Saturday, 19 June 2010

NUCA on iTunes U

My old uni has set up an iTunes U account where for free you can download my graduation film as well as several others that were created on the Animation course in Norwich.  Click the image below to check it out. :)  There are also links to examples of work from all the courses at the uni so it's worth a look.

Norwich University College of the Arts 
previously Norwich School of Art and Design

Disney's Tangled (Rapunzel) Trailer

I was really looking forward to this movie. The concept work looked gorgeous and the whole idea of creating a CGI movie that resembled a painting had me really excited. However now that the trailer has come out I can't help but feel a little disappointed. :(

I don't know exactly what it is but this trailer feels so different from the original tests I saw on You Tube last year. On the positive side the colouring of the film looks great and the backgrounds are very close to the concept artwork but for me the characters and the way this whole trailer has been put together has let me down. I was hoping this film would have that feel of an old style Disney classic. Instead I am getting the feeling it will just be another big animated release full of annoying characters with a rubbish story.

I thought I would share the trailer on here anyway... what do you think?

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Animus by Seonna Hong

I love Seonna Hong's artwork (see one of my previous posts) and had been eyeing her book online for a long time. So it was the best surprise when my dear friend Rachinta bought me this signed copy of Animus for my birthday last year! The book was actually published in 2004 so as you can see I am quite behind in finally getting hands on it and posting about it here. :)


Front and inside cover
Buy it here at amazon.com  (I can't seem to find a UK outlet)

"Animus is the story of a little girl's encounters with a vicious dog.
The book utilizes a unique mix of traditional paintings and cleverly
animated pop-up elements to bring its characters and their emotions to life."

It's a thick but still quite small hardback book, approx A5 sized. The pages are made out of thick glossy card and the print quality of the illustrations is great.

It is great to see Seonna's beautiful illustrations in a lovely pop up form! It even includes one of my favourite illustrations featuring the little girl in the forest surrounded by friendly woodland creatures.  This was one of the first pieces of Seonna's work I discovered which once upon a time I used to cover my diary.  Below are a couple of snap shots from the inside of the book.  I have to apologise now for the picture quality, the lighting in our office isn't too good.  Enjoy! 

Below is another one of my favourite illustrations featured in the book.  It is titled 'Self Help' on Seonna's website. It's quite difficult to see on my photograph but the text on the book reads 'How to Make Friends' very cute indeed. :)

Monday, 14 June 2010

Saturday, 5 June 2010

CtrlG Updates and Lyveden New Bield Video

Time for a quick update on CtrlG!

We have been busy working on the Adrenaline Alley project over the last few months. There have been a few set backs but we're coming close to finishing everything off. All the awesome video content Ryan and Andy R have been working so hard on will soon be online for everyone to see. Below is a sneak peak of the video player I built to be intergrated into the main site. It will hopefully be going live by the end of June. :) With the park continuing to grow there may be a lot more media content for CtrlG to put together in the future.

Warren Shaw a member of our group headed down to Kettering Arts Market last weekend to sell some of his work and created a flyer advertising our group. He also set up the Ctrl_G Blog !!! We finally have some web space that is our own! All core members of the group will be able to update this blog with their own work as well as talking about the current group projects.

I thought I would finish this post with a short video edited by our own Andy Eathorne. Taken from Watch This Space here are some extracts from the full Lyveden New Bield event. Keep an eye out for CtrlG's projections! :)