Archive for July, 2011

HARREY PODDER: Say the Magic Word

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Just in time for the release of the final Harry Potter, here is a fun animated short by a very talented friend and coworker, David Stodolny!

David wrote/directed/animated/cleaned up/ and FX’ed over the course of two months, working just a couple nights a week.

We think it’s hilarious…enjoy!!

For some extra info and a MAKING OF you can head over to

Awesome childrens book app

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Forget the kids, I want to play with this!

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore iPad App Trailer from Moonbot Studios on Vimeo.

Meet the Medic

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Continuing their ‘Meet the ____’ series introducing each of the Team Fortress characters, Valve has released Meet the Medic:

Furthermore, there is a really fun Behind-the-Scenes describing their process, abandoned ideas, unused animatics and layout, and how they landed on the final short.  Definitely worth a read.  Reading about what ideas were thrown out is fun – but reading about WHY the ideas were thrown out is invaluable.  Everyone should use this type of problem solving when making a film.  Is it telling the most effective story possible?  Is it repeating ideas? Is it wasting time getting to the point?  Concepts were thrown out during the making of this short for each of those reasons.

Creativity in the Industry

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The article The Belly of the Whale: Living a Creative Life in the Games Industry from Gamasutra has some valuable insights. Though written specifically about the gaming industry, many of the ideas and principles can be applied much more widely than that.  It’s a long article, but a good one.  If you have some time I suggest you check it out.

Thanks to Jim for the link.

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