October 28, 2013

MICKEY MOUSE SHORTS BY PAUL RUDISH

"I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing — that it all started with a mouse." --Walt Disney

These new Mickey Mouse shorts by Paul Rudish are injected with the right amount of high-energy Saturday Morning fun to make Mickey and his pals cool again. I am really digging the retro/contemporary style. It took 85 years, but Mickey Mouse is finally funny!!! All of the new Mickey Mouse shorts can be viewed in the playlist below!

October 15, 2013

DC COMICS CELEBRATES 75 YEARS OF SUPERMAN

It's no secret, I am a huge Superman fan. This year celebrates 75 years of the Man of Steel. Let me just say, what DC has released almost every month this year related to Superman has not disappointed. Zack Snyder's Man of Steel was all I hoped it would be and more. Scott Snyder and Jim Lee's Superman Unchained is just that- "off the chain!" And Zack Snyder made everyone's mind explode when he announced Batman vs. Superman at Comic-Con earlier this summer. And now, just this past weekend Zack Snyder has come through again, this time teaming up with the one and only Bruce Timm for this 2 minute animated short showcasing some of the most memorable moments and takes on the Last Son of Krypton over the past 75 years. Awesome!

October 1, 2013

ALEX SNOW - CLOUDY 2 REEL

Alexander Snow - Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 Reel from Alexander Snow on Vimeo.

The very best part about a career in Animation is having the privilege of working with some of the greatest people in the whole wide world. And among all of the great, amazing, wonderful friends I have made along the way, Alex Snow is easily among the top of my list of Best-est Animation Buds Ever! We haven't worked together in quite some time now, but that doesn't mean I don't miss him or stop rooting for him. We got to work together on some cool projects. His dream was to be an Animator on The Amazing Spider-Man. That dream came true. Then his dream was to work on Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2. That one came true too. I'm so proud of him. Check out his awesome shots from Cloudy 2! I miss your face Alex!!!

September 12, 2013

THE SCARECROW


This is a beautifully crafted short by Moonbot Studios called The Scarecrow for Chipotle Mexican Grill. Moonbot is an exciting up-and-coming studio in Shreveport, Louisiana with a lot of promise.

Moonbot Studios are the same people responsible for the Academy Award winning Best Animated Short Film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore in 2011, directed by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg.

Keep your eye on these guys. They're going to be Big-Time!

Shout out to my Character Animation homies Jason Behr and Kevin Koch! Great job guys!

September 10, 2013

TEMBO :(


Various Tembo Tests from Chaz Williams on Vimeo.

In the past year, many great studios here stateside have closed shop. Rhythm and Hues specifically comes to mind. I loved working there. Not because of the location, or the building, or the technology, or the projects (although all of those things are great), at the end of the day it's the people that make a studio great. When a studio is forced to close down for whatever reason, you feel for your friends who are suddenly out of work.

The thing that sucked the most about Digital Domain Media Group going bankrupt was the hope of what they could have become was never realized. These FANTASTIC Animation Tests for their first fully-animated feature film clearly prove that and it just makes the situation that much more depressing. Their location was great. My sister lived in Port St. Lucie when DD opened up down in Florida and the cost of living there was so affordable. My experience in this industry has required my wife and I to move quite a bit and we were excited about even the possibility of me moving down there to live closer to family. Their new facility they constructed was state-of-the-art. My sister literally lived across the street and sent me pictures of their new studio as it was being built. On top of all that, Tembo seemed like such a great idea. I've talked to a few people who had been hired to work on that film and the story for the film seemed to have a lot of heart and character. Elephants are my FAVORITE animal!!!

So much excitement. So much anticipation. So much disappointment. I really wanted Digital Domain Media Group to succeed.