Sunday, March 30, 2014

Short Flicks: "Tired of Swimming"

An old man is torn between the lingering presence of his dead wife, a fish in a jar and the reality of his lonely existence.

Link: http://vimeo.com/annamation/tosfilm

Tired of Swimming from Anna Eijsbouts on Vimeo.

Credits:
Voice man: Peter Caracciolo
Voice woman: Norma Cohen
Sound Design: Mauricio D'Orey
Sound Mix: Mike Wyeld
Additional Modelmaking: Jen Cardno, Josh Wedlake, Mirjam Baker, Phoebe Longley-Cook, Samantha Reidy, Marah Curran, Hollie Paxton
Additional Post Production: Desmond Lo
Titles: Tiddo Muda
Colour Grading: Doychin Margoevski
Edited by: Lot Rossmark & Anna Eijsbouts
A Film By Anna Eijsbouts
With the support of Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Huygens Talent Programme, Blink Ink, Nat Cohen Scholarship

Copyright Royal College of Art 2012

Friday, March 28, 2014

Stoopid Buddy & WWE Dropkicks us With Stop Motion Animated "Slam City"

WWE, the pop culture wrestling phenomenon has gotten into the business of Stop Motion Animation.  Yes, that's right.  Basically, it's WWE action figures had a baby with Seth Green's Friendship All-Stars and continually posts 2-minute videos via internet about their accomplishment.  Stoopid Buddy Stooidos is the Stop Motion hub right now, so it's no surprise that WWE have teamed up with them to create this series.

There will be a total of 26, 2-minute episodes distributed through WWE Network, Hulu, PlayStation, Xbox, AOL On, Nintendo, Vudu, Google Play, (cough, cough), Kabillion, Mattel.com, and finally, iTunes.  I haven't seen a Stop Motion show distributed like this, ever!  This is basically a long commercial to get boys ages 4-12 to get their moms to buy them toys.  I do not know if this will grow a new legion of Stop Motion loving fans like The Nightmare Before Christmas did, but I say whatever little glorification we can get the better.

You can go and watch the first three episodes right now by going to their website: http://www.wweslamcity.com/videos.

[Episode one] Auto-Tude Adjustmenthttp://youtu.be/5I-wdeNIFHQ


Slam City

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Short Flick: "From Dad To Son"

The story exists in its basic features since the fable «The father and his sons» by Aesop (600 B.C.) and is told to this day in anecdotes and urban myths. In «From Dad To Son» we translated a written narrative into a paper crafted animation short.
«From Dad To Son» has been screened in 2012-13 at more than 130 film festivals and received 12 awards.

Link: http://vimeo.com/nilsknoblich/fromdadtoson
Website: http://nilsknoblich.com/post/blog/from-dad-to-son/
Flickr photo stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/12731603@N06/sets/72157627428247109/with/6797880243/


From Dad To Son - Shortfilm from Nils Knoblich on Vimeo.

Credits:
Direction & Design: Nils Knoblich
Script: Nils Knoblich & Stephan Hanf
Production: Nils Knoblich & Stephan Hanf & Kunsthochschule Kassel
Animation: Nils Knoblich, Florian Maubach, Olga Gelwer
Set and Puppet Construction: Florian Maubach, Olga Gelwer, Marie Kersting
Music Production: Georg Conrad
Violin: Josefine Knoblich
Sound Effects: Steffen Martin

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Feature Films: "Lucy and the Anvil"

Concept art for Lucy and the Anvil
Very recently, Shadow Machine Studios (the production behind the upcoming Hell & Back, and Pinocchio), leaked out a hint to what could very much be their next feature via their website.  This project, entitled Lucy and the Anvil.  Which is a successful book by Adam Kline and Brian Taylor.

All [Shadow Machine] gives us to go on is a synopsis of the film and a few stills of concept art; both of which you can take a look at below.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

"The BoxTrolls" International Trailer

Universal Pictures Switzerland has just snuck us a brand new, minute and a half BoxTrolls trailer!  My expectation of the film at this point is that It will rank up on the list of best animated features; it will be up there with flicks such as Toy Story, Shrek, and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

This trailer also gives us a peek at the plot of the film.  At this point, I am so stoked for this film I can't express the way I feel about it in writing.  I just cannot wait!

Directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, Laika's The BoxTrolls will hit theaters September 26, 2014.

Link: http://youtu.be/wUYNcf4O7IA
The BoxTrolls website: http://www.theboxtrolls.com


The BoxTrolls

Monday, March 17, 2014

Short Flicks: "Elliot The Bull - Colorblind"

Not only do I love this video but I really like the song choice and how it entails with the video.  Beautifully animated, really lovely wooden puppets, and did I mention what a masterpiece it is?

Link: http://vimeo.com/ohyeahwow/colourblind

Elliot The Bull - Colourblind from Oh Yeah Wow on Vimeo.

For all the 'making of' goodness go read the DragonFrame article here: http://www.dragonframe.com/blog/2014/03/oh-yeah-wow-elliot-the-bull/

https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/colourblind-single/id834137268
https://www.facebook.com/elliotthebull
http://www.elliotthebull.com
http://www.kingdomsounds.com.au

Director: Samuel Lewis
Producers: Darcy Prendergast & Seamus Spilsbury
Created by Oh Yeah Wow: ohyeahwow.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ohyeahwow
Twitter: @ohyeahwow
Instagram: oh_yeah_wow
Animation: Samuel Lewis
VFX Supervisor/Colourist: Andrew Goldsmith
VFX Technical Support: Josh Thomas
Set Construction & Design: Benjamin Brayshaw
Art Department: Kane Grose, Wen Rarinthip, Samantha Scafidi
Motion Control Design: Glen Anderson (synccine.com)
Special Thanks: James Bailey, Mike Greaney, James Lewis, James Martin, Francesca Ohlert, Nikki Santos

Friday, March 14, 2014

Short Flicks: "Potatoes That Speak For Themselves"

Created with meticulous attention to detail and hundreds of hand painted 3D printed models, the commercial not only delivers on humour, but also on an aesthetic quality not often seen on British television.

http://vimeo.com/89100027

Potatoes That Speak For Themselves from Jonathan Gallagher on Vimeo.

Credits
Client: GreenVale
Agency: Aesop
Studio: BlinkInk
Directors: Mikey Please & Dan Ojari
Role: Compositing

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Short Flicks: "House of Monsters"

This is Dawn Brown's original House of Monsters short that inspired her to create a miniseries with this as the base idea.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPxRLtrofE4


I want to mention that she has her Kickstarter for the House of Monsters miniseries that is live of right now, which you can check out here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/houseofmonsters/house-of-monsters-the-stop-motion-web-series?ref=discovery

Let me also add that I'm super excited for her, as of right now she has almost funded half of her final goal.  Also, Animation Magazine did a post about her Kickstarter which is awesome!  You can check out that post here: http://www.animationmagazine.net/features/house-of-monsters-series-seeks-funding/.

I encourage you guys to tweet, share, and + this project because it's really cool!  No farther explanation needed.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Robertryan Cory's Lessons in Character Design

I want to give a little 'shout out' to Roberyan Cory's post about character design on his Flickr and Facebook.  Cory has worked as a character designer for shows like SpongBob Squarepants.  It's really very educational, I learned a crap ton of valuable information from it!

I credit this fantastic internet find to Cartoon Brew, which, you can check out their post here: http://www.cartoonbrew.com/educational/a-lesson-on-character-design-by-spongebob-artist-robertryan-cory-97026.html

Short Flicks: "Between Two Worlds, The Hybrid Animation of Tiny Inventions"

Following the making of the upcoming short Between Times from the husband & wife animation duo who:

choose to pursue the work that they love, combining both hand-crafted and digital aspects of animation to create their unique aesthetic and voice.

They are combining the worlds of Stop Motion, 2d animation, and CGI.  I can't wait to see the finished product!


Between Two Worlds, The Hybrid Animation of Tiny Inventions from lynda.com on Vimeo.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Bent's "Portlandia Rats" Featured in New York Times

The New York Times recently wrote an article about The New York International Children's Festival, stating that, smaller/indie studios like Bent Image Lab make stunningly animated and incredibly enjoyable films that are not just for children and can really entertain adults and teens as well.  Hmm... Shocking!

Rob Shaw’s stop-motion animation from the American IFC television series “Portlandia,” in which rats write an insulting book about people.

The festival, whose 2014 edition opens on Friday and runs for four consecutive weekends at six Manhattan theaters, with a hundred films, has always tried to attract tweens and teenagers as well as 3-to-10-year-olds. They’re an audience underserved not only by many children’s film festivals but also by commercial studios. Between the time young people sit down for their first animated Disney feature and the moment they encounter their first Scorsese film, Hollywood offers them mostly fantasy, comic-book heroics and action movies, often filled with surprising brutality.

New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/07/nyregion/warning-teenagers-may-like-these-movies.html?ref=movies&_r=2
Along from being a running gag, Shaw's 'Rats' are fantastic!  The show is also very enjoyable.  I highly recommend it!

The festival runs from Friday through March 30 at six Manhattan locations: Directors Guild of America Theater, 110 West 57th Street; IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas, at Third Street, Greenwhich Village; Scholastic Theater, 557 Broadway, at Spring Street, SoHo; SVA Theater, 333 West 23rd Street, Chelsea; Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street, at Laight Street; the Village East Cinema, 189 Second Avenue, at 12th Street, East Village.  Screening are $13 to $20.
Portlandia Rats: 'Book'

Sunday, March 9, 2014

"BoxTrolls" Director Graham Annable Will Discuss Character Development at TIFF 2014


"APRIL 15, 2014: Director Graham Annable will discuss character development, story development — as well as the creative process at LAIKA during a keynote address at TIFF Kids in Toronto.  Following the talk, Mark Shapiro will present a behind-the-scenes look at the studio.  The full-day conference at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) Kids will feature panel discussions and breakout sessions with international filmmakers, producers and other notables from the children’s entertainment industry."

Check out the full guest lineup for TIFF 2014 here: http://tiff.net

One of Animation Magazine's "Rising Stars of Animation," GRAHAM ANNABLE makes his directorial debut -- directing with Anthony Stacchi -- on The Boxtrolls. Graham began doodling at an early age and never stopped. Classically trained as an animator at Toronto's Sheridan College, he spent ten years at LucasArts animating on various video game projects. He worked as a storyboard artist on LAIKA’s first two films Coraline and ParaNorman.

A prolific creative in the video game industry, Graham is the former Creative Director at Telltale Games and the creator of the hip and hit comic book seriesGrickle (Alternative Comics) which was nominated for a 2002 Harvey Award for Best New Talent. He was one of the founders of the Hickee humor anthology (also published by Alternative Comics)and has created works for television, film and video games for such entities as LucasFilm, Chuck Jones, Nickelodeon and Walt Disney Productions. Before joining LAIKA, Graham worked on The Goofy Movie and all forty or so of the Grickle shorts on YouTube (called "phenomenally popular" by Comics Journal). His hardcover The Book of Grickle (Dark Horse, 2010), a collection of ten years of Grickle stories, was given a 5-star rating and labeled "Awesome and funny and weird ... a must read," by Goodreads.

The BoxTrolls trailer: http://youtu.be/pD-9CIe8cfA

Laika's The BoxTrolls

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Kickstarter: Dawn Browns "House of Monsters: The Webseries"

It's BAAAAAACK!  Dawn Brown's House of Monsters is back, (as if you didn't just read the first sentence) she is trying to raise $20,000, so go check out and watch the Kickstarter video to learn more about it.

"The $20,000 goal is to fund the first episode of the web series. It's called "Fun In The Sun" and it's about our neighborhood vampire finding a creative way to kick up some trouble in the daytime."
Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/houseofmonsters/house-of-monsters-the-stop-motion-web-series?ref=discovery
House of Monsters Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/houseofmonstersmovie
Dawn Brown's Twitter: https://twitter.com/MonsterShopInc

Director Rohitash Rao Joins ShadowMachine Crew

Rohitash Rao
ShadowMachine, the company behind the upcoming Hell & Back and Pinocchio, have hired Rohitash Rao to work on a project for the recording artist Beck and Capitol Records at ShadowMachine.

According to Shootline:

"Commercial animation director Rohitash Rao has joined ShadowMachine for exclusive U.S. spot representation. His credits include commercial and music video projects for Crunch, Nike, Snapple, Volkswagen and The Great Big World. Rao has completed his first assignment since coming aboard ShadowMachine: a six-spot animated musical campaign for Arizona community DMB/Verrado via Cecillian Worldwide. He is currently working on a project for recording artist Beck and Capitol Records via ShadowMachine."

Which is pretty cool and interesting.  Though I just hope that we will get some news about a feature from ShadowMachine, it doesn't even have to be Pinocchio!  It's just sad to see a company as amazingly talented as ShadowMachine stopped from doing a feature because of budget problems.  If mainstream production houses like Columbia, 20th Century Fox, Sony, would invest in Stop Motion flicks I know we would get fantastic films!

Shootline article: http://shootonline.com/news/shadowmachine-signs-director-rohitash-rao

Hell & Back

Friday, March 7, 2014

Short Flicks: "E-Comm 9-1-1"

This bit is by Bent Image Lab.  They're projects include Portlandia's Zero Rats episode, Brisk Iced Tea commercials, Bing commercials, Fruity Pebbles spots, and much, much more.

The piece shown here has a very interesting concept on what a phone does when your not watching it.    It's beautifully animated and paced.  Definitely check it out below!

Link: http://vimeo.com/88274254

E-Comm 9-1-1 from Bent Image Lab on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Short Flicks: "Julio Bashmore - Peppermint"


Link: http://vimeo.com/noahharris/peppermint

Julio Bashmore - Peppermint from noah harris on Vimeo.

Short Flicks: "Kangaroos Can't Jump Backwards"



Kangaroos can't jump backwards from motiphe on Vimeo.

Director: Rafael Mayrhofer
Script: Katharina Pichler, Rafael Mayrhofer
Voice Actor: Beau Stephenson (beaustephenson.com/)
2D Animation: Katja Flachberger
Sound Design: Irad Lee (iradlee.com/), Rafael Mayrhofer

An Inside Look at Frederator Studios

Frederator Studios, has been around making some of the best animated cartoon since it was founded in 1998.  Some of their work include The Fairly OddParents, Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors, and the recent Bee & PuppyCat.  They make 2d cartoons but, they're work is so awesome that I feel I should mention them.  Not that I need to though, they have over a million subs on their YouTube channel.  And have one of the highest grossing Kickstarters to date.  Now, with this video they've given us an inside look at the studio.  Also, there's some Lego Stop Motion involved.  That's all I'll say.

Link: http://youtu.be/OTHOfHCvPtk
Frederator Studios' website: http://frederator.com

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

"The BoxTrolls" Third Trailer Debut

Yet another stunning peek at The BoxTrolls.  Laika's The BoxTrolls hits theaters September 26, 2014.

Link: http://youtu.be/CQ_geARV7b4

Tippett Studio's "Jurassic Park" Stop Motion Animation Tests

to be honest, the effort Tippett Studio put into Jurassic Park is insane! Whether you loved the film, or hated it so much that you punched the big inflatable t-rex outside the theater, I think we can all agree that it was film history being made.  Other times being The Wizard of Oz, Star Wars, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Avatar, which are the other films that broke the box-office and the special effects barrier.

These tests were also the first film to push the Stop Motion bar up a notch with inventing the DID (direct input device).  The DID system is a motion capture system that links Stop Motion up with computer graphics technology.  So that the moves are programmed in before anything was actually filmed.  A very ingenious design.  But we also have to thank good ol' DID for all the CGI effects in blockbusters today.  Whether you loved or hated it here you are, the Stop Motion/Go-Motion tests for Jurassic Park...

Link: http://youtu.be/c1IaR4RCZ2I
Tippett Studio's website: http://www.tippett.com


A BTS look at Tippett Studio: http://youtu.be/VErGD1A_iwA

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

StudioCanal Removes a Stop Motion Tagline from the "Paddington" Remake

Paddington Bear, the fictional charter, based on the children's book series by Michael Bond stars in the upcoming StudioCanal film Paddington.

We all remember the lovable Stop Motion bear from the 1975 television series.  Well, at one time Stop Motion, now CGI.  StudioCanal, after releasing their official teaser trailer earlier today made it clear to us that this will be a live action children's film with slick, snazzy, computer generated bear.  Do I hold anything against them for doing this?

Short Flicks: "Heart for the Homeless"


"What would you do with 8 Ikea boxes, 5 cereal boxes, 18 LED torches, 47 batteries, 2 cameras and 900 hours?"

Link: http://vimeo.com/88030126

Heart for the Homeless from Lume on Vimeo.

BTS: http://vimeo.com/heartforhomeless/itsyourmovebts

Behind the scenes of the "#CardboardCity: It's Your Move" made for Heart for the Homeless from Heart for the Homeless on Vimeo.

Sunday, March 2, 2014