Saturday, March 28, 2009

How much does an extra "D" cost?

Just went to see "Monsters vs. Aliens" this afternoon and enjoyed it... What I didn't enjoy however was when the kid selling tickets told me, "You know the 3D vesion costs $3 dollars that Ok?" They were showing both a standard 2D version, and the nifty new fangled 3D version with Buddy Holly glasses as well. I asked him why the 3D one cost more, was it the glasses? He told me, "Its to cover the cost of making the 3D...." Uh....Ok. So thats $12 for adults, and $9 bucks for the six year old. I dont remember paying more to see Coraline a few weeks ago... Maybe Katzenberg is offsetting the cost of installing a Holodeck needed to make these 3D movies....
The 3D was cool....but I'm still not 100% on board..... It's still a bit dark around the edges, and fast movements seem to Strobe a bit. Overall it still has that gimmicky 'ViewMaster' feel...which was cool as a kid, but.... Maybe I'm just getting old... ;)
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" Trailer up....

Looks like it could be fun... Very stylized characters and animation which is refreshing.... even if the eyes look reminiscent of Davey and Goliath here and there... Click the Image for the Link.

Is that a Blender in your Pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

BlenderPocket is a Blender port dedicated for mobile devices (Phones, PDA, etc.) having a touch screen, small amount of memory (RAM), a low speed processor (with no floating point unit) and no graphic unit (no hardware acceleration). BlenderPocket is working today on all mobile devices with Windows Mobile 2003 or newer but it should be "easy" to make it work on any other devices. It just got upgraded from 2.42 to 2.48a!

I've never used Blender personally, but I've heard really good things about it....and you cant beat the price. Its free. Open source even. Good times. Now you can build, rig and animate 3D models while you're sipping coffee in Starbucks or not paying attention to the road while driving.... Here's the Link.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

"UP" Trailer from Pixar

Another trailer for Pixar's upcoming "UP" is online. If you click on the HD version, and let it load into Quicktime Pro, you can dowload it and then geek through it frame by frame... Some really nice stuff on the humans so far.... Pixar definitely gets it right when it comes to design and execution of 3D human many other studios somehow miss the mark. Great hand poses by the way. Anyway... enjoy!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Prelude to Eden

This is a fun piece of Animation from Michel Gagne called "Prelude to Eden". I'm sure you all have seen Michel's work in one place or another, he's an amazing designer/animator. I haven't seen this clip since I was working on Prince of Egypt back in 1995. Its got some familiar names from some other Dreamworks Animators like Dave Brewster, Barry Atkinson, and another amazing designer/animator Shane Zalvin. Enjoy!