Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Hobbit Stays in New Zealand!

After a couple of months of uncertainty, it's now clear that the Hobbit movies will be made in New Zealand, which is totally awesome :)

More about the development on The Hobbit:

Hollywood Reporter
New Zealand Herald

Thursday, October 21, 2010

DreamWorks Adapt Short Film ALMA into Feature

In what sounds like something out of a Cold War spy novel, DreamWorks Animation has made a deal with Pixar animator Rodrigo Blaas to adapt his award-winning short film Alma into a full length feature.


This is awesomes cool. I love this short and can't wait to see it developed into a feature.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Interview Lee Unkrich and Michael Arndt

Director Lee Unkrich and screenwriter Michael Arndt discuss the final film in the Toy Story trilogy.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Disneyland Stories



Peter Jackson directs The Hobbit

Awesome news! Peter Jackson will direct the two Hobbit films back-to-back.

From TVNZ:
The shooting of The Hobbit will begin in February with Sir Peter Jackson in the director's chair after co-financers gave the film the greenlight.


Interview AM Dreamworks Animators

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Tangled Crew

Podcast: John Hill

From Speaking of Animation:
In this interview we sat down with an amazing animator and supervisor, John Hill. John was really fun to talk with and had so much to share. 

We discuss how he got his start, working at Don Bluth, animating Bartok in Anastasia, and most recently Rumpelstiltskin in Shrek Forever After. 

We also dive in deep about his thoughts and experiences as an animation supervisor and his process as an animator. 

This interview is packed full of great advice. While prepping for the interview we noticed that John’s IMDB page wasn’t entirely accurate so to start we decided to clear up his history. Have fun and enjoy the interview!


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Morpheus - Free Maya Rig

Josh Burton are currently developing Morpheus - a free rig for Maya users that you can customize into a bunch of different characters.

The first Release Candidate of the rig has recently been released.

Check it out here!

More Tangled Videos

The Relevance of Mime in Animation

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Glen Keane Interview

Sean Ferguson has posted an extensive interview with Disney legend Glen Keane on the Why so Blu website in relation to the release of The Beauty and The Beast on Blu-Ray.

Read the interview here!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Pixar on Pixar

National Museums Scotland in association with 55degrees presents "Meet the pros" as part of the Pixar - 20 Years of Animation Exhibition. This is from March 2007, but still pretty interesting if you, like me :), haven't seen it before. Enjoy!

The Making of Cinderella

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Doug Sweetland Joins Sony Picture Animation

From PR Newswire: 
Doug Sweetland, the Academy Award®-nominated director of the 2008 Pixar short "Presto," is set to direct THE FAMILIARS for Sony Pictures Animation. Sam Raimi & Josh Donen are executive producers. Adam J. Epstein and Andrew Jacobson are writing the screenplay for THE FAMILIARS, based on their just published novel.

Read the whole press release here.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Early 'Review' of Tangled

Jim Hill has just posted an early 'review' of Tangled and it sounds promising!

From Jill Hill Media:
... last night, I got to see a not-quite-finished version of "Tangled." And after that screening on the Disney Lot, as I was being introduced to Byron Howard & Nathan Greno, I couldn't help myself. I actually blurted out: "Holy cr@p. You guys figured how to make great animated movies again."

Read the whole article here!

Interview with Pixar Intern Austin Madison