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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

New Animation Projects at Disney


Here is a link that talks about new animation projects being developed at Disney. They mention a bit on the thought process behind story creation. Very interesting indeed!


http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-disney-big-hero-6-frozen-20130508-dto,0,4722556.htmlstory

Monday, May 13, 2013

Career Advice for College Grads



Reid Hoffman, co founder of LinkedIn and Ben Casnocha co-authored a book called "The Start-Up of You.

The link below is a fantastic and inspirational slide show that nails the essence of what to do when you begin to question where your life is headed, and how to overcome the fears that we face in the real world. The advice is for everyone regardless of whether have graduated or not.  Scroll down to see the slide show. Check it out. It's awesome!

www.businessinsider.com/amazing-career-advice-for-college-grads-from-linkedins-billionaire-founder-2013-5?op=1

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Ray Harryhausen, Stop Motion Master passed away this week.



The GGI community owes a debt of gratitude to effects master Ray Harryhausen. Prior to computer graphics revolution blossoming in the late 1980's, the only way to bring fantastic creatures to life onscreen was through the magic of stop motion.

Inspired by George Pal "Puppetoons" of the 1940's, Harryhausen got his big break on the film "Mighty Joe Young" (1949) by helping his mentor Willis O'Brien, creator of  "King Kong" (1933). 

His career really took off when he joined forces with producer Charles H. Schneer  to create some of the most memorable movies of all time: 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958),  Jason and the Argonauts (1963), One Million Years BC (1966), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973), Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977), and the classic Clash of the Titans (1981).

Harryhausen was a true innovator and inspiration to anyone into animation and special effects.
Rest in peace, Ray.

Check out these two links:
http://www.rayharryhausen.com/index.php
http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2013/05/07/ray-harryhausen-obit/2141651/
(link above includes film clips)


Monday, May 6, 2013

Sound Design Audio Links




I recently responded to a post on LinkedIn (Game Audio Group), about learning sound design and resources. Here were some links I suggested for research:

http://designingsound.org/
http://soundworkscollection.com/

http://filmsound.org/
http://audio.tutsplus.com/
http://www.epicsound.com/sfx/

If you know of any good resources concerning sound design please respond to this post.


If you are registered to LinkedIn, sign up to the Game Audio group and check it out. Full post is here:

http://www.linkedin.com/groupItem?view=&gid=93720&type=member&item=237815194&commentID=135761010&qid=efbef770-2dac-4db8-89ea-62e1323a9241&goback=.gmp_93720#commentID_135761010

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Oblivion - Practical Effects


If you have not seen the new Tom Cruise movie "Oblivion", you are missing out. Make sure to see it on the big screen. There are amazing visuals, cinematography and  location shooting. Check out the behind the scene clips on the effects work.

Also, there is a nice discussion on UI design for graphic artist and game designers.


Manga Studio EX 4 Software On Sale

Met James Perry, "Orange Crows" manga creator at the Con-Nichiwa Anime convention this past March. He had recommended using Manga Studio EX 4 software for manga and comic book creation. Amazon  has it at a special price of $56.80 (originally $299).
http://www.amazon.com/Smith-Micro-Software-Inc-MSEC40BX2/dp/B001NK18FM


You may want to compare that with the features of  Manga Studio 5 selling for $79.99 to see which is the best deal. Scroll towards the bottom for comparison listing.

http://manga.smithmicro.com/mangastudio5/#video