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DreamWorks next film, Rise of the Guardians, opens in theaters today! I have a few reasons why you should get out and go see this movie. One, Jacob and Ben have worked really hard on this film, I wasn’t on it, but I can honestly say it’s easily some of their best work. TWO, WE INTERVIEWED PETER RAMSEY, THE DIRECTOR OF GUARDIANS FOR THE PODCAST!!!! We’ll release that interview mid December to give everyone time to check out the film first. And Three, we have some cool Rise of the Guardians swag to give-away, including a signed Art of Book. We’ll do another fun give-away game sometime in the next few weeks. So if you go see the movie, come back here and let us know what you think. We love reading your comments!
I had a chance to check out this past weekends animation offerings and I must say that I was thrilled with both. First was the Toy Story short Small Fry that is playing in front of The Muppets. This is the first animation I’ve seen from Pixar’s new studio Pixar Canada. It came out great and for a short the quality was right up there with the film. The story was fun and very entertaining. I can’t wait to see more out of that studio.
I then went and saw Arthur Christmas. From what I’ve heard the production wasn’t very smooth (what ones are) but you couldn’t tell, the film was fantastic. The word sincerity kept coming to mind. The story and it’s characters, especially Arthur, were very endearing. I’m a big fan of holiday specials and films around the holidays, and animation has always lead the way in bringing the holiday magic to life. Arthur Christmas does just that and I can’t wait to add it to my holiday collection when it comes out on Blu Ray.
Let us know if you had a chance to see either of these two this past weekend and tell us what you thought in the comments below.
I was going over the importance of weight and materials with my class this week and it reminded me of some really great notes I had read when I was in school. Thankfully the wonderful people of SIGGRAPH still have them on their site. These are notes from a presentation John Lasseter gave at SIGGRAPH back in 1994. I love how these notes are 17 years old and they are as true and relevant today as they were back then. I remembered them for the part on weight and size, but there is so much more. If you are a student learning animation, bookmark this link. For everyone else, enjoy the read…it’s an oldie but goodie!!