Borrowed Time

Oh Pixar. I thought The Good Dinosaur had amazing cinematography and aesthetics but this short has so much reality in its story and image, it took my breath away.

For the longest time, we all thought we would never see a Disney studio going anywhere near adult territory, and yet here we are. I’m all in for Pixar trying adult themes.

Ok I’m more than in, I would pay good money to see that happen.

Looking around on the net, I found some very interesting videos. It seems I’m not the only one going crazy over this little film. “Why We Made Borrowed Time” is the creators explaining why they wanted to try a more adult story. After such positive feedback I am really hoping they will take that experiment a step further.

To be honest, with the way animation has invaded moving pictures in general, with technology making computer generated images more real, it’s only a matter of time for reality to invade even the most children-friendly of companies and mix things up. The line between live action and animation is already blurry, European studios and advertising companies have made the blend already; it’s only a question of if the Disney/Pixar directors want to take the marketing risk.

Unfortunately, given the shaky times we are living (and taking Marvel as an example), I’d say the Walt Disney Company is not into risk-taking at present. Which is sad, because difficult times call for some daring moves, but if the big boys want to leave those for the independent filmmakers, who am I to judge? Small companies and even individual creators have after all been greatly liberated with the recent technological advancements and the next few decades will probably be the most productive in cinematic history.

To conclude, it’s nice to see how far we can take really take things, even if it’s only through a 6 minute film. Enjoy!

 

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Paths of Hate

This excellent short film comes from the Polish studio Platige Image that brought to us Fallen Art. Its a story about the wrongness of war, told through the fight between two WWII pilots.

It is with no dialogue, but with very telling music that will bring you chills. The technique of 3D graphics turned into 2D aesthetics is unique (but with elements that will remind you of the studio’s identity) and for anyone interested there is a video with a presentation by one of the creators of the film explaining how it was achieved. I found it very interesting and extremely helpful for my own 3D-turned-2D project. Enjoy!

None of That

Amazing short suggested by an amazing friend who will be leaving the country soon and will be very much missed.

It’s a funny short which is a good thing because humour is always appreciated.

As the museum closes, a security guard has an unusual encounter that he will probably never forget! Created by the talented team of Anna Hinds Paddock, Isabela Littger de Pinho, and Kriti Kaur! For more information, please see the details and links below:

Production time for this particular project took about three semesters to complete, and they used mostly Photoshop for all of the pre-production, we used Maya for the animation/rigging, Zbrush for modeling/texturing, RenderMan RIS for lighting/rendering; Nuke for post processing, and Premiere for editing.

A Film by:
Anna Hinds Paddock
Isabela Littger de Pinho
Kriti Kaur
Music by:
Corey Wallace
Produced at:
Ringling College of Art + Design

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program Disney

1. do film= hit to film= fail
2.                   if film= hit
3.                           create all american short that looks so industrialised fans will want to pull their eyes out
4.                   if film= fail
5.                           stash to the back of a closet never to see the light of day again
6.                  go to 1.
7. End do

I’d bet good money on what the new Frozen short will look like, if the Tangled catastrophe is to be considered an example of the new era of Disney pseudo-sequels

Parigot

I’m posting this video in case there are still some of you around here who believe animators are normal people.

No we’re not. We’re crazy psychopaths. Sitting all day behind a screen (or several mountains of paper), stressing over an imaginary person’s shoelaces and how they don’t move naturally. Writing stories that don’t always make any sense. And then enjoying and promoting said stories for other people to enjoy as well.

I mean, really, ever since I started working on my senior project (a short animated film) I have lost all contact with the world. I speak about my characters as if they are actual people. “No, he wouldn’t do that, it’s not his style”. “Do you think he aged well?”. All day I’ll be either sketching, scanning, digital drawing, line testing, second guessing myself, sleeping, eating or stressing about all of the above. And then the actual animation will turn out ok, it will be a 3 second sequence and all will be right with the world. If that’s not a crazy person’s behaviour I don’t know what is.

If you don’t believe me, watch this short. It’s crazy. And it’s still awesome.

Produced at Ecole Georges Méliès (www.ecolegeorgesmelies.fr)
For more information on the film visit http://www.parigot-themovie.com
Distributed by http://www.premium-films.com

CREDITS: Film by Mehdi Alavi, Loic Bramoulle, Axel Digoix, Geoffrey Lerus, Alexandre Wolfromm, Arash Safaian (Music).

How could I forget this…

During my 3D animation class, our professor explained to us in detail how paperman was made. I cannot explain how super awesome it is. The idea alone is marvelous, using the 3D environment and the movement of the camera, then try such an excelent trick to give the illusion of 2D and the brushes for the handmade effect. Truly, one of the best animation shorts I have ever seen. It’s too bad Disney decided to take it off the internet, I would love to be able to share it here with you guys. I guess we have to make do with the making of.

An excelent use of aesthetics and design, Disney is back and reminds us why it will always be in our hearts and the king in the animation industry. I am not complaining at all.