Saturday, August 31, 2013

SIGGRAPH 2013 Anaheim, CA : Diaries : Day 08

Day 08, Wednesday

Figure 01. I was snapped on camera at work! We are in the process of making attendee's their 3D Lenticular Cards.

Figure 02. This really threw me off... I did't know people could Skype somebody into one of these machines so they can drive themselves around the conference... An even talk to each other on the machines, this is a picture of 3 people in 3 locations talking. It was a really great and funny thing to see.

Figure 03. Lunch break to visit the SV Chapter's Luncheon. And... I bumped into my new friends on my way back to shift.

Figure 04. Job Fair
Talking to the recruiters at Double Negative - Cool

Figure 05. The gates of Monsters University - Pixar Stand

Figure 06. The Z-Brush stand (Sorry Stitch - Didn't get a chance to get the photo we discussed ;)   )

After a day at work - it was time for play

Figure 07. Ummmm... I think the plan was to just work our way down the list

Figure 08. House of Blues Ribs.... These are some of the best Ribs I've ever eaten... Glad my appetite had decided to return on this day!

Figure 09. Blue one.... tasted yummy

Figure 10. Pudding

Figure 11. Walking around the Disney Gallery Shop after dinner I spotted this guy working away in the corner... He was working on a 'Wreck it Ralph'

Figure 12. I liked the lighting on the walk back

SIGGRAPH 2013 Anaheim, CA : Diaries : Day 07

Day 07, Tuesday

Figure 01. Talking with Sean Hannon in the SV office.

Today I was chilling out in the SV office and Sean Hannon sat down and started watching something on his laptop. He then turned to me with a big grin on his face and said wow.... I love your animation. Then we sat and discussed aspects of it and opinions. 

Figure 02. Sean Hannon

A bit about Sean's experience - Currently animating several principal characters of 'Smurfs 2' and 'The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow'. Has worked on commercials, game cinematics and pre-viz. Sean is also a Student Volunteer Subcommittee member and he has some really cool contacts that have arranged to come and show us some really great geeky things - including the Pixar talks.

Figure 03. Some more SIGGRAPH Bling.

After chatting with Sean I had my appointment with the reel and resume review panel. I was asked to sit down with a guy called Toby Cochran,

Figure 04. Toby Cochran (Left)

I sat with Toby and we discussed Winnie for quite a while, followed by advice on my Resume to make it POP, so some great advice and another cool contact made. 

Toby is currently working at PLAYSTUDIOS as a Mobile Content Manager & Associate Producer, with experience as a Production Artist / Technical Artist / Studio Event Coordinator as well as being the Owner / Director of Big Grin Productions, to name a few.

Next up on the schedule was a special talk with Bobby Beck, CEO of Animation Mentor.

A piece about Bobby Beck : is The Online Animation School focused on teaching anyone in the world the skills to become a professional animator. We've brought together the entire professional animation industry allowing them to have the opportunity to pass their skills and experience to the next generation of talent. 

As CEO/President I focus my efforts on maintaining and growing the strategic vision and relationships of the company. 

If you are interested in learning more visit our site ( to see and listen to the success stories and experiences this exiting online community is having.

Specialties:Leadership, goals and strategic planning, relationship building, education analysis, curriculum advisor, Animation production pipeline, storyboarding, animated and live action film production.

This was such an energy filled and inspiring discussion, he's constantly jumping around as if there's no drain on the batteries. We got to see his reference video footage of him running around a room like a little girl to animate 'BOO' from Pixar's Monster's Inc. As well as a TON on great advice about animation and processes.

After these brilliant discussions through out the day it was time to celebrate Patrick's birthday (this time not at a Disney party) but we did go to Downtown Disney.... Ironic? Can't escape Disney.

Figure 05. Downtown Disney

Figure 06. Downtown Disney

Figure 07. MORE PIZZA

Figure 08. Downtown Disney

Figure 09. Downtown Disney

Figure 10. Downtown Disney

Figure 11. SVs at dinner - with drinks!

Things got pretty funny

CGAA Misc: Lovely Monster

This 'documentary' by Francesco Calabrese works best if you just sit back and watch it...

Friday, August 30, 2013

CGAA One-A-Day: Slug Invasion

It's not just CG slugs that get skewered in this entertaining animation short from The Animation Workshop - Hollywood war film tropes get a good going over too.  There's a nice visual gag in here: an appropriation of Saving Private Ryan's desaturated cinematography by way of transitioning between the war zone world and the otherwise bucolic garden.  Fun.

Star Wars Episode 7 To Be Shot On Film, Not Digital

"Cinematographer Dan Mindel ASC, BSC will be reteaming with JJ Abrams to shoot Star Wars Episode VII. That comes as no surprise as Mindel worked with Abrams on the Star Trek films and Mission: Impossible III. The big news is that Mindel says that Episode 7 will be shot on Kodak film stock 5219 film, NOT digital cameras like the last couple prequel movies..." More here.

Incoming! New CGAA Year One Blogs!

It's that time of year again and all you CGAA veterans know the drill. Add these new recruits to your Blogger reading lists and then go introduce yourselves. Let's make them feel at home. Many more to come, so keep your eyes peeled for the 'New!' icon over the coming days.

CGAA Cinema: The Passions and Techniques of Steven Spielberg

Thanks to Steven Benedict for putting together this stirring, passionate overview of Spielberg's cinematic syntax.  It just made want to watch all of Spielberg's movies again.  There is magic captured in these reels - no question, and it's always inspiring to hear someone give voice to their own delight and admiration. You should find ten minutes to watch this.

CGAA One-A-Day: Much Better Now

A bookmark is stuck in a forgotten book that is one day knocked over by wind. It experiences its environment by surfing the pages that turn in to ocean-waves, enjoying the ride of its life. As the book cover closes light reveals new challenges... A charming, award-winning animated short + some fascinating behind-the-scenes insights too.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

CGAA One-A-Day: Things You'd Better Not Mix Up

'Laugh Out Loud'!

Wombling into the 21st century: 70s favourites set for TV return in 2015 after CGI revamp

A new CGI womble!

"The Wombles are coming back to TV and the loveable litter-pickers have had a high-tech makeover..."  Read the full article here.

CGAA Misc: The Centrifuge Brain Project

I just want you to take a couple of minutes to watch this short 'mockumentary' written, produced and directed by Till Nowak.  It includes some nicely executed VFX stuff, but it's witty, wonderful and it will make you 'laugh out loud'.  It will also terrify you a bit too - even those among you who like a thrill ride or two! 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

CGAA Misc: Monster Roll

An entertaining 'proof of concept' short pitting sushi chefs against oceanic behemoths!

Miniature 'human brain' grown in lab!

Have you seen this yet?  This is incredible - like something from a b-movie... mini-brains grown in jars!

CGAA Misc: Bjork - Mutual Core

I featured Andrew Thomas Huang's strange and wonderful Solipsist on the group blog a while back, and his video for Bjork's Mutual Core again combines physical props and puppetry with sinuous VFX to extraordinary effect.  Be sure to check out the 'making of' too.

China Box Office: JURASSIC PARK 3D Proves Dinosaurs Still Rule The Earth

"While the debate continues to rage in Hollywood about the merits of 3D conversion, with industry leaders like James Cameron railing against the trend, China underscores its hunger for all things 3D by embracing the 20th anniversary 3D re-release of Spielberg's dinosaur theme park adventure enthusiastically, which has seen the film take almost RMB200 Million in its first 6 days on release."  Full article here.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

To Invent Your Own Life's Meaning Is Not Easy....

A few words of support and philosophical balm for all of you on the 'road less travelled'  - courtesy of Bill Watterson. Go here!

CGAA One-A-Day: Hinode

From Tetsuka Niiyama - Hinode - literally dazzling!

HINODE from niiyama on Vimeo.

CGAA Speed Paint Challenge: Augustus Savininkas' Stupendous Travelling Circus.Bring on the Clowns AKA:Five Shades of Gloom.

The clowns of the circus are known by the rest of the cast and crew as " The Fives shades of Gloom". these guys are the ultimate representation of all that is wrong with clowning. A group of more disparate, sullen, dour, angry and borderline psychotic individuals could not be found. Despite their mutual distrust and hatred of each other they really are as close knit as a basket of vipers.

Despicable Me 2's Fart Blaster Is Hollywood's Hottest Toy of the Summer!

It's official: Despicable Me 2's Fart-Blaster toy is the must have accessory...

"In July, two weeks before Universal Pictures' Despicable Me 2opened in U.K. theaters, retailers and Thinkway Toys, the master license holder for the animated movie, pulled their TV and print advertising. The entire line of DM2 toys already had sold out.

"Customers were coming in and getting very upset they couldn't get the Minions," says Stephanie Sperber, president of Universal Partnerships & Licensing. "And this is after three reorders and air-freighting in products, which in the toy business is unheard of. People don't air-freight. It makes things exponentially more expensive."

What happened in the U.K. wasn't isolated. Sales for DM2 toys in the U.S., other parts of Europe, Mexico and Latin America were equally robust. In a summer heavy with animated family movies, surprisingly few exploded at the box office and at retail.Despicable Me 2, which scored the biggest opening to date for an animated movie at $293 million worldwide in five days, was a star in both."

Read the full article here.

CGAA One-A-Day: Contre Temps

Something ravishing! Visit the official site here for some production drawings too.