Category Archives: Animation

Big Bang, Big Boom. It’s BLU Again!

The crew at BLUBLU.org have found some sponsors who appear to have hundreds of litres of paint at their disposal. The team are really stretching their ideas by the bucketload, too.

It’s an amazing amount of work, as you will see from browsing the website.

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Have a look at BLU’s many works here, and if you pursue the links in the blog section,
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you’ll be steered to the site of one of his many collaborators, Eric Ailcane

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Amazing!

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Life.Turns: Animating a Cast of a Thousand Strangers

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(Click this image to see the eight required poses for contributors)

There’s a collaborative animation project gathering momentum at blipfoto during the Edinburgh Festival.

The idea is that thousands of participants upload photos of family and friends one by one, posed in one of eight poses that together make up an animated walk cycle.
The pictures below will make it clear.

life turns. Making an animated film from the images sent in by thousands of people
life turns. Choose one of eight side-on walking poses
life turns. The side view poses will show many different people
life turns. The finished film will be shown at Inspace, Edinburgh, on Thursday the 26th of August and at at blipfoto.com

Remember to check out the BlipFoto site on the 26th of August to see the completed film. – Why not join in and send your own side-on view?

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Sylvain Chomet’s Sale of Key Drawings at Arludik

Key drawings from The Illusionist

Follow this link to see a gallery of drawings from “The Illusionist”. (You might find that these drawings and paintings move into the tab marked “Artists” when the current exhibition is replaced. Look for the thumbnail image for “L’Illusionniste”)
The site uses Flash, so give up all hope of good navigation. :)

Here’s one of the background layouts that give the film such a strong sense of place.

Key drawings from The Illusionist

Link to Arludik.

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Sylvain Chomet Interview With Matthew Sweet on Radio 4

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“The Film Programme” on BBC Radio 4 featured an interview with the show’s presenter, Matthew Sweet, and the director of “The Illusionist, Sylvain Chomet.

Here’s the link to the programme – the interview is the first item on the agenda.  You can listen to this for up to seven days after broadcast (Until Friday 20th August) – or click on the little arrow below.

Sylvain Chomet discusses “The Illusionist”

The Illusionist opens in UK cinemas on Friday 20th of August.

Second Day of Gobelins Student Films at the Annecy Festival

The second film to be shown at the Annecy Animation Festival, made by the 2nd year students at Gobelins school is called “Soapy Trip”.

Here’s a sequence of screenshots. You can enlarge by clicking on them.-

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The crew were: Théo Boubounelle, Chloé Bury, Jean Baptiste Cumont, Claire Fauvel, and Vincent Nghiem.

See the movie in full, here.

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Gobelins Student Films at 2010 Annecy Animated Film Festival

For the past eight years, the second year students at the Gobelins School of Communication in Paris have worked in small teams to provide the opening shorts for screening sessions at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival & Market that takes place every year in early June.

This year’s opener is a short called M.Eustache, and it was created by François Barreau, Violaine Briat, Clément Girard, Benoit Tranchet, and Maïté Xia.

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Here’s the link to the gallery of shorts on the Gobelins website.

This is an important year for the Annecy Animation Festival, because the 6 day event is the 50th time that animators from all over the world have met at this lakeside venue in the French alps.

As a bonus, here is a 50th anniversary poster for you to download, and suck your inkjet dry bring your printer to its knees when you print it out. Click on the picture for a LARGE version.

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There’s more to come in the following days, so bookmark this post!
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Stills From Sylvain Chomet’s “The Illusionist”

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This is a random assortment of images in no particular order, so please don’t read it as if it were a storyboard!

‘The Illusionist’ premiered some time ago, at the Berlinale Film Festival (February 16th, 2010)

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I love the art direction of these images. They are centred on a very particular sense of place, and the palette and lighting are truthfully based on the Scottish landscapes of highland and island.

The visual development was initiated by Evgeni Tomov, and Bjarne Hansen is credited as Art Director.

There’s an interview with Sylvain Chomet here, (Here’s the YouTube version), and a mini portfolio of stills here

Full cast and crew credits on the IMDB site.

Sylvain Chomet’s previous credits as director include “Les Triplettes de Belleville” and “The Old Lady and The Pigeons

The poster for the film.  It reads: The Illusionist.  A Film by Sylvain Chomet, based on the script by Jacques Tati.

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Ed Catmull Talks About Creativity & Leadership

The Economist held a conference devoted to innovation at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley on the 23rd and 24th of March this year.
Among the many gurus and visionaries who contributed to the summit, the calm and bullshit-free voice of Ed Catmull stood out as he laid out his experience of managing the creative spirits under his leadership at Pixar Animation.

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This link takes you to the Economist event website. Go to the third page for Catmull’s video.

If everyone is trying to prevent error, it screws things up. It’s better to fix problems than to prevent them. And the natural tendency for managers is to try and prevent error and over plan things.

(Via)

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