Jan 24

Xilent – Boss wave

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Really nice music promo in an arcade old game style.

 

[vimeo=http://vimeo.com/57847101]

Director/Animaton/illustration/VFX: Kristofer Ström
Director/Animaton/3D/VFX: Erik Buchholtz
Director/Animaton/3D/VFX: Mikael Pettersén
Camera: Nils Byrfors
Game-music: Douglas Holmquist
Additional comp: Martin Ottosson, Filippa Edghill
Producer: Tamsin Glasson – Colonel Blimp
Producer: Bart Yates – Blinkink
Label: Audioporn records
Artist: Xilent
Track: Boss Wave

Dec 18

SVT 2 to show R.S Söderströms short on Christmas eve.

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R.S. Söderströms short movie Piggy (30 min) is beeing shown on Christmas Eve 18.00 SVT 2. Rickard is a swedish director educated at the National Filmschool of Denmark’s animationprogram. He graduated 2010 and this is his first film after filmschool. The movie is produced by A.Film Production ApS in Copenhagen. It is beeing shown in danish with swedish subtitles. Read more here: www.piggy-movie.com

[youtube=http://youtu.be/2AZNrkH2o_k]

Oct 27

How to land a job at Pixar.

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Re-blogged from creative bloq .

We asked Andrew Gordon, directing animator at Pixar, what advice he had for aspiring animators. Here’s what he had to say about how Pixar’s internships are dished out, the importance of portfolios and why you should offer to clean the toilets…

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What’s the best way into the industry?

“Definitely don’t have blinders on of ‘I just want to work at Pixar’ or ‘I just want to work here’. Basically get as much experience as you can, anywhere you can and do the best possible job you can. Ultimately you have to do the not-so-great jobs in order to get to the one you want.

Definitely don’t have blinders on of ‘I just want to work at Pixar’
“Internships are great if you can get them. I literally would say, ‘look just let me pack a box or I’ll clean the toilets’ but just let me work on this machine that no-one has access to. Back then you could not get access to the software, but since that’s not as much of an issue now, it’s more about getting an internship to work with someone in the industry that you respect. So when picking those internships you have to look at people and places and think ‘well, how can I learn?’. But also it really is about getting your foot in the door, also having a good attitude and not feeling like everything is too comfy.

When picking internships, look at people and places and think ‘How can I learn?’
“I’ve led the internship here at Pixar about three times and some of the danger of the interns coming in is that Pixar is a very cushy job. It’s got a nice gym, great education and they make it very comfortable. But sometimes it gets a bit too comfortable for these new guys and I think there’s a danger in that. It’s not that they shouldn’t have fun but at the same time it’s like, sink your work into your shot, not playing basketball for two hours.”

“For the new animators it’s just getting experience and if you don’t have access to experience, get yourself goals and assignments to do. Sign up for a class; do something where you are basically doing work, getting feedback on it and so growing and getting better. There’s so many ways to get that now. The internet has basically opened up new worlds.

“I’m starting an online programme called The Art Department.org and we’re trying to get some of the best teachers in the world to teach and give feedback on work. That’s nothing new, it’s all about how you take that feedback and get to the next level.”

Andrew Gordon advises getting as much experience in your desired field as possible
How do you choose who qualifies for the Pixar internship?

“We filter down the applications, looking for the really good people and then it just goes through a continual review process. Everyone just sits in a room and we put all the reels in a circle and watch them over and over again, until we end up with the final choices.

There’s not one specific reel that’s going to bag you a place
“Sometimes it comes down to a wildcard, you know, ‘That person is crazy but we’re going to go for it.” And then there’s the people that are obviously gifted and then the people that have potential. There’s not one specific reel that’s going to bag you a place.

“At the end of the day, it comes down to having good idea. And good sensibilities. It’s not about having a perfectly polished walk cycle; it really comes down to the ideas and the acting ideas as well.”

Get your foot in the door and you could end up with an office with a secret room too!
What three pieces of advice do you have for budding animators?

“Firstly, build a really strong foundation of traditional art because even though you don’t have to learn it, it helps in the design of poses, in the staging of shots, etc. So I would say learn as much about that stuff as you can before you start on the computer.

Build a really strong foundation of traditional art
“Then I’d say, really sink yourself into your work and just be dedicated to it and focus on an aspect of it that you like. If you want to be a lighter, go into lighting. If you like animation, focus on animations and not so much on lighting. Really go deep in your understanding of your profession.

“The last thing is to be smart about knowing what you would eventually want to be. Being an animator for 15-20 years, it’s definitely rewarding work. But at some point you want to be able to have the chops to do other things, whether it be directing or doing a short. I think that doing films or pieces of work that show storytelling ultimately helps in the very end or during your career because the medium is all about telling stories, it’s not just about one or two shots. It’s about bringing across a character or a moment and not losing sight of that.

Once you get complacent, that’s the danger. You’ve got to always be pushing
“I’ve been doing this for 15 years and I’m still looking for new experiences. You have to keep learning. Once you get complacent, you sit in your job and just do the same thing over and over – that’s the danger. You’ve got to always be pushing.”

Hard work and a desire to always push himself has resulted in Andrew Gordon working on numerous Pixar hits, including Toy Story 3, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles
Does Pixar require a particular education to get hired or is it based on portfolio?

“I think any art-based job is more about your portfolio and less about credentials. Because at the end of the day employers want to know that you can do the job. You could have a master’s degree or a Dr in animation if it was possible to get one, it doesn’t matter.

I think any art-based job is more about your portfolio and less about credentials
“At the end of the day, we’re looking for people that have a quality or a sensibility of either animation or design. Whether it be designing characters, a storyboard or being an animator, there really is something that that department is looking for.

“With my department (animation) we’re looking for people who are great actors or that show tremendous potential. If they have some serious acting skills, we will take a chance. That’s half the battle you know, really finding those types of people.

We’re looking for people that have a quality or a sensibility of either animation or design
“You get a lot of reels that are the same type of reel all featuring the same exercises. But the ones that are rare are where the applicant has done something different in their approach.

“We will always look at reels from all creative fields, including motion designers, but we always have to think about where we are going to put that person. A lot of motion designers, if we’re talking about After Effects type of things, are the people that might do the credits or animate the storyboards.”

Oct 25

Roy awards winners.

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The swedish ROY awards winners from yesterday. Big congratulations to all!

Againstallodds in the animation category

Smutleys

[vimeo=https://vimeo.com/41279001]

Chimney pot for Lotto-mannen i the vfx category

[youtube=http://youtu.be/ImTILDa3Ccc]

Oct 10

O2 | Fido

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Fido has created a very agile raccoon for O2 in Germany.

[vimeo=http://vimeo.com/51134199]

Agency: VCCP
Production Company: Partizan

VFX: Fido
VFX Producer: Claes Dietmann
CG Supervisor: Staffan Linder
VFX Line Producer: Anders Singstedt
Character Concept & Design: Marcus Forsberg
Modeling: Magnus Eriksson, Staffan Linder, Joakim Eriksson
Rigging: Staffan Linder, Cameron Scott
Lookdev: Johan Gabrielsson, Anna Hilding, Björn Arvidsson, Peter Aversten, Anders Nyman, Joakim Eriksson
Animation: Rickard Engqvist, Staffan Linder, Jonas Forsman, Niklas Lundgren
FX: Timmy Lundin, Max Erlandsson
Lighting: Björn Liljequist, Johan Gabrielsson, Anna Hilding, Björn Arvidsson, Peter Aversten, Anders Nyman, Joakim Eriksson
Compositing: Karl Rydhe, Martin Borell, Pontus Albrecht, Daniel Norlund
Online: Linda Öhlund

Sep 19

Teaser – Opening sequence GIFF | Milford

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New press release from Milford today. They are working on this years opening sequence for GIFF (Göteborg film festival). Check out the teaser they have produced so far. Looking forward to see the end result.

[youtube=http://youtu.be/RzlOIQSoNLk]

 

Kund: Göteborg International Film Festival
Ad agency: SCP
Production company: Milford Film & Animation
3D/VFX company: Milford Film & Animation
Directors: Fredrik Falck from FLX and Derek Picken from againstallodds
Milford Film animates the well-known festival dragon
Animation studio Milford Film & Animation steps into the festival scene as they for the first time become one of the main sponsors of the Göteborg International Film Festival. Milford Film will produce the vignette film for the 2013 year festival and sees the creation of the festival dragon as an exciting opportunity to develop a dynamic creature in a cinematic environment. The original dragon concept was previously developed by the film festival’s advertising agency SCP.
We work mostly for clients abroad and it is not that often opportunities arise to produce character animation here in Sweden. This project really fits our ambition to further develop dynamic and realistic creature animation. That the dragon is well-known and popular makes this project even more fun and challenging”, says Johan Gustafsson, CEO and Executive Producer at Milford Film.
Since June this year, Milford Film has worked on the design of the dragon as well as the story of the opening sequence together with SCP and production companies againstallodds and FLX. Johan Gustafsson further explains: “We decided to work together and brainstorm to come up with the best story. The dragon is now about 5 years old and as mischievous as any child, which means that anything can happen in this film.” The vignette is currently in pre-production”