WATCH! BLACK DYNAMITE SEASON 2 OPENING: PROGRESS REEL

 

Main Title Sequence for the 2nd season of Black Dynamite: The Animated Series! Done by Studio Trigger (Kill La Kill, Little Witch Academia) and Sanzigen (Kill La Kill, Cyborg 009) (Ultra Super Pictures). 

Directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi (Kill La Kill).

  Enjoy!

FUN PRODUCTION FACT:
10 of the 22 cuts in this sequence were hand drawn illustrations (Still images & some Key animation like the foot gas pedal). The rest is all 3D animated / toon shading (Sanzigen). Frames were removed and shot on 1s, 2s and 3s to give the impact of classic Imaishi, 2D style timing. The crew had an absolute blast producing the Main Title and felt it was one of the more creatively liberating projects they’ve worked on. Imaishi felt the show style itself was so cool to him because the style looked inspired by Takeshi Koike, which he later admitted was his stylistic inspiration for Dead Leaves. 🙂

WATCH! ILM’s Hal Hickel Talk – on Creating Believable Giant Robot/Creature Performances and Collaboration – With BONUS: PACIFIC RIM Pipeline Special

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Great for Animators and Animation Enthusiasts alike;  ILM‘s Animation Supervisor for  PACIFIC RIMHal Hickel, talks about inspiration, the creative process, and creating believable performances with a sense of size, weight, scale, and a bit of style. As well as what it was like to collaborate with Director Guillermo del Toro

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Filmed during the Bloomberg Businessweek Design Conference 2014.

BONUS Feature
Here’s the Pipeline Special featurette from FX Guide TV discussing, in this elaborate behind-the-scenes video, how PACIFIC RIM‘s mind-blowing visual effects were made…

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WATCH: Rhythm & Hues – Life AFTER Pi – Documentary & Behind the Scenes

A short documentary about Rhythm & Hues Studios, the Visual Effects company that in 2013 won an Academy Award for its groundbreaking work on Life of Pi– just two weeks after declaring bankruptcy and laying off employees…

How could one of the most prestigious VFX companies in the world not be making any money? …

These were tragic, ironic times, and as employees, we were compelled to document it. As the bankruptcy finalized and layoffs continued, we began filming – watching helplessly as one of the most prestigious VFX companies in the world crumbled. As we all asked how this could happen, many stood up in outrage, sounding the alarm that this incident was not an isolated event, but a reflection of greater problems.

The old model of the movie business is passing away, yet modern-day Hollywood grips it ever more tightly. VFX companies and artists are treated as mere cogs in the machine, with little regard to creating a sustainable, collaborative working relationship. This will lead not only to the demise of more VFX companies, but to increasing instability industry wide.

Rhythm & Hues reached new heights in visual effects mastery with its stunning work on “Life of Pi,” yet they still fell into bankruptcy.

Life After Pi” reveals the behind-the-scenes factors that led to this sad and unforgettable moment in the history of Hollywood.

  Check it out!

This is only the first chapter of an upcoming feature-length documentary called “Hollywood Ending,” that delves into the larger, complex challenges facing the Film Industry and the many professionals working within it, whose fates and livelihood are intertwined.

You can learn more at hollywoodendingmovie.com.

Extra!
Here is a further look at – the making of the film Life of Pi