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  • OSCARS Nominees 2017 – VISUAL EFFECTS

    OSCARS Nominees 2017 - VISUAL EFFECTS

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    OSCARS Nominees 2016 – ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

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    OSCARS Nominees 2016 – VISUAL EFFECTS

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    OSCARS Nominees 2016 – SHORT FILM ANIMATED

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  • OSCARS Nominees 2010 SHORT FILM – Animated
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    Although it’s no surprise that Pixar’s UP won Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, there isn’t usually a great deal of fuss around the Best Animated Shorts.

    Here are the 4 nominees and overall winner. Although Logorama is very clever, after the initial novelty of seeing the world made out of corporate logos, the story doesn’t grab you as much as it could have and consequently the film could have been shorter.

    I thought A Matter of Loaf and Death should have won and there was unfortunately no sign of Alma which is one of the best short films of the year. It must have been overlooked by the voting panel and should have at least been given a nomination.



    *Winner*: LOGORAMA
    Studio: H5
    Directors: François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy, Ludovic Houplain






    Nominee: FRENCH ROAST
    Studio: Pumpkin Factory/ Bibo Films
    Director: Fabrice O. Joubert






    Nominee: GRANNY O’GRIMM’S SLEEPING BEAUTY
    Funding: Irish Film Board
    Director: Nicky Phelan






    Nominee: LA DAMA Y LA MUERTE (THE LADY AND THE REAPER)
    Studio: Kandor Graphics/Green Moon Espana
    Director: Javier Recio García






    Nominee: WALLACE AND GROMIT IN A MATTER OF LOAF AND DEATH
    Studio: Aardman
    Director: Nick Park
    DISTRICT 9 Done In 60 Seconds
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    One of the better Done In 60 Seconds competition entries for the 2010 Empire Awards. The film cleverly replaces the alien prawns with clowns. Created in Ireland, the film has yet to be nominated, with other less deserving entries getting in to the top 20 shortlist. Vote now for the existing entries, although the District 9 entry will hopefully be entered from the Irish round of the competition. Voting closes on 12 March.

    BAFTA Animated Feature Nominees 2010
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    BAFTA Animated Feature Nominees 2010






    *WINNER*: UP
    Studio: Pixar
    Voiced by: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai & John Ratzenberger
    Directors: Pete Docter & Bob Peterson
    Length: 96 minutes





    Nominee: CORALINE
    Studio: Laika
    Voiced by: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher & John Hodgman
    Director: Henry Selick
    Length: 100 minutes





    Nominee: FANTASTIC MR. FOX
    Studio: 3 Mills Studio
    Voiced by: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray
    Director: Wes Anderson
    Length: 87 minutes
    UP Blu-ray UK Release
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    Pixar’s latest film Up is released on Blu-ray today in the UK. I was looking forward to seeing this as I missed it at the cinema. Written and directed by Monsters Inc. director and veteran Toy Story animator Pete Docter Also includes Pixar’s latest animated short Partly Cloudy

    An interesting section in the making of documentary, describes how the story department fleshed out Carl and Ellie’s developing relationship. One idea shows them trading ‘punches’ throughout the years to gain one-upmanship over each other! The idea was unsurprisingly discarded as the ‘cross your heart’ concept was deemed more prominent. It just shows that Pixar develop their stories to the full, exploring every possible avenue, while going through many rewrites before deciding on the final draft.

    BBC Titles: Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics
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    Main Title Sequence For The BBC by StudioAKA

    The BBC are currently running the main title sequence to accompany coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver

    Overseeing the project was Marc Craste an animation director I have admired for a long time, whose previous work includes the Lloyds Bank ‘For The Journey’ adverts. Jon Klassen was brought in as co-designer to help Studio AKA create the overall style.

    The short story tells the tale of an Inuit who is faced with various Olympic challenges while having to retrieve a head stone, taken by a great bear from the inukshuk totem statue called Ilanaaq or ‘friend’, the emblem of the Winter Games.

    The infectious music is from Cry Me A River by Vancouver’s Michael Buble

    AVATAR IMAX 3-D
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    Just got round to seeing Avatar in IMAX 3-D. Instantly, from the very first scene, you know that you are about to witness something special. The film is visually stunning and James Cameron utilises the 3-D effect brilliantly, using depth to the fullest without overly pushing the effect out of the screen. Some 3-D films try to exaggerate the effect unnecessarily, which causes image separation and is therefore hard for your eyes to adjust. The camera technology in this film is so good that your eyes don’t have to over compensate and the large polarising glasses retain the vibrant colours of the 2D version.

    The 3-D in Avatar is most effective and not surprisingly so, with scenes that have obvious depth, such as the sleeping pod room, the AMP suit hanger, the briefing room full of RDA soldiers or scenes high in the huge Home Tree, looking down to the distant jungle floor of Pandora below. The projected 1.78:1 image, which almost fills the huge 65ft x 48 ft IMAX screen, assists the 3-D effect so much so that it sometimes gives you the feeling of vertigo. The sheer size of the screen transports you into the lush alien world and seems to connect the audience more emotionally with the characters.

    One slight disappointment however was that, as IMAX is still projected from 70mm film (as opposed to being entirely digital) the orientation of the film running through the projector still produces a certain amount of blurring and strobing when there is a lot of fast motion on the screen. To help compensate for this, the 3-D separation is purposely held back by the compositors on certain action scenes, resulting in a less exaggerated effect, which seems to be more pleasing to watch.

    Is 3-D the future of cinema? Well for now it seems to be looking that way, especially on the IMAX screens, currently drawing audiences back with record breaking box office figures BoxOfficeMojo.com. If only the technology existed where IMAX 3-D was entirely digital and without the glasses. I think Avatars’ success though, is not only down to the new (ish) 3-D technology, but word of mouth about the breathtaking CG and quality of the performance capture, with some people even going back to see the film several times. The release of Avatar will hopefully push the technology along at a faster pace and we should start seeing quality non anaglyph 3-D in our homes sooner than expected.

    Although the story may have been told many times before and there are obviously influences from James Cameron’s other films, as it turns out, the film proves that this is definitely not a bad thing at all.

    HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON Trailer
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    BAFTA Animated Shorts 2010
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    *Winner*MOTHER OF MANY
    Funding: 4Mations, South West Screen and the UK film Council
    Director: Emma Lazenby





    Nominee: THE GRUFFALO
    Studio: Studio Soi
    Directors: Michael Rose, Martin Pope, Jakob Schuh, Max Lang





    Nominee: HAPPY DUCKLING
    School: University of Dundee
    Director: Gili Dolev
    DISTRICT 9 Blu-ray Release
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    Dir: Neill Blomkamp


    Released on Blu-ray today in the UK. Believe the reviews, District 9 employs some groundbreaking film making from first time feature director Neill Blomkamp Behind the scenes info District 9: Making Of
    The GRUFFALO: Christmas Day BBC One
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    The Gruffalo YouTube Trailer

    The Gruffalo was created by Studio Soi and Magic Light Pictures for the BBC. The short 30 minute animated film combines both CGI and Stop-Motion techniques to create a stylistic look which is faithful to the original book

    Here’s a great interview with Axel Scheffler as he talks through his initial Gruffalo book illustrations.

    If you don’t manage to catch it on Christmas Day, the DVD is available now.



    The Gruffalo DVD
    Dir: Jakob Schuh & Max Lang
    Voice Cast: James Corden, Rob Brydon, Robbie Coltrane

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