An epic battle over a foxy goddess, made by 4 students at the french school Supinfocom Arles, in 2011, here is the short film A Fox Tale.  A gorgeous story, wonderfully realized with expert colouring…

Directed by: Thomas Bozovic, Alexandre Cazals, Julien Legay, Chao Ma.
Music by: Guy-Roger Duvert
Sound Design by: Nicolas Titeux


Bonus Feature!
Here is Chao Ma’s 2011 ShowReel showcasing some of the development and making of A Fox Tale.



INTERVIEW: Making Disney’s NEW Short Film ‘Paperman’

  Paperman is the latest 2D/CG animated short from Walt Disney Animation Studios.  Which will be introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, by first-time Director John Kahrs (Tangled, Toy Story 2, The Incredibles).

Here is an interview with Director John Kahrs and Producer Kristina Reed on making Paperman.  Enjoy…

Sneak Peek – Coming Soon

Wreak-It Ralph (Movie Trailer)
Paperman is debuting at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and will play in front of Disney’s Wreak-It Ralph (coming to theaters in November).  Here is a look at Wreak-It Ralph.  Enjoy…

Behind the Scenes: SyFy’s TASMANIAN DEVILS

  “Six daredevil friends break the rules and BASE jump into a remote area of Tasmania – where legendary creatures protect the land.”

   I recently completed some CG-Creature-Animation on a upcoming SyFy Channel creature-feature movie called Tasmanian Devils, starring Danica McKellar (aka Winnie Cooper) and Kenneth Mitchell, directed by Zach Lipovsky.  Here is a look at some behind-the-scenes footage of the live-action shoot… Enjoy the videos…

Tasmanian Devils BTS – Day 9:  Behind the scenes with Danica McKellar.

Tasmanian Devils BTS – Day 10:  Exploding a helicopter on the set of Tasmanian Devils…

Tasmanian Devils BTS – Day 14:  Blood explosion into a helicopter on the set of Tasmanian Devils.   You know it’s going to be good when the call is “3… 2… 1… Splat!”

Tasmanian Devils BTS – Day 15:  A closer look at one of the visual effects shots from Syfy’s Tasmanian Devils.  In this shot Roger Cross is pulled out of a helicopter, while pulling the camera back to create the illusion of him falling out. All shot in slow-motion.

So needless to say… there will be some explosions, and all of our heroes may not quite survive to the end.  Of course all this footage will be amped up in post-production, composited, CG creatures added, and color corrected.  I look forward to seeing how it all turns out.

Starring Cast:
… and a bunch of giant-mutant-Tasmanian Devils  ^__^

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DOCUMENTARY: THE SWEATBOX – A Rare Look at a Troubled Animation Production

For the first time in their history Disney allowed an outside film crew into their world to chronicle the nuts and bolts, blood, sweat and tears of their animation process – and at times they wished they hadn’t. This was the bumpiest ride anyone within the studio could remember – not what you would imagine in the cozy world of Mickey Mouse. And for Sting it was a lesson in collaboration that he often wished he hadn’t embarked on.

The documentary The Sweatbox was filmed by Sting’s wife Trudie Styler and never got an official release on a DVD extra.  Still this fascinating documentary is well worth watching, and has rarely been seen beyond the film festival circuit. 

Winner! for…
Best Documentary 2003 – 2003 IFCT

via Cartoon Brew:
  “The Sweatbox is at turns infuriating, hilarious and enlightening. You’ll cringe in sympathy with the Disney artists as you see the gross bureaucratic incompetence they had to endure while working at the studio in the 1990s. The film not only captures the tortured morphing of the Kingdom of the Sun into The Emperor’s New Groove, it also serves as an invaluable historical document about Disney’s animation operations in the late-1990s. If any questions remain about why Disney fizzled out creatively and surrendered its feature animation crown to Pixar and DreamWorks, this film will answer them.”

(Suggest you watch ASAP before it’s thrown back into the Disney vault)

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