Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story

This is a very insightful look into the history of Walt Disney Studio's and the role Ub Iwerks played in nearly every aspect of it's development. I also recommend reading the book 'The Hand Behind the Mouse' for it covers more material than the documentry does.

Check out the 9 part series over on the Behind The Scenes blog:

Saturday, May 22, 2010

TIME: Hollywood's VFX Sweatshops

Article from TIME about the VFX industry...

"But in the past 15 months, companies including Disney's ImageMovers Digital in Novato, Calif.; C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures in Toronto; and the Orphanage in San Francisco have shuttered. "It's pretty much an open secret in the business that you do feature-film visual effects for prestige — to get a great reel, to keep your artists happy — but they don't make money," says David Cohen, an associate features editor at Variety who covers the VFX industry. "If you're lucky, you break even on them. If you're not lucky, you're out of business."

read more: Hollywood's VFX Sweatshops

"The Illusion of Life" - 1981 Disney Animation Special

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

3D International News

Indian company trains '3D Army' to meet demand

(Reuters) - India's Reliance MediaWorks, part of the Reliance ADA group, is training a small army of artists to meet the rise in demand for 3D films following the huge success of James Cameron's "Avatar" and other films --- more here

Star Wars In Singapore - LucasArts' Asian Studio

With the Singapore studio's profile relatively underexposed in the video game business, Gamasutra spoke to the studio's executive producer Gio Corsi, a Vancouver native who moved to Singapore in 2007 to run LucasArts Singapore.
-- more here

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Andy Serkis plans UK motion-capture studio 'Imaginarium'

Here's an interesting article about Andy Serkis's plans for a new UK based mocap studio.

Andy Serkis's 'Imaginarium'

Check out the vid as well. Andy has some interesting things to say about actor performances. What do you animators think?

Part 1

Part 2

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Political Animation shorts on the TAG blog

Some interesting political animations posted on the TAG blog today. Check out the "Attack of the 50 Foot Pelosi" funny stuff!

Monday, May 10, 2010