Independent Film Making

Caldera By Evan Viera

https://vimeo.com/62596239

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evanviera.com - - facebook.com/evanvieraanimation

SYNOPSIS
Through the eyes of a young girl suffering from mental illness, CALDERA glimpses into a world of psychosis and explores a world of ambiguous reality and the nature of life and death.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT
CALDERA is inspired by my father's struggle with schizoaffective disorder. In states of delusion, my father has danced on the rings of Saturn, spoken with angels, and fled from his demons. He has lived both a fantastical and haunting life, but one that's invisible to the most of us. In our differing understanding of reality, we blindly mandate his medication, assimilate him to our marginalizing culture, and entirely misinterpret him for all he is worth. CALDERA aims to not only venerate my father, but all brilliant minds forged in the haunted depths of psychosis.

HISTORY
CALDERA was helmed by Evan Viera (Director/Composer/Co-Writer) and Chris Bishop (Co-writer/Animation Supervisor/Story Artist) and was produced at Hampshire College. CALDERA was the first film to go through the Bit Films Incubator Program, where founder and professor Chris Perry (co-producer/editor) invites orphaned independent films to be made on campus with the College's students and resources. MANY students and industry professionals generously donated their time to the making of this film. See below for the full credits list.

In co-production with Bit Films and Flicker Dreams Productions

FULL CREW
Amir Zarrin
Andrew Chan
Andrew Kantos
Andrew Nighswander
Ann Mullin
Ashley Souza
Audrey Condon
Barbara Bolles
Ben Fiske
Chris Bishop
Chris Perry
Christine Stuckart
Cristin McKee
Dan Finnegan
Dan Peck
Daniel Gilbert
Dave Boutillier
Ed Bishop
Edgardo Padilla
Evan Viera
Ian Krebs-Smith
Jake Blais
Jake Mazonson
Jarred de Beer
Jerry Chan
Jim Levasseur
Josh Marvel
Katie Taccone
Katie Wynkoop
Liz Ellis
Louai Abu-Osba
Marcus Wolf
Michael Flaherty
Nat Stein
Owen Granich-Young
Perry Chau
Raf Anzovin
Rhea Kewalramani
Rob Sandell
Ryan Moore
Sam Plattner
Samah Majadla
Shane Kirby
Stephen Sues
Taryn Johnson
Tati Soutar
William Young


Jason and the Nucleonauts - Teaser 2017

Read more about it here

 

Fun, fast paced journey to the center of the atomic nucleus! Smallest particles become biggest heroes and science meets fiction in this fantastic adventure.

2d / 3d Animated Feature
81 minutes
children 7-12

In Development

Contact:
Dieter Reinhold
dieter@spintop-entertainment.de
+49 (0) 172 320 40 79

copyright 2017 - spintop entertainment, studioNICE - Germany

spintop-entertainment.de
studionice.de
nucleonauts.com


MAVKA. The Forest Song. Official Teaser Trailer 1

https://youtu.be/effkoBQqm7g

Watch the new teaser trailer of Ukrainian animated feature film ‘Mavka.The Forest Song’!
The magic world of the ancient forest, incredible adventures and fantastic heroes that will soon be discovered by the whole world! Mavka - a soul of the Forest, she is nature herself, she is complex, mysterious and two-folded: tender and caring when in love, but fierce and defensive when hurt. Nevertheless, her main feature is that she always strives for peace and harmony. This is the story about the magical power of love.

Since time immemorial, the vast Ukrainian forests have harbored countless secrets and unfathomable mysteries. They are home to wondrous mythical creatures dwelling among ancient trees, faithfully guarding their sacred realm. Mavka is a soul of the Forest. Her primary mission is to protect the Forest and its sacrosanct Heart – the source of life itself – against any aggression or intrusion, including on the part of humans. Lukash is an unassuming farm boy, who has a great love of music and pours his talent into playing the flute. It is largely thanks to Lukash’s music that a miracle takes place: Mavka and Lukash meet and fall in love. From the start, their union is pitted against formidable odds, but the obstacles loom even larger once the avaricious Evilyn arrives on the scene and sets about building a sawmill at the edge of the Forest. This serves as a façade to mask her true purpose: to get a hold of the Heart of the Forest – the key to which is Mavka herself, who is already rendered vulnerable by her blossoming feelings for Lukash. To get to Mavka, Evilyn wields Lukash as her weapon, and strikes anger and fear into the hearts of the villagers. Will Mavka and Lukash be able to defend their feelings for each other? Will Mavka be able to save the forest and protect her love? Will each of the two young lovers from different worlds make the right choice?

“Mavka. The Forest Song” is a full-length animated feature produced by Ukraine-based Animagrad (FILM.UA Group). It is currently at the stage of development. The film is inspired by a classical Ukrainian poem play by Lesya Ukrainka, as well as Ukrainian authentic mythology and legends. Mavka, the Forest princess — powerful female character with unique appearance and universal appeal, and has potential to be ranked with internationally celebrated personages. The heroes and themes elaborated in the story will appeal to adults and children worldwide, but its distinct Slavic spirit and authentic charm will set it apart from anything else in the genre.

Genre: fantasy, lovestory, comedy.
Production: Animagrad (FILM.UA Group).
Coming to theaters: 2019.
Supported by Ukrainian State Film Agency.
Soundtrack of the Teaser Trailer: DakhaBrakha.

Director: Aleksandra Ruban
Producers: Iryna Kostyuk, Anna Eliseyeva, Egor Olesov
Scriptwriter: Yaroslav Voyceshek
Arrangement: Maksim Kornilyuk
Art-director of the project: Kristian Koskinen

FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/MAVKA.MOVIE
INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/mavka.movie
WEBSITE: http://mavka.ua


Everything - David O'Reilly

Everything is a consciousness simulator and open universe exploration game by David OReilly.
http://everything-game.com
Everything is a game in which everything you see is a playable character. The game allows you to be anything you want and experience the same world through the thousands of points of view.

http://everything-game.com

© David OReilly
Original music © Ben Lukas Boysen

Award-winning Irish animator David OReilly, best known for his short films Please Say Something and The External World, as well as his holographic game designs for director Spike Jonze’s Her, has teamed up with Double Fine Presents on a new video game, Everything.

Everything is set to launch on the Sony PlayStation Store on March 21.



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.


‘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


Elliot Schultz Embroidered Zoetropes

Elliot Schultz designed and embroidered animated sequences onto 10” discs. As the discs spin, their animations come to life


MATCH 3D Animated Thesis Short - Danny Munoz

If you are feeling generous, please help one of my USC students complete his senior thesis film about two socks finding their MATCH!


Escargore

I was on the Siggraph Computer Animation Festival Jury and this is one of the films that made the cut!


Akira Kurosawa’s Hand-Painted Storyboards

The iconic Japanese filmmaker created more than 30 films, many of which have gone on to become cult classics still cherished today. Before Kurosawa became a world class filmmaker, Akira spent his early years as an aspiring painter. Hit the thumbs to celebrate his legacy with a collection of incredible Akira Kurosawa storyboards.

http://fuckyeahakirakurosawa.tumblr.com/

 

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Ryan Woodward: Animating from the Heart – Logic vs Inspiration

Ryan Woodward: Animating from the Heart – Logic vs Inspiration

They will not let me embed the video, so just click the link to see Ryan Woodward explain his motivations for filmmaking and animation.


Mark Duplass - There's no excuse not to make films on weekends with friends!

dyc_8957The key to becoming a successful and fulfilled independent filmmaker is shooting films on your mobile phone for $3 and never giving in to the temptation of studio schmaltz, according to Mark Duplass, the co-creator of Togetherness.

In his keynote speech at SXSW in Austin, the filmmaker outlined his step-by-step survival guide for young directors who don’t want to compromise in order to get their films made.

“The first step is the $3 short film,” he said. “We’re in a place now where technology is so cheap that there’s no excuse for you not to be making films on the weekends with your friends, shot on your iPhone – we had a feature film at Sundance this year that was shot entirely on iPhones and it did really well.”

read more here at The Guardian


Rotoscoped Horse by Carnegie Mellon University School of Art

Carnegie Mellon University professor Paolo Pedercini asked his animation students to reimagine an 1870s iconic film footage by Eadweard Muybridge of a galloping horse. Using a technique called rotoscoping which involves an animator painstakingly tracing over film footage frame by frame, the students did not disappoint. Their unique interpretations include a rainbow centaur, space aliens, Burger King, and even modern art by Piet Mondrian. Rotoscoping was used in the 1930s in films like Disney's Snow White and more recently in music videos such as Ah-Ha’s 1980s hit Take on Me.


The Present from Jacob Frey

The Present from Jacob Frey on Vimeo.

180 film festivals and winning more than 50 awards.

“The Present” is a thesis short from the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany.


CalArts Holds First Symposium on Gender Bias in Animation

CalArts is holding its First Symposium on Gender Bias in Animation... It's about finding ways to showcase more women directors.

From Cartoon Brew's Academy Announces 10 Animated Shorts Advance to Oscar Shortlist

"The animation categories are guaranteed to be heavily male-centric this year. Just two of the ten shortlisted shorts have women directors, and none of the contending animated features were directed by a woman. Compare this to this year’s César shortlist, in which 8 of the 12 films were directed by women. Women make animated films; the Academy chooses not to recognize them."


La Noria - Carlos Baena

La Noria IndieGogo Video - Carlos Baena

La Noria IndieGogo Video from Carlos Baena on Vimeo.
 

Carlos Baena, left Pixar Animation Studios to create his own short film, La Noria.

Baena’s been hard at work with his team for the last three years. Carlos and his team intend to finish the film in 2016 and need your help.

Click here to jump to their crowd funding campaign.


LE DERNIER JOUR D'UN CONDAMNE

Animated Short - La Dernier Jour D'un Condamne

Camille is a young high school girl who is studying for her exams. Bored by her work, Camille has a look into the fridge and finds a live lobster. As her affection grows, the teenage girl decides to make the lobster live the best hours of its life…


The Adventures of Prince Achmed.

The Adventures of Prince Achmed

There is a general mistake that Walt Disney made the first full-length animation - Snow White. The truth is, the first feature-length animation was created by a woman named Lotte Reiniger called The Adventures of Prince Achmed.

It's one of my favorite films


Simons Cat

Endemol Shine Buys Controlling Stake in 'Simon's Cat'

Next time your parents tell you  "You can't make any money being an animator, show them this article. Financial details weren't disclosed. That means it was A LOT of cash!

Simon's Cat"Simon’s Cat is a brilliant example of how an original brand created on YouTube can reach and delight huge audiences," said Laurence Jones, commercial director at Endemol Shine UK. "Millions of fans around the world love the mischievous and funny Simon’s Cat and there is enormous potential for growth, whilst staying true to the brand."

 

 

~ via Hollywood reporter

 


Stealth

Stealth by John Lasseter's Son, Bennett Lasseter Nominated for 2015 Student Academy Awards

Scene from Stealth from Bennett Lasseter on Vimeo.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the finalists for its 2015 Student Academy Awards and in the narrative category, Bennett Lasseter, the son of Pixar and Disney chief creative officer John Lasseter, earned a nod for Stealth, produced at the American Film Institute Conservatory. His father, John, won the Student Academy Award twice, once in 1979 for Lady and the Lamp, and again in 1980 for Nitemare.   (From Cartoon Brew) 

...kind of hard to hear him, but you get a little bit more about his film.


Animated Short - Sun of a Beach

Animated Short - Sun of a Beach

Sun of a Beach from Sun of a Beach - le film on Vimeo.

Here comes the sun ! Sun of a Beach, directed by Alexandre Rey, Arnaud Crillon, Valentin Gasarian et Jinfeng Lin, is a 2013 short animated film from Supinfocom Arles (now MOPA)

Original soundtrack : Thomas Blanc

Sun of a Beach - Making Of from Sun of a Beach - le film on Vimeo.
Making of directed by Nicolas Evain, Laura Feraud, Marguerite Imperatori et Juliette Jean during their 2nd year at Supinfocom Arles (now MOPA).

 


Jinxy Jenkins

Jinxy Jenkins Wins SIGGRAPH Short Prize

Jinxy Jenkins, Lucky Lou from Jinxy Jenkins, Lucky Lou on Vimeo.

Jinxy Jenkins Wins SIGGRAPH Short Prize

A student senior thesis film from Ringling College of Art and Design has taken the Best Computer Animated Short award in SIGGRAPH’s 42nd Annual Computer Animation Festival. The short, Jinxy Jenkins and Lucky Lou by Michael Bidinger and Michelle Kwon, was selected out of almost 500 submissions for “its artistry, heartwarming story, and obvious attention to detail in execution,” said Festival co-chairs Mikki Rose and Joe Takai.


Animation Show of Shows

The Animation Show of Shows - Kickstarter

Please contribute to the Animated Show of Shows

Above is my fellow professor from USC, Shelia Sofian telling you more.

Animated Show of Shows Kickstarter


"T.P." Fundraising Campaign

From the filmmakers:
The film is a gut wrenching drama about a roll of toilet paper who is born into a dirty gas station bathroom, and must struggle so his life unravels differently than his traumatized predecessor. This film was tediously assembled by hand between two bedrooms, a kitchen, and a garage. 

Kickstarter - All New Adventures of Morph from Aardman Animations

Kickstarter - All New Adventures of Morph from Aardman Animationsby Peter Lord

A brand new animated series of Morph brought to you by Aardman, the creators of Wallace & Gromit.

Abe

Abe, about a robot who becomes a serial killer. 
Now MGM is turning it into a full-length feature.

41st Annual Annie Awards Online Submission

Honoring excellence in the field of animation, Annie Awards will be presented in 35 categories including best animated feature, television production(s), television commercial, short subject, video game and student film, as well as the achievement and honorary awards.
The 41st Annual Annie Awards will take place on February 1, 2014 at UCLA’s Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, California. Entries submitted for consideration must be from productions that were released in the United States between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. An exception will be made for animated short subjects, student films and television commercials that were not released in the United States. These may be considered for an Annie Award providing they were originally released during the award eligibility period.
The deadline to receive Annie Award entries is Midnight, Monday, November 4th, 2013.
Please send the submissions to the following address: 
41st Annual Annie Awards, 5042 Wilshire Blvd #22470, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Annie Award sponsors may have all or partial entry fees waived, depending on sponsorship level.
Important Note for Student Film Submittors
Welcome, and thanks for your interesting in submitting your project for Annies consideration.
Here's what you need to know:
Students who do not have an existing membership must create a (free) ASIFA-Hollywood account with which to submit their projects.
To do so, visit this page, enter your contact details, and click 'Next'.
Find the "membership type" drop down menu. Select "Non-member (Student Film Submissions)" and click 'Next'.
Click 'Submit' to complete the creation of your free, non-member ASIFA-Hollywood account.
Once you've created an account, you can log in to submissionss.annieawards.org with your new login information.
Once logged into the submissions portal, create a studio account identified by your own name (not a "production company.")
Submit your student film for consideration!
Note that you will not be able to enter work in any other category.
Also note that if you are nominated, you will be required to upgrade to an Associate Membership. (You may do so by logging in to members.asifa-hollywood.org and clicking 'Upgrade'.)


Preternatural CrowdFunding

Coming from an animator who worked on scary faeries for GDT on Pan’s Labyrinth, I think this is a pretty kewl project :) ~Angie
 
 
Indieagogo:  Hello!  We are brothers Sean and Tim Cunningham.  We share a deep passion for films and filmmaking that took us to Hollywood where we have spent the past 35+ combined years working on high-end visual effects (VFX) at some of the industry’s leading facilities such as Digital Domain,Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Rhythm & Hues Studios.  During that span we’ve notched more than 60 feature credits and contributed work to 9 films receiving VFX Academy Award nominations.

Runaway

Compositing needs some work in areas, but overall a pretty fun ride.
It's amazing how I am impressed by more independent film making than today's commercial attempts.

The Café Kickstarter

The Café is an independent short animated film in Production by Dana Boadway Masson (Director) and Terrence Masson (Producer).

Dana has been working with professional animator friends volunteering their considerable skills, while Terrence has been using it as an interdisciplinary teaching project for his students at Northeastern University. A unique and successful collaboration so far!

They have launched a Kickstarter to pay professional lighting/comp TD's and get us wrapped up in time for the 2014 festival circuit.

3D Maya look development - Northeastern Univ. student work

Café sketch by Dana Masson and rough 3D model

Young Woman sketches by Dana Masson and Carlos Arancibia

Small Dog sketches by Carlos Arancibia

Look dev of Young Man's room by Jason Clarke

Gene Kelly inspiration reference


Rocks in My Pockets

Signe Baumane MAKES A FUNNY FILM ABOUT DEPRESSION WITH THE HELP OF KICKSTARTER

Latvian born, Brooklyn based Signe Baumane is a truly independent animator who has extensive experience addressing controversial subjects in her work, from horrors at a dentist's office, to a woman's point of view on sex, to depression, which, according to Signe, is not necessarily  a grim subject.

"Rocks In My Pockets", Signe's first animated feature, is a funny film about depression. The story is based on true events involving the women of her family (including herself) and their surrender to madness. Only Signe lives to tell her tale.
The film combines stop motion backgrounds with hand drawn animated characters and it is scheduled to be completed in April.
Why depression and how can it be funny? 
"I am not immune to depression", Signe says. "But being an animator helps me fend the monsters off with laughter. I see most serious things
as absurd, surreal and funny."
Why Kickstarter? 
"For the last 3 years I have either been working by myself, or with a very small team. There is a sense of isolation, and remoteness. I don't even know if people remember me and my "Teat Beat of Sex" that screened at Sundance 2008, or "Birth" from Berlinale 2009, as well as hundreds of other festivals. I haven't attended festivals since 2010 when we started "Rocks In My Pockets". I haven't even seen many of my friends in the last 3 years. 
With the Kickstarter campaign we are trying to reach two goals: first, to raise funds for sound design, music and post production, and second, to finally get back to life, open the studio doors to visitors, let the light in and make sure everybody comes to see the baby."
What are your plans for distribution? 
"It is not clear to me how a distributor from the outside can take over my very personal film and speak for it. 
Also, the landscape of indie film distribution is changing really fast. Every day something new happens that shakes things up. 
It looks like the DIY model is the way to go for independent filmmakers, to keep some control over where the film will be screened and have a modest income from the shows, be that VOD or screenings in theaters.
This is the time when fundraising and distribution are almost perfectly aligned. Crowd Funding is a new way of establishing a connection between a film and its audience. It not just about funding. It is about relationships.  Kickstarter enables an audience to chose which project to support. Through Facebook and Twitter creators build and engage with their audiences, extending the conversation beyond film screenings. There is a direct line of communication between filmmaker and audience. This is an age of dialogue."

the suit of light

Graduation movie from the french George Melies School. This is the story of a sweeper in an arena. He has the chance to realise his dream to be the guy he always want to be. To pass from shadow to light.


Bjӧrk - Mutual Core - Art + Music - MOCAtv

wowsie wowwwwww......
One of those times when art and vfx converge.
I posted this on my art blog too!
Andy is a grad from USC, where I teach!

Psycho - Homage to Hitchcock

 
A paper craft installationmade for The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award.

Here's some "making of" pictures to give you a sense of scale: