Rango, a much anticipated animated film is said to be the first ever Full Animated Feature Film to come out of ILM (Industrial Light & Magic). The film has been very different visually and has a lot of realistic looking creature cartoons. (Realistic Looking Cartoons), This is probably one area where no other studio has worked so much. I think ILM is good with doing realistic work and mostly special effects and also is gr8 at animation... So they have tried to combine these both and create this fantastic, dirty, dusty yet appealing film.
The film is hand animated, its called e-motion capture animation, which basically is a cheesy term for Animation with full movie video reference. Yep, its true that every actor including Johny Depp, had to perform on stage to create the film and then the recorded film was animated.
Thr is a Art book on Rango named The Ballad of Rango : Art and Making. I am posting a lowres version of the book I found online. nJoy
Art Of Rango, Movie.
Thr are some more video of acting and then animation.
My today's post is based on my normal schedule. Every morning and evening I am driving about 1 hour between my work place & home. I always hated the time that I kill during the commute. So I tried something and it works awesome, infact I am totally loving it and is worth sharing!
The answer is PODCASTS.
What is a podcast? (If you knw, you may skip the paragraph below.)
For the people who were avoiding this extremely 'in' term. A podcast is an audio or video based media file basically a non streaming web-cast. Its usually in mp4 or mp3 or aac. So it plays on mostly all Ipods and Multimedia basic Mobiles. All u need is Headphones.
Imagine listening to animators like Glenn Keane, Andreas Deja, Doug Sweetland, Pete Doctor and so many more.. I feel totally engrossed and motivated. I mean so much that I feel so gr8 to start my work after listening and I wish to drive back home listening to these legends.
I really want to encourage everyone to hear these podcasts. They are pure gold and free!
Thoughits kind of useless to discuss tools here.. I mean they get updated every 6 months and its hard to keep up. Still Autodesk Maya 2012 (sounds like doomsday package:) has some 'interesting' tools for Animators. I liked the Craft Director Tools which now come embedded, so animating vehicles is cake nw and Motion trail editing which was much needed. Also some more motion builder additions and some great GUI setup system for rigs.