BEHIND THE SCENES BREAKDOWN: Paperman – Disney’s NEW short film

Paperman is the latest and much-praised short from Walt Disney Animation Studios, which will be shown in front of the studios newest animated feature, Wreck-It Ralph, opening early next month.

It is an exciting time to be working in the animation medium. The short was created using a fascinating blend of computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, utilizing a new Disney in-house technology called Meander, a vector based drawing tool that gives the artist a lot of power to manipulate the drawn line.

Director John Kahrs (Tangled, Toy Story 2, The Incredibles,…) says…
  “We brought together as best we could the expressiveness of 2D drawing immersed with the stability and dimensionality of CG. It really goes back to working with Glen Keane on Tangled, watching him draw over all the images.”

  “… We discovered that he (Brian Whited) was programming this thing and building this software – and we just totally took it over, hijacked him and his program and got him on the project.  It’s not like a texture map.  It’s
just like painting on the surface of the CG. It actually moves on a 2d layer that’s driven by the CG.  And the greatest thing about the tool is that all of that drawing is right up front with the hand drawn animator; right there in their space so they can see what they’re doing.”

“… I loved Tangled – and I feel like we’re in a golden age right now with CG – all the studios today are competing with a stylized form of realism.  I have to believe that’s not the only way that animation can look. I feel like 2D needs to come into the place where it can compete with a big blockbuster movie that has tons of cg and so forth.  We have to push the processes and techniques and see where we can take them.”
A video has been released showing a breakdown of this new technique and technology in action, check it out…


“There was drawing everywhere…”

Click here to see related post: INTERVIEW: Making Disney’s NEW Short Film ‘Paperman’
Click here to see related post: TRAILER: Wreck-It Ralph

Pixar’s Presto | Doug Sweetland – INTERVIEW – ANIMATIC & SHORT FILM

Pixar’s Presto is as perfect an homage to classic Hollywood cartoons as could be – fast paced, strong poses, appealing characters and visual gags, charming and original – pure awesome from frame one.  Directed by Doug Sweetland, Pixar veteran, award winning animator and academy award nominated director.  Doug Sweetland talks about the making of the short film Presto…


NOW… a… SPECIAL TREAT… Here is a ‘rough’ story-ideas-animatic which includes a number of ideas not seen in the final version, done in almost a story pitch style.

And now… here is the ‘final’ animatic
(It would be great to see more stuff like this on the Pixar DVDs)

Now… here is… the film…


Pixar re-used the same theater in the very beginning of their feature film UP 
– when you see Young Carl Fredricksen sitting in the theater watching the news reels of Charles Muntz’s adventures.

EXTRA Bonus Feature!
The music of Presto
Scot Stafford says a quick word about the musical themes and general approach to scoring Presto…


Shown in theaters before Pixar’s 2008 feature length film WALL-E.

ANDREW STANTON: Animation Mentor Commencement Speech 2012

Insightful inspiration and some shrewd advice about the life of an Animator.  If you are an Animator of any kind, you NEED to watch this. WALL-E, Toy Story, John Carter, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc, and more… Pixar’s Andrew Stanton addresses Animation Mentor’s Summer 2012 Graduates – check it out… Enjoy! Animation Mentor, of which I am…