Thursday, September 30, 2010

More Behind the Scenes of the Lion King

Early Storyboard versions

Storyboard Pitch by the Directors

Can You Feel the Love Tonight - Early Storyboard Version

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Penguins Rocks!

We're just wrapping up the first full episode of the Penguins of Madagascar that I've been working on at Oktobor Animation in New Zealand this week, and the show totally rocks!

It's so much fun to work on the Dreamworks characters and I love the snappy wacky style and the humor in the show.

The studio is growing like crazy, It has almost doubled in size since I got here 2 months ago and more amazing people are coming in every week. I feel like I'm part of something big here :)

As we're moving towards summer here in New Zealand, it rains a little bit less and the sun appear more often, nice and warm. Auckland is a really nice and small city, but it kind of got the big city feel to it - lots of cool stuff to do in the weekends.

My wife and I are having a great time!

The Penguins of Madagascar is airing on Nick on Saturdays at 10am (ET/PT)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Guillermo del Toro signs with Dreamworks

From The Hollywood Reporter: "Guillermo del Toro has fallen under the spell of animation and is setting up "Trollhunters," a feature project he will write and direct at DreamWorks Animation."

Read the whole article here.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Behind the Scenes of The Lion King

The Circle of Life - In my opinion, the most beautiful movie openings of all time:

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Milt Kahls Approach

I recently came across Sandro Cleuzo's blog Inspector Cleuzo, with lots of inspiring drawings from Disney movies, as well as some personal drawings.

Back in December 2009, he posted a very interesting post about how Milt Kahl approached a shot.

Read the post here!

It's also worth checking out the other posts on the blog. Lots of inspiration!

Behind the Ears - The Making of Roger Rabbit

Friday, September 17, 2010

"You're Going to Hollywood" by Cameron Fielding

Cameron Fielding, the author of the Flip blog and animator at Dreamworks Animation, has written a very interesting post about his journey leaving his home in England and moving across the Atlantic. Lots of awesome tips and advices!

Read the post here.

Katzenberg on 3-D Movies

Monday, September 13, 2010

Milt Kahl - The Animation Michelangelo

In April 2009, Andreas Deja hosted a panel, featuring Kathryn Beaumont (the voice of Alice and Wendy), Sybil Byrnes (Kahls daughter), Brad Bird, Ron Clements, John Musker and Floyd Norman, celebrating Milt Kahl.  

Here's some video highlights from that panel where the participants share interesting stories about their experiences with Milt Kahl.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Toon In - Animation Interviews

Just recently discovered the site Tune the World of Animation. It's been around since 2006 and has a bunch of interviews with people in the animation industry, such as Brad Bird, Lou Romano, Steve Hickner, Bill Plympton and many many more.

46 episodes are recorded so far an it's updated regularly.

It's worth checking out. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Animation Mentor Student Showcase 2010

Check out all the great work coming out of Animation Mentor in the 2010 Student Showcase

Also, take a look at this clip where graduate Jeffrey Engel talks about the shot he did that made it to the showcase.