It looks like my time is up working on Piggy Tales with Rovio. It was a great storyboarding experience, and I have become absolutely charmed by those little piggies. Fare thee well! Until we meet again!
A little over 2 years ago I was given the opportunity to join the Rovio Animation team for an experience so great I could have never imagined. I am so happy and proud to have been apart of this project and work on such a beautiful film lush in design, humor, heart and friendship, and the same goes for the crew… We got to do things we’ve never done before, go places we’ve never gone before, smell things we never smelled before (The Wizard), given responsibilities we never had before and made a ton of life long friends along the way, and it all wouldn’t have been possible with out the leadership of our great friend and Production Designer, Pete Oswald. You’re the best, thanks man!
I’d also like to thank our Directors Clay Kaytis & Fergal Reilly and Producers John Cohen & Catherine Winder, all for contributing to the best working experience of my life. Its been RAD.
Now go see the movie! 2 or 3 times to take it all in!
Credit needs to be given to Angry Birds for having the first lesbian couple in an animated feature. These two female birds are shown together a few times during the movie and they are clearly a lesbian couple. They are even expecting a hatchling together. Sorry Finding Dory you got beat by birds.
Almost two years ago I had a chance, for a short time, to make some concepts/visual ideas for Angry Birds movie. Most of the development work was done at Sony Imageworks under art direction of fantastic Pete Oswald. Me, located in entirely different timezone at Rovio Entertainment HQ Espoo, Finland, and couple of others were briefed via Skype to do some fun exploring stuff. To be honest, I didn’t have at all the experience and skills to know of what I was doing! Back then I was a complete newbie. I’m thankful for the experience and great feedback I got from Pete Oswald. I already know a lot more. Anyway, I thought you guys might want to see, even if these indeed are quite sketchy things :)
Inktober - Day 23.
In celebration of my Halloween Angry Birds Stella episode being released on the Toons.tv app, I HAD to do a piece from it for inktober. This voodoo-queen piggy was one of my favorite characters to work with. This was my version (as well as I can remember) of her when I was boarding the episode.
Rovio aims to release Angry Birds movie sequel in 2019
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HELSINKI, May 22 (Reuters) - Finnish mobile games and animation studio Rovio Entertainment has decided to proceed with plans for a sequel to its Angry Birds movie, it said on Monday, aiming for release in September 2019.
The Angry Birds Movie 2 will be produced with Columbia Pictures and distributed by Sony Pictures, Rovio said.
The first Angry Birds movie, released last year, earned about $350 million at the box office and gave a boost to Rovio’s game sales, helping the company to swing to an annual profit after years of falling earnings, job cuts and divestments.
Rovio said the new movie will be directed by Thurop Van Orman, the creator of animated TV series “The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack”.
The original Angry Birds game – in which smartphone players use a slingshot to attack pigs who steal the birds’ eggs – became a phenomenon in 2009, but the franchise faltered in the following years amid tough competition.
Alongside the movie plan, Rovio is looking to reduce its dependence on Angry Birds – earlier this month it launched “Battle Bay”, the firm’s first multiplayer game which does not carry the Angry Birds name. (Reporting by Jussi Rosendahl; Editing by David Goodman/Keith Weir)
One of my favorite and proudest involvements with The Angry Birds Movie was working on the Mighty Eagle 2D sequence. From helping develop the look and style, to getting the opportunity to lend a hand with the creation, supervision and final production of the backgrounds at the Rovio headquarters in Finland and ultimately earning my first credit as a Background Supervisor, I couldn’t be happier with how rad this part came out.
Here’s a list of the design and paint team I got to collaborate with on the art for this sequence…
Rovio Animation Crew: Pete Oswald/Production Designer, Luis Gadea/Character Designer, Jeanie Chang/Concept & Color stylist for “Rockstar” Sequence
Rovio Finland Crew: Edouard Gibbes/Layout Artist, Marija Dergaeva/Painter
There are plenty more awesome people who helped bring this sequence to life so please watch the film and stay for the credits to check out everyone else who contributed their talents…