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Archive for June, 2007

Out of the Office Friday

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

We will be out of the office on Friday June 29th. We will be watching the first showing of Rataouille! We’ll be posting on it later.

Make sure that you also check out the preview for Wall-e, Pixar’s planned robot movie for 2008, here.

Screwied

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

I don’t know why it took me so long to see “Everyone’s Hero”. Probably due to the fact that the movie got clobbered in the press, and the critics told everyone that this movie was not worth seeing. It got struck out fast, but why?

The beautifully handpainted backgrounds, like dusty sunsets over sandlots, stood in contrast to the CG characters and gave the movie a charming old fashioned look and feel. Screwie, the foul ball with a bitter attitude, is the most well-rounded, entertaining animated character I have seen in a long while. It doesn’t take long to appreciate how much great animation can do with only a set of eyes, and a mouth. It is sad to see that the critics seemed to have been so desensitized by the modern fast paced CGs.

This is truly a film made for kids, and got rave reviews by both kids and parents. Because of its simplicity, and its lack of lip-service to adults, I would put it in the same category as the Iron Giant. Too bad the critics did not get into the swing of this movie.

Pearson Chemistry Assessments

Friday, June 8th, 2007

We have just finished a set of animations for Chemistry assessments for Pearson Educational Measurement. We can’t show the whole assessments and and animations, for obvious reasons, but we can show a few of the seperate art pieces.

Before we started this project, we held an interactive digital storyboard session with the client, in which we captured the necessary elements and animations for each Flash piece. The benefit of digital storyboarding is that, edits can easily be made while drawing. The storyboards are already set up at the right size, so we can easily import them into Flash for production.