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This is my senior thesis film for MICA! (2017)

In the Peruvian rainforest, a shy vampire bat named Quilla would like to dance Marinera Norteña with an outgoing long eared bat named Sikuri.

This film took an entire year and I finished it completely by myself. My film had the honor of being included in the MICA film festival!! (2017) I hope you like it!

Thursday’s tips. How long it takes to learn animation industry software


Most artists will face the choice of software more than once in their lives, and that is the reason we made a guide of the most used programs in the animation industry a while ago.

But maybe need is pressing you to get something done “NOW” and you need to learn a new skill, like.. PRONTO!! which tool to use then?  can you estimate the time of completing such feat?

We  personally consulted an animation college teacher and he agreed that an average person can learn the basics of any given software in 4 hours of fiddling with it intensely.  Yet we believe that dealing with a beast that takes 10 months to master is not the same than one that takes only 3 days.

Here is a guide that we put together so you will know what you are getting into. next week: How to choose your first Cintiq


Ratchet & Clank PS4 Reboot Delayed into Spring 2016

Ratchet & Clank Movie Releases April 29, 2016 in US

Hey everyone! One of the most asked questions I get as an Insomniac is, “When is Ratchet & Clank going to be made into a movie?” Today, it is with pride I get to offer an answer. Last year at E3, we gave the world a first look at the feature film debut of Ratchet & Clank and we’re back today to share some more exciting news.

You may have seen the star-studded voice cast announcement this morning, but we are also thrilled to announce the Ratchet & Clank movie will be released in US theaters nationwide on April 29, 2016, with Focus Features (The Box Trolls, The Theory of Everything, Dallas Buyers Club) handling the US distribution of the film.

In case you missed it, check out this impressive list of celebrity talent joining the Ratchet & Clank cast:

• Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti as Chairman Drek
• Golden Globe winner John Goodman as Ratchet’s mechanic mentor Grimroth
• Young Artist Award winner Bella Thorne as Galactic Ranger Cora
• Rosario Dawson as Galactic Ranger support team member Elaris
• Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone as Victor Von Ion, Chairman Drek’s villainous lieutenant

Rest assured the voices you’ve come to love for Ratchet, Clank, Nefarious and Captain Qwark will also be back, voiced by the same actors as in the games. Observant fans may also spot a few special cameos throughout the film.

As you can imagine, when Insomniac learned we had a real shot to bring Ratchet & Clank to the big screen, we jumped in enthusiastically to help ensure the most authentic and high-quality production. We collaborated extensively on original script development with former Ratchet & Clank scribe TJ Fixman, and character design and creation with Insomniac veteran artist Dave Guertin (responsible for Ratchet and Clank’s original design) and Greg Baldwin (responsible for character, weapon, and vehicle designs too numerous to mention). Insomniac animation guru David Hancock assisted with animation consulting, and North Carolina studio director and Ratchet & Clank “OG” Chad Dezern participated in lighting reviews. The fearless Chris Carter and the inimitable Brian DiLucente helped with asset sharing across production studios, and I’ve been lucky enough to ride shotgun the whole way.

Insomniac Games is also hard at work at Ratchet & Clank for the PS4, a re-imagination of the original game that started it all 13 years ago. The game, out Spring 2016, re-tells the origin story that ties in closely and expands upon the movie’s narrative. It also features several new levels along with reimagined classic locales like Metropolis, brand new weapons and completely redone visuals made possible by the power of the PlayStation 4. We’ll be sharing more on the game soon!

While you might have to wait a bit longer than expected, rest assured we’re using the time wisely to further polish the game to a spit-shine level, with dazzling shader response, awe-inspiring effects, velvety smooth animations, and spectacular new gameplay segments. Really, we can’t wait to show it to you.

Even though the game and film won’t launch for a bit, you’ll see news about them crop up throughout the year. Stay tuned!

Ryan Schneider - Chief Brand Officer, Insomniac Games

This is a very awesome surprise, even to us: a new animated series based on Disney’s phenomenally popular animated film Tangled will debut on the Disney Channel in 2017. Get your frying pans and flying lanterns and smart aleck-y chameleons ready. Now, animated series based on Disney animated films aren’t exactly a new phenomenon, with everything from Hercules to 101 Dalmatians getting turned into episodic television. The biggest feature-to-television-series conversion was the syndicated Aladdin TV series, which ran for 86 episodes and included three additional movies. Most recently Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs got the small screen spin-off treatment with The 7D and starting this fall The Lion Guard, which focuses on Simba’s son, will make its official rollout, first as a television movie in November and then at the beginning of next year as a TV series (both will air on Disney Junior). But what makes the Tangled series so special is the amount of talent that they’ve retained from the original feature film. This new series will feature Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi reprising their roles of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider (nee Eugene) from the movie and showcase new songs from Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater, who were responsible for all of those catchy tunes in the original film. Clare Keane, daughter of Disney Legend Glen Keane (who at one point was the director on a very different version of the film and who later served as an animation supervisor), consulted on the film. They’re really getting the band back together. This is roughly the equivalent of snagging Robin Williams for the Aladdin television series. Additional characters from the feature that will make the leap to episodic television include Rapunzel’s chameleon sidekick Pascal, the uppity horse Maximus, the thugs from the Snuggly Duckling Pub and a brand new character: Cassandra, described as “a tough-as-nails handmaiden, who becomes Rapunzel’s confidant.” We’re sold. In terms of timing, the series takes place in between the events of the feature film and the start of the utterly charming 2012 short film Tangled Ever After. Apparently there were a lot of adventures that Rapunzel and Eugene got into in the time in-between. We don’t have any details on what the animation style will be but based on the promotional artwork, Tangled fans will be very, very happy.