Thursday, October 27, 2011

'Pythagasaurus' from AardmanCommercials

Director: Peter Peake
Cast: Bill Bailey, Martin Trenaman and Simon Greenall 

 Thanks for the heads up Scott!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

[EVENT] Behind the Scenes: The Art and Craft of Cinema Phil Tippett, Special Effects Master

Just wanted to give you Bay Area friends a heads up about these upcoming lectures by Phil Tippett.

// you can purchase tickets through the link below

Behind the Scenes: The Art and Craft of Cinema Phil Tippett, Special Effects Master via BAM/PFA San Francisco Film Society


// Thursday, November 17, 2011
7:00 p.m. Phil Tippett: Illustrated Talk, followed by Starship Troopers
(Paul Verhoeven, U.S., 1997). Join special-effects legend Phil Tippett (Jurassic Park; Robocop; Empire Strikes Back) in a wide-ranging discussion on the movies, special effects, and his influences, followed by Verhoeven’s intergalactic bug-attack epic Starship Troopers. (129 mins, plus lecture)

// Friday, November 18, 2011
7:00 p.m. The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad
Nathan Juran (U.S., 1958). Introduced by Phil Tippett. For this fantastical tale from a 1,001 Nights, Ray Harryhausen perfected the integration of three-dimensional animated figures and live actors, and inspired generations of filmmakers and special-effects artists to come. (88 mins)

Behind the Scenes is a collaboration between BAM/PFA and the San Francisco Film Society. Major support for Behind the Scenes has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support has been provided by the San Francisco Foundation and the BAM/PFA Trustees.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Slow Motion Dog Reference

Found this great run reference today while I was perusing some hi-speed camera footage from NAB. The reference footage starts around the 1:41 mark!

// older posts featuring  Slow Motion Reference

Sunday, October 16, 2011

'Kooky' - Interview with director Jan Sverak

I can't wait to see this film with English dub or subtitles. Love the concept of the film! The puppetry and environment integration is awesome. Very inspiring!
// 'Kooky' official website

// Interview with director Jan Sverak

// Watch the film here (no subtitles)

Meindbender Animation Studios

Here's a very interesting animated commercial for NEXTEL created by Meindbender Animation Studio.

// Here's their 2010 studio show reel

// The Duplicator Rig Demo

Thursday, October 13, 2011

'Secret Lives' Walt Disney (1995)

This is great documentary about the 'less public' side of Walt Disney and the history of the studio. It includes interviews with Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Bill Melendez, William Hurtz and others.

// 'Secret Lives' Walt Disney
     via Behind The Scenes blog 

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Making of 'Happy Feet 2'

Here's the last trailer to be released for the little penguin film we've been working on here at Dr.D Studios in Sydney.

// Dr.D animation crew with director George Miller and animation director Rob Coleman

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Aleksandr Petrov: Making of 'The Old Man And The Sea'

When I saw AleksandrPetrov's 'The Old Man And The Sea' years ago I was blown away by the beauty and epic scale of the film. It's stunning! A real animated hand painted masterpiece. I recently found the 'making of' vids listed below and was impressed at the amount of research and reference that went into creating the film (and all his films). It's awesome how he used his own models for staging and lighting. The water reflection studies are great as well. All this tactile reference really shines through and gives the film a higher level of authenticity.

If you can get past the subtitles the 'behind the scenes' clips are fascinating to watch and a rare opportunity to see Petrov at work. Enjoy!

Russian animation: Aleksandr Petrov, the making... by Niffiwan

'Old Man And The Sea' (1999) (Oscar winner)

'My Love' (2006)

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Monday, October 03, 2011

How to Tell a Story

This quick clip from NPR anchor Scott Simon is full of great story material. 

Also, in case you missed it here's an older post on story from Pixar director and story artist Mark Andrews:

Mark Andrews Story Lecture

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Sketchy Animations (BBC)

Here are some fun 2d clips from the BBC. Love the simple designs, layout, and comic timing!

More clips here: SKETCHY via the bbc