Best known for the polarizing film projects “Waking Life” and “A Scanner Darkly,” American director/producer Tommy Pallotta mixes fantasy-fueled animation sequences into his new feature doc (co-directed with Dutch new-media producer Femke Wolting) called the LAST HIJACK, “a true tale of survival in Somalia told from the pirate’s perspective.”
After winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2009 with his thriller “The Secret in Their Eyes”, Argentine director Juan José Campanella launched his first animated film, “Foosball”: budgeted at US$20M the soccer-centric action comedy is the most expensive domestic feature ever produced in Argentina. [Read more]
Valiant Pictures and Thornberg & Forester paired up to produce this vibrant cinematic ident for the Vilcek Foundation, a leading cultural institution in the arts and sciences. The visuals were captured using the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and embellished with animation created in Maya and Cinema 4D. The ident will no doubt look pretty damn spectacular when it debuts in-cinema at the Hawaii International Film Festival this October. [Read more]
The Embassy depicts the origin story of Greek god Kronos through a stained glass storybook tableau in the summer blockbuster Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. Working closely with director Thor Freudenthal, the work was created in stereoscopic 3D with XSI, Arnold, Houdini and Nuke.
From VFX super David Casey at The Embassy: “This was also our first stereo production at the Embassy. The scene was not post-converted but rendered in full stereoscopic 3D. We enjoyed creating all the little particles and embers flying around in stereo, they really added to the completeness of this world”. [Read more]
The Flying Man is a VFX-driven short film envisioned, financed, produced, directed, edited and co-written by DIY filmmaker Marcus Alqueres. Assembled on a micro budget with contributions from talented friends, Alqueres created the project as a trial run for a planned feature film. [Read more]
Take a peek at Laika’s very promising follow-up to “ParaNorman,” a CG/stop-motion hybrid effort called “The Boxtrolls” based on Alan Snow’s fantasy adventure novel Here Be Monsters and directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable.
Here’s the official story synopsis: “The Boxtrolls is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least that’s the legend residents have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are an underground cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells. The Boxtrolls have raised an orphaned human boy since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and mechanical junk-collecting own. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by a villainous pest exterminator who is bent on eradicating them as his ticket to Cheesebridge society, the kind-hearted band of tinkerers must turn to their adopted charge and an adventurous rich girl to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change – and cheese.” [Read more]