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!

Movie Geometry - Shaping the Way You Think

Have you ever noticed that villains in a story have pointy features and the lovable characters appear to be round-faced?

A new video has revealed why - and how Disney and other filmmakers use the trick to get us to empathize with the hero and hate the villain in movies.

It shows how characters such as Darth Vader and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty have sharp, angular faces made from triangles, while lovable characters such as Baloo from 'The Jungle Book' are made entirely of circles.


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)

Michelle C. Smith Weapons Reel Stuntwoman


Michelle C. Smith - Weapons Reel from Michelle C. Smith on Vimeo.

Great reference for a body mechanics piece.

Michelle C. Smith Weapons Reel Stuntwoman

The Little Prince - Stop Motion Animation - Behind the Scenes

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

Aardman is Hiring Assistant Animators

I rarely post jobs here on the blog because that is what job boards are for, but there is rarely a stop mo opportunity, so here it is...


Trainee Assistant Animators wanted – Early Man
Project based contracts
We currently have a small number of Trainee Assistant Animator vacancies in our Features Animation crew. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone wanting to take the first step within the animation industry. While there may be opportunities to animate this is not envisaged as a full-time animation role. Most of the animation opportunities that do occur will be for tests rather than actual shots.
We anticipate that the contracts will range from between 6 and 12 months in length.
To apply, please send a link to your current showreel, a CV and Cover letter to quoting ‘Trainee Assistant Animator’ in the subject
For more information on this role please see the attached job description and person specification.
Closing date for all applications is 5pm Friday 22nd July 2016

Unity Adam

The Adam demo is a real-time-rendered short film created with the Unity engine by our demo team. It runs at 1440p on a GeForce GTX980 and was shown on the booths at our Unite Europe conference.








Behind the Scenes of Zootopia: Gnomon Alumni Panel

Join Gnomon on Thursday, May 19th, at 7:30 PM for an evening with Walt Disney Animation Studios. Hear from five Gnomon alumni about how they landed roles at Walt Disney Animation Studios, and discover their experiences working on 2016’s animated animal comedy-adventure, Zootopia. Alberto Abril (Animator), Chika Saito (Modeler), Diana Zeng (Lighter), Dylan Ekren (Modeler), and Tyler Bolyard (Look Development Artist) will talk about their unique journeys into dream jobs at Walt Disney Animation Studios, and will discuss their contributions to Zootopia. Whether you're a professional or aspiring artist, student or a fan of Disney movies, the evening promises to offer an insightful look into the many roles that contribute to making a blockbuster animated film, while the personal stories from six artists will inspire those looking to break into the industry.

The event is free and open to the public. Entry is by RSVP only, and seating is first-come-first-served. Due to the nature of the work that will be presented, the event will not be streamed online, so don’t miss this opportunity to learn from these five artists in person at the Gnomon campus in Hollywood.


7:30 PM — 8:30 PM: Behind the Scenes of Zootopia: Gnomon Alumni Panel
8:30 PM — 9:00 PM: Audience Questions

Guest Speakers

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Chika SaitoModeler

Chika Saito (Modeler) models sets and props, working closely with the Art Directors to realize their vision into CG environments. She also partners with the layout department to deliver the model for their needs. "I believe the world we build has a lot of love because we put many thoughts and imagination into it,” Saito says. “I really love the process of bringing the characters’ world to life." As a child growing up in Miyazaki, Japan, Saito always loved animation and dreamed to work at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Her dreams came true when she joined Disney Animation in 2013 to work onBig Hero 6.

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Dylan EkrenCharacter Modeling Supervisor

Dylan Ekren (Character Modeling Supervisor) is known for his ability to bridge design and modeling to bring life to characters at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Ekren graduated from Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games and Animation and started his career in CG as an illustrator, storyboard artist, and 3D generalist before joining Disney Animation in 2010. He has worked on films like Wreck it Ralph, Frozen, Big Hero 6, and most recently Zootopia. Dylan is a serious artist and a respected adult. One time he stayed up all night and wasn’t even tired.

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Tyler BolyardLook Development Artist

Tyler Bolyard (Look Development Artist) is responsible for painting textures for 3D characters, environments, and props. This includes creating shaders for their material qualities, creating and grooming hair and fur, as well as geometric instances for set dressing and environmental vegetation. "It's an honor to be a part of the Disney legacy bringing characters and environments to life to help tell amazing stories that connect with audiences all around the world," he says. Bolyard was born and raised in a small town in Ohio and spent summer breaks drawing caricatures at the local theme park. He attended Columbus College of Art and Design and Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games and Animation. His career at Walt Disney Animation Studios began in 2014 when he began working on Zootopia.

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Alberto AbrilAnimator

Alberto Abril (Animator) strives to create compelling and entertaining performances with every shot he touches. Born in Ecuador and raised in New York and New Jersey, his love of animation from an early age drove him to pursue his dream of becoming a professional animator. Abril received his BFA from Syracuse University and later attended Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games and Animation to further hone his craft. After graduation, he began his career as an apprentice animator on the film Alvin & The Chipmunks. In 2011 he joined Walt Disney Animation Studios as an animator working on Wreck-It Ralph and has since worked on Frozen, Big Hero 6, and Zootopia.

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Diana ZengLighting Artist

Diana Zeng (Lighting Artist) works with the Sequence Supervisor, Director of Cinematography, Art Director and Directors to light and compose the final visual look of the shot that is seen by audiences on the big screen. This means more than just shining light on the scene, it is a careful balance of color and composition of values in the frame so that it supports the storytelling. Zeng was born in China and lived in Boston before attending CalArts and Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games and Animation. She began her career at Disney Animation in 2011 working on the feature film Wreck-It Ralph. She most recently served as lighting supervisor on Zootopia.

Zootopia Drawings








When you make an animated film, you end up making A TON of drawings.

A lot of those drawings are just to help describe how something is constructed or how it should move.  Those drawings can get boring.  So to keep it fun, the Zootopia drawings got weirder and weirder.  Here’s some mildly weird ones.

Those drawings can get boring.  So to keep it fun, the Zootopia drawings got weirder and weirder.  Here’s some mildly weird ones.

 So to keep it fun, the Zootopia drawings got weirder and weirder.  Here’s some mildly weird ones.

Hotel Transylvania 2 - Cloth Simulation

Even though this is a cloth sim demo, the poses are outrageous to really test the cloth and a great study for any animator wanting to push poses off model and still get appeal!

The Nimble Collective

This concept is the future for all animators, makers, and creators.

Check out the podcast by Tracy Chabala at Smashd to understand how Nimble Collective proposes one platform mastered on the cloud will help you make your next film.

~Via Smashd BY | MARCH 2, 2016

The startup Nimble Collective wants to hook you up with studio-grade animation applications in the cloud.

First Woman to Win the Oscar for Visual Effects in the 86-Year-History of the Category

Ex Machina won the Academy Award for visual effects. The award was shared by Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington, and Sara Bennett. Bennettt is a co-founder of Milk VFX, which provided the film’s vfx along with Double Negative, Utopia, and Web FX. She is only the third woman ever nominated in the category, and the first woman to win the Oscar for visual effects in the 86-year-history of the category, which was earlier labelled the special effects category.

The last woman who was nominated in the visual effects category was Pamela Easley for her work on the 1993 movie Cliffhanger. ~via Cartoon Brew

As a friend put it so eloquently, "Not only is she the first female for VFX win, but she beat out Star Wars."

The Simpsons: Behind the Scenes (1992)

The Simpsons: Behind the Scenes (1992)

The Simpsons: Behind the Scenes (1992)


Slices by Josep Bernaus

Slices by Josep Bernaus

Very funny shorts by Josep Bernaus. Great timing, simplicity, and humor.

and the making of…another slice – MAKING OF SOUND FX from Josep Bernaus on Vimeo.

Find Out How FX Experts Created Mars in The Martian

"Luckily the folks at MPC know how to science the shit out of VFX." ~ LOL

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.

10 hidden details in disney movies

10 Hidden Details In Disney Movies

10 Hidden Details In Disney Movies

Disney's Hyperion Renderer

Disney's Hyperion Renderer

Disney's Hyperion Renderer

Nicely put together webpage explaining Disney's Render - Hyperion.

Just in time for Siggraph 2015

The swipe comparison on the page and the overview video for explaining rendering is really nice!

Siggraph 2015

Siggraph 2015

Siggraph 2015

Siggraph is in Los Angeles this year, are you going?

Lots of kewl stuff going on...

SIGGRAPH 2015 - Computer Animation Festival Trailer

ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation 2015

ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation 2015

To be held at USC

Fabric Engine 2 at Siggraph 2015 from Fabric Engine on Vimeo.

We're launching Fabric Engine 2 at Siggraph 2015 and we'd love to see you at the show.

We're having a series of user groups all day on Tuesday 11th in room 405. You can see the schedule and register

If you want to meet privately, drop us a line at

If you have no clue what Fabric is, watch this: :)

See you at the show!

(note: we will be recording the user group sessions and will put them online asap after the show)

Inner Space Artifacts - SIGGRAPH 2015 Dailies Presentation from Ben Ridgway on Vimeo.

Here's a breakdown of how I created the look of my film "Inner Space Artifacts"

When creating experimental animations I often use intuition and visualization techniques to come up with ideas. Often times these ideas come to me as a flash of insight. Other times I must plumb the depths of my psyche to find novel approaches to making moving images. The film “Inner Space Artifacts” was a journey of deep excavation into the world of abstract ideas. The moving objects in the animation I regard as “artifacts” that I uncovered and shaped into ephemeral moving digital sculptures.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION: SIGGRAPH 2015 Dailies | Los Angeles Convention Center | August 9-13

And, of course, the Job Fair.

Job Fair Directory

I will be posting shortly my advice on attending the job fair and how to "work the event" to get that dream job.



Exclusive Behind the Scenes Images From ‘Chappie: The Art of the Movie’

Chappie (2015) Making of & Behind the Scenes

CHAPPiE BREAKDOWN REEL from Image Engine on Vimeo.

Chappie (2015) Making of & Behind the Scenes from Julio Aguiar on Vimeo.

Behind the Scenes at Weta Workshop: CHAPPiE (2015)

Chappie: Bringing an A.I. Robot to Life | Design FX

Chappie (2015) Behind the Scenes Movie Interview - Sharlto Copley (Chappie)

CGI VFX Showreel HD: "CHAPPiE - Clip Showreel" - by Image Engine

Chappie (2015) Making of & Behind the Scenes (Part1/2)

Chappie (2015) Making of & Behind the Scenes (Part2/2)


You can also buy the art of Chappie here.