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Month: December 2012

Ringling College of Art and Design Animates The HuB

Ringling College of Art and Design Animates The HuB

The Department of Motion Design at Ringling College of Art and Design has recently spend 5 weeks to create a projected animation on the front facade of The HuB of Sarasota, serving as a highlight of the grand opening of their newly renovated 40 thousand sqft building at 1680 Fruitville Road. The projection was the handiwork of 24 students from Ringling and can be viewed directly via Youtube:

PBS and Joey Shanks Team Up for VFX Web Series

PBS and Joey Shanks Team Up for VFX Web Series

According to IndieWire, the people at PBS Digital Studios has teamed up with self-taught filmmaker Joey Shanks in order to produce a new weekly series that explains how to produce DIY special effects for low-budget productions. Shanks is already famous on Youtube due to his channel Shanks FX, which runs under the same premise: explaining how to produce DIY special effects, such as creating planets with dry ice bubbles and making stop motion animations.

The Salvation Army’s CG Ad Campaign: Simple Dreams

The Salvation Army's CG Ad Campaign: Simple Dreams

Independent animation studio Nexus’ Ben Hibon has recently created an emotional ad campaign for the Salvation Army through the agency Grey Toronto. The ad’s message is “helping make dreams come true,” and features a beautiful story that emphasizes contrasting images and ideas.

In “Simple Dreams,” a young girl is shown longing for the simple, mundane things that most of us take for granted. The concept is demonstrated by juxtaposed scenes that has the young girl enjoying a dream world full of love, security and comfort, only to wake up to the harshness of reality. Ben Hibon employs strong lighting and a muted color palette in order to provide a wispy, fairytale-like setting:

Marvin the Martian Movie and Hong Kong Phooey Test Footage

Marvin the Martian Movie Clip and Live Action Hong Kong Phooey Image

Director Alex Zamm has just posted a test footage from a Hong Kong Phooey picture, and a Marvin the Martian Movie that has been shelved. Since the test footage for the Hong Kong Phooey project has been released, it could either mean that the project has been shelved as well or that the director leaked the test footage with blessings from the studio in order to drum up attention to the project. Let’s hope it’s the latter.

Tad, the Lost Explorer Becomes Highest Grossing Spanish Animated Film

Tad, the Lost Explorer Becomes Highest Grossing Spanish Animated Film

This year, while the oeuvre of animated features from the likes of Dreamworks, Pixar, Disney, and Sony were breaking box office records in North America, the Spanish audiences chose to go with something a little more homegrown when choosing which animated feature to watch. This resulted in a CG feature about a Peruvian treasure hunt titled Tad, the Lost Explorer to become the highest grossing Spanish animated feature of all time, garnering over $24 million at the box office. The film’s original title, Las Aventuras de Tadeo Jones is a nod to the iconic Indiana Jones franchise.

Treasure Island to be Rebooted by Belfry and DeZerlin

Treasure Island to be Rebooted by Belfry and DeZerlin

Belfry Animation and DeZerlin Media have partnered in order to produce a new CG-animated version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story, Treasure Island. The two Chinese studios will be providing a fresh new take on the iconic tale by reimagining the setting as a steampunk world where animals live and work alongside humans. Like the original, the story focuses on a young boy who finds himself in the adventure of a lifetime while he tries to decide who he really wants to be.

The partnership between the Guangzhou-based Belfry Animation and the Qingdao-based DeZerlin Media is made possible by an international alliance with Quixotic Group in Los Angeles. The film is slated for a worldwide release in early 2014.

Celebrate the New Year with a Hogmanay in Your Home

Celebrate the New Year with a Hogmanay in Your Home

If you’re one of the many theatre-goers who made Brave a box office success, or if you’re one of the home video owners who’s currently making it an equally successful title in the Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital Platforms, you may want to bring a little of the Scottish Highlands to your home this coming new year and celebrate a traditional Hogmanay, which is basically the Scots’ word for the last day of the year, and is also their date of celebration for the New Year. Some of the few ways the Scots encourage good luck to enter their door on the last night of the year include hanging good luck charms in doorways and singing Auld Lang Syne.

New Images for the Dark Knight Returns, Part 2

Two new images from Warner Brothers’ The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 have been released online, coinciding with the announcement that the animated movie will have screenings in two different high profile locations.

The first image is a close up of the Bat’s mug, there’s nothing really noteworthy about it except that it seems to show hints of the Batman’s age, what with the mask not being able to hide his gaunt appearance. The second image is of the Joker, holding a clown mask. Joker, for his part, also looks a little bit aged. Note that The Dark Knight Returns is set in a future in which an old, retired Bruce Wayne is forced into donning the cape and cowl again after the return of the Joker.

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