Thursday, April 29, 2010

Soichiro Honda

Found this lovely animation on Aniboom. Here's the description from the website:
''The simplicity, the genius, the emotions are the basis of this short film, where Soichiro Honda is talked about for the first time''
 I absolutely love the backgrounds and textures used in the animation. The stroy is simple but beautiful =)

Watch more cool animation and creative cartoons at Aniboom

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Went and had a look at the Disney page today and a picture for their next movie, Tangled, was on their home page. Exciting!!!
Tangled is the story of Rapunzel. (Just recently renamed from Rapunzel to Tangled)
Here's the synopsis: ''The long-haired Princess Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but when she falls in love with a bandit who was passing by she must venture into the outside world for the first time to find him.''

Here is the trailer:

And here is what looks like, the Animatic. 

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Pixar Genius

Today I discovered some awesome things about Pixar. 

1 - That there is a Pixar Canada studio.

2. That both Pixar and Pixar Canada have a jobs page on their websites and they are currently looking for people. 

3. The program Pixar uses to render is called Renderman. This program is super cool and can be used with Maya. Which is awesome =) 

The images and animations it renders is amazing, especailly when fur is rendered out
The program is used for basically every animation Pixar has done.

Learn more here.

Exciting discoveries =)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Update: Stop Motion For Reverse Garbage

Here's something we prepared earlier =)

It's starting to look good, Frank + Terry showed us some cool tricks in Premiere. It's at 24fps but the problem is the walk is too fast. Is there a way to slow it down in Premiere? We inserted them as numbered stills. Or do we need to do the photos again and put in more frames?

Any thoughts?

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Stop Mo for Reverse Garbage

Thought I would do a blog update again tonight. My computer crashed at the end of last week so I haven't been able to do alot on the computer, but I have managed to borrow my dad's =) What a nice guy he is.

So here are some photos from our green screen attempts for our community project with Reverse Garbage. The project is going pretty well. The experiments we did with the green screen actually worked out pretty well, and the elephant is moving pretty well, and yes I did make him =D Now we are just working on merging the moving elephant with the background photos we took.

Using Premiere didn't work as well as we hoped so we are now trying out a photoshop/flash approach, which works in theory, and actually looks pretty good when we tested it out, the only thing problem is that it is very time consuming as we deleted the background in photoshop for each photo then put them together in flash.

How To Train Your Dragon

So today the class went to see the movie 'How to train your dragon' and I absolutely loved it! Dreamworks really hasn't been that great recently but this movie was absolutely fantastic and totally raised my love for Dreamworks.
The dragon, Toothless, was absolutely adorable and totally had me awww-ing at him the whole time. He reminded me of my cat, and alot of his actions mimicked those of a cat. Even his character design was like a cat, the eyes especially. And I particularly loved when he attempted to smile.

I also really enjoyed the sheep. They were great =) And the main character, Hiccup was absolutely great. His sense of humour was fantastic and he was a great viking. I was really happy with the ending, I don't really want to ruin it for people that haven't seen it, but I loved the way it ended. It wasn't you're typical ending where the hero comes out unscathed but it was really great.

Also, I really enjoyed the 3D. It worked brilliantly with the animation. I saw Alice in Wonderland in 3D and found myself a bit dizzy at parts. I don't think 3D really works well with live action but with animation is just added another level of awesomeness.

My love for this film is insane. And I really want to see it again. If you haven't seen it, Go. Now.