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New 'Brave' trailer from Disney Pixar
Written by Charles   
Thursday, 17 November 2011 16:32

This went up on YouTube yesterday and already has half a million views. As expected, the highly anticipated "Brave" is looking pretty darn good so far. The forum topic for this trailer can be found here. To see some development artwork for the film follow this link. Brave is scheduled for release June 22, 2012.

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CG Commercial Animation circa 1987
Written by Charles   
Thursday, 17 November 2011 06:56

Nearly 25 years ago, Benson & Hedges, the cigarette company, aired a couple of very impressive commercials for the day that still hold up in our age. In 1987 as it is currently, cigarette commercials were not allowed to be broadcast in the US. These two were aired internationally.

Produced by Omnibus / Abel Animation, check out the state of the art CGI at a time when the emerging technology was still in its infancy. I've assembled a series of videos and links concerning what Omnibus /Abel were doing during the decade of the 1980s that you'll find historically significant and interesting. Check them out here

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Animated commercials from Sherwin-Williams
Written by Charles   
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 16:35

A company that produces paints is a natural for delving into the arts and it's especially exciting when animation is the focus of their commercial messages. Such is the case with Sherwin-Williams. They've been sponosring the production of animated commercials for a long time, and the ones that have recently been airing are very impressive and beautiful to watch. I'm developing the Forum topic with several examples of these commercials.

The one featured here is a fine example of the many that are available for viewing. This particular paint chips themed campaign was developed in the US at McKinney of Durham, North Carolina. The animation was produced at Buck in New York City, and the music hails from Beacon Street Studios of Venice, California.

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Motivarti.org - Mentorship site launched
Written by Charles   
Monday, 14 November 2011 17:07

Motivarti

There's a new website available for students looking to get hooked up with a mentor in the Los Angeles area. The Motivarti Mentorship Program was formed to help bridge the gap between students and artists working in LA. The goal is to give aspiring artists all around the nation and the world an opportunity to try and connect with the industry’s top professionals. Whether you’re hoping to get into visual development, concept design, storyboarding, animation, character design, or even children’s book illustration or theme park design, Motivarti.org is striving to gather a variety of mentors just for you. You can access the site through the links provided and also read the communication provided to us by the site's founder, Jackie Huang, at this link to the Forums.

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3D Printing - Amazing Technology
Written by Charles   
Saturday, 12 November 2011 16:15

If you're aware of what's happening with 3D printing, chances are you're as enthusiastic as I am about what the prospects of this technology for the future. Currently it can incredible things. Imagine what this will be like in years to come as it develops further. Here's a video describing what the ZPrinter 650 from the Z Corporation can do.

Here's a great video that shows the ZPrinter 650 in action, as a real life crescent wrench is printed at such a high level of quality and fidelity, it can work as well as the original.

Artistically, there's an endless horizon as to what this can do for creative endeavors such as 3D sculpting. Take for example the work of Eric van Straaten from the Netherlands who comes up with surreal and complex subjects that he produces through a 3D printing process. This technology can also be applied to food, fabrics, just about anything as the videos I've assembled here illustrate. The day is approaching, and in many ways is already here, where we'll be able to use this process to manufacture our own products in a corner of our studio. Much to look forward to in the realm of 3D printing.

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