New job!

April 15, 2013

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I’ve just got a new job (yay!), things are really cool but I have to cut back on the posts. I’m putting this site into a state of semi-dormancy for now 🙂

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Some good news at last, after the sobering news of Rhythm and Hues’s Chapter 11

On ReelFX’s jobsite

This recruiting tab was created for those Rhythm and Hues artists who have been affected by their recent situation. Please know our thoughts are with you. We are currently looking for new members of our various teams and will be reviewing your information in as timely a manner as possible.

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This is whats been keeping me busy for the whole year, I’m animating on the upcoming Ben10 TV feature.

It’s been really cool to work on, even though the deadline is really really tight. We worked super hard on this and I hope it shows – heres the youtube sneakpeek!

Ben 10 – Destroy All Aliens

Recent events

December 18, 2010

So many things happened recently, Dream Defenders had a cinema premiere earlier this month. (Tickets pictured) I’ve always wanted to work on features, to do something I’m proud of and see our names on the big screen. This is one solid step towards that direction!

But some bad news, another local studio has closed their doors,.I’ve heard rumblings about the problems they’ve face since two years ago. But I never thought they’ll close down, their pet project  is Kung Fu Gecko, slated to come out before Dreamwork’s Kung Fu Panda. But Panda came and went, and still no Gecko in sight.

I’ll leave you guys with a fantastic write up by Keith Lango about running a team of animators. I cut my animation teeth on his video tutorials until he stopped the subscription earlier this year. Check out his site!

For the first time ever, they’re including an Animation category for Dominance War! I can’t describe how incredibly cool this is, every year they receive -tons- of kick ass entries like these ;

But it was always concept art and models, this year however we finally have the chance to Animate. I cannot wait for the main competition to begin!

Below are the rules for the preliminaries:

You have 4 weeks to finish a short 6 second fight sequence between two characters with the following specs:

Create a fight sequence where one character is the attacker and one character is the receiver of the attacks. The receiver should start standing, but finish dead on the floor.

Mandatory: Use and rig two of the above 3d base meshes for your character animation. They must be different models.

Keep in mind, when animating your characters, they should reflect two of the 4 character classes found above: War General, Technomage, Shadow, or Corrupted.

No textures or coloring allowed. Entire Mesh should be a single color. Optional: You may show the wireframe on your rendered animation (the wireframe can be a uv map texture applied to your model).

No sound fx or music allowed. Animation should be silent.

You may NOT alter the base mesh, but you may add up to 500 extra triangles per character for gear, clothing, appendages, and weapons. No pets or extra sentient beings (including pet robots). Example: 500 extra tris for character #1 PLUS 500 extra tris for character #2. Optional: At your discretion, you may modify (add more lines/topology) the joints of each model if it helps its movement in your animation. This joint modification does not count towards your 500 extra triangles/character.

All lighting solutions and rendering solutions from any software package is allowed.

For this warm up challenge, you may not use special effects, particles, or triangles and textures for special effects, magic effects, etc.

6 seconds maximum for entire fight sequence. No extra time for lengthy credits.

Important: Your animation presentation must include your team’s logo emblem and your two chosen character class names (War General, Shadow etc) in your animation. It can be on the floor, it can be within an overlay that frames your shot, it’s up to you. Optional: You may add your name, website, and/or contact details alongside your team’s logo and character class names if you choose. For logos, visit – Here

Animations should be uploaded onto Youtube or similar site and you must paste the url to your animation in the submissions page for animation.

Look before you leap

November 18, 2010

This is from a local newspaper, reproduced online, an excerpt:

Since 2003, some 40 animation and visual effects companies have opened here. Among them: Lucasfilm’s Singapore arm, which is on an expansion spree as it gears up to work on its new animation movie slated for global release in 2013.

Now that the fairy dust has settled – thanks in part to the economic crisis last year – it may be possible to analyze who is entitled to dream big in animation.

In the last year, at least three home-grown firms with animation aspirations have had their hopes dashed due to cash-flow problems.

Two have folded, while while one – which spoke to the Sunday Times on condition of anonymity – is on the brink of bankruptcy.

No longer around are Big Communications and Mega Media – both 10-year-old media companies.

It sounds cynical but it’s true. Many countries are still reeling from the aftermath of the economic downturn and we’re no exception, especially since we have virtually no domestic market to speak of.

I’m back

November 4, 2010

Work on Dream Defenders kept me really busy, growing pains from starting a new series and all, but things are finally settling down.

I have so many unfinished projects on this blog I don’t even know where to start, but first things first. I will finish the dance clip ive planned out so many months ago.

After that, I have several things on my radar; a shot-by-shot analysis of Ratatouille, followed by Porco Rosso, and then compile a 2010 reel and upload it here. Busy busy busy.

Sintel

October 3, 2010

I didn’t take any interest in the latest Blender open movie until about a week ago and damn. It’s really amazing. Amazing enough for me to pre-order their 4-DVD set, it comes with all the files used to make the short. Great work from the artists working part-time to finish such a huge undertaking. The Blender community has really come far in the recent years.

Here are some essential links:

Animating Sintel

The Trailer

The full short

And their official website www.Sintel.org , you can download the whole movie in HD from there.

Blender Foundation’s previous works: Elephants Dream (Project Orange), Big Buck Bunny (Project Peach) and Yo Frankie! (Project Apricot)

Dream Defenders

September 1, 2010

This is the project I’m currently crunching on, animation is about half done on the first episode, but the second half is even crazier. The team did a really really nice job on this, I’ll post more updates as soon as I get the clearance to do so.

Gatchaman

July 19, 2010

Now here’s a surprise: Imagi Studios is still around and they’re deep in pre-production of their next film – Gatchaman.

Imagi Studios’ Gatchaman will be a cool superhero movie, set against the backdrop of an alien threat of world domination and the epic battle this ignites. To be brought to the big screen in spectacular stereoscopic 3D, this CG-animated motion picture will deliver a feast for the eyes in exceptional weaponry, distinctive strike vehicles and light-speed action sequences, all played against a dazzling futuristic visualization.

Featuring stealthy ninja-style shadow fighting to grand-scale clashes, this fast-paced sci-fi action-thriller focuses on a lone-wolf maverick youth who, together with a team of teenage superheroes, finds his destiny in defending Earth against the dark forces of Galactor.

Gatchaman is based on the hit 1970s Japanese television series from Tatsunoko Production, known in the West as G-Force or Battle of the Planets. It is presently in pre- production.

That looks really good, you can check out the concept art here, the trailer here and the writeup by io9 here

Wind in the Willows!

July 18, 2010

Weta is making life-action movie of Wind in the Willows! I can’t find much information on this other then this rather unhelpful trailer.

I remember watching the stop-motion version of the movie as a kid (and the subsequent TV-Series), I really really liked it. I must watch this.

Edit: A quick search on wiki turns up the names of the animators who worked on the TV series – Animators: Andrea Lord, Paul Berry, Barry Purvis, Stewart Sutcliffe, Sue Pugh, I wonder what they’re doing now?

Cloudy is a really great film, underrated in my opinion.

Earlier this week Pajiba reported a rumor that Sony was readying a sequel to the acclaimed Cloudy, based on the second children’s book, Pickles to Pittsburgh. We really hoped this was happening, as we believe Cloudy was one of the most underrated films last year, and easily one of the best animated films even though it was snubbed at the Oscars.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller won’t be directing the second movie, instead they’ll take the role of creative consultants. I don’t know. I really liked the first one and have watched it a couple of times , but the food falling from sky thing has run it’s course. What’s next?

Source: io9

I had to read this twice to make sure I read it right,

The “Coraline” director, who began his animation career at Disney in the late ’70s, has struck an exclusive long-term deal to make stop-motion features for Disney/Pixar.

Disney Animation topper John Lasseter’s decision to bring Selick into the Disney/Pixar fold is another boost for the painstaking hand-crafted technique, while representing expansion beyond strictly computer-animated fare for the company.

I love Coraline, and stop motion has always been something special to me, I’ll totally animate in Stop-motion instead 3D if I could. Which kid didn’t play with their toyswishing they could all come to life?

But I digress, having Selick join Disney/Pixar to make stop-motion films is mind-blowing awesome!

It’s hereeeeeeeee!

Pixar: 20 Years of Animation takes you behind the scenes of the cutting-edge studio that created UP, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story, Cars, The Incredibles and Ratatouille. All of these Pixar movies have enchanted and delighted both children and adults for over two decades.

The exhibition features over 300 sketches, paintings, sculptures and storyboards, going behind the scenes to reveal how Pixar’s much-loved characters and worlds are brought to life. In addition to these one-of-a-kind works by artists and sculptors, the exhibition includes spectacular immersive environments and interactive experiences developed by Pixar to extend the magic of their films.

Venue: The Annexe, Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road
Date: 2 April – 27 June 2010
Time: 10am – 6pm (Closed on Mondays except school and public holidays)

Ticket Prices:
Early Bird Discount
Public – $16 adults, $11 children (3-16 years), includes admission to Science Centre
Members – Early bird discount – $12 adults, $8 children (3-16 years)

Normal Prices
Public – $20 adults, $15 child (3-16 years), exhibition only
Public – $21 adults, $16 child (3-16 years), includes admission to Science Centre
Public – Family Package – 2A and 2C (3 -16 years) – $60, exhibition only

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Waking Sleeping Beauty

March 16, 2010

Have you guys watched The Pixar Story? It’s a documentary film about Pixar from it’s inception to the animation juggernaut it is today. It’s a great documentary, full of insights about their working styles and how close they came to becoming completely dissolved. If you like that film, you will like this upcoming one – Waking Sleeping Beauty

It’s chronicles the turmoils of the Disney from the years 1984 to 1994,

Director Don Hahn (producer of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King) and producer Peter Schneider (former chairman of the studio), key players at Walt Disney Studios feature animation department during the mid1980s, offer a behind-the-magic glimpse of the turbulent times the animation studio was going through and the staggering output of hits that followed over the next 10 years. Artists polarized between the hungry young innovators and the old guard who refused to relinquish control, mounting tensions due to a string of box-office flops, and warring studio leadership create the backdrop for this fascinating story told with a unique and candid perspective from those that were there. Through interviews, internal memos, home movies and a cast of characters featuring Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Roy Disney, alongside an amazing array of talented artists that includes Steven Spielberg, Richard Williams, John Lasseter and Tim Burton, Waking Sleeping Beauty shines a light on Disney animation’s darkest hours, greatest joys and its improbable renaissance.

Waking Sleeping Beauty is a Stone Circle Pictures/Red Shoes Production.

I’m definitely booking my tickets for this this.

Legend of the Guardians is the latest animated feature by Animal Logic, due out this September.Links to trailer Here.

The film, based on the first three books of Kathryn Lasky’s series, follows Soren (voiced by Jim Sturgess), a young barn owl who is kidnapped by the owls of the St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls, or St. Aggie’s. The academy is supposed to be an orphanage, but instead it brainwashes its pupils into becoming soldiers who will ultimately clash with the wise, peaceful owls of Ga’Hoole.

Though the series was aimed at young adults, adult and historical themes run throughout the books. In one book, a speech is based on a World War II speech by Winston Churchill. In two others, battles are based on the Normandy Invasion and the ancient Battle of Thermopylae (which happens to be the subject of Snyder’s 2006 smash 300.)

There’s something about Animal Logic and their films about birds. Still, it looks beautiful, like a storybook in motion. Can’t wait for the release!

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