Podcast: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Double Feature

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Podcast: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Double Feature

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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!!

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Opens Today

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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!!

-Stephen

Lethal Vengeance

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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.

Enjoy!

Rise of the Guardians Reel – Jacob Gardner

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Character Animation Reel – Rise of the Guardians from Jacob Gardner on Vimeo.

With the release of Rise of the Guardians on DVD/Blu-Ray, we wanted to share some of the work of our fellow SoA-er Jacob Gardner. He recently cut together a reel of his favorite work from the film for everyone’s viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

Note: Jacob cut it together in 720p so watch it in HD for the full experience. 🙂

Adam and Dog – Short Film

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Check out this wonderful short that is nominated for an Oscar this year. Plus it’s always good to see more Baxter animation.

Enjoy!

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