Tuesday, January 24, 2012

2012 Academy Award Nominations

Full list here. Congratulations to everybody!

Animated Feature Film

A Cat in Paris

Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
Chico & Rita

Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
Kung Fu Panda 2

Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Puss in Boots

Chris Miller

Gore Verbinski

Short Film (Animated)


Patrick Doyon
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
La Luna

Enrico Casarosa
A Morning Stroll

Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
Wild Life

Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

Visual Effects

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson

Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
Real Steel

Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Dan Glass, Brad Friedman, Douglas Trumbull and Michael Fink

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

James Pearson Showcase Testimonial

Late in posting this, but make sure you watch the showcase testimonial by Animation Mentor. This time it's about James Pearson, who's a really nice guy! Glad to see him featured!


So awesome! Great sound and music plus editing goes a long way! Love the sets he built!

Friday, January 13, 2012

A Year of Sun with Mr. Persol

A Year of Sun with Mr. Persol - HD from Yuki 7 on Vimeo.

Acting and Animation

There's a great write-up by Scott Squires at the Effects Corner about the current hoopla regarding performance capture, animation and acting in general.

The real process
Some actors talk or write about motion capture and 3D animation as ‘painting’ in the image. Painting? Really? That would make sense if you took a time machine back 100 years before computers and tried to explain it I suppose. But these days it makes as much sense as saying Michelangelo ‘doodled’ the David sculpture.

Short form: The performance of the actor is recorded and applied in some form to a Computer Graphic (CG) animated character.

Much much more can be read here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Shocking with a chance of meatballs! The billboard moments cracked me up. Great voice work too! Thanks for the tip Bernie!

Directed by Hugo JACKSON, Pascal CHANDELIER, Valentin MICHEL, Bastien MORTELECQUE and Elliot MAREN.

With the voices of Christophe LEMOINE, Ariane AGGIAGE, Michel VIGNE, Laetitia BARBARA, Philipe PEYTHIEU and Véronique AUGEREAU.

Music by Thierry JAOUL, Jose VICENTE and Hugo JACKSON

Mixed by Jose VICENTE and Yoann PONCET, Studio des Aviateurs.

ESMA Ecole Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques 2011

Monday, January 9, 2012

Sign up for Spring Workshops is open!

Just a reminder that you can sign up for the onsite and online workshops. Check the link at the top of the site for more info!

Devils Angels & Dating - Short Film

Thanks Shane!!

After 5 Years of Development, 3 Years of Online Production by a Global Online Team, 2 Years of Animation, with a $0 budget. Devils, Angels & Dating is completed and released online. Directed by Michael Cawood, this computer animated short film is the work of a worldwide team of Artists and Animators. Entirely developed in the public eye online, it has also become a fantastic resource for Animation students and professionals alike. Be sure to watch the film and spread the message, you can also go behind the scenes and view the development process of the film.

About the Film : Devil wants Cupid's job, but a battle for Death's affections has cosmic ramifications below the Heavens.

Main Website : http://devilsangelsanddating.com/

More information and expanded credits on the Director's website:


Presskit : http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1289261/Press_kit.zip

Movie Poster : http://michaelcawood.com/images/CGShort/Devils_Movie_Poster.jpg

'The Art & Making of Devils Angels & Dating' - eBook - http://kck.st/tWsc6H

Exclusive Behind the Scenes Videos - http://www.IndieGoGo.com/Devils

10th Annual VES Awards - Nominations

Congratulations to everybody involved!!

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

Puss In Boots – Puss
Antonio Banderas
Ludovic Bouancheau
Laurent Caneiro
Olivier Staphylas

Rango – Rango
Frank Gravatt
Kevin Martel
Brian Paik
Steve Walton

Rio – Nigel
Diana Diriwaechter
Sang Jun Lee
Sergio Pablos
Aamir Tarin

The Adventures of Tintin – Tintin
Gino Acevedo
Gustav Ahren
Jamie Beard
Simon Clutterbuck

All of the nominees are here!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Tintin Adaptations

Cartoon Brew has a really cool write-up regarding all the different adaptions of Hergé's Tintin. The comics were a huge part of my childhood and it's fun to see the different approaches. They are not all really my thing (including the Spielberg one), except for the 2D animated "Le Temple du Soleil" and "Tintin et le lac aux requins" ones. I'm curious how the Spielberg version will do at the Globes and potential Oscars, given the usual mocap hoopla. :)