Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Producing animation - the book

These are some interesting things I have found in the book Producing Animation.

Producer´s Reference:
Animation Industry Directory www.animag.com
www.mpsc839.org
www.hollyvision.com
www.producers.masterguide.com

Books that seem relevant for my research (with amazon link):
3D Lighting: History, Concepts & Technique Arnold Gallardo
The Animation Book: A Complete Guide to Animated Filmmaking--From Flip-Books to Sound Cartoons to 3- D Animation by Kit Laybourne and John Canemaker
Animation Magic by Don Hahn
Walt in Wonderland: The Silent Films of Walt Disney by Russell Merritt , J. B. Kaufman
Of Mice and Magic by Leonard Maltin
Animated Cartoons by Edwin George Lutz *
A Reader in Animation Studies by Jayne Pilling , Society of Animation Studies
Before Mickey by Donald Crafton
American Animated Films: The Silent Era, 1897-1929 by Denis Gifford
The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation by Ollie Johnston , Frank Thomas
British Animated Films, 1895-1985: A Filmography by Denis Gifford
Dinosaur: The Evolution of an Animated Feature by Jeff Kurtti
Toy Story: The Art and Making of an Animated Film (...) by John Lasseter , Steve Daly
Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs & the Making of the Classic Film by Richard HOLLISS, Brian SIBLEY
THE DISNEY STUDIO STORY by Richard HOLLISS, Brian SIBLEY

Journals:
www.animationjournal.com
www.animag.com
www.awn.com
www.cartoonresearch.com *
www.cgw.com
www.toonmagazine.com
www.donbluthstoontalk.com
www.facets.org

Organizations:
www.theanimationacademy.com
www.asifa.com
www.animationnation.com

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Elephants dream making

This is a (83 minutes long) video of Team Orange conference talking about the making of Elephants Dream.
(From their web): "In it we mention a few things, including our version of what the story is about, and also some of the easter eggs and tributes that we hid inside, so if you’re interested, go and check it out!"
This is a very brief resume, as I go along it:
2:00 It was setup up with an unexperienced six persons team in some sleepless 7 months.
They spent 1 week to set up a teaser, and then 2 or 3 months to set up everything.
15:30 Crappymatic - from the first script
17:00 2nd animatic, more organized
18:00 Remove 90% of the dialogs and 30% of the scenes and start final animatic: unfinished but very similar to the final movie
33:19 rendering in OpenEXR and jpg to avoid huge file transfers
34:40 Scene and render file transfer between Amsterdam animation studio and USA render farm was done using rsync, over a ADSL line! (rsync seems quite UNIX-centric, maybe unison is better in a cross-platform environment).
36:00 They could not use separate render passes / layers for space concerns but they composited everything using blender composer so they obtained the final compositing straight away from a single blender scene.
37:00 Have to stop now. Anyone willing to keep writing, please post a comment!






There is also a previous "making of" video, both in 31 Mb downloadable version and in parts in youtube ( part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Battle Star Galactica lighting, scene break out, compositing and OpenEXR

Juan Carlos sent me two links about "Making a space scene the Battlestar Galactica Way using Lightwave3D, Digital Fusion and the benefits of OpenEXR Render Buffer Image Saving with exrTrader"

One of the links is about "lighting, scene break out with Lightwave" and the other link is about "compositing with Fusion", both by Kelly "Kat" Myers, the Visual FX consultant for Battlestar Galactica Seasons II and III show.

Specially interesting in my opinion is the information about using the OpenEXR image format, Kelly seems very happy with it!

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Missing link (corrected)

I met Gorazd in a course. He is the director of a Slovenia-based animation production company.
He was very happy with Missing Link, a software that he finds very useful for production control, that they use for their productions, which span along different time zones around the globe.

Achim corrected the wrong link I had been given, so we now have a new piece of software to check out. Take this introduction as an appetizer (from their web):

"The web-based software Production Kit is an innovative solution designed for a better workflow and an efficient project management, especially when dealing with company wide or distributed content creation (...) The software is setting the organizational framework in which any user-defined process (in consecutive production steps) can be displayed."

Another thing that called my attention was thos, on the history section: " Thanks to the vocational experiences of the founders and their co-workers, who have collected their knowledge in different media companies, the Missing Link Software can rely on more than 10 years of international experience in the areas of computer animation, production, software development and database design. "