Collision Films Produce Gigantic Animation for Acura Cars

It took 17 artists ten days, 503 spraycans and 455 gallons of paint to make a 30 second animated film for Acura cars on 60ft by 40ft backdrops.

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The car stays still and the background animates.

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Here’s the ad:-

And here’s the “Making of”:-

The full cast list is here, and Collision Films website is here. (Requires Quicktime plug-in.)

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Holy Cao!

You might remember that I posted some drawings by Jose Maria Cao almost exactly a year ago.
As you’ll see from the recent comments in that post, Julio Mauricio Neveleff, curator of the Cao exhibition and author of the catalogue, kindly offered to send me the exhibition catalogue.
I’m really happy to say it arrived yesterday, and report that the catalogue is a treasure trove of hundreds of Jose Maria Cao’s caricatures.

I’ll take a little while to present a full post on the catalogue, but for the moment, here’s the cover from the exhibition “La Argentina Sin Careta1 “.

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(Click for a really big version)

If all goes well, the exhibition will be staged later this year in Europe, in the city of Santiago de Compostela in north west Spain, which is where Cao set off on his journey to Argentina in 1886.

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  1. Roughly translates as “Argentina unmasked” []
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Art & Design in The British Film #24 David Rawnsley

Continuing a series about Art Directors in the British film industry up to 1948, when the book containing these articles was published.

This chapter deals with David Rawnsley (1909 – 1977) 1

One of those luxurious bohemians whom one usually associates with that period in history when Casanova and Carlo Gozzi flourished. He always works on a large scale and all his schemes are big schemes, into which he throws himself heart and soul.

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A Film Set A project.
(Please click all these thumbnails to enlarge them)

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Rake’s Progress. Individual Pictures, 1945.

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Rake’s Progress. Individual Pictures, 1945.

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  1. Thanks to Susan Day for affirming his dates. []
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Panic in the Village – The Feature Film

Brought to you by that slightly unhinged partnership of Belgian animators, Stéphane Aubier et Vincent Patar.
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Following their success with more than 20 Panic in the Village shorts, Aubier and Patar will premiere their feature length film of the same name in June in Belgium, and then later on in France, around October.

I must confess that I preferred the completely madcap squash-and-stretch-to-the-limit style of their earlier work in Pic Pic & André, click the horse and pig you find on this page.

More PicPic & Andre here, and here.

Vaguely related to these plastic toy figure animations, but on a weirdness plane all of its own, is a very strange short by Koichiro Tsujikawa, a music video for the band Cornelius.
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A Couple of Layouts & Backgrounds

While fossicking around the studio, trying to find an old colour photocopy of the mystery Hawaiian project posted here a few days ago, I came across some old layouts for a direct to video production based on the Lion King.

The film was called “Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable” and much of the animation work was outsourced to the Uli Meyer studio in 1994-95

I can’t remember exactly who did these layouts, but the style reminds me strongly of Clive Hutchings‘s work. Maybe they were by Uli Meyer himself; the writing looks similar to his. (Answers in the comment box, please.)

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This layout consists of a background and two foreground overlays. The background is referred to in the writing below the main picture as “UL-1″, meaning Underlay 1.
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The film was a spin-off from the 1994 Disney feature “The Lion King“, and the next couple of pictures below show background artwork from that film.
These pictures were used as style reference images, and I’ve had to do a fair amount of restoration to them because the original photos had been badly scratched. (Yippee for Photoshop’s Healing Brush!)
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Personally, my favourite part of these paintings is the mysterious distant areas in the top left and right corners of this last picture.
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Photo Gallery of Animation People

Richard Keith Wolff has been patiently taking photos of people in the animation business for nearly twenty years.
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Paul Chung, Russell Brooke, and Molly Jo Sanderson, Soho 1995
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Richard has a long standing reputation as a rostrum cameraman. He has concentrated on his hand held camera work for many years now, and has been photographing people in the creative arts world, mostly in London.
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Peter Blake stares into Richard Wolff's lens.
Peter Blake, Artist, October 2007
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The Richard Wolff website galleries show his interest not just in animators, but also musicians, actors, authors, and campaigners.
Here’s the Link.
See if you can find yourself in there!

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David Speed R.I.P.

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David Speed – 12th May 1947 – 17th February 2009 Picture courtesy of Julie Bridge, with thanks.

Yesterday was a sad day. I went to the funeral of a great friend. He was an amazing person who was crazy to live life to the full. He made Superman fly, jumped out of planes and navigated the seas in an ever more bizarre range of vessels.
He was charming, screamingly funny, wildly enthusiastic, madly imaginative, and a huge presence in people’s lives. I loved the man.
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Big hugs to Angela and Charlie, Julie and sons.

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