Animation and visual effects studio Sony Pictures Imageworks has confirmed what many in the industry had suspected for a long while: the studio is moving its headquarters from Los Angeles to Vancouver, Canada to take advantage of generous tax credits provided by the Canadian government. This move, combined with Digital Domain’s jump to Vancouver and Rhythm & Hues’ bankruptcy, prompted “Variety'”s VFX chronicler David S. Cohen to say that the Los Angeles feature film visual effects industry is “in full collapse.”
Month: May 2014
The first trailer is out today for “The Book of Life” directed by Jorge Gutierrez (“El Tigre”) and produced by Reel FX.
A look at the work of Pieter Vandenabeele, Cartoon Brew’s Artist of the Day.
Disney’s head animation writer in 1977 was cartoon veteran Larry Clemmons, who had first been hired at the studio in 1930. At the time of his hiring, he was a Yale graduate with a degree in architecture, but an Ivy League education was of little value in 1930 when the economy was collapsing…and few buildings were being erected.
A look at the work of Jeremy Sorese, Cartoon Brew’s Artist of the Day.
Veronika Samartseva is an animation director from Germany, who specializes in analog animation techniques. Her award-winning films have been shown at international festivals worldwide. After her graduation from HFF Konrad Wolf Babelsberg, Veronika joined the Berlin-based animation collective Talking Animals. Recently she started teaching animation at the BTK University of Design.
This Sunday at the BFI Southbank in London, the British Film Institute, in association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, will present the UK/European premiere of the reconstructed work print of Richard Williams’ “The Thief and the Cobbler.” Williams will discuss the film afterward with film critic David Robinson.
A look at the work of Jeff Turley, Cartoon Brew’s Artist of the Day.
West Coast residents are in luck: if you can’t make it to an international film festival, the festival is coming to you.
Every time you want to stop writing about “Frozen,” it breaks another record. This weekend, the Disney smash hit remained in first place at the Japanese box office for an incomprehensible eleventh weekend in a row.
Using a unique animation technique involving traditonal animation cels and his iPhone 5s, Hombre_mcsteez turns everyday life into an odd creature infested cartoon universe.
A lighthearted essay on contextualized characters. Reconstruction follows deconstruction.
A look at animation history via Cartoon Brew’s archives.
Kaio finally tries to poach Smile, Peco gets into the National Training Center with a little help from the old lady, and we learn about coach Koizumi’s storied past. This episode was largely devoted to character development, and finally brought into focus just what a complicated web of character interrelations Yuasa has woven out of the original source material, much as he did in Mind Game. There was no single major driving plot element, but rather various themes and plotlines gradually converging. By this point it feels like what we are seeing is more Yuasa than Matsumoto.
A look at the work of INSA, Cartoon Brew’s Artist of the Day.
It was bound to happen: Chronicle Books appears to have reached ‘peak art-of book’ with the upcoming publication of “The Art of Planes.” It’s no longer possible for anyone to collect every ‘art of’ book published, and frankly, with titles like this, why would any discerning artist want to?
Joanna Davidovich is a freelance animator based in Atlanta, Georgia. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, she has been working as an animator, designer, and storyboard artist on commercials, on-air content, and TV shows since 2005. Her animated short film “Monkey Rag”, which debuts online this afternoon, has been making the festival rounds since it was completed last July.
The producer of this year’s most intriguing and visually eclectic animated feature may well end up being the Mexican/Arabic actress Salma Hayek, who screened a work-in-progress version of her pet project, “The Prophet,” last week in Cannes.
As long as I’ve loved animation, I’ve been fascinated with the personal stories of people who work in the animation business. Not simply, “What character did you make?,” but WHY and HOW did you make it? I became actively involved in documenting those stories when I published the print ‘zine “Animation Blast,” and it’s something I’ve never stopped doing. For me, it wasn’t just about talking to a handful of familiar directors and animators, but to talk with everyone, especially those who had worked quietly in the trenches and whose stories hadn’t yet been told.
The first chapter of Steve Hulett’s memoir about working as a writer at Disney in the late-Seventies and Eighties.
Here’s the teaser for the Marvel-derived “Big Hero 6,” Disney’s next animated feature which will be out in November.
This is an animated documentary short film about FOOOOOOOOOOOD! I interviewed people their opinions about food, and animate real food based on the soundtracks with stop-motion technique.
“Entertainment Weekly” has published a piece on the upcoming “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” without once mentioning the terms ‘animation,’ ‘motion capture,’ or ‘performance capture.’
Yesterday in New York City, Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 3, the latest iteration of its fully-featured PC/tablet with pressure-sensitivity and an abililty to run any PC-based creative software from Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite to Toon Boom, Maya and ZBrush, to post-production filmmaker tools like Assimilate’s SCRATCH and RED’s CineX.
A look at the work of Marcelo Lelis, Cartoon Brew’s Artist of the Day.