Friday, February 28, 2014

Montreal Stop Motion Film Fest Now Open for Entries!


Hey guys!  Just got an email from the Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival where they notified me that they are now open for submissions...

"Our Call for Entries is now open! We are actively seeking stop motion short films for this year's MSMFF. Our submissions deadline has been pushed up this year in order to provide us with sufficient time to plan the best festival experience we can offer! 

The Call for Entries will end on June 20th, 2014.

In addition, this year's edition of the festival will be held a month earlier, on September 26th, 27th and 28th, 2014.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Phil Tippett Discussed "Mad God"

So, this 12 minute epic called Mad God?  Yeah, theres going to be (spoiler!) more than one.  Or so said Phil Tippett in an interview with him on the Cinefex blog that you can find right here: cinefex.com/blog/phil-tippett-talks-mad-god/.  Don't worry guys!  I've got your back covered as far as Phil and Stop Motion news goes!  Here's what he said about a sequel...

"I did this Kickstarter thing, so we got some funds that paid for the stage rental and lunches for the crew, and we’ve just wrapped up Chapter 1. I’ve got four segments planned out, and each is going to be about twelve minutes long.

Later, in the interview the writer of the Cinefex post Graham Edwards, stated this...

The Kickstarter campaign for Mad God Part 2 is scheduled to launch in early March 2014. Visit the Phil Tippett Facebook page, and the Mad God Facebook page, for regular updates."

So go and read that right now where you get an insight on Phil's mindset when making the film, what he though of crowd-funding, and maybe an insight to the future of the Mad God saga.

And Remember to keep up with all things Phil on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PhilTippett
You can stream the 1st part of Mad God by going to watch.madgodmovie.com.  The Download fee is $10, for those of you wondering.  Or, you can buy the DVD for $14.

Phil Tippett animating

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

An Insiders Guide to: The Art of The Title for "THE LEGO MOVIE" (2014)

GUYS!  Stop whatever your doing and go read this article on the making of the Stop Motion title at the end of The Lego Movie including:
A discussion with Creative Director BRIAN MAH, VFX Supervisor JAMES ANDERSON, and Executive Producer KATHY KELEHAN of Alma Mater.

It's a walk-through of the entire process, from design to animation!  And features the whole credits.  Front to back.  It's completely, totally, and fantastically awesome! Go here to check it out: http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/the-lego-movie/


The Lego Movie Title

Domino's "Handmade" by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios


Link: http://www.leagueofbuddies.com/work/library/dominos/
Domino's Handmade Spot

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

CGI "The Lego Movie" Review (SPOILERS)

Trailer: http://youtu.be/fZ_JOBCLF-I

Last Sunday, I went to see the much anticipated CIG film, The Lego Movie.  I thought that the opening scene made it obvious why they didn't animate it in Stop Motion.  This shot alone would have taken well over a year of hard core animation from one or two animators at least, to animate it all Stop Frame.  But now for the review.

I love the charters first of all; you can't have a good movie without a good script; you can't have a good script without great charters.  This film, written, and directed by the creative duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller.  There films they've collaborated on in the past were

Monday, February 24, 2014

Short Flicks: 8-Bit Stop Motion Pixel Art

We all love classic 8 bit and 16 bit games, it's a part of our DNA.  BUT, Stop Motion Final Fantasy, Super Mario Bros [Power Ups], and Donkey Kong???  That's awesome!  And thats what Guiz De Pessermier set out to do, and has successfully done in these videos!

Super Mario Bros 3 Power Ups: http://youtu.be/PIBG_hBCRwA


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Lego® Introduces Kids to Stop Motion With 'Lego Movie Maker App'

With the release of the recent CGI Lego Movie, which grossed over $200 million in the worldwide box-office, Lego® decided to encourage kids to make their own Brickfilms with the Lego Movie Maker App.  I think that I can speak for the Stop Motion community and say that with the release of this app, this marketing decision will create a hunger and interest in Stop Motion in kids.  Which, will draw more new Stop Motion into the medium than Stop Motion Geek, or any of the other animation fanboy blogs would have.  I do hope that this means children will start to take interest in the medium, but I can only hope.

Note: I do find it pretty awesome that the end credits for The Lego Movie were %100 Stop Motion, though, why not do the whole movie that way?  Maybe we'll be getting to see more Stop Motion in the sequel, which was confirmed by Variety yesterday.

Download the free app here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lego-movie-maker/id516001587?mt=8
Watch the videos here: http://www.lego.com/en-us/videos/
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/LEGO


The Lego Movie

Short Flicks: "Mr. Said"

Link: http://vimeo.com/14854731

SCIB Paints 'Mr Said' from Ubik on Vimeo.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Stoopid Buddy Has Officially Launched a YouTube Channel

Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the creative team behind the Annie nominee Friendship All-Stars of Friendship, has (according to their blog) launched an official Buddy YouTube channel.  Also, they posted this picture which they call a Buddy Round-up...

What’s Buddy Round-Up, you ask? Every Friday, the whole crew gathers ’round the ‘bago (that’s our 1973 Winnebago – it has a permanent home in our indoor campground!) to watch the amazing animation

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Short Flicks: "Move Mountain"

Kiresten Lepore's Move Mountain an incredibly animated and executed short film.  I find this an interesting take on what being alone in the wilderness could be.  It would be very intriguing to see a report of people who have been alone in a jungle and what they though of it on a scale of 1-10.  Heck, we should all take a week out of our lives and camp in a strange mystical jungle!

I marvel at all of the charters Kirsten had to, and successfully animated (a league of trees, water, and foliage), there is also a cave-party scene at the end with a ton of charters!  Kirsten gives a nice homage to other Stop Motion styles and techniques, like two dimensional characters, Harryhausen crabs, and similar puppets to the ones Mikey Please uses in his shorts.
A girl journeys through a vibrant, pulsing, macrocosmic landscape, but a precipitous incident compels her to venture up a mountain in an attempt to save herself. A story about illness, perseverance, and our connection to everything around us.

Side note: I think that the red waterfalls look very similar to Twizzlers.  Comment below and tell us what you make of it.

Link: http://vimeo.com/kirstenlepore/movemountain
Move Mountain from Kirsten Lepore on Vimeo.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Mad God Now On DVD

Hmm...  Remember that little Stop Motion epic called Mad God?  Yeah, the one by the ILM legend Phil Tippett.  Well, good news!  It's finally for sale!  Part one of this futuristic adventure is $14.  And for those doing your math at home thats not much!  Think of the other things $14 would buy you: a pair of jeans, a couple bags of chips, flip flops...  so put your money towards good use and buy yourself a treat!  After all, Phil Tippett is the creator of the Taun Taun and is responsible for the Stop Motion effects in huge blockbusters like The Empire Strikes Back, RoboCop (1987), and many, many more!

Plot outline:
Follow The Assassin through a forbidding world of tortured souls, decrepit bunkers, and wretched monstrosities forged from the most primordial horrors of the subconscious mind.
Every set, creature, and effigy in this macabre masterpiece is hand-crafted and painstakingly animated using traditional stop-motion techniques. MAD GOD is a labor of love, a testament to the power of creative grit, and an homage to the timeless art of stop-motion animation.
Mad God website: http://www.madgodmovie.com
Trailer: http://watch.madgodmovie.com
And merchandise like stickers, t-shirts, and oh! -Concept art: http://www.redbubble.com/people/madgod
A still from Mad God

Monday, February 17, 2014

"Pluto and the Vessel" Short Film

Pluto and the Vessel, a short film by Harrison Browning.  It's incredible.  The storytelling aspect is very intriguing, engaging, and frighting!  Featuring incredibly animated shots and scenes, this is a must see!  Let me add that you've never seen anything like this.  DISCLAIMER: you may go off to have nightmares after watching!  You've been warned.

"A bald, bearded man, carrying only a tank on his back and a lantern in his hand, progresses from one space to another in order to complete some mundane, yet dubious task. The actions and spaces are minimal, and they serve to highlight specific changes in mood and atmosphere. More importantly though, these subtle, naïve, and often unassuming gestures serve to question who, or what, or where is “the vessel” at any given moment. The film treats all its parts- body, space, and object, as interchangeable and porous in their interactions; nothing is a vessel, everything is a vessel."

Link: http://vimeo.com/harrisonbrowning/plutoandthevessel
Also, visit the website which includes BTS and storyboards: http://plutoandthevessel.com

Pluto and the Vessel from Harrison Browning on Vimeo.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Lego's "The Hobbit, Middle-eath Motors" Stop Motion Commercial

I think it's fair to say that everyone love Tolkien and Legos, why not combine these to loves?  "Why not?"  Thought Lego.  Thus Middle-eath Motors, a Stop Motion race between Gandalf and Radagast, enough said...  Also, I think that this is some very well done animation, or brickfilming, based upon who you talk to.

Middle-earth Motors: http://youtu.be/cN63AvoE_IY

Feature Film: "Lisa Limone and Maroc Orange: A Rapid Love Story"

After what has seemed like a drought of Stop Motion feature films over the past year or so we finally get some news!  Lisa Limone and Moroc Orange: A Rapid Love Story, is a 72 minute Stop Motion opera.  Yes, you heard me right.  Opera!  It would seem that this Estonian flick is breaking ground in the Stop Motion world.  From what we can see in the trailer, it is a beautifully animated film featuring  fruit-heads on top of human bodies, a very interesting concept.  The plot:
"Main hero is a singing boat refugee – orange boy Maroc. He dreams about freedom.
Lemon girl Lisa collects singing seashells and dreams about love.
Lisa’s father is a businessman, owner of a ketchup factory and tomato plantation. He loves money.
And so the opera begins:
Poor Maroc escapes from his homeland and defying stormy waters take a boat across the sea to the “promised land”. Upon arrival he is forced being a slave worker in a tomato plantation instead of freedom, democracy, wealth and parties he had hoped for.
Despite of initial let down our orange boy is destined to gain happiness – selfish Lisa falls in love with him and sets him free. We see orange revolution – houses are blown up and tomatoes are made from ketchup, all in the name of democracy!
Movie that is full of rebellion and love has happy ending - we will see sour-sweet culmination of lemon girl's and orange boy's love."

Trailer: http://vimeo.com/54142801

Lisa Limone & Maroc Orange long trailer from FrostFX on Vimeo.

The credits are listed below:


Script: Kati Kovács, Peep Pedmanson
Direction: Mait Laas

Friday, February 14, 2014

"MARILYN MYLLER" Mini Making of

More Mikey Please goodness?!  It's getting to be too much, the awesomeness thats being produced!  It makes the rest of use filmmakers look bad!

Also, have a happy Valentine's Day day everyone!  If you are in fact reading this on Valentine's Day.  If your not, then happy whatever holiday it is!

http://vimeo.com/72753851
MARILYN MYLLER - Mini Making: Light Effects from Mikey Please on Vimeo.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story" Now Online!

Mmm... finally we get to see Blank: A Vynlmation Love Story in full!  After Disney hinted in August with a trailer for the new Blank miniseries they have finally released it online.  (I've covered Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story in a previous post which you should go read to learn more about it.)  You can watch the 38-minute long film exclusively on Google Play and the Google Play app for free.  On February 14, Blank will screen at the Al Capitan Theater for a limited time in Hollywood.

Google encourages viewers to share frames from the film at https://blankmovie.withgoogle.com, after sharing, you unlock a second film entitled Cranes in Love.  Which is specifically for Google users only.

GO WATCH IT HERE: https://play.google.com/store/movies/details?id=FitJ3hgxiAg
Trailer: http://youtu.be/yJDXzszj-oU

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Stuff To Weird You Out: Lay's "Wouldn't It Be Yummy?" Stop Motion Commercial

I wonder how many of you fellow humans would agree with me that this Lay's Wouldn't It Be Yummy? commercial is kind of disturbing.  I'm not going to spoil anything for you but, this is just plain strange!  Watch it, and comment about what you think of singing ice cream cones.

Link: http://youtu.be/XjfH8wJ0zqM

Though it does bring the Sweetish Chef's 'singing food' from The Muppet Show to mind.

Monday, February 10, 2014

"Sound of Horns" Music Video

This is the official music video for Candice Gordon, an amazingly talented musician, for her Sound of Horns.  It's produced by Shane MacGowan.  It combines use of Stop Motion paint on puppet parts and After Effects.  It may be too weird for you but this music is FANTASTIC!  It has a very strange appealing vibe which gives it a life of it's own.
One word of advice before watching, prepare to be blown away!

Link: http://vimeo.com/83376941
Also, it's worth checking out her website: http://candicegordonmusic.com

CANDICE GORDON | Sound of Horns from conorfinnegan on Vimeo.

Making of: http://vimeo.com/83841931
Sound of Horns | Making of from conorfinnegan on Vimeo.

Short Flick Pick: "But Milk Is Important" Trailer

Link: http://vimeo.com/annamantzaris/butmilkisimportant
But Milk Is Important Trailer from Anna Mantzaris on Vimeo.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" End Credits

A few nights ago I sat down and watched the sequel to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs; correctly titled Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.  And, I must say... it was enjoyable and entertaining.  Though the first film was comedic brilliance animated, dubbed, and packed in a box we like to call a movie.  Cloudy 2 wasn't any where near as good as the first one but on the other hand the original directors/writers of the first film, Phil Lord and Chris Miller didn't direct the sequel.  But they are the creative team behind the recently released The Lego Movie.  Which looks great and is getting incredibly positive reviews from the critics.  So, i am excited to partake in that movie experience.  All the 'end credits' work was done by the amazing people over a Screen Novelties.

Lots of cool stuff here in the end credits including grown men in strawberry suits, puppets, and of course, Stop Motion.  So grab a snack and enjoy!

Link: http://vimeo.com/85201368
End Credits "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2" from Pete Oswald on Vimeo.


Friday, February 7, 2014

"Coffee Time"

This is another short film find of mine.  An extremely creative interesting little piece called Coffee Time by Chun Wang Sun.  Coffee Time has the essence of a PES film but slightly less abstract and very imaginative.  Anyway guys, check it out.  The links below.  Until next time ;)

Link: http://vimeo.com/23428725

Thursday, February 6, 2014

"Fordtacular Spectacular" Making of Video

I've already spoken about Cuppa Coffee's Fordtacular Spectacular in another post so if you haven't already read it go here: http://stopmotiongeek.blogspot.com/2014/01/cuppa-coffees-rob-ford-spoof.html Do it!  Do it now!  Then come back and watch the video below.

Though what I did not know is that there was a 'making of' video including BTS on sets, a interview with the director (Adam Shaheen).  He states that it took a team of 10 people who were sculptors, set and prop builders and animators.  It took about two weeks to complete a 90s film, which is a relatively fast in Stop Motion terms.

Link: http://globalnews.ca/video/1019227/inside-the-creation-of-fordtacular-spectacular-cartoon

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" Will be Rereleased on February 18th & "Move Mountain" Short [UPDATED]

 The Citerion Collection, on the 18th of this month is going to rerelease what I like to call, 'the most perfect Stop Motion film ever made' also known as Fantastic Mr. Fox.  I'm pretty sure that you've heard me go on, and on about how much I like this film so theres no need for me to repeat it.  For Citerion, it's a big deal because of it being their first animated film to rereleased; they have been around since 1984!  In case you weren't aware, according to Wikipedia:

"The Citerion Collection is dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in a editions of the highest technical quality, with supplemental features that enhance the appreciation of the art of the film.  Citerion is noted for helping to standardize the letterbox format
for widescreen films, bonus features, and special editions for home video."

That being said, I am super excited to see the bonus features.  Though I don't care much for higher quality, it makes little difference for me.  Seeing

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Arthur Rankin Jr. Dies At 89

Chances are if you've been alive longer than two years you have seen classic Holiday television specials such as Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty The Snowman, and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.  All of these brilliant pieces of history were created by Arthur Rankin Jr. and his partner Jules Bass.  This brilliant man later created adoptions of J. R. R Tolken's Lord of The Rings, and The Hobbit.  The Royal Gazette reported that last night in his home in Bermuda.  And according to Animation Magazine:

"Born in New York in 1924, Rankin was a self-made filmmaker who began his entertainment career as art director at ABC in the late ’40s before founding Videocraft International (later Rankin/Bass) in 1960. The duo revolutionized the industry opinion of stop-motion craft with the release of Rudolph. Rankin also wrote, produced or directed over a dozen feature films as well as traditionally animated TV series ThunderCats and SilverHawks, among 1,000-plus other productions for television. Rankin is also credited as a pioneer in using celebrity voices in animation, casting such 20th century entertainment giants as comic actor Danny Kaye, dancing star Fred Astaire and horror master Boris Karloff in his productions, often creating character designs that resembled the stars."

This loss will leave a deep, empty trench in the hearts of both Stop Motion enthusiasts and the general public's souls alike.

Though, what makes this even more tragic is that two of the most brilliant, influential Stop Motion artists of our age, (Ray Harryhausen, and now Arthur Rankin Jr.) have both passed away in less than a year of each other.  Both have passed at the age of 89.

Arthur Rankin Jr (left) Jules Bass (right)

Monday, February 3, 2014

41st Annie Award Winners!

Best Animated Feature
  • Frozen - Walt Disney Animation Studios
Best Animated Special Production
  • Chipotle Scarecrow - Chipotle Creative Department, Moonbot Studios, CAA Marketing
Best Animated Short Subject

  • Get A Horse! - Walt Disney Animation Studios
Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial


  • Despicable Me 2 - Cinemark - Illumination Entertainment/Universal
Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children


  • Disney Sofia the First - Disney Television Animation
Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children’s Audience


  • Adventure Time - Cartoon Network Studios

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Hmm... The 41st Annie Awards Are On Tonight!

Reved up?  You should be because the 41st Annie Awards are tonight!  You can watch them being streamed on their website by clicking the link: http://annieawards.org/watch-it-live/  Also, Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld) is hosting them so theres that to look forward too!

Though until then you can sit back with a bag of american brand o' popcorn goodness and read the nominations below...
PRODUCTION CATEGORIES___________________________
Best Animated Feature
  • A Letter to Momo - GKIDS
  • Despicable Me 2 - Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures
  • Ernest & Celestine - GKIDS
  • Frozen - Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Monsters University - Pixar Animation Studios
  • The Croods - DreamWorks Animation
  • The Wind Rises - Studio Ghibli/Touchstone Pictures
Best Animated Special Production
  • Chipotle Scarecrow - Chipotle Creative Department, Moonbot Studios, CAA Marketing
  • Listening Is an Act of Love - StoryCorps
  • Room on the Broom - Magic Light Pictures
  • Toy Story OF TERROR! - Pixar Animation Studios

"Junk Head 1"

http://youtu.be/ge18Ieyi9bI


Fundraise the sequel: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/junk-head-2--2
Credits: 
Director - story/camera/puppet/set/sound/voice Takahide Hori
CG - Norikatsu Seo
Subtitles - Emily Balistrieri

Hori Proudly Holding a Puppet From Junk Head 1