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Huffington Post -- How cinematographer Roger Deakins helped blur the line between live-action and animated features
It wasn't a phone call that Roger Deakins had ever expected to receive. This acclaimed English cinematographer -- best known for his Oscar-nominated work for the Coen brothers and Sam Mendes -- had strictly been working the live-action side of the street. But when Pixar Animation Studios reached...
14 May 2013
Huffington Post -- "The Croods" directors reveal how DreamWorks Animation's caveman comic-adventure evolved
Huffington Post -- "The Croods" directors reveal how DreamWorks Animation's caveman comic-adventure evolved You'd think given the sophisticated sorts of folks who annually attend the Berlin Film Festival that this wouldn't be the sort of crowd which would enthusiastically embrace...
26 Feb 2013
Huffington Post -- The online premiere of Disney's "Paperman"
Huffington Post -- The online premiere of Disney's "Paperman" So what do you know about " Paperman ," that new Walt Disney Animation Studios production which was recently nominated for a Best Animated Short Oscar ? Well, you may have heard that this mostly black-and-white film...
30 Jan 2013
It took a smarter-than-the-average animation supervisor to make "Yogi Bear"
What was the toughest part of riding herd on all of the CG artists at Rhythm & Hues who worked on " Yogi Bear " ? According to Alex Orrelle , the Animation Supervisor on this new Warner Bros ' live-action/computer animated 3D adventure, it was actually when he had to persuade his crew...
27 Dec 2010
Toon Tuesday: The Wow Factor
I’ve often been asked this goofy question. “How would you run an animation studio if you were in charge?” Questions like this come from young people who assume I have answers. The truth is, I’m not in that position, and I don’t expect to be. However, I once ran my own business...
1 Jun 2010
Disney conjures up a modern-day “Sorcerer’s Apprentice”
Leo N. Holzer
For several generations, Disney’s “ Sorcerer’s Apprentice ” has been best known as one of the most famous sequences in animation and for its iconic image of Mickey Mouse . But Nicolas Cage , director Jon Turteltaub and producer Jerry Bruckheimer may soon change all that, especially among younger movie...
27 Apr 2010
“Disney Prep and Landing” claims the top spot among this year’s holiday specials
For 35 years now, “ Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ” has been leading the way. At least when it comes to Christmas specials. Ever since this Rankin/Bass production first premiered on NBC in December of 1964, year after year, “Rudolph” has consistently occupied the top spot. Ratings-wise, that is. But...
16 Dec 2009
Revised version of “Timing for Animation” now features the best of the past & the future
Last week, the International Animated Film Society revealed who was in the running for this year’s Annies (which are the animation industry’s equivalent of the Academy Awards). And among those singled out for recognition this time around were writer, teacher, animator, historian and all-around-nice-guy...
9 Dec 2009
Disney’s looking for Beatles sound-alikes to come climb aboard its “Yellow Submarine” remake
If you keep an eye on DisneyAuditions.com , you’ll see that Casting is constantly looking for people to play the Characters . New hirers who’d be willing to climb inside one of those often hot walk-around suits and then go out & entertain Guests on a Disney cruise ship and/or in one of the theme...
23 Nov 2009
Monday Mouse Watch : “Carol” makes cash registers ring, while “Frog” ‘s financial future makes Disney animators jumpy
You’re going to read a lot of stories this morning about how Disney’s “A Christmas Carol” had a bad opening weekend. How – because this new Robert Zemeckis movie didn’t make $35 - $40 million during its first three days in domestic release – this rather expensive ImageMovers Digital production is now...
9 Nov 2009
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