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2On disc today: Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, Extraordinary Tales, The Signature Collection: Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, Batman: Bad Blood, Shimmer and Shine, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Pop Star Minnie, Bionicle: The Legend Reborn,
Enjoy student and pro shorts from Belgium and around the world at Anima - The Brussels Animation Film Festival. [animatv.be]
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Animex Int’l Festival of Animation & Computer Games offers screenings, workshops and more in Middlesbrough, U.K. [animex.tees.ac.uk] Happy birthday to Bruce Timm!
“Welcome, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion!” Author Jason Surrell may not be a Ghost Host, but the Disney Imagineering veteran is uniquely qualified to guide readers through the fascinating history and development of Disneyland’s ultimate cult attraction: The Haunted Mansion. Conceived by Uncle Walt as an unnerving walk-through experience in the mid 1950s, the lighthearted horror ride underwent many twists and turns before finally opening in 1969 (after Walt’s death), enchanting guests with extremely clever bits of Imagineering. This recently updated book out of the “From the Magic Kingdom” series shows the evolution of the “grim grinning ghosts” and their unholy haunt from early sketches and story concepts. Readers will also get the scoop on what is true and false in the mansion’s storied history. And, in this third edition, a new illustrated chapter describes how the iconic ride has been adapted for parks in Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong — plus even more details and artwork related to the Anaheim and Orlando attractions.
‘ You can go through all that material and get a really good picture of the kind of the way the surfaces were constructed. It helps you create a Millennium Falcon that you believe is from the era of those movies, from A New
Hope or Empire.’
Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
It’s been a banner year for visual effects as an art form and for Industrial Light & Magic, the iconic company that pioneered modern visual effects 40 years ago when George Lucas founded it to work on a little movie called Star Wars.
And ILM is still pushing the envelope for visual effects. Not only has it come full circle to recapture the look and feel of its very first project in a new way for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it also delivered most of the effects for the global smash Jurassic World. It’s surely Before it was subtitled A New Hope, the first Star Wars movie broke every mold in the book by inventing motion control technology that allowed its spaceships to swoop, swerve and make audiences swoon with excitement. A mere three years later, ILM upped its game considerably as master Phil Tippett integrated stop-motion techniques into its arsenal to create the iconic Tauntauns and the AT-AT battle on Hoth. Ken Ralston’s flying dragon was done the old fashioned way — with models and optical composting — but achieved a realism that shocked audiences at the time and pointed the way toward the more complex digital creatures of today. In addition to fantastic model work, ILM created the first animated sequence for a feature created completely within the computer with the demonstration of the Genesis effect. ILM takes its creature work into the horror realm, helping scare the pants off audiences and making this one of the most successful horror films ever. no coincidence that those movies are poised to be not just the most successful movies of the year, but also among the top-grossing films of all time.
To celebrate its 40 years of amazing work, Animation Magazine has picked out 40 great animation moments from ILM’s illustrious history.
It’s not an easy job — the studio has credits on literally hundreds of movies — but it’s also a fascinating look at how far visual effects have come as well as how important ILM has been Heartstrings were tugged in unprecedented ways thanks to ILM’s use of Go-Motion technology to seamlessly integrate effects into such iconic shots as the bike ride in front of the moon. Lucasfilm’s computer division animated the wire-frame graphic of the Rebels’ attack plan for the Death Star, while advances in motion-controlled cameras took the space battles to a new level. ILM’s “stained glass knight” is the first all-digital 3D animated character in a feature film. This ride brought the Star Wars experience to Disneyland and proved visual effects had uses far beyond movies and television. ILM animated all the 2D characters — requiring more than 82,000 handdrawn frames of animation — but it also for the first time seamlessly integrated animated characters with live-action.
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