."

It all started on paper
This 1990 sketch of the character Edward Scissorhands is one of the many artworks on display.

Feeling blue
This sketch comes from Burton's 1997 children's poetry book "The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories." Some of the characters in this book would later appear in a Flash series called "The World of Stain Boy."

Going at it
Another sketch from 1982–1984 that would inspire stories for Burton's children's book, "The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories."

A strange land
This 1982 sketch would inspire "Frankenweenie," a live-action film Burton released in 1984.

 The big staredown
"The World of Stainboy," written and directed by Burton, was released in 2000. He drew this image with pen and ink, watercolor wash and colored pencil.

 Let's call this one "Six"
This piece, created with pen and ink, marker, and watercolor wash on paper, was produced in 1982.

Musical influence

The artist-director shows his musical taste in this drawing called "Untitled (Ramone)."

Shades of 'Beetlejuice'
Burton created this pen-and-ink collage, called Untitled (Trick or Treat), in 1980.

wanna see more?
Taken from msnbc.msn.com

22 November 2009

Character Designing using a Tablet

Children In Need music animated video

Every year, the BBC airs a Children In Need charity fundraiser. This year they produced a stop motion music video which, especially for cartoon buffs in the UK, is a pretty big deal. It collects around 120 characters (approximately) from British children’s shows from the last 30 (or more) years. It features classics like Paddington Bear, the Wombles, Roobarb and Custard, Peppa Pig, Bagpuss and Muffin the Mule, along with newer characters like Fifi and the Flowertots, Pingu, Bob the Builder, Postman Pat and many more (including a few cameo appearances from US superstars Scooby-Doo and Spongebob Squarepants).

It took many different companies (many of them rivals) coming together to make this piece. Chapman Entertainment produced and Tim Harper directed.

18 November 2009

Adrenaline Lemmings CGI

Adrenaline Lemmings CGI test from Alex Orrelle on Vimeo.
Animation test for series of original shorts created by JP Vine with Alex Orrelle at Crew 972.

15 November 2009

A look at Sesame Street’s first CGI Muppets

"I love this and hate it at the same time.

As a 3D artist, I think it’s pretty sweet.

But as a kid who grew up with Sesame Street and the muppets, and as a storyteller-consumer in general, I kind of fucking hate it. It has none of the heft, floppiness, or lo-fi lovabality that has always been a huge part of the Jim Henson experience.

No matter how good cloth solvers, hair simulation, fur rendering and v-ray might get, it will never, ever, ever have that je ne ses quois that made everything Muppet so warm and transporting. I feel like kids today are missing out if this is where they’re getting their dose of Vitamin M. I hope to God everything has been archived.

High five to the technical directors for this one. A true feat.

Shame on everyone else."

09 November 2009

Bradfod Animation Festival 2009 *starts tomorrow

I am really so excited about the BAF (Bradford's Animation Festival) that's starting tomorrow!! I also just got my full pass from my Uni (YAY!!)

So I was looking at the diary page to see the timetable and  after all the cool events I found that as an opening film for Baf's festival they have Mary and Max!!!
 The other thing that's really amazing (even though we all knew it would happen) is that the passes for BAF are all SOLD OUT!! Even so if you don't have a pass for the festival you can still get a ticket for some events. More information and for a schedule visit BAF's web page

06 November 2009

DreamWorks's New Animation: How to Train Your Dragon

Wow.. I just saw the trailer from DreamWorks's new animation movie and I thing it is gonna make a difference from their previous works.. Take a look HeRe!!

New Trailer for Despicable Me

Hey there.. I've been really busy these days with a model in maya which i will talk further and give pics in another post. Anyway I just saw The new Trailer for Despicable me from apple.
Here you can watch it. TrAiLer