Archive for year 2013
Tomash Jech gives an amazing TEDx talk about being insecure and being an animator. It’s full of valuable lessons for anyone in any job anywhere, and he shares personal stories about his time spent at PIXAR, Bungie, Blizzard, and Riot.
Our Very own Stephen Melagrano will be at Cartoon Connection Canada in Quebec City on October 29th and will be giving a master class with Mini Pixel and iAnimate.net. You can check out the press release below for more info:
DreamWorks Animation and Blizzard Entertainment will take part in Quebec City’s Mini Pixel new master classes in animation. The side event will be held at the Loews Hôtel Le Concorde on Tuesday, October 29 during Cartoon Connection Canada, an international convention of animation and video game professionals.
Three master classes are scheduled for October 29: David Lesperance (Microsoft, Blizzard Entertainment, Valve Corporation) from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in the Lismer-Leduc-Fortin Room, Ken Fountain (DreamWorks Animation, SplatFrog.com, iAnimate Workshops) from 2 p.m. to 3: 30 p.m. in the Suzor-Côté-Krieghoff Room, a master class on using attitudes and body language to interpret, simplify and caricaturize complex expressions in an animated character, and Stephen Melagrano (Blue Sky Studios, DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures, Speakingofanimation.com) from 4 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. in the Suzor- Côté-Krieghoff Room, a discussion on the process of creating an animated character, from its body mechanics to its emotional credibility.
“We’re really pleased to bring these speakers to Quebec City. This is a great opportunity for animation professionals to gain in-depth knowledge and added experience,” says Louis Leclerc, general manger of Pixel Québec and co- organizer of Cartoon Connection Canada.
To register for these master classes or for more details, click here.
Stephen also recently did an interview with Rhino House about what he thinks reference is and finding inspiration for your work:
You’re getting double portions in this meaty podcast, that’s right, we’re talking BOTH Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs films!! Stephen, and some of the Cloudy 2 animation team, sat down with Animation Leads Alan Hawkins and Joshua Beveridge, and Senior Supervising Animator Pete Nash to get all the juicy tidbits on what went into the making of these two films. This interview is packed full of great insight, like how the films animation style was developed and getting the best out of every shot. Just in case you are hungry for more, this interview is loaded with Easter eggs! So go see the film, listen to the podcast, then go back to find all the fun hidden characters throughout Cloudy 2. Speaking of Animation was short staffed on this interview so we want to give a very special thank you to animators Kevin Jackson, Shaofu Zhang, Claudio De Oliveira, and David Lisbe for stepping in as interviewers and turning the second half of this interview into a really fun round table. Bon Appetit!!
Cloudy 2 opens today, but that’s not all. We have a NEW PODCAST for it next week!! I absolutely loved the first film and was so happy to have a chance to work on the sequel. There was no way we weren’t going to sit down with the Cloudy animation leads and talk about BOTH films, that’s right, our next podcast is a Cloudy Double Feature!!
So go out this weekend and check out the film. Post back here to let us know what you thought. We’ll be posting the podcast sometime next week!!
We wanted to share an awesome trailer that a few fellow animators made. Instead of spoiling things with our lame description, let me just give you the official blurb.
From the co-director of “Footage Loose” and “Push It” comes another retro epic created, acted, shot, edited and scored by Character Animators from Dreamworks and Disney in their spare time. Directed by Steven J. Meyer (Dreamworks animator) with story by Bob Davies (Dreamworks animator) . Starring Michael Kiely (Disney Animator) as Brock Stryker and many, many more!
What is Lethal Vengeance? So glad you asked.
In 1973 Lethal Vengeance was set to be released as the first of a karate/action/thriller trilogy. After blowing their budget on casting, Six Time All State Karate Champion, Don Kurtchner, a cast of beautiful women, an arsenal of pyrotechnics and gallons of fake blood, the film makers panicked as they had no money left for music to accompany their epic film.
Thinking on his feet, acclaimed director, Randy Bonaire, decided to place an ad in the local L.A. paper to find some young, raw talent to create a sound track for no money.
The ad ran as follows:
“Looking for musicians to make sound track for (K.A.T.) film starring Don Kurchner. This is NOT a paid gig, but I can personally guarantee you fame and acquaintance with loose women.”
On a warm Tuesday afternoon in July, a group of musicians that called themselves Funk Bunker answered Bonaire’s ad. The collaboration was legendary and Funk Bunker signed on to write the sound tracks to all three films in the L.V. Trilogy.