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    THE DAM KEEPER by Pixar’s Dice Tsutsumi
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    The Dam Keeper





    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.
    MONSTERS by Gareth Edwards
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    You would be led to believe that Monsters is a high budget, Hollywood produced big production. The fact is that Monsters is directed by BBC visual effects artist and indie film maker Gareth Edwards.

    Gareth was on the film course at Farnham at the same time I was studying animation. His graduation film, which blended animation in the vain of Jurassic Park, was made in conjunction with fellow classmate and CG animator Andy Howell.

    Gareth knew the general plot of the film and the direction he wanted the characters to take but didn’t know how the story would evolve exactly.

    He used a combination of 3DS Max and ZBrush to produce the effects and utilised the Adobe Creative Suite to comp and edit shots. Producing a shot every 2 days on his own proved to be no mean feat, especially the fantastic special effects heavy conclusion to the film.

    The truth is, the credits will roll and they will read ‘Gareth Edwards’.

    Character Animation Reel Alexis Wanneroy
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    Alexis Wanneroy contacted me asking if I would post his showreel. How could I refuse!

    Alexis is a character animator at Dreamworks and has been lucky enough to work there for 5 years producing animation for How To Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, Bee Movie and Flushed Away.

    He started working in the industry on Valiant after graduating from the Gobelins School in France, with his film Human Nature. I saw the short back in 2003 and remember really liking the style of both the quirky characters and the snappy animation.

    The Art of DISTRICT 9 Concept Book
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    The Art of District 9 by Daniel Falconer



    Dropship Concept CG Model Paintover



    MNU Vehicle Concept CG Model Paintover


    The book includes some excellent concept art by Greg Broadmore. View more District 9 concepts on Greg’s website
    Animating For DISTRICT 9 by Robert Kuczera
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    Senior Animator Robert Kuczera has just sent me an e-mail asking if I would post a link to an interview with CG Heute entitled Robert Kuczera – Animieren Fur District 9 detailing the work he did on District 9 while at The Embassy in Vancouver. The interview was originally written in German so the Google translation is a little ropey in places although it is easy to follow.

    Robert’s extensive body of work, which can be seen on his website includes animation for adverts and films such as Comfort Creme and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban while working at various effects studios including The Mill and Framestore CFC. He is also known for his 9 minute short CGI film Dragon Slayer
    CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT by Aardman
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    Curse of the Were-Rabbit Screenshot

    New feature length stop motion animation Teaser Trailer for Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit by Aardman and Dreamworks.

    Stop-Motion Animator Andy Symanowski With Nick Park

    Featurette for the movie. Andy Symanowski (shown in red and grey t-shirt alongside Nick Park) was on my animation degree course at the Surry Institute of Art and Design (now UCA Farnham). He has also worked on Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromit: Cracking Contraptions and Rex the Runt.
    Pixar Digital Artist
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    Suzanne Slatcher was on my animation degree course at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design (now UCA Farnham) and has been lucky enough to work on Ratatouille, Cars, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo.

    Website http://www.mutaminx.com

    Twitter @mutaminx

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