Saturday, March 22, 2014

Super Anatomy - Kickstarter (Unsuccessful)

Kickstarter campaign for anatomy reference book.
Book will contain 100 poses of live models shot from 24 different viewpoints. It also comes with a disc with all the photos. 
Should be pretty useful for any artists that use human figures. Hopefully there is some really dynamic poses, I think it will be a great reference for 3d animation. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Incredibles 2 & Cars 3!

Disney have confirmed that they are planning a sequel to The Incredibles and another Cars Film.  Bob Iger (CEO) made the announcement during an annual shareholders meeting. It has been said that Brad Bird is working on story for the The Incredibles 2 but there is  no confirmation on who is directing it just yet.

IGN-Disney Officially Announces The Incredibles 2 and Cars 3 Are in the Works

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Animation Backgrounds is back!

Rob Richards great blog site Animation Backgrounds has returned after a long hiatus.
Check it out!

Animation Backgrounds

Friday, March 7, 2014

Simpsons couch gag gets the Chomet treatment

Sylvain Chomet, director of Triplets of Belleville and The Illusionist has recreates The Simpsons couch gag!
The piece was animated by Neil Boyle and Peter Dodd (along with the rest of the crew at th1ng) under  the art direction of Kirk Hendry. 

For a making of go to Neil Boyle's blog here

Birdbox (Friday Animation Fun)

Since I left you with some very disappointing news about XSI Softimage yesterday, I thought it would be a good time to introduce you to BirdBox Studios! And hopefully brighten up the moods!
They are a great studio based in London which create very funny animation shorts. I really love their framing and timing. Simple but extremely effective and well executed.
Two of my favourite pieces by them are below. Enjoy!

Bird Box Site

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sad Day for XSI Softimage

Softimage XSI's final release will be the 2015 edition which should be available this April.

Incredibly sad news to see a truly great piece of software come to an end.
It's a great all round 3d package, clean interface (although may confuse new users), nice to model in, great for setting up multiple render passes, quick to rig and of course has the brilliant ICE system.
Such a shame that the end is near.

Softimage Final Release

...and the Oscar goes to...

Yes, I am a little late...been busy...

But Gravity certainly dominated, winning 7 awards including Best Visual Effects and Cinematography.
12 Years a slave won Best Picture.
Frozen won Best Animated feature and Best Song.
In fact, that song contains my favourite piece of animation of 2013!
Happens between 2:55-3:06

Full list here
Oscar Winners

 "Let it Go" - Frozen

Gravity VFX breakdown