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animation

In My Particular Case

It turns out, trying to work out what your film is going to be about is a pretty good topic for a film. Check out this interesting piece by Chico Jofilsan in which he talks himself into, out of, and back into making this particular movie and how exactly he went about it and how worrying about how choosing a bad idea can turn into something not that great doesn’t help because sometimes you just have to go for it. The whole thing is a bit meta.

In My Particular Case from Chico Jofilsan on Vimeo.

(via Neatorama)

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animation

The Lion King Opening Song Lyrics

To everyone singing along with The Lion King when the sun is rising: the words are “nants ingonayama, bagithi Baba” and it means “here comes a lion, father” “Sithi uhhmm ingonyama” – “Oh yes, it’s a lion”

It’s in Zulu, one of the official languages spoken in South Africa. And it makes sense if you think about it because — and I hope I’m not spoiling it for you — it’s a movie about a lion.

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animation education

The Teacher’s Claymation Toolkit

A couple of days ago, I presented with my friend Andy at SWATCA (Teachers’ convention here in Lethbridge). We put together a short how to video for teachers wanting to share with their class how to do stop motion on an iPad.

Here are the how to videos:

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animation Music

Amazing Jelly Bean Stop-Motion

This music video for Kina Grannis’ song “In Your Arms”, just blows me away. It uses stop motion with Kina in front of a jelly bean background.

Each background is made up of jelly-beans laid out by hand to create the video’s amazing look. This crazy project took 22 months of shooting, 30 people, 2,460 frames, 1,357 hours, and 288,000 jelly beans. What’s even more amazing is that all of the shots with Kina are not created with a green screen — she’s there for every shot.

The making of video is also pretty interesting:

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animation Art friends

Sayonara

There are only a few people from my elementary school that I’m still in touch with. One of those people is Eric Bates.

I was friends with him all throughout elementary and high school. In particular, I remember playing around on 3D Studio and a very early version of Photoshop with him in Bobby Salmaso’s drafting class. We were also known to play a networked game of Doom during many lunch hours. He had some pretty advanced 3D modelling skills, even in those days, and I have always been a bit jealous of his talent.

Outside of school we worked on a project together to recreate a map of our high school on Duke Nukem 3D. His attention to detail and the way he constructed complex warping methods around the map to give the illusion of a multi-floored building blew me away. I think he liked my ample use of glass and the way one could simulate an experience of shooting out the windows next to the cafeteria. There was something cathartic about seeing all that shattered glass spray out on the floor.*

Eric and I are still in touch — though not very much now that he lives in Japan Australia. He’s still animating and his latest piece, Sayonara was just featured on Cartoon Brew. Here it is:

Sayonara from Eric Bates on Vimeo.

Here’s his description:

A short story about two unlikely friends saying goodbye. A young man named Charles just lost his home. He spends one last day with his best friend, a sea turtle, before moving on.

This graduation project was made while at the Kyoto University of Art and Design. It brings together a lot of the research I had done over the three years I spent in Kyoto, and is based abstractly on my own experiences living in Japan. Most of the concepts relate somehow to my experiences, friends, foods, things I saw, and things I felt over this time; in particular the idea of saying goodbye to close friends.

He’s also created a making of video. Fantastic work, Eric. We always knew you were destined for greatness.

*It turns out, simulating shooting up a school in no way makes one actually want to shoot up a school — but if this had been a few years later, we probably would have been too worried about what others thought to make the map.

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animation

Lego Matrix Trinity Help

Lego Matrix Trinity Help is a fantastic stop motion video that’s been making the rounds lately.

From the creators at LegoMatrix.com:

After around 440 hours of work, and just in time for the 10th anniversary of the original movie release, we are pleased to present to you our Lego version of the famous Bullet Time dodge scene from The Matrix.

Enjoy:

[Lego Matrix Trinity Help]

(via)

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animation humor Sport

Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No by James Blagden

This made me laugh. It’s an animation about Dock Ellis’ “legendary LSD no hitter”.

(via)

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animation

100 Years of Visual Effects

Originally intended for educational use, this “5th-grader-friendly” collection of clips combines notable visual effects of the past century.


[Visual Effects: 100 Years of Inspiration | YouTUbe]

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animation

Princess and the Frog Trailer

Disney has released the trailer for its newest full length feature animation, The Princess and the Frog. It will be the animation studio’s 49th animated feature and the first traditional animation feature since Home on the Range — my least favorite Disney animation of all time. I’m hoping things have improved…


[Princess and the Frog Trailer – YouTube]

The new movie will add to Disney’s profitable princess franchise, and, more importantly, with directors John Musker and Ron Clements at the helm, I suspect it will have the kind craftsmanship and story that will make it worthy to become part of the Disney Classics canon.

Ron and John’s directing credits include: The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, and Treasure Planet. These guys have worked with the masters and, of course, are masters in their own right.

The Animation Podcast has a great interview with Ron and John in three parts.

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animation Sport

The Sweater

The NHL playoffs begin today. Personally I’m rooting for the Calgary Flames, but I’ll be happy if any Canadian team wins the cup.

Whether or not you’re planning to watch any of the games tonight, take ten minutes to enjoy The Sweater, a classic Canadiana short from the NFB.

In this animated short, Roch Carrier recounts the most mortifying moment of his childhood. At a time when all his friends worshipped Maurice “Rocket” Richard and wore his number 9 Canadiens hockey jersey, he was mistakenly sent a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey from Eaton’s. Unable to convince his mother to send it back, he must face his friends wearing the colours of the opposing team. This short film, based on the book The Hockey Sweater, is an NFB classic that appeals to hockey lovers of all ages.

The Sweater, Sheldon Cohen, provided by the National Film Board of Canada.