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Gagne Michel
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A friend of mine send me a link to this trailer and I thought AN would be a good place to pass it on. Great 2D design and animation. I love it:

http://thesecretofkells.com/trailer.php

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mojodesign
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Wow, I wish I worked on this. You can take any still in the trailer and it would make a great poster.

-Jose S.

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Graphiteman
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Very nice there is a link to the creative talent under "animators".
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VAN_Paulus
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If you would like more behind the scenes info
The filmaker Tomm has been keeping a very cool blog
about the varying stages of the project .




http://theblogofkells.blogspot.com/

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SNAKEBITE
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BEAUTIFUL!!!!

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andim8
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hope this gets released here. looks stunning
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Olve
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The director Tomm Moore is a good friend of mine from animation college. Him and a bunch of my other incredibly talented fellow students had already back then started developing this project in their spare time.
It's fantastic to think back to those days and now see the film finally finished and ready for the big screen.
Great work!

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SoleilSmile
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Oh PRETTY! I wanna see! When do you think the French will share this wonderful film with us?

Gimme, s'il vous plait.

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EustaceScrubb
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Three additional clips from The Secret of Kells (in French, though the original is in English . The film was made by Cartoon Saloon in Ireland ... with satellite studios in Belgium, France, Spain, and Brazil . Quite the international production) ---


3 Clips from "The Secret of Kells"

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Charles
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Exquisite! The more of this I see the more impressive it becomes.

I'm feeling this is a landmark film not only in the history of 2D animation, but in the history of animation in general.

I offer my sincerest congratulations to all the folks involved with the movie, and add to that the same sentiment for its commercial success.

Can someone share with us the secret of the software that was used?

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EustaceScrubb
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quote:
Can someone share with us the secret of the software that was used?

Charles-

I have read that on Tomm Moore's new film , "Song of the Sea" , they are planning on going totally paperless using TVP Animation .

But from what I can tell in having followed the production blog for "Brendan & The Secret of Kells" over the past couple of years , most of Secret of Kells was animated traditionally on paper , with a few sequences done in Flash. I believe they used ANIMO for the digital ink & paint on the traditionally animated parts. Then there was quite a bit of additional compositing work done with After Effects.

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EustaceScrubb
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By the way, they're also producing a comic book version of the film.

Here are two of the colored pages from the comic:


Brendan & Secret of Kells Comic Book - sample page


Brendan & Secret of Kells Comic Book sample page 2

Beautiful , eh ?

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Charles
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Thanks for that, do you or anyone know what the budget for the film came in at in euros or dollars?

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Joris
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I worked on this one two summers ago, and went to the Belgian premiere yesterday!
Of course I'm a bit biased, but I think it looks absolutely stunning! Nothing like this has ever been done before on such a grand scale. Also, the story it tells is very unique. Go see it if you have the chance!

Compositing was done in After Effects and Fusion.
Animo was used for the traditional animation, while stuff like the celtic snake was done in 3DSmax.
As far as I know, there were no studios from Spain involved, but a chunk of animation was done in Hungary (which wasn't mentioned yet above).
To synchronize the work done by all the studios over the world, Hobsoft developed a piece of software to streamline the whole production pipeline.
If I'm not mistaken, the budget was €5 million.

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Charles
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If that's the budget, it's around $6.5 mil US. A very reasonable one for the quality of this film, which means a high likelihood of profitability. Plus it's being distributed by Disney's international arm and will probably be funneled through the Disney system for TV when that time comes. Again, congrats to everyone involved. A remarkable job on what appears to be a remarkable film.

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hcjehg
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Here is a link to a descussion of the HoBSoft services mentioned by Joris:
http://www.animationnation.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=2;t=001977

and:
http://www.hobsoft.net

See in the Demonstrations section how Tomm would approve scenes with HobSoft. Select "Approve/Retake"

The worksplit was approximately like this:
Pre production and Story up to Layout was done in Kilkenny Ireland.
Backgrounds: Kilkenny and Angoulême, France
Animation: Kilkenny, Brussels, Sao Paolo and Keckskemet, Hungary
Cleanup: Sao Paolo and Keckskemet
Ink & Paint: Liege
Compositing: Brussels and Angoulême
3D: Brussels
Final editing: Paris

All being directed and edited (except for final editing) from Kilkenny... and with no kaos
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It was a pleasure seeing the film evolve. First scene through Ink & Paint was super

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I saw the film, twice.

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hcjehg
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quote:
Can someone share with us the secret of the software that was used?
  • That was Photoshop for Layouts and BG's
  • Good old pencils and paper for animation and cleanup.
  • Linetest in Animo
  • Ink and paint in proprietary software in Digital Graphics (http://www.digitalgraphics.be)
  • Composite:

Final scan in very high resolution, and not vectorised, to get the "soul of the pencil" onto the screen.

More later...

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quote:
Can someone share with us the secret of the software that was used?
  • Composite: Combustion, Shake and SoftAnim
  • Misc: A little bit of flash
  • Editing: Avid
  • Production system: HoBSoft

Marvellous [Smile]

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quote:
Can someone share with us the secret of the software that was used?
  • 3D: 3DSMax by "Walking The Dog" in Belgium


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