2D & Anim Talk & Animated Documentary & Behind the Scenes & Brad Bird & CG & Cinematography & Disney & Geek Stuff & Inspiration & Pixar & Storyboarding & The Biz

Insight: Brad Bird on Animation

Brad Bird, writer and director of animated films ‘The Iron Giant’, ‘The Incredibles’ and ‘Ratatouille’, gives an insight into his writing process, how he directs animation and why many people fundamentally misunderstand the medium. Subtitles available. Find out which animated film that one clip was from by turning on the ‘English CC’ subtitle track. This video combines excerpts from the three audio commentary tracks on home releases of ‘The Iron Giant’, ‘The Incredibles’ and ‘Ratatouille’, as well as fragments from…

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Anime & Artists & Directors & Inspiration & Make A Short & Peter Chung & Peter Chung & Storyboarding

Peter Chung Interview with Ash Thorp

Episode 134  —  Peter Chung August 15, 2016  —  2 hours, 22 mins Legendary animator, writer, and director Peter Chung joins us this week to share a candid discussion about his viewpoint on what it is to be creative, working in the medium of film and animation, and what inspires him. GUEST LINKS Peter Chung Peter’s Vimeo Peter on Acme Films Animatrix Interview with Peter Aesthetics in Flux The State of Visual Narrative in Film and Comics Reflexions Firebreather Edited…

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Scripting & Story Artists & Storyboarding

6 Story Arcs Define Western Literature, Data-Mining Study Reveals

6 Story Arcs Define Western Literature, Data-Mining Study Reveals “Rags to riches” (the story gets better over time); “Man in a hole” (fortunes fall, but the protagonist bounces back); “Cinderella” (there’s an initial rise in good fortunes, followed by a setback, but a happy ending) “Tragedy” or “riches to rags” (things only get worse); “Oedipus” (bad luck, followed by promise, ending in a final fall) “Icarus” (opens with good fortunes, but doomed to fail)…

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Books & Comics & Concept Artists

How to Draw Sci-Fi Utopias and Dystopias By Prentis Rollins

For all those clear-eyed artists, ages 12 and up, engaging in and reimagining this world, How to Draw Sci-Fi Utopias and Dystopias (Monacelli Studio; September 2016) gives an in-depth look at the process of completing sci-fi illustrations—from the thought behind them to constructing basic forms and objects on paper, converting roughs into finished pencil drawings, inking them in, and coloring them in Photoshop. The book is organized around the perennial distinction between two ways of representing the future in science…

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Akira Kurosawa & Independent Film Making & Inspiration & Storyboarding

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/  …

Wes Anderson Cinematography
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Animated Features & Directors & Storyboarding

Cinematography – Wes Anderson Centered

Wes Anderson // Centered from kogonada on Vimeo. A filmmaker who goes by Kogonada was working on a featurette for Criterion on the visual cues from Anderson’s other films when he decided to make a companion video. By adding a white dotted line down the middle of the frame, Kogonada’s video “Centered” shows off the deliberate composition all across Anderson’s filmography.    …

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Staging & Storyboarding

Cinematography Lesson – Drive (2011) – The Quadrant System

Drive (2011) – The Quadrant System from Tony Zhou on Vimeo.   I love clips that break down shot sin film creatively.  Tony Zhou does a great job on Drive here with this clip… more about him below. One of the many pleasures of Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” (2011) is that the shots feel both tightly composed and weirdly unpredictable. Even though most of the images follow a simple quadrant system, Refn puts plenty of subtle touches within the frame.…