Breaking into Disney Animation: Julian Hester speaks with RON HUSBAND [What´s in my Head Podcast]

Julian Hester: „This week I sit down with legendary animator, Ron Husband. Ron has been in the animation game for quite some time and has worked on some of the biggest movies for Disney. During this chat, Ron talks about breaking into the business, working and learning from the 9 old men, Disney’s Internship program and so much more!“

Mandy Karlowski: Creating Crowds — Big George Foreman — Official Trailer

After soooo many months of super hard work I’m beyond happy to share with you the latest project I got to work on. I took a deep dive into #Crowds and together with our amazing team at SPIN VFX worked on a setup with USD workflow.
I couldn’t imagine any department where so many professions come together as in Crowds: Modelling-Animation-Rigging-Layout-LookDev-Lighting-PIPELINE…. everything needs to seamlessly work together . And I’m happy about every single one of the team I got to work with 🙂 And about all the things I got to learn ❤

Just to name a few: Dave Olivares Philip Luk Patrik Witzmann Paul Aubrey Mahsa Ghorbankarimi Justin Goran Adam Baker Peter Giliberti Colin Davies Momen Ebba Daniele Federico Jeremy Squires JW Pang Ryan J. Forth Kirk Brillon Andrew McPhillips Mark Krentz you guys rock :)!!!!

Mandy Karlowski

FX Artist at SPIN VFX

Big George Foreman: The Miraculous Story of the Once and Future Heavyweight Champion of the World is based on the remarkable true story of one of the greatest comebacks of all time and the transformational power of second chances. Fueled by an impoverished childhood, Foreman channeled his anger into becoming an Olympic Gold medalist and World Heavyweight Champion, followed by a near-death experience that took him from the boxing ring to the pulpit. But when he sees his community struggling spiritually and financially, Foreman returns to the ring and makes history by reclaiming his title, becoming the oldest and most improbable World Heavyweight Boxing Champion ever. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker George Tillman Jr. from a story by Dan Gordon and Frank Baldwin & George Tillman Jr, and a screenplay by Baldwin & Tillman, the film stars Khris Davis (Judas and the Black Messiah) as Foreman and also stars Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker as Foreman’s trainer and mentor Doc Broadus.

Oscars 2023 — SCENE AT THE ACADEMY: Turning Red

Directed by Domee Shi, TURNING RED centers around Mei Lee, a dorky but confident Chinese-Canadian tween, who struggles with being her mother’s perfect daughter and the urge for independence. Increasing pressure triggers a startling transformation that unearths an ancient, hairy, family secret.

SCENE AT THE ACADEMY: Turning Red

Pinecone & Pony Season 2: Saving The Day [EXCLUSIVE CLIP]

“Pinecone & Pony” premieres its second season next week on Friday, February 3 through Apple TV+. Based on the book “The Princess and the Pony” by New York Times bestselling author Kate Beaton, the eight-episode animated comedy for kids and families is about a young warrior-in-training, Pinecone, and her best friend Pony, whose adventures together teach them how to be brave in the face of adversity, to speak truth to power, and what it truly means to be a hero.

Ultraman | Final Season Official Teaser | Netflix

The world of Ultraman as seen through the lens of directors Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki heads into the final chapter at last! Will the six warriors — Ultraman, Seven, Ace, Zoffy, Jack and Taro — finally put an end to the battle with the aliens? The final season of the Netflix Series “Ultraman” streams worldwide in 2023, only on Netflix.

Täglich einen Kurzen: „Mano“ by Toke Madsen

Graduation film – The Animation Workshop 2023 – ANIM19 On a slow morning near the outskirts of a Danish city, two brothers learn to take care of themselves. Due to their neglectful mother, the older brother feels the need to protect his younger sibling from the struggles of a dysfunctional family.

Directors: Toke Madsen

Animation: Arthur Stahlschmidt, Katla Gunnarsdóttir, Nicolas Boissiere, Marie Moth Tofting Larsen & Benedikte Meldgaard Hansen

Script: Anne Bomholt & Magnus Merklin Christensen

Set: Cæcilie Fournais Nielsen, Kristina Maria Skau Jepsen, Sara Pezzoni, Alicia Ray Naledi Søderberg, Ivana Hadzhieva, Toke Madsen, Emilio Talib Carius Elmowy.

Concept Art: Nanna Marie Steffensen & Viðar Thanh Du Karlsson

Film Editor: Toke Madsen, Emilio Talib Carius Elmowy Rendering: Cæcilie Fournais Nielsen, Kristina Maria Skau Jepsen, Sara Pezzoni, Alicia Ray Naledi Søderberg, Ivana Hadzhieva, Toke Madsen. Sound Engineering, Mix And Editing: Rasmus Stæhr, Mikkel Juhl

Soundtrack: Telepa-T Casting: Older Brother : Ali Hamza Younger Brother : Adem Hamza Mother : Anika Weston The Man : Kasper Kruse

Lockwood & Co. | Behind The Hauntings | Netflix

In a world plagued by ghosts, three teens band together as paranormal investigators, risking what little they have to unravel a diabolical conspiracy.

Take a peek behind the scenes at the supernatural series Lockwood & Co. with the creators and cast behind it all. In London, where the most gifted teenage ghost-hunters venture nightly into perilous combat with deadly spirits, amidst the many corporate, adult-run agencies, one stands alone: independent of any commercial imperative or adult supervision – a tiny startup, run by two teenage boys and a newly arrived, supremely psychically gifted girl, a renegade trio destined to unravel a mystery that will change the course of history: Lockwood & Co.

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever | Now on Digital

In Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Introducing Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, king of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livanalli.

8 SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENTS TO BE HONORED WITH ACADEMY AWARDS®

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that eight scientific and technical achievements represented by 19 individual award recipients will be honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards presentation on Friday, February 24, 2023, at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, marking its return to an in-person event for the first time since 2019.

In addition, Iain Neil will receive the Gordon E. Sawyer Award (an Oscar® statuette) for his extraordinary technological contributions that have brought credit to the industry.

“Since 1931, the Academy has recognized the most important innovations in filmmaking; inventors and engineers have been advancing the art and science of motion pictures ever since,” said Barbara Ford Grant, chair of the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee.  “Their efforts have not only served to enrich the art form but inspire a global industry to engineer, create, change, and push the boundaries of our craft.  This year we honor achievements spanning accomplishments from pioneering methods in practical rain effects to career-long contributions in optical design for cinematography to humanistic-driven AI techniques.  This outstanding work has enabled new and exciting ways of creating and further expanding how we experience motion pictures.”

Unlike other Academy Awards® to be presented this year, achievements receiving Scientific and Technical Awards need not have been developed and introduced during a specified period of time.  Rather, the achievements must demonstrate a proven record of contributing significant value to the process of making motion pictures.

The Academy Awards for scientific and technical achievements are:

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS (ACADEMY CERTIFICATES)

To Howard Jensen and Danny Cangemi for the concept and creation, and to John Frazier for the development of the 60- and 100-foot Rain Bars.

The Rain Bars provide a portable system for the creation of realistic, large-scale, adjustable, practical rain for motion pictures. Their rapid setup and relocation capabilities enable the efficient production of effects ranging from misting drizzles to torrential downpours.

To Mark Hills and Jim Vanns for the design and engineering of the FQ render farm management system.

FQ’s highly efficient scheduler and sophisticated prioritization algorithms reflect a deep understanding of render farm management. With an architecture that has remained largely unchanged for more than a decade, FQ continues to support substantial growth in computational complexity at Framestore.

To Matt Chambers for his contributions to modern render farm management system design as exemplified in the scheduling architectures of Cue3 and Plow.

These design contributions have resulted in robust, versatile, extensible and highly scalable render farm management systems that have supported substantial growth in computational complexity at Sony Pictures Imageworks and Weta Digital.

To Sébastien Deguy and Christophe Soum for the concept and original implementation of Substance Engine, and to Sylvain Paris and Nicolas Wirrmann for the design and engineering of Substance Designer.

Adobe Substance 3D Designer provides artists with a flexible and efficient procedural workflow for designing complex textures. Its sophisticated and art-directable pattern generators, intuitive design, and renderer-agnostic architecture have led to widespread adoption in motion picture visual effects and animation.

To David Eberle, Theodore Kim, Fernando de Goes and Audrey Wong for the design and development of the Fizt2 elastic simulation system.

Fizt2 provides a high-performance solver with novel and stable implicit physics and robust collision detection. The design of this system enables artist workflows to easily apply soft-body dynamics to a broad range of interacting animated characters and objects.

https://graphics.pixar.com/library/Fitz2Coco/paper.pdf

SCIENTIFIC AND ENGINEERING AWARDS (ACADEMY PLAQUES)

To Larry Barton for the pioneering design, development and engineering, and to Ben Wilcox for the electronic engineering and software development, of the Cinematography Electronics CineTape.

The CineTape distance measurement system provides focus-pullers with continuous, accurate, real-time distance information to the subject, either at the camera or remotely. This high resolution distance data has enabled the reliable execution of shots that previously were impossible to judge accurately or had required multiple takes to achieve.

To Howard Preston for the concept, design and engineering, and to Bernie Butler-Smith for the design and implementation of electronic circuitry and software, of the Preston Cinema Systems Light Ranger 2.

The Light Ranger 2 provides precise real-time focus distance information by continuously tracking subjects in sixteen discrete zones. The distance and depth of field indicators are superimposed on the camera image, enabling the focus-puller to intuitively judge focus, even in formerly impossible and extremely challenging situations

AWARD OF COMMENDATION (SPECIAL PLAQUE)

To Ryan Laney for his innovative adaptation and deployment of AI-driven facial veiling technology used to protect the identities while preserving the visual relatability of subjects in documentary filmmaking as exemplified in Welcome to Chechnya (2020).

 

 

GORDON E. SAWYER AWARD (OSCAR STATUETTE)

To Iain Neil for his substantial, extensive and innovative lens designs which have had lasting impact in motion picture cinematography.

The 95th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at the Dolby® Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

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ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the arts and sciences of the movies, including public programming, screenings, publications, educational outreach, exhibitions, and more.

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