February 28, 2014

G.I. Joe: The Movie - Opening Sequence

Possibly one of the best openings to an animated film? I think so!

"The Wayward Hat" - by Grahaeme Cowie

February 26, 2014

Riding Shotgun: The Animated Series - Crowdfunding Campaign

Watch the pilot here.

Help fund the online mini-series here.

"Stripped" Premieres Tonight!

iTunes Pre-Sales Go Live Tonight! 

Spread the word, tell everyone!

Bill Watterson himself drew the poster for the film! It's his first public cartoon in 19 years!

Here's today's story in the NYTimes

STRIPPED is a feature documentary on the world's best cartoonists. It brings together the world’s best cartoonists to talk about the art form they love, and what happens to it as newspapers die. 

Batman vs The Terminator

Vine Animation by Marlo Meekins

February 12, 2014

Season 4 is coming!

Cancer Australia - Patient Involvement

Directed by Stefan and Guy at themagnificentitch.com.au/
Modelling and Rigging Jordan McInnes
Animation by David Parle&nbsp
Music by Stephen Frost.stereocouture.com/en/
Design Lilian Darmono and Peter Yong

February 09, 2014

"Michel Homm" by Simon Landrein

"Juste de l'eau" by Carlos De Carvalho

"The story takes place in Lisbon at the time of the great maritime discoveries. Explorers, looking like pigs, arrive in the harbour after a long voyage across the oceans. Everywhere in the city small groups gather and congratulate each other. Couples meet again after a long separation and hug one another. They organize spontaneous round dances and celebrate their return. Meanwhile, a young pig has the strange feeling of being completely isolated from the others in his own native city."

February 08, 2014

February 05, 2014

Animation Basics

A very nice introductory video.

Stuart Freeborn

A year ago today, the legendary Stuart Freeborn, passed away. He has been referred to as the "grandfather of modern make-up design" and is perhaps best known for his work on the original Star Wars trilogy, most notably the design and fabrication of Yoda and Jabba The Hut.

Stuart was already a makeup legend when he started on Star Wars. He brought with him not only decades of experience, but boundless creative energy. His artistry and craftsmanship will live on forever in the characters he created. His Star Wars creatures may be reinterpreted in new forms by new generations, but at their heart, they continue to be what Stuart created for the original films.

Freeborn's earliest work in the film industry was designing the hair and make-up worn by Alec Guinness, while at Denham Studios as Fagin in Oliver Twist. Freeborn's most famous work is creating the make-up for all of the characters in the Star Wars trilogy, including Chewbacca and Yoda; he based Yoda on his own face and partly on Albert Einstein. He oversaw the design of the original Jabba the Hutt puppet used in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, as well as the creation of the Ewoks.

Freeborn was also the make-up artist on Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, where he created the humans/apes for the "Dawn of Man" sequence. He worked on Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, handling Peter Sellers' multiple lead roles. He also worked with Sellers in several other films, including Heavens Above!, Mr. Topaze, and Soft Beds, Hard Battles and he was the make-up visual supervisor in the Superman films.

His wife Kay assisted her husband on several occasions; their son Graham was also a prolific make-up artist before his death in 1986.

Freeborn passed away in London on 5 February 2013, at the age of 98.