Making of Mini Maui

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ICARE (Icarus)Teaser

From Cartoon Brew... The Greek myth of Icarus serves as the basis of the film, but there are some new twists to this classic tale about a boy who flies too close to the sun. “The idea is to imagine the youth of the young Icarus, a part that goes unmentioned in the myth as we know it,” Vogele told Cartoon Brew. In Vogele’s version, the story will focus on the friendship between Icarus and the Minotaur, both of whom are portrayed as outcasts.

The logline:

The cheerful gods of the Olympus are rewriting the myth of “Theseus and the Minotaur” from the perspective of Icarus, who befriends the young Minotaur hidden in the royal palace of Knossos. When King Minos imprisons the “monster” in the secret labyrinth, Icarus risks it all to save his childhood friend and becomes entangled in a tragedy of manipulation and betrayal.

The Greek gods—Zeus, Poseidon and Aphrodite—serve as the narrators and spectators of the story. They are re-imagined as newspaper journalist-gods who are trying to craft their version of the story, and the story switches between them pulling the strings from above and the mythological story in ancient Crete. The gods are cg characters, but rendered with flat lighting to merge with the painted backgrounds, “like a moving illustration” Vogele described.

Ancient myths are the wellspring of contemporary superhero stories, and Vogele believes that returning to the source will yield rich material for a film. “The mythical heroes are ruthless and relentless,” he said. “They are archetypes who will sacrifice anything and anyone to fulfill their mad passion, no virtue too big, no vice too cruel. Their lack of empathy is truly chilling, but they are the bright-eyed defenders of their own justice and integrity, which makes them fascinating.”

Nicolas Steil, Iris Group CEO and producer of Icarus, is setting up the film as a co-production with still-to-be-determined studio partners in Belgium and Germany.

The family film has a targeted completion date of 2019. The budget is undisclosed for now.


A 24-Minute Documentary on The Unsustainable VFX Industry

Hollywood’s Greatest Trick was produced by Sohail Al-Jamea and Ali Rizvi for McClatchy Video Lab, a division of the McClatchy media organization that owns dozens of newspapers around the United States. The reporting for the piece was’ done by Greg Hadley and Elizabeth Koh.

It was one of the most controversial cinematic moments of 2016.

In the final scene of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” a figure shrouded in a white cloak turns, extends her hand, faces the camera and utters one word: “Hope.” Audiences everywhere gasped, screamed and cheered.

Nearly 40 years after the first “Star Wars” movie debuted, the character of Princess Leia had returned to the screen without aging a day, even as the actress who portrayed her, Carrie Fisher, went from 19 years old to 60.

The masterpiece of movie magic, combining old footage and recordings with digital effects to turn back time, raised ethical questions about profiting in perpetuity off the likeness of an actor. When Fisher died just a few weeks after the “Rogue One” premiere, Disney executives reportedly considered recreating her digitally in order to include her in future installments of the franchise, before ultimately issuing a statement saying they would not.

Top 50 highest grossing films of 2016

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‘Pear Cider and Cigarettes’ Vimeo Original is an Academy Award Contender

Vimeo On Demand

Director Robert Valley teams with Passion Pictures to bring his gritty graphic novel to the screen, garnering an Oscar nod and Annie win along the way.

Duration: 35 minutes
Subtitles: 3 languages + Show
Availability: Worldwide

For the Script 2 Screen book for Pear Cider and Cigarettes, please visit robertvalley.com.

Drink and smoke…that’s what Techno Stypes really likes to do, and fight. He was in no condition to fight. He was sick, really sick. His disease had whittled him down to a shadow of his former self. He was crippled from a car accident when he was 17 but that’s not how he lost his big toe. He lost that in a motorbike accident, yeah he was broken alright… what the hell was he fighting for anyway and what was he still doing in China? His father had given me two clear instructions: 1. Get Techno to stop drinking long enough to receive the liver transplant, and 2. Get him back home to Vancouver. This was not going to be easy.

The 35-minute film, which Valley describes as “a documentary that happens to be animated,” is quite unique. This film, which won an Annie award for best animated special production this past weekend, began life as a graphic novel five years ago as a way for the director to tell a very personal, true story about his efforts to save a self-destructive longtime friend named Techno, who had finally hit rock bottom and called out for help from a military hospital in China.

More about the film here at AWN


A Conversation with Kubo and the Two Strings VFX Oscar Nominees

https://livestream.com/gnomon/kubo-two-strings-vfx

LAIKA’s Oscar-nominated VFX Supervisor, Animation Supervisor and Director of Rapid Prototype will discuss Kubo and the Two Strings at Gnomon ahead of the VES Awards. The panel will bring together Steve Emerson, Brad Schiff, and Brian McLean, and the discussion will be moderated by Emmy-winning character animator and Gnomon Instructor, Laura Barbera. Speakers will take questions from both the stage audience and Livestream viewers during the live event. Tweet questions using #gnomon on Twitter. If you’re in or near Los Angeles, attend for free at 1015 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90038. Campus tours will be available.


Pixar's new 'Lou' short tackles playground bullying

I'm so excited to announce that I'm directing Pixar's next short film "Lou"! #insidepixar #himom

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Not many studios could get mainstream audiences excited about a new short film, but Pixar isn’t most studios. The company has just released a cute little teaser announcing their next new short: Lou, directed by longtime Pixar animator Dave Mullins.

Lou will be Mullins’ first directing credit, but he’s an old hand when it comes to Pixar magic. He’s been with the animation studio since 2000 and has worked on many of their features including Monsters Inc.Finding Nemo, The IncrediblesRatatouilleUp, and both Cars movies.


From USA Today By Brian Truitt...

For its latest animated short, Pixar takes one of its tried-and-true treasure tropes — a box filled with toys and other goodies — and brings it to life.

An unseen creature in a school’s lost-and-found bin helps teach a bully a lesson in Lou, a six-minute short directed by Dave Mullins, produced by Dana Murray and showing in front of Pixar’s next feature film, Cars 3 (in theaters June 16).

With baseballs for eyes and cloaked in a red hoodie, the title monster keeps a watchful eye on the kids on the playground in secret from his box. A boy named J.J. is a real terror, snatching a video game from his classmate and kicking a girl’s stuffed animal into a basketball hoop, and Lou decides it’s time for a high-jinks-filled comeuppance.


2017 Academy Award Animation Nominees

Here are the animation nominees for the 89th Academy Awards, airing Sunday, February 26, 2017.

Animated Feature Film
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

Animated Short Film
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper


27 Animated Features Submitted For the 2016 Oscar's

A record 27 features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 89th Academy Awards.

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

“The Angry Birds Movie”
“April and the Extraordinary World”
“Bilal”
“Finding Dory”
“Ice Age: Collision Course”
“Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV”
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“Kung Fu Panda 3”
“The Little Prince”
“Long Way North”
“Miss Hokusai”
“Moana”
“Monkey King: Hero Is Back”
“Mune”
“Mustafa & the Magician”
“My Life as a Zucchini”
“Phantom Boy”
“The Red Turtle”
“Sausage Party”
“The Secret Life of Pets”
“Sing”
“Snowtime!”
“Storks”
“Trolls”
“25 April”
“Your Name.”
“Zootopia”


Inside Pete's Dragon VFX

Design FX dives into the incredible special effects of Pete's Dragon. How were the team at WETA able to make Elliot (the titular dragon) appear invisible? Mike Seymour breaks down the techniques used to accomplish this spectacular effect.


Notes on Animation: Cats Don't Dance

A look at the design and animation of forgotten 90's gem Cats Don't Dance. Thanks to Wayne Carlisi of http://1on1animation.blogspot.com
and Frans Vischer of http://fuddles.net


Mater Takes Tokyo | Cars 2 | Disney Pixar

Get ready to jet set to Tokyo, Japan with Mater and the rest of the crew from Disney•Pixar's Cars 2. Learn about how kawaii design and Japanese culture played an integral role in the set design and story. No detail is too small for this pit crew!


THE EVOLUTION OF STOP-MOTION

THE EVOLUTION OF STOP-MOTION from Vugar Efendi on Vimeo.

With the release of Kubo and the Two Strings, it is a perfect moment to go back in time and see the evolution of stop-motion animation throughout the years.

The films included are:
- The Enchanted Drawing (1900)
-Fun at the Bakery Shop (1902)
-El Hotel Electrico (1905)
-Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (1906)
-The Cameraman's Revenge (1912)
-The Night before Christmas (1913)
-Häxan (1922)
-The Lost World (1925)
-The Tale of Fox (1930 version)
-King Kong (1933)
-The New Gulliver (1935)
-The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
-It Came Beneath The Sea (1955)
-Earth vs Flying Saucers (1956)
-The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
-Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
-Closed Mondays (1975)
-Star wars IV: A New Hope (1977)
-Star Wars V: Empire Strikes Back (1980)
-Clash of the Titans (1981)
-The Terminator (1984)
-Robocop (1987)
-Beetlejuice (1988)
-Wallace and Gromit: A grand day out (1990)
-The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb (1993)
-The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
-James and the Giant Peach (1996)
-Chicken Run (2000)
-Corpse Bride (2005)
-Coraline (2009)
-Mary and Max (2009)
-Fantastic Mr.Fox (2009)
-The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (2012)
-Paranorman (2012)
-Frankenweenie (2012)
-Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
-The Little Prince (2015)
-Anomalisa (2015)
-Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Music: Mychael Danna- The Streak (Moneyball OST)


Trollhunters | Official Trailer

Trollhunters is an epic saga from master storyteller Guillermo del Toro featuring a group of friends who discover a fantastical new world wrapped beneath their home town and who will face a battle between good and bad trolls. All episodes available on December 23, 2016.


The Little Prince - Stop Motion Animation - Behind the Scenes

The Little Prince – Stop Motion Animation from A Scott on Vimeo.


The 71 Most Beautiful Cinematic Shots in Movie History

The 71 Most Beautiful Cinematic Shots in Movie History

Just as photographers spend hours trying to frame the perfect shot, cinematographers do exactly the same for the big screen. Although it may go unnoticed when watching a good film each and every shot is carefully crafted to be as visually appealing and beautiful to look at, something that these movies master.

The art of cinematography is to consider the cameras position, the lighting and the position of the characters on set which essentially sets the overall look of the film. When done right the end result is the beautiful still shots you see below.

  1. Children of Men (2006)
  2. Oldboy (2013)
  3. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  4. Stand By Me (1986)
  5. The Dark Knight (2008)
  6. The Deer Hunter (1978)
  7. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  8. Kill Bill (2003)
  9. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  10. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  11. Dirty Harry (1971)
  12. Finding Nemo (2003)
  13. Melancholia (2011)
  14. Tron: Legacy (2010)
  15. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  16. City of God (2002)
  17. Mad Max (1979)
  18. The Truman Show (1998)
  19. Rocky (1976)
  20. North by Northwest (1959)
  21. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  22. True Grit (2010)
  23. Gladiator (2000)
  24. The Exorcist (1973)
  25. Road to Perdition (2002)
  26. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
  27. Thief (1981)
  28. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  29. Drive (2011)
  30. Minority Report (2002)
  31. Fight Club (1999)
  32. Memories of Murder (2003)
  33. L.A Confidential (1997)
  34. American Psycho (2000)
  35. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
  36. Alien (1979)
  37. The Searchers (1956)
  38. Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
  39. Mississippi Burning (1988)
  40. Jarhead (2005)
  41. Fight Club (1999)
  42. Blade Runner (1982)
  43. Into the Wild (2007)
  44. Days of Heaven (1978)
  45. Life of Pi (2012)
  46. Se7en (1995)
  47. The Road (2009)
  48. Thelma and Louise (1991)
  49. Duel (1971)
  50. Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
  51. Apocalypse Now (1979)
  52. Big Fish (2003)
  53. The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
  54. Inception (2010)
  55. The Fall (2006)
  56. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  57. Skyfall (2012)
  58. American Beauty (1999)
  59. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  60. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
  61. Mulan (1998)
  62. Moon (2009)
  63. The Tree of Life (2011)
  64. It Follows (2014)
  65. The Matrix (1999)
  66. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
  67. Sunshine (2007)
  68. There Will Be Blood (2007)
  69. Schindler's List (1993)
  70. Interstellar (2014)
  71. Gravity (2013)

Deleted Scene from Lilo & Stitch - "Model citizen - Mayhem at the Beach"

A deleted scene from Lilo & Stitch. Lilo decides to vent her frustrations on some tourists.


25 Reasons Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is Awesome

25 Reasons Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is Awesome

  1. The Songs
  2. The Dedication
  3. The Music
  4. The Animation
  5. The Animator
  6. The Effects
  7. The Humor
  8. The Darkness
  9. The Magic
  10. The Castle
  11. The Library
  12. The Voice Actors
  13. The Supporting Cast
  14. The Directors
  15. The Quotes
  16. The Detail
  17. The Action
  18. The Baroque Design
  19. The Love Story
  20. The Villain
  21. The Screenwriter
  22. The Fandom
  23. The Heroine
  24. The Message
  25. The Legacy