We're now in a day and age where CGI is all around us in our films, television shows, and video games, yet barely anyone knows about the technology behind all of that magic. This blog is here to change all of that, one post at a time.
Great news for animation community, animated feature films are experiencing an increase in popularity and profit over in the U.K.!
Animation has replaced action as the U.K.’s favorite film genre for the first time, according to a report by The Guardian.
Figures from the British Film Institute show British audiences are being drawn to the for films such as illumination Entertainment’sDespicable Me 2, Disney’s Frozen, Pixar’s Monsters University and DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods, all of which were in the top 10 films at the U.K. box office last year.
Despite only 33 animated films being released last year, compared with 153 comedies, they represented more than 20 percent of the total U.K. box office and generated $419 million in 2013 — a $169 million increase on the previous year.
Oliver Hyatt, the chairman of Animation U.K., said the figures made him optimistic about the future of animation. "Part of the recent success of animated films is that they are becoming more sophisticated and appealing to a broader audience. There is no longer the feeling that they are just for a young audience and adults don’t feel strange going to see them anymore. I would say that within the film industry, animation has been playing catch-up for years but the medium is maturing quite fast and there’s more of these films, creating more competition, which has been good for driving up the quality of the genre.”
A witch conspires to teach important lessons to various characters of popular children’s stories including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel.
It’s is an upcoming American musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is directed by Rob Marshall, adapted by James Lapine and features an ensemble cast including Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Mackenzie Mauzy, and Billy Magnussen. Based on the highly acclaimed Tony Award–winning eponymous Broadway musical by Lapine and Stephen Sondheim, the film is a fantasy genre crossover centered on a childless couple, who set out to end a curse placed on them by a vengeful witch. Into the Woods will be released on December 25, 2014 and is Disney’s first theatrical adaptation of a Broadway musical play.
FIAT utilized Godzilla in promoting their newest car model. Their commercial was created by visual effects studio MPC. The above video is a behind-the-scenes look into this cinematic quality advertisement.
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of Water Official Trailer
Nickelodeon release the first official trailer for the newest Spongebob film, set to be release nationwide in 2015. A majority of the live-action sequences were actually filmed in right in my college’s hometown of Savannah, GA and on Tybee Island, which is right outside of Savannah. Plenty of SCAD students and locals were used as background characters, so keep an eye out for familiar faces and scenery!
Pacific Rim ‘Before & Afters’ | The Making of Pacific Rim's Prologue Sequence by Mirada Studios
Storytelling Studio Mirada was the creative and technical force behind the two-minute prologue of Guillermo del Toro’s robots vs. monsters epic, Pacific Rim. Mirada was co-founded by del Toro along with award winning director Mathew Cullen, Executive Producer Javier Jimenez and Academy Award winning DP, Guillermo Navarro. del Toro worked closely with Mathew Cullen, President/Sr. VFX Supervisor John Fragomeni and the Mirada team to design, create, shoot, edit and execute more than 80 stunning visual effects shots for the prologue sequence.
Laika has made a name for themselves with their hand-crafted stop-motion animated feature films like Coraline, ParaNorman and the upcoming movie Boxtrolls. But the Portland-based animation studio wants to help hand-drawn animation make a comeback. During the Boxtrolls Hall H presentation at 2014 San Diego Comic Con International, Laika head Travis Knight would like to do a 2D hand-drawn animated feature film. Find out more about a possible Laika hand-drawn animation feature film, after the jump.
Visual artist Alexy Zakharov has created a jaw-droppingly gorgeous 30-second 3D rendered intro of the classic animated sitcom Futurama. He used a combination of several software including 3ds Max, Nuke, Photoshop and After Effects. You can admire more of this incredible artist’s work at his Behance portfolio:https://www.behance.net/seccovan
We all know of - and most of us love - Pacific Rim. Well if you happen to have a few hundred dollar bills just lying around, I have the perfect place for you to take them to. The Prop Shop and Legendary Pictures are auctioning away over 300 props, costumes, and set pieces from the production of Pacific Rim. The auction begins August 24th at 9:00 AM PST and new lists will appear for 10 days straight. Visit the link above for more info.
Women in Animation has launched our first professional mentoring program. Designed to empower, educate and support mentees by increasing their industry knowledge and access to information through relationships with experienced animation talent, the WIA mentoring program is open to WIA members in the greater Los Angeles area for its initial run.
Industry professionals who are interested in participating as mentors are invited to contact WIA. Interested mentee candidates may apply using the application below. Please note: the deadline for application submissions is August 22, 2014.
The WIA mentoring pilot program is scheduled to run for six months, from October 2014 through March 2015. Based on the outcome of the pilot program, WIA hopes to expand the program to offer mentorships in an ongoing basis in Los Angeles as well as within other participating WIA groups around the world.
The Women in Animation organization’s goal is to “brings together a global community of animation professionals to empower and support women in the art, science and business of animation.” The digital media industry is not a sexist-free zone; the support from organizations such as WIA helps it take a step in the right direction. If you or someone you know would be interested in this program, please visit the link above and fill out the application form.
League of Legends Cinematic: A New Dawn - Behind the Scenes by Riot Games
Following A Twist of Fate, we created A New Dawn to explore fleshed-out champion interpretations and brutal team fights in ways they’ve never been seen before. Check out the behind-the-scenes video below for a look at how we tapped into character design, music, animation, and even classic Foley techniques to showcase some of your favorite champions slugging it out for blood, guts, and glory.