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24526. Brenda Chapman Acccuses John Lasseter of Micromanagement

Yesterday’s New York Times delivered a glowing profile of DreamWorks chief creative officer Bill Damaschke. The pieces describes how CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg is relinquishing oversight of creative matters to Damaschke, who for his part is trying to make the studio more creator-friendly.

It reads like your typical puff piece until it gets to the part about Brenda Chapman. The article reveals that Chapman, who co-directed the first DreamWorks film The Prince of Egypt before jumping to Pixar where she made Brave, has recently returned to DreamWorks. First, Chapman explains why she left DreamWorks:

“I left in part because I felt like I was being asked to do the same story over and over. I look at the movies DreamWorks is doing now, and I see the exact opposite happening.”

Then, it gets juicy when she places the blame for her removal as director of Brave squarely on the shoulders of John Lasseter:

She was pushed out of Pixar after clashing with that studio’s chief creative officer, John Lasseter. Although she could have joined another studio, she said she chose to return to Glendale in part because of Mr. Damaschke, who started at DreamWorks Animation in 1995 as a production assistant on The Prince of Egypt.

“As Jeffrey has gained experience and age, and DreamWorks has grown, he has stepped back and allowed other people to run creative,” Ms. Chapman said. “At Pixar, it’s all John’s show.” She added of DreamWorks Animation, “you can butt heads here and not be punished for it, unlike at another place I could name.”

It’s not exactly news that there was some kind of a conflict between Lasseter and Chapman, but it begins a new chapter in the story when Chapman publicly claims that Lasseter’s micromanagement was the cause of her rift with Pixar. And on another note, who would have ever thought that directors like Chapman and Chris Sanders would begin migrating to DreamWorks for its liberal creative environment. In the animation world, the times they are a-changin.

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24527. Travel

 
Test Flight

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24528. Sawyer The Owl

Another little bit from Bera, This is all watercolour, ink and gouache, no digital in this version. Sawyer is a saw whet owl, a very small owl indigenous to eastern Canada, where Bera takes place. And yes, they can take. and are very eloquent.  

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24529. IF: Travel

Always have to find some good coffee when "travel"-ing.  This is The Silver Bean in Cortez, Colorado. I illustrated it for the 2010 National Public Radio calendar.

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24530. The SDCC week is finally here…

A few more days til the start of San Diego Comic Con, and my mini vacation starts. But not until I figure

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24531. Another piece for Game of Thrones Pop Up Show

Will be driving down to San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) tomorrow early hour in the morning.  Looking forward to see many good old friends and all the awesome cool artwork!!  

Also, I will be participating at Cartoon Art Museum, SDCC Booth #1930, Sketch-A-Thron  - Thursday, July 18, 4-5pm.  Please come and visit!!  It will be a lot of FUN!!
Storybird

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24532. we are all islands

As we speed east along the chain, each occasional island looks perfectly inlaid into the blue enamel of the sea below, like a piece in a sacred mosaic. Yet each seems to float. It's hard to fully comprehend that these are just the tips of an enormous mountain range, grown from a seafloor thousands of feet below. Anne Morrow Lindbergh responded to the idea that no one is an island by saying, "I feel we are all islands- in a common sea." That is an appealing refinement of the idea, but there is something else deeper. Perhaps we only seem like islands because all our shared underpinnings, which have brought us up and hold us into the sunlight, lie unseen below the surface. Now and then we think we might detect submerged connections by a whiff of something familiar, by an upwelling of memory or empathy or the urge to show kindness to another creature, like a visible pattern of ripples at the surface caused by something lying far below. The rock-hard ties to all these other islands-- human and nonhuman, current and past-- lie out of sight, deep in time, massively holding together all our fragile little islands, yet barely recognized and seldom acknowledged. What a different view of life we would have if we mapped our islands not by their perimeter as seen from the surface, but by their profile and foundation, showing always the roots and connections within the shared mountain chain. Could we not recognize ourselves as part of the same chain of life, originated from the same hot spot? Are we not little kindred isles adrift a sea of time, on a conveyor of space? We are born. We have our adventures. And we are sucked back in, to be reintegrated, recast in the continuing saga of our singular island home afloat the oceanic universe. 

-Carl Safina, Eye of the Albatross

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24533. What's Wrong, Italian Market?


When Highlights asked me to make a What's Wrong? of a City Market I could think of no other than Philadelphia's Italian Market. I've only been there once in my life, during the off peak time, but I did a lot of research (see below) to make it look authentic minus the trash and fire barrels. If you've ever been to the Italian Market in South Philadelphia, or saw the scene in Rocky when he is jogging through it  (starts at :23) one thing comes to mind, "this is so beautiful and yet, totally disgusting." Honestly, it smells, there's trash all over the place, and most of the merchants are rude. Ah, Philadelphia! City of Brotherly Love. That's what makes this city so great- everyone wears their hearts on their sleeve and we don't apologize for it or care if you're offended- much like you would speak to a close family member. Ha!

I finished this piece the week my Dad went into the hospital before he passed away. Good friend and designer, Drew Phillips, helped me out with doing some flat coloring for me. All I had to do was make some adjustments, then add textures and shadows. Thanks, Drew!

Things to look for in this piece: Adrian Balboa ironing a sock, myself, wife and daughter driving a row home, and my personal favorite, a girl mouse being serenaded with her concerned Father reacting in a nearby window.

The original sketch is below. One thing I was sad to see go was Adrian Balboa carrying Rocky's two turtles known as Cuff and Link.


The scene was based loosely on these photos:




Make sure to get a Highlights subscription for the kids in your life. It really is the greatest magazine on earth.


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24534. Dining Room Dinner Doodles & news

As readers of this blog know, most nights we draw on our paper table cloth after dinner chez Willems.  We call it Dining Room Dinner Doodles. This summer we started a new roll of paper and for the first time it's not white, but brown.  Having colored paper has already changed our doodles as they've become more color based and painterly.  A painter lays down the color first, a cartoonist the line.

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24535. Diving into the World of Self-Publishing

Adventures of the Bunny Baron had been a long time dream of mine.  It is a concept I came up with years ago when I was working at US Cellular.  It was a children’s story about a stuffed bunny rabbit who has dreams at night.  He dreams that he is the Bunny Baron and searches for people who need his help.  The Bunny Baron has many values, and tries to treat everyone with respect.  When he realizes that his dreams can be manipulated by his own imagination, he can accomplish any feat.

In my spare time, I came up with the whole story and began to draw pictures.  When I had a final product, I made it into a small booklet and gave it to my wife for Valentine’s Day.  She thought it was great!  She stressed to me that it was really good, and I can’t just stop.  She thought it could be something big.  It is always great to hear positive reinforcement and to have someone there to nudge you in the direction you were sometimes unsure about.

After typing up a final manuscript, I did a lot of research on different publishers and focused on the places which would be most geared toward my type of children’s story.  I was ready to send it out to some real publishers.  I found out first hand at how difficult it really was.  Every manuscript I had sent out came back with a rejection letter, or nothing at all.  It’s kind of like running right into a brick wall.  I was back at square one and not sure what to do.  Again, Mandy, my wife, wouldn’t let me get discouraged.  So, I did more research, tweaked my manuscript some more, and sent out another stack in the mail.   These packages had the exact fate as the others…rejected.  I decided to table the Bunny Baron for another day.

After much deliberation, and a lot of encouragement from Mandy, I wasn’t able to let the Bunny Baron die.  I had to do something differently.  The idea of self- publishing had always been in a place in the back of my mind, but I never gave it much thought…until now.  I knew that is what I had to do.  I did more research of places where I could accomplish my goal.  However, I knew now that I needed to make some changes.  The Bunny Baron needed a makeover.  I had to revamp the story.  I had to redraw all of my pictures.  This in itself was a long process for me.  Working two jobs, It was hard for me to dedicate time to just the book.  But eventually I finished!  I scanned all of the pictures and was finally able to begin making it look like a real children’s book.

I did the steps necessary to upload my cover and content and I just needed to wait patiently for my proof .  I was so excited, waiting for my proof to come in the mail.  Within a few days, it was in the mail.  It looked great…but I did see a few errors I needed to change.  I fixed the errors, went through the proofing process again, and sent out for a second hard copy proof.  As of today, I am still waiting for it to come in the mail again, but looking at my previous proof, Mandy and I decided that there are a few more changes that should be made.  So, at this point, I am in the process of making these changes, and hopefully within a week or so, I will be able to see another proof, be happy with it, and get it ready for marketing.

 

Dream Big!

 

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24536. truly a treat....

to be featured in this tropical collection of recipes on TDACs lovely site of talented illustrators! a big THANK YOU to the wonderful brother and sister and team of nate and salli whose creative and genius minds came up with such a wonderful idea for a website that showcases illustrators of all types...illustrating what else but FOOD! all kind of food and recipes can be found there accompanied by some amazing and beautiful art work.


be sure to take a look and find yourself a nice NO BAKE recipe for the blazing hot week ahead ;)

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24537. 13 Animation Directors You Might Not Have Known Also Voiced Characters

Whether it be for lack of budget or a desire to take center stage, series creators lending their own voices to their animated television shows has always been fairly commonplace – Mike Judge (Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill), John Kricfalusi (Ren and Stimpy), Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) and Trey Parker and Matt Stone (South Park) immediately spring to mind. However, in recent years, more and more feature directors have started getting in on the trend. From throwaway one-liners to continuous roles throughout entire franchises, here is a list of some animation directors and the characters they brought to life in their own films.

1. Eric Goldberg

As the animation director for Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003), Goldberg not only supervised the animation of the WB’s classic characters but he voiced some of them as well. Goldberg recorded the dialogue of Marvin the Martian, Tweety Bird and Speedy Gonzalez.

2. Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud

The distinctive sputters, spurts and high-speed mutterings of The Minions in Despicable Me (2010) and Despicable Me 2 (2013) belong to the films’ co-directors Pierre Coffin (above left) and Chris Renaud. And as the character’s popularity grows, so does their vocal commitment, as the two will reprise their roles in next year’s prequel Minions.

3. Ralph Bakshi

In his debut film Fritz the Cat (1972), director Ralph Bakshi voiced one of the boorish antagonist Pig Cops, who is also referred to as “Ralph” multiple times in his scenes.

4. Brad Bird

Agnes Gooch, Edith Head, Patricia Highsmith, Linda Hunt – when it comes to figuring out who inspired the character of Edna Mode, people love to toss out many names, but in the end, the cutthroat designer of superhero fashion was brought to life by The Incredibles (2004) director Brad Bird.

5. Rich Moore

Rich Moore, director of Wreck-It Ralph (2012) provided the dreary monotone of acidic jawbreaker Sour Bill, the henchman to the bombastic King Candy.

6. Richard Williams

Even to this day, the toon celebrity cameos in Who Framed Roger Rabbit(1988) remain some of the best nods to the golden age of cartoons, especially that of Droopy Dog, who gets his opportunity to best Eddie Valiant with some traditional ‘toon high-jinks as a tricky elevator operator, sluggishly voiced by the film’s animation director Richard Williams.

7. Chris Wedge

What began as the high-strung snivels and snarls of Scrat in Ice Age (2002) has become a second career for director Chris Wedge who has gone on to vocally personify the prehistoric rodent in 3 sequels, 6 short films, 2 video games and in a walk-on role in an episode of Family Guy.

8. Chris Miller

Royal messengers, tower guards, army commanders, friars and penguins, story artist Chris Miller has lent his voice-over skills to numerous animated films, most notably his returning roles as Geppetto and The Magic Mirror in the Shrek franchise, including Shrek the Third (2007), which he co-directed.

9. Mark Dindal

The often ignored and underrated animated film Cats Don’t Dance (1997) features some beautiful hand-drawn work and stellar vocal performances, including that of director Mark Dindal as the tight-lipped bodyguard/butler Max.

10. Joe Ranft

Pixar story artist, the late Joe Ranft, brought a handful of memorable animated characters to life, including Heimlich (A Bug’s Life), Wheezy the Penguin (Toy Story 2) and Jacques the Cleaner Shrimp (Finding Nemo). But it was in Cars (2006), which he co-directed, that he voiced three characters including the semi-truck Jerry Recycled Batteries.

11. Chris Sanders

In Lilo & Stitch (2002) co-director Chris Sanders takes on the nuanced role of Alien Experiment 626, aka “Stitch,” who escapes from an intergalactic prison only to find himself trapped on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

12. Nathan Greno and Byron Howard

Nathan Greno (above right) and Byron Howard not only paired up as co-directors of Tangled (2010) but also doubled as duos of Thugs and Guards in the animated picture.

13. John Lasseter

With five features under his belt, John Lasseter has had plenty of opportunity to throw himself behind the microphone, however upon review of his filmography, you’ll find he has chosen his roles very carefully, as the role of John Lassetire in Cars 2 (2011) and the hilariously bug-zapped Harry the Mosquito in A Bug’s Life (1998).

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24538. Out in the Wild Woods...

 It's the wild woods for me...  my 2 day getaway - a.k.a. vacation.  Ferryboats, foghorns, lighthouses, victorian houses, log cabins, lavender fields, sailboats and sunshine.  Perfect!

 Sea stacks and beach logs, the rain forest sculpted by the wind.  One of my favorite spots is camping in the woods.  It's not entirely rustic, since Olympic National Park comes with electric outlets and flush toilets.  But the old growth trees haven't changed much - and it's magic camping in them.

 

I think there's a rule that as soon as you decide to go away on a trip, that's when all the ADs decide to call.  Uncanny how that works.  Next time I'll bring along an iPad to check my mail and see what's up.  That way I won't have to worry.

 

I like how my clothes still smell like woodsmoke.  I like remembering the stones and the trees.

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24539. Game of Thrones Show

Dear all,

I would love to invite you to the Winter is Coming: Game of Thrones Pop Up Art Show:


Friday, July 26, 2013
7pm - 10pm
A.Muse Gallery
614 Alabama St
(between 18th St & 19th St) 
San Francisco, CA 94110


Hope to see you there! 
Have a wonderful day,

Alina
Storybird

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24540. Diving into the World of Self-Publishing

Adventures of the Bunny Baron had been a long time dream of mine.  It is a concept I came up with years ago when I was working at US Cellular.  It was a children’s story about a stuffed bunny rabbit who has dreams at night.  He dreams that he is the Bunny Baron and searches for people who need his help.  The Bunny Baron has many values, and tries to treat everyone with respect.  When he realizes that his dreams can be manipulated by his own imagination, he can accomplish any feat.

In my spare time, I came up with the whole story and began to draw pictures.  When I had a final product, I made it into a small booklet and gave it to my wife for Valentine’s Day.  She thought it was great!  She stressed to me that it was really good, and I can’t just stop.  She thought it could be something big.  It is always great to hear positive reinforcement and to have someone there to nudge you in the direction you were sometimes unsure about.

After typing up a final manuscript, I did a lot of research on different publishers and focused on the places which would be most geared toward my type of children’s story.  I was ready to send it out to some real publishers.  I found out first hand at how difficult it really was.  Every manuscript I had sent out came back with a rejection letter, or nothing at all.  It’s kind of like running right into a brick wall.  I was back at square one and not sure what to do.  Again, Mandy, my wife, wouldn’t let me get discouraged.  So, I did more research, tweaked my manuscript some more, and sent out another stack in the mail.   These packages had the exact fate as the others…rejected.  I decided to table the Bunny Baron for another day.

After much deliberation, and a lot of encouragement from Mandy, I wasn’t able to let the Bunny Baron die.  I had to do something differently.  The idea of self- publishing had always been in a place in the back of my mind, but I never gave it much thought…until now.  I knew that is what I had to do.  I did more research of places where I could accomplish my goal.  However, I knew now that I needed to make some changes.  The Bunny Baron needed a makeover.  I had to revamp the story.  I had to redraw all of my pictures.  This in itself was a long process for me.  Working two jobs, It was hard for me to dedicate time to just the book.  But eventually I finished!  I scanned all of the pictures and was finally able to begin making it look like a real children’s book.

I did the steps necessary to upload my cover and content and I just needed to wait patiently for my proof .  I was so excited, waiting for my proof to come in the mail.  Within a few days, it was in the mail.  It looked great…but I did see a few errors I needed to change.  I fixed the errors, went through the proofing process again, and sent out for a second hard copy proof.  As of today, I am still waiting for it to come in the mail again, but looking at my previous proof, Mandy and I decided that there are a few more changes that should be made.  So, at this point, I am in the process of making these changes, and hopefully within a week or so, I will be able to see another proof, be happy with it, and get it ready for marketing.

 

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24541. this was no boating accident!

happy 101 degrees @ the beach today! seeeeriously! a good time to catch a fish!

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24542. Sketches

Another 2 pieces for the Waterfront Show at Studio gallery. Also Life Drawing from the Character Design class. This time we had Dorothy and a Bandolero.

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24543. Pamphlet Stitch



If you don't already know how to do a pamphlet stitch, you should learn it because once you know how it's a much better way of making a booklet than stapling it (unless you have an industrial long-arm stapler).

(Video not by me, I was considering making one and then found someone else had done a great job aleady.)

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24544. Nevermind!

I'm back from my website...can't get the blog thing to look right on it. Anyway that's for all of you (3) people who actually read this blog. For those who don't know what I'm talking about, disregard.

Ever have a time in your life where you can't sleep? I have had several times but this Summer has been kicking my buttocks! The highlight of my night (while my husband snored away) was reading about Koko the gorilla's pet cats and her interaction with Robin Williams. Help!

It's really getting bad and I'm on little-to-no sleep for about three weeks now. Due in part because I stopped taking one of my crazy pills that helped me sleep. Annnyway, long story short it was to help me sleep which in turn when you stop taking it causes insomnia. Isn't that a plus negative thing gone wrong here? 

This whole stop one of the crazy pills has really thrown my creativity for a loop. So I haven't got any really fun or freaking fantastic artwork to show you. 

It's coming I promise...it just needs a nap. 




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24545. Interview with Sally Brammall

Sally Brammall, who is a journalist for the Big Issue, interviewed me on her blog ALTERNATIVE ROOTS about story writing, nightmares and such. I really enjoyed this interview, I think it came out well.

The first question I ask myself when thinking about what book to make next is: when I was a child, what book did I want? And there is quite a list of them. I had a lot of questions, problems, interests, and was always hoping to find books to help me with those.
I was a very small child, quite clever, with a lot of nightmares. I loved making things, and my favourite toys were kites, my electronics kit, a big box of lego, art materials.I wanted to learn about the world and make things happen. I wanted to create robots and animals, build theatres, make puppets and perform my own plays, I wanted to be a detective, inventor, scientist, make books, cook, make clothes, build a car. I argued and questioned and made a mess.
My parents handled it all well, and I remember a lot of the things they taught me – rules about using tools and other dangerous things, but also how to deal with nightmares and fears. They were very supportive.
So now I am making books that I would have liked then, using the things I learned, and I am making an effort to keep learning and to understand what other children need, and how to encourage them.
That’s always the start: let’s make a book about bullying that might actually help to make things better. Let’s make a book for parents and children to help them set up a workspace where they can experiment, build and invent things. Let’s make a cat-simulator for children who can’t have cats. The design follows the purpose, so that it becomes like a house that will invite the right characters… and then I invent those, and their story.

-Read the rest at: http://alternativeroots.net/?p=316

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24546. BLOOM

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Artists live a life of wonder. At times, it’s wondering what to do next. I will not lie, I have been wondering this for the last few months. I am looking for the sweet spot! It’s my favorite place to be in Art. It’s the place where you are working and you don’t want to stop. I think it’s a divine place where God kisses your life with ideas that flow out in a steady stream.

A lot of things can bar you from this place. Looking in the wrong direction, self doubt, self pity, self self self. Ha! Get the point? You have to get rid of the”self” part. If the sweet spot is divine, then you have to seek out the divine.

A few nights ago I had a dream. My dad was in the dream. Someone had driven him to my house. He slowly came up the steps to my house and said to me, ” Bloom“. In a small whisper he said, “bloom where you are planted”.
Then he was gone.
I woke up knowing the “divine” had spoken to me.
No grinding out ideas, just let the divine IN me out… to make the art I was born to make.

A flower does not worry about the bloom. All the coding for that bloom is IN the seed. It simply drinks up moisture from above and the roots go down and the bloom comes.

So… BLOOM today! You were meant to be like none other.


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24547. Queen's Head workshop


Last week I held an all day workshop in Eynsham, one of our old home villages, at the Queen's Head pub. My favourite pub ever, but today we were not here for beer, but to make little houses. There was plenty of chat as the work began, fueled by home made shortbread.



Breaking at one for lunch, Jackie the landlady had laid on little homebaked  tartlets and salad, as the day was so hot.



 
Lovely Alice brought us cones of fresh mango sorbet.

 

And then back to work for a while...


...until afternoon tea, which naturally was scones with jam and cream. Or fruit, if you preferred.



It may sound as if we spent the entire day scoffing, but by the end of a five hour class, every one had made a super house and someone had even made a Christmas pudding. I'm planning a similar workshop at the Queen's Head in September, so if you are interested in pre-booking a place, drop me an email and I'll contact you when the date if confirmed,

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24548. “Brain Divided” by Josiah Haworth, Joon Shik Song & Joon Soo Song

Welcome to the fourth annual Cartoon Brew Student Animation Festival. Every Monday morning for the next eight weeks we’ll be debuting one of these remarkable student animated shorts selected from among hundreds of submissions.

We begin the festival today with our Grand Prize winner, Brain Divided, a film directed by Josiah Haworth, Joon Shik Song and Joon Soo Song at Ringling College of Art and Design. The film, which will receive a cash prize of $1,000(US), was selected for the top award by this year’s guest judge Evan Spiridellis of JibJab. Cartoon Brew would also like to thank JibJab for their sponsorship of this festival. Their strong support for student filmmakers makes this event possible.

Brain Divided succeeds on every level as an animated short. The filmmmakers’ command of both animation and technology is flawless. But the value of their film lies in how they apply their technical skills toward making an entertaining and funny film. They take advantage of every opportunity for visual humor and delight us with sharply timed gags. The personalities in the film are especially well defined: the two human characters strike just the right balance of comedy and believability, while the two sides of the brain have a satisfying evolution as characters within the span of the film.

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THE IDEA

The dating game is one of the most nerve wracking experiences that anyone can go through. So we thought that this would be a great story to pursue. The original concept started off as two guys attempting to impress a beautiful Disney Princess-esque girl, but it lacked character, fun, and a more dynamic relationship between the two main characters. One day while surfing the web and brainstorming we were inspired after seeing an animation clip of the classic angel vs. devil on the shoulder complex. we instantly thought of Kronk in The Emperor’s New Groove. Watching the interactions of his shoulder angel and devil was always hilarious and we wanted to try and recreate that comedy in our own film. However, we knew that the this concept has been done a lot in the past so we wanted to put our own spin on it. This led us to come up with the idea that the “Angel” and “Demon” were actually the “Left” and “Right” side of the brain fighting for control. We thought it would be great to literally go inside the head and see the physical battle that ensues within the mind and its effect on our main character. This gave us everything we wanted, a fun and simple story, with a broad range of character animation that we could play with.

TOOLBOX

All animation and lighting was done in Autodesk Maya 2013 using the Renderman plugin using linear workflow. All four of our characters were rigged using The Setup Machine (TSM) with some modifications, thanks to Jeremy Cantor, that allowed us to get a bit more versatility. Post processing, compositing, and effects were done in NukeX and edited together using Adobe Premiere. Adobe Photoshop allowed us to tweak individual frames as well as test lighting ideas. All of the software and powerful HP workstations that we used were provided by Ringling, as was use of the school’s powerful render farm.

CHALLENGES

One of the biggest challenges was writing and creating good comedy while making the story flow and work seamlessly. Because our piece was strongly dialogue driven, we needed to write a script that was witty, charming and real. It was very difficult because we had no prior experience in screenplay at all. It was a lot of trial and error while simultaneously coming up with fun slapstick comedy, and juggling the variety of characters that we had. It really pushed our storytelling abilities and writing capabilities to another level. Also, our film was one of the longest to come out of Ringling and keeping it all organized and on time was a huge undertaking. We had approximately 90+ shots to animate and light, split up between the three of us. But to make the films visuals work better we had to learn how to use Nuke, and before the final semester of school we had never used it. Juggling thirty shots each while learning new software gave us our fair share of sleepless nights.

LESSONS LEARNED

The most important things we learned from our film was how to streamline story and to trust in your team. Often times shots ran too long or were too complicated and we found that they read much better when they were simplified. This may mean taking out an unnecessary pose or changing the acting entirely. But making these changes helped create a well paced film that had all the entertainment and character we wanted. Even though we had never worked on a team at Ringling before, we entered this film with the confidence we could get it done and hopefully make it funny. Although creating the film was extremely difficult and stressful, through trust, constant communication, and with the help of a 24 hour Denny’s we learned how vital teamwork is to completing a film.

INSPIRATIONS

We drew a huge inspiration from actors such as Jim Carrey from The Mask and Eddie Murphy from Doctor Dolittle as well as animated characters like Pepe Le Pew and Kronk from The Emperor’s New Groove. All of them had elements that we loved to watch and wished to emulate in our film. A lot of inspiration also came from the students around us and the incredible work they were doing on their films. It was a real driving force that motivated us to make our film the best it could be. Our faculty was equally inspiring and provided us with an enormous amount of feedback and great advice.

WHERE YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS

Josiah Haworth: My goal is to be doing character animation for a major studio or an up and coming studio. Of course Disney, ReelFX, and Bluesky are high on that list! Just give me a mouse, Maya, and a project and I’m good to go!

Joon Soo Song: I want to be animating. I’d love to work at Disney, Dreamworks, Pixar, Blue Sky, Blizzard, Blur, Laika, ReelFX, Insomniac, and the list goes on. As long as I’m animating I’ll be happy.

Joon Shik Song: I want to be at Disney working my way towards directing or animation supervisor. If I’m lucky I’ll be hanging out with Mickey Mouse talking about our next feature film. It’ll be just like the good old days at Ringling, late nights and coffee breaks :)

FILMMAKER WEBSITES

Josiah Haworth: Personal website and Animation Reel

Joon Soo Song: Animation Reel

Joon Shik Song: Animation Reel

Brain Divided Facebook Page




The Cartoon Brew Student Animation Festival is made possible by the generosity of our presenting sponsor JibJab.

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24549.

Happy Birthday Percy
21 this year!

It is 21 years this year since Percy Pig first appeared in M&S stores. I created the Percy Pig character as we know him now about 18 years ago and have continued to illustrate him ever since. I can't believe how he has grown!


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24550. July update, and it's hot hot hot...


... but my studio is nice and cool and there's lots of work going on in here! I've just started a new book for Caterpillar Books and I'm really enjoying working on the roughs this week. Here's a sneaky preview - it'll no doubt all change before publication but I like this little chap on his pirate ship!


Last Youth Club for the summer tomorrow night as well and I'm planning to make fruity lemonade sodas with ice-cream for the kids, complete with old-fashioned stripey paper straws (wow, they're a lot more expensive than the plastic ones!) for a retro feel!
I've been painting this summer as well (pictures and the peeling window frames) So enjoying indulging my longing to paint my beautiful surroundings here in South Wales and finally I've made time to do it. This is with a view to exhibiting later in the year or early next year but I have a lot to do to get a body of work together in the meantime. Will post some pictures later - very different style for me!
After and alongside this book will be my next one for Little Tiger Press, the title still to be revealed to me! This will be ready for Frankfurt Book Fair in October. And my fourth trip to Edinburgh Festival in August to do an event based on I Want my Mummy. I'm designing a craft activity based on dragons and have found a great way to upcycle shower scrunchies to make smoke!!

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