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Hi, Sally Menke (1953-2010)

“When it comes to the editing, I write with Sally”, says Quentin Tarantino, in an interview that precedes the Hi Sally gag reel (a compilation of footage put together from film footage outtakes) from 2007′s “Death Proof.” Actors and crew would turn to the camera to send a message to Sally in the editing room,…

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Pixar: A Human Story of Computer Animation

 I came across this video awhile ago, at 1:41:48 in length it is a bit long, BUT as a fascinating and in-depth interview and discussion about the origins of computer animation it is worth the time to checkout and  features: Brad Bird, Writer/Director, The Incredibles, Pixar Animation Studios, Ed Catmull, Co-Founder and President, Pixar Animation…

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The Illusionist

L’illusioniste:  A trailer for Sylvain Chomet‘s new film “L’illusioniste”   Watch the video now: Bonus feature: Les Triplettes de Belleville:  From Director / Writer Sylvain Chomet a trailer for his 2003 acclaimed animated feature film “The Triplets of Belleville”   Watch the video now:

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1 full year – time lapse – The Longest Way 1.0

I saw this awhile back and well… it kind of blew my mind and made me want to take my camera for a walk.  A stunning real life adventure shared…The Longest Way 1.0 – one year walk/beard grow time lapse:by Christoph RehageNovember 9th 2007 – November 13th 2008one year on foot – 4646km through Chinaunlimited…

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“Sintel” by Colin Levy

Sintel:  An independently produced short film, initiated by the Amsterdam-based Blender Foundation, directed by Savannah College of Art and Design Student, Colin Levy. It is the third film produced by the foundation—the first two were Elephants Dream (2006) and Big Buck Bunny (2008). With initial funding provided by thousands of donations via the internet, this…

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Gesture vs Lip-sync

Following up on my last 2 posts — here’s evidence that great acting and gestures will sell your shot, more than lip-sync. Watch this video now: It works really well and makes me laugh every time. So make sure your character’s body sells the line before you go crazy trying to get the lip-sync right.…

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Great Reference for Animating Facial Expressions

Kids are AWESOME!  Generally unhindered their raw reactions and interactions to things is so honest and expressive… which of course makes for some great reference and analysis for animation (: So following up on my last post  here are a couple fun  videos done observing kids.  Immersion:    Photographer Robbie Cooper shows how focused young…

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Facial Subtlety & Nonverbal Communication

In animation, in order to help bring our characters to life, (among other things like the 12 Principles of Animation, etc), we study ‘facial performance and nonverbal communication.’ In affect animators are actors, and as actors we learn a lot goes into a good performance; subtleties of how the body moves, how its weight shifts,…

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