Animated Features for Fall of 2017!

This was a big year for animation, but the year isn't over yet! There's still quite a bit that will be released before the end of the year. Here's a list of just a few of the one's coming out this fall!

Happy First Day of Fall! 

The Lego Ninjago Movie 


Released by Warner Animation Group and animation produced by Animal Logic, The Lego Ninjago Movie will be in theaters today, September 22, 2017!

It's based off the toy line, and a spin-off on 2014’s “The Lego Movie”. Lego Ninjago is an animation about the “Green Ninja”, who is being trained by Master Wu to defeat “The Worst Guy Ever”. All the other secret ninja warriors help “The Green Ninja” plot against his father.

Watch the trailer here!


My Little Pony: The Movie 

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Lionsgate will release the "My Little Pony" movie on October 6, 2017! It was Directed by Jayson Thiessen from a screenplay written by Megan McCarthy, and produced by Allspark Pictures and DHX Media!

Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rarity, or the Mane 6, use the magic of friendship to help them on their quest to defeat The Dark Force’s threat on Ponyville!

Watch the trailer here!




Director Lee Unkrich and so many other talented co-directors, producers, voice actors, and more from Disney and Pixar have been working on "Coco" for years! The Día de los Muertos themed animation that will be released a little bit after the holiday on November 22, 2017!

His drive to prove his talent as a musician gets Miguel in a bit of a mix up. But, it does not stop him from undertaking a journey with his two friends to find out about his ancestor’s ban on music.

Watch the trailer here!




Based off “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios bring "Ferdinand" to big screen on December 15, 2017!  

"Ferdinand" is directed Rio helmer Carlos Saldanha, with John Cena as the voice of Ferdinand. We get to follow a giant bull through his adventure in Spain! Don't let his size fool you though, he is actually just trying to get away from his captors and home to his family. A gentle giant that proves that appearances are often misleading!

Watch the trailer here!


The 69th Annual Emmy Awards!

The Emmy Awards are on Sunday, September 17th, and will be hosted by Stephen Colbert! Read-on to find out more about each nomination for "Outstanding Animated Program"!


1. Archer - "Archer Dreamland: No Good Deed"


The animated spy sitcom, Archer, is about the world's greatest secret agent and is on FX Networks. Archer started in 2009 and won "Outstanding Animated Program" for the first time last year, in 2016! Being part of "ISIS', the "International Secret Intelligence, Service, is not an easy task, especially when your emotionally distant mother is your boss, but that won't stop Archer from being nominated for "Outstanding Animated Program" for the 5th time!


2. Bob's Burgers - "Bob, Actually"


Bob's Burgers, on Fox, was also nominated for both "Outstanding Animated Program" and "Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance"! Their First win was in 2014, and they are nominated for the 8th time this year! The show is about an eclectic family that doesn't let anything get in the way of the love for their burger restaurant!


3. Elena and the Secret of Avalor - (Sophia the First)


A Disney Television Animation about the imprisonment of Elena in her magical amulet who receives the help of a princess to break free from evil sorcery.  This is the first nomination with the hopes of many future ones!


4. South Park - "Member Berries"


With 17 nominations and 4 wins, South Park is nominated again for the 8th time in a row for "Outstanding Animated Program". This adult animated sitcom has been running for 20 seasons! In a way it is an improv comedy for animated programs; each episode is written the week proceeding it's broadcast. "Member!" to stay tuned to see what trouble Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny cause for their quiet town in Colorado. 


5. The Simpsons - "The Town"


Last but not least, The Simpsons was also nominated for both "Outstanding Animated Program" and "Outstanding Voice-Over Performance". A show about your typical America family and their neighborhood...okay maybe not so typical, but loving nonetheless. The Simpsons is the longest running animated comedy, it's no surprise that it has been nominated 87 times altogether, and won 32 times. The most recent win was in 2015 for "Outstanding Voice-Over Performance" in "The Princess Guide".


The Emmy Awards are less than 2 weeks away and we are excited to see which of all these great shows takes home the trophy. Check nominations for other categories here!




SIGGRAPH 2017 in Los Angeles

SIGGRAPH 2017 in Los Angeles

The first Special Interest Group on Computer GRAPHics (SIGGRAPH) conference was in 1974!  It has traveled to Dallas, New Orleans, Boston, Vancouver and this year it is back here in Los Angeles! (it will also be back in Los Angeles in 2019 and 2021) 

Every year at SIGGRAPH, we look forward to hearing all about new up and coming technologies in computer graphics.  So much to be caught up on from this years conference, we'll start you off with a few!

1. Autodesk announces Maya 2018

"Fast and stable" is the motto from the Maya team for the coming upgrade, which is definitely something for 3D Artists all over to be hopeful for.  There will also be a live link between Maya and After Effects to be able to view real time changes which can also save some time!  Overall, we can expect a lot more improvements on previous features. 

Read more about the updates here.


2. Shotgun introduces version 7.3

Another popular production software continuing to offer security for pipeline needs.  They made some improvements that make it easier for administrators to keep their site organized and the ability to customize action menu items.  Of course, like most updates, bugs are fixed, plenty of polishes and optimization for the workflow!

Read more about the updates here

3. StratusCore Updates

Innovations that side with artists and studios, StratusCore created a one-of-a-kind Digital Escrow where studios and artists can keep track of the project from start to payments.  Artists are also able to create with a variety of software applications in one "Virtual Workstation", making it easier for teams to collaborate as well.  It is also one of the tools that is providing cloud rendering services. 

Read more about the updates here

Be sure to check out all the amazing updates announced at SIGGRAPH here!

Eric Miller at SIGGRAPH 2017!

Eric Miller at SIGGRAPH 2017!

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2017's Most Noteworthy Visual Effects in Film

We tend to focus on animation on our blog, but this week we wanted to pay homage to some of the best visual effects thats been seen in films so far this year.

1. "Blade Runner 2049" (Warner Bros.)

Bladerunner which comes out in October of 2017 is projected to have great visual effects, yet producers tried to use real sets and compositions as much as possible. Director Denis Villeneuve told Screen Daily "I can count on my fingers the amount of times we put a green screen on set. Most of the movie was done on camera, me and [cinematographer] Roger Deakins worked very hard to do it that way."

2. "War for the Planet of the Apes" (20th Century Fox)

Planet of the Apes, which opens in theaters on July 14th used a ton of visual effects to complete the film. VFX producer Ryan Stafford explained to online magazine Collider that snow was the largest hurdle for his team, “Our characters are digital and they’re played by humans so that introduces the very nature of their footfalls are different. They have a different gait. They have crutches instead of hands. So every time the apes are walking in snow, that entire path has to be digitally recreated. We basically erase all the human footfalls and we replace it with ape footfalls. That presents a huge challenge. Just the sheer logistics. Additionally what snow looks like when it’s balled up and icy on the tips of fur is going to be a whole new challenge that has to be applied. Last movie we had a real big breakthrough with wetness on fur and this movie, we’re going to take that ball and run with it. We have tons of wet fur in this movie and then the additive complexity of snow and ice on fur. “ 

3. "Transformers: The Last Knight" (Paramount Pictures)

Transformers is known to go heavy on the special effects, in fact director Michael Bay revealed to online magazine SlashFilm that "the visual effects of the Transformers franchise are so complex that they have broken the computers of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM)." Transformers: The Last Knight is set to release on June 21st.


4. "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" (Walt Disney Pictures)

Visual effects will be used in Star Wars: The Last Jedi but director Rian Johnson made it clear that the late Carrie Fisher who had already filmed scenes for the film before her death would not be altered. Johnson told SlashFilm “In Rogue One, we created digitally a few characters, one an actor that had actually passed away but had been in an earlier Star Wars film. We’re not doing that with Carrie, although technology gives the ability to do so many different things today.” Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out in December of this year. 

5. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" (Marvel Studios)

Guardians of the Galaxy's visual effects was largely used to create avatars.  VFX supervisor Guy Williams explained at a VFX conference the thoughts that went behind blowing up an avatar telling the panel “At one point, we had to blow away a large portion of his face, and we were worried about ratings,” he continued. “We needed a solution that was visually compelling but not too gory. We relied heavily on fractals [and used math to create the look] to make the destruction areas not look very biological, because we could get away with it as long as it doesn’t look like a human. We removed parts of him and then had them grow back.”

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