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Talent Spotlight: Introducing Violette Sacre!

This week we got to learn more about the amazing look dev artist who’s been working hard on Bink’s Textures and Fur: Violette Sacre!

Violette always knew she wanted to work in animation but never knew it could one day come true!

She comes from a multicultural family and grew up in many countries : America, Belgium, Spain and France, but always had one constant passion wherever she lived: the love for Art.

At a young age, her mom put a pencil in her hand and encouraged her to Draw. As she grew, Violette enjoyed exploring all forms of Art, from drawing to sculpture, and would often find herself illustrating for her Mom and Community of Valbonne (small town in the south of France): illustrating such things as Poems and stories her mom wrote, articles for the local newspaper and holiday cards for the local school fundraisers. 

Like all 'kids' working in Animation today she was greatly inspired by Disney, Pixar and DreamWorks, 'The little mermaid', or 'La Sirenita' as Violette knew her while living in Spain at the time, would be the influence that really sparked her passion for Animation. But it was really when she saw 'Shrek' for the first time, with all of its rich texture and lighting work that she then fell in love with 3D Animation! With a computer Geek as a dad it also made sense to follow in his footsteps and study something that had 'computers' in the title and so, she decided to pursue a career in Computer Animation.

Violette was lucky to fulfill those dreams by getting into Ringling College of Art and Design's Computer Animation Program and landing her first job at Dreamworks Animation where she was privileged to work on films such as 'The Croods', 'How to Train your Dragon', and 'Madagascar2'.

When Eric Approached Violette about working on 'Bink', she immediately fell in love with the cute character and was excited to have the chance to help bring him to life! Originally, Bink wasn’t going to have fur but Violette was determined to make Eric’s vision of Bink having fur come true (and he looks incredible!). To Violette, one of the most rewarding aspects of Look Development is making people’s visions come true!

In her free time, Violette loves to spend time with her husband and three-year-old son. She enjoys gardening, developing characters and stories, and helping her husband expand his photography business.

One of her greatest wishes is to one day finish illustrating all her late Mother's prolific writings and to publish them in her honor.

To learn more about Violette, check out her website here!

Talent Spotlight: Introducing Rachel Wan

We chatted with Rachel Wan, who has helped in many different ways with the creation of Bink!  Rachel did the concept art for Bink, the character design for the mechanical hand, and the title design for Bink!  Rachel currently lives in Malaysia and as we were thrilled to learn more about her and her experience.

Growing up, Rachel had no idea that she would end up working in animation. In fact, she originally wanted to be a human rights lawyer. But Rachel loved to draw and her love for animated films and television eventually led her to pursue animation as a career.  She grew up watching Disney films, cartoons from Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Sailor Moon. 

Bink concept art by Rachel Wan

Bink concept art by Rachel Wan

Rachel Studied Digital Animation in The One Academy of Communication Design. Courses covered topics like 2D Animation, 3D Animation, Modeling, Texturing, Lighting, and Rendering. Rachel ‘s expertise falls into three different areas: Graphic Design, Concept Art, and Illustration.  In Malaysia, most animation companies prefer to hire employees with multiple skillsets, although being specialized in one particular skill also prove advantageous

Early character designs of the mechanical hand.

Early character designs of the mechanical hand.

In Rachel’s free time she loves reading Manga and playing computer games. Her bucket list includes traveling, programming, and cooking. Rachel also hopes to one day be able to visit the US! 

For more information on Rachel, check out her website here

Bink Title designed by Rachel Wan

Bink Title designed by Rachel Wan

10 Things You Might Have Missed in Animated Feature Films

One thing that big studios like Disney and Pixar like to do when creating their films is leave hidden messages. These messages are often in reference to past films the studio created or sometimes reference an upcoming film. We bet you'll want to watch these movies again after we fill you in on these secrets. Here are some things you might have missed when watching some of your favorite Disney and Pixar Movies.

Aladdin

Have you ever noticed that when the Sultan is stacking his toys there's a plush animal toy that's of The Beast from Beauty and The Beast?

Princess and the Frog

Look closely at the rug this woman is holding in the scene from The Princess and The Frog.. Yep, you guessed it, that's the rug Magic Carpet from Aladdin.

Tangled

You might catch a familiar face sitting up above Flynn Rider in Tangled. It's one of our favorite characters who can never tell the truth, Pinocchio! 

Lilo and Stitch

There are two different references to Disney's Mulan in Lilo and Stitch. One of the restaurants on the street is named Mulan Wok and the poster in Nani's bedroom is from the movie!

The Little Mermaid

You may see some familiar faces as King Triton addresses his fellow merpeople. Even these Disney classics feature references to other characters. Can you spot Donald Duck, Goofy, and Mickey in the crowd? 

Tarzan

The animals in the jungle have collected all kinds of trinkets, and you might recognize a couple from Beauty and the Beast. In this scene you can see Mrs.Potts and and her son, Chip!

Frozen

When Ana and Elsa open up the gates to the castle, everyone attends! This includes Flynn Rider and Rapunzel!

Wall-E

This mostly-silent film features one of our favorite toys from the Pixar classic, Toy Story. Can you spot Rex?

Toy Story 2

Speaking of Toy Story, as Mr.Potato Head reads this book to the other toys, you can spot characters from A Bugs Life!

Pizza Planet Truck

This truck just keeps on popping up! Pixar has featured the Pizza Planet truck in almost every movie! What other movies have you spotted it in?