I am very happy to let you know that iamag.co published there list for the best VFX shorts of 2016! And “DUEL”, an animation short I worked on via the Artella.com platform, made it in the top 10! Really happy to have been part of this team working on such a nice project.
So I spend some time gathering a list of books in the Books Corner section that I think are really useful if you want to go into Animation or VFX. This section will be growing since it is not complete and probably will never be. If you have any suggestions let me know, I would really appreciate it.
I think having a good book can open so many doors to a lot of new opportunities. For sure this should not be the only source of knowledge for you, but I think it is a good start.
I finally watched the movie over the week end, and I can just say.. It is pretty EPIC =)
Definitely worth watching. Nice story, nice characters, beautiful look… well done over all!
Have a peek if you want to see some Stop-Motion magic:
You probably heard already about how much went wrong during the production of “Sausage Party” for the artists working at Nitrogen.
Every time I read/hear things like this it makes me really angry. The VFX and CG-Feature industry is a multi-billion business every year, and still VFX houses and 3D-Animation Studios feel forced to underbid each other in a race to the bottom. It looks like they are just not able to create any resistance against the Film-Studios/Production companies etc. And because of that we heard in the past few years, and will for sure hear more in the future, stories like how apparently the hole production on “Sausage Party” was a big mess. People should not be terrified for wanting to go home on time, not being afraid to be blacklisted or fired because they do not work for free. I do not want to point fingers only at Nitrogen, because this is a general problem spread over a lot of different companies. I think there is much room for improvement to create a good work-life balance in our industry. I hope things will change for the best, but for now I leave you with this open letter from the VFX Union UK:
Robert Kuczera created this 3D modeled fully rigged Hulk as a personal RnD Project to explore workflows for complex CG character animation with dynamic cloth and muscles simulation.
If you want to check out more of his work, be sure to check out his websites:
The first trailer for Disneys MOANA is out, and it looks amazing!
A short behind the scenes for PIXAR’s upcoming “Finding Dori”
Today, 54 years ago, Harald Siepermann was born. Unfortunately this great animator an character-designer left us in 2013.
He was known for being the lead character-designer for Alfred J. Kwak, and then went to work also for Disney where he was mainly doing character-design for movies like “Mulan“, “Tarzan“, “The Emperor’s new Groove“, “Treasure Planet” and some more. Continue reading
While I start up filling up the pages, I wanted to share with you this video that highlights some of the great work that ILM has done for “Warcraft: The Beginning”. I worked on this project while I was in Singapore at ILM, and our VFX-Supervisor Nigel Sumner is giving some insights about the work we have done.