*Winner*: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2
Voiced by: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler
Director: Dean DeBlois
Length: 102 minutes
Nominee: THE LEGO MOVIE
Studio: Warner Bros., Animal Logic
Voiced by: Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks
Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Length: 100 minutes
Nominee: BIG HERO 6
Studio: Disney Animation
Voiced by: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung
Directors: Don Hall, Chris Williams
Length: 102 minutes
Nominee: THE BOOK OF LIFE
Studio: 20th Century Fox, Reel FX
Voiced by: Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum
Director: Jorge R. Gutierrez
Length: 95 minutes
Nominee: THE BOXTROLLS
Studio: Focus Features, Laika
Voiced by: Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Nick Frost
Directors: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi
Length: 96 minutes
Kevin Margo a VFX/CG supervisor at Blur Studio explains in a CGsociety Article how he takes realtime GPU rendering to the next level in his latest personal sci-fi short film project CONSTRUCT. He sets out to aim for the holy grail in the form of the new “MAGI” format, a 4K resolution, 3D stereo, 120 frames per second format developed by VFX pioneer Doug Trumbull.
Gareth Edwards director of Godzilla and Monsters is not only making Godzilla 2, but he has been hired to direct one of the multiple Star Wars character spin-off’s.
The film is due to be released on 16th December 2016 between the release of Star Wars VII and VIII. It will concentrate on one of 3 rumoured characters including Boba Fett, Yoda and a young Han Solo. Let’s hope it’s Boba Fett!
Elysium and District 9 director Neill Blomkamp would also be our choice for one of the other Star Wars spin-off’s, due to his strong visual style, with Terri Tatchell at the writing helm.
RenderMan’s Interactive Rendering Window
RenderMan/RIS – Interactive Subsurface Scattering
Pixar’s announcement is set to shake up the rendering world with it’s free* (yes FREE!*) release of their award winning RenderMan software.
RenderMan for Maya is due for release
Edit: early 2015 due to high demand.
Register here for Free Non-Commercial RenderMan
Pixar’s Tractor is RenderMan’s accompanying render farm management software.
*Free for non-commercial use only
The Dam Keeper – Trailer #1
The Dam Keeper – Official Clip #1
In total 75 talented filmmakers worked on The Dam Keeper. The film was Directed by Daisuke ‘Dice’ Tsutsumi the Lighting Art Director for Toy Story 3 and Monsters University and Robert Kondo Art Director for Ratatouille, Toy Story 3, and Monsters University. Supervising Animator Erick Oh lends his talent from Pixar Animation Studios where he currently works as an animator.
The Dam Keeper – Early Looks Test
Plot: “The story of The Dam Keeper tells the tale of a young pig encumbered with an important job, and the meeting of a new classmate who changes everything. Set in a desolate future, one small town’s survival is solely due to a large windmill dam that acts as a fan to keep out poisonous clouds. Despite bullying from classmates and an indifferent public, the dam’s operator, Pig, works tirelessly to keep the sails spinning in order to protect the town. When a new student, Fox, joins Pig’s class, everything begins to change.”
Animation process in The Dam Keeper
With a total running time of 18 minutes, the film is made up of over 8,000 paintings and blends traditional hand-drawn animation with lush brushstrokes to bring the directors’ celebrated painting-styles to life. The film was produced using Photoshop and TV Paint software.
Box + The Dam Keeper
BOX the Online cloud storage solution provided a way for the team to collaborate easily.