Sunday, February 17, 2013

Au Revoir Framestore London and Bonjour FS Montreal

Friday was my last day at Framestore in London! What a year and 3mths it has been! I'm super proud of all the hard work and amazing animation our team has produced on both 'Gravity' and '47 Ronin'! I've never worked with a more talented and dedicated crew! I'm looking forward to starting work next month at Framestore's new studio in Montreal!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Kickstarter: Dead Man's Reach

Really nice project by animator/filmmaker Quentin vien. Check out his Kistarter page for more info!

Dead Man's Reach

'The film is a surrealistic journey through London, the US, cowboys, alcohol and cigarettes. Completely hand drawn, the old fashion way.' via Kickstarter

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Director JJ Abrams and Valve's Gabe Newell - Full Keynote Speech

William Stout - A Life of Adventure (Comic-Con 2012)

This is a great lecture from Comic-Con 2012 with William Stout who's one of my favourite illustrators! His stories about working for Disney are especially interesting heh heh   

'William Stout is an American fantasy artist and illustrator with a specialization in paleontological art. He has worked on over thirty feature films, doing everything from storyboard art to production design.' via Wikipedia

Check out his website here: The Worlds of William Stout 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Rhythm & Hues Filing For Bankruptcy

I started hearing rumours about this on Saturday but didn't think it could possibly be true. Reading the news and seeing the comments on Twitter this morning I was in shock. My heart goes out to my friends and all the talented crew there at Rhythm & Hues. I wish you all the best and hope that you get compensated for all your hard work.

Here are some links and info:

Oscar-Nommed VFX House Rhythm & Hues Filing For Bankruptcy via Deadline
'...the financially-troubled company informed employees around 9pm Sunday night of the upcoming Chapter 11 filing, insiders say. Many Rhythm & Hues employees were also told by management not to show up to work on Monday.......The three studios attempted to keep Rhythm & Hues alive with a joint $21 million infusion before VFX company Prime Focus stepped in as a potential buyer.'

R&H Fallout via VFX Law

'...I take note that R&H is supposedly calling individuals and letting them know their paychecks are not coming.  This is the worst sign of all.  When a company loses it’s human resources, it effectively diminishes it’s value to investors to a point that it becomes difficult to sell...'

Rhythm & Hues Bankruptcy Sends Shockwaves Through Visual-Effects Industry via The Wrap

"...If we didn't have an office in Canada, we'd be out of business," a visual-effects executive told TheWrap. "Los Angeles is a ghost town for visual effects. So few movie shoot in town anymore and studios would rather give work to a foreign company and get a credit -- even if the finished product is lower quality...."

Animal Reference

Found these clips last nigh! Great reference!

Check out the rest of the videos over on 
Xavier Hubert-Brierre's YouTube Channel

Saturday, February 09, 2013

'Adam and Dog' pencil tests

Some nice pencil tests have been posted up over on the 'Adam and Dog' production blog. And if you haven't seen the film yet check it out below. It's absolutely gorgeous!

Monday, February 04, 2013

In Search of Moebius: Jean Giraud (BBC Documentary 2007)

Documentary about influential comic strip illustrator and author Jean Giraud.

Jean Giraud and Jean-Claude Mezieres interviewed about the making of 'The Fifth Element'.

Giraud (Moebius), Kubert & Adams - Tac au tac (1972)

In New York 1972, Jean Giraud (Moebius) found KUBERT Joe and Neal Adams for improvisation on the common theme of Pandora's box.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Ultimate Rigs by Ugur Ulvi Yetiskin

Animator Ugur Ulvi Yetiskin has created some nice rigs and generously posted them on his website for free! Check them out!

Ultimate Rigs