Mar29
2011

By: admin                Categories: Inspiration

A new YouTube clip is making the rounds on Facebook and Twitter about National Geographic’s new show “How Hard Can It Be,” which features a real-life recreation of  the balloon house escape in Disney-Pixar’s Up! (2008).  This animated scene is so breathtaking, ground-breaking, and vibrant that it’s no wonder it has rekindled a child-like sense of  amazement that a house could really float away with enough helium, latex, and dreaming of Paradise Falls.

Art imitating life is par for the course, but animation can inspire in the real world, too. Perhaps you’re intrigued by Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle.  Afterall, who wouldn’t want a steampunk house that lumbers through the mists?  Or maybe the amusing antics of the Gecko in Disney’s Tangled encouraged you to train your own pet?  Curious minds want to know: How does animation inspire real life for you?

Clip from “How Hard Can it Be”, National Geographic Channel

Balloon and House Launch Scene from Disney-Pixar’s Up

Posted by Katy, Associate Acquisitions Editor, Animation and 3D. Interested in writing for Focal Press, reviewing a proposal or just chatting about all things animation?  Visit Katy’s Linked-In page.  

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Mar26
2011

By: admin                Categories: AnimationGeneralInspiration

Thought of You from Ryan J Woodward on Vimeo.

Featuring the song “World Spins Madly On” by the The Weepies, Ryan Woodward’s Thought of You short is stylistically simple with hand-drawn, figurative characters.  In this simplicity comes the short’s poignancy, expressing a deep connection to the human experience.  The emotions of the characters even without facial cues are expressed wonderfully.   For more information and a great behind the scenes  video into the creation of Thought of You, check out Ryan’s website: http://conteanimated.com/.  

Posted by Katy, Associate Acquisitions Editor, Animation and 3D.  Interested in writing for Focal Press, reviewing a proposal or just chatting about all things animation?  Visit Katy’s Linked-In page.   

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Mar24
2011

By: admin                Categories: General

The Animator’s Notebook Multimedia PDF’s are now available at Focal Press! 

Watch the work of Tony White come to life in The Animator’s Notebook Multimedia PDF series!

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