Tuesday, March 16, 2010

new trailer for "The Illusionist"


Official trailer and several additional clips, image captures from the movie, etc. Check it out.

The movie will be distributed in North America by Sony Classics.


A new trailer (Russian) for the upcoming Sylvain Chomet ("Triplets of Belleville") animated feature "The Illusionist" .

This looks absolutely beautiful.

The Illusionist trailer:

Translation (by "Niffiwan" ) of the inter-titles on the trailer:
In life, there are just a few things that are worth doing.
But sometimes the world is not ready to receive
that, which we are able to offer it.

This story tells of the journey of one man
which enabled him to keep his magical gift
and to rediscover for himself
what is worth doing for him in life.

From the director of that masterpiece of European animation
"The Triplets of Belleville", Sylvain Chomet.

Based on the screenplay of the legendary Jacques Tati.


"The Illusionist"


Saturday, March 13, 2010

Tribute to Disney/Pixar story artist JOE RANFT

Today (March 13, 2010) would have been Joe Ranft's 50th birthday. This tribute film was made by Joe's friend John Musker for the memorial service for Joe held at Pixar . John has graciously shared this touching tribute on YouTube to mark the occasion of Joe's birthday.

(expand to watch full screen)

By the way, on August 10, 2010 there is a new book coming out by John Canemaker called "Two Guys Named Joe" which will feature the art and life of Disney/Pixar story artists Joe Ranft and Joe Grant.


And since this is a blog of NOTES and INSPIRATION for my AAU students the pedagogue in me wants to point out to students that the tribute film above by the amazing Mr. Musker is a stellar example of what a Story Reel/Animatic should look like. So much is said with no dialogue and the simplest, most direct sketches.


Friday, March 12, 2010

Pete Docter on success in Animation: "Draw, draw, draw"

Pete Docter gives advice on succeeding in Animation: