still my favorite animated film of all time

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As a director I think it’s important to put actors through their paces emotionally between takes. They are wild animals that need to be broken. Kicked in the emotional ribs. I want them to feel the pain of being abandoned lover, a forgotten child, a refuge floundering at sea. This is the only way we shall ever achieve (italics) the work. The work? The work.
 Day 2 #permissionfilm

Permission debuts tonight (April 22) at the 2017 TriBeCa Film Festival. 

anonymous asked:

In your recent Battle Fever J post you mentioned that the film Saturday night fever inspired Battle Fever J's secondary theme but you also mentioned in another post that some of the Metal Heroes were inspired by Robocop were there any other toku series that was inspired by a film like those series were?

Oh yes, several!  It’s been happening for a very long time, at least since the 1970s but it didn’t end there.  We’ll get back to the 1970s and one of the most obvious examples later but let’s look at two recent Super Sentai series inspired by the success of Western franchises.

In the early 2000s, no one could dispute there was magic in the air and that magic was making money hand over fist.  Starting with a massively successful book series and an equally huge film adaptation, the adventures of Harry Potter might be the defining pop culture franchise of the decade.

There were a lot of attempts to cash in on the success of the Potter idea and Toei was not one to ignore a trend that might make them some money.  That’s why in 2005, they produced Mahou Sentai Magiranger.

The similarities were pretty obvious given that the heroes could travel around on broomsticks:

There was a moving painting in their secret magical room headquarters:

And those are just two examples. The inspiration was pretty obvious.

Just because it drew a lot of inspiration from another franchise did not mean it was a carbon copy or a bad show.  For a while, Magiranger was one of my favorite series of all time and I still really enjoy it to this day.  I find the borrowed ideas and concepts more fun than frustrating.  It’s always amusing to see how familiar ideas get translated into new media in other countries.

Now, inspiration doesn’t always come from live action franchises, sometimes you can see an animated success inspiring a series.  In the late 1990s and early 2000s the biggest animation studio in America was Pixar.  This was just before Disney outright purchased them and completely abandoned traditional animation in favor of computer animated films so they were the big player on the black where CG animation was concerned. In 2006, Disney released Pixar’s latest animated film and it was a huge success (at least among the target audience) making not just a ton of money in the box office but driving a merchandise machine that continues today as well as leading to two sequels and several spinoffs.  That movie was Cars.

In 2008, Toei found a way to bring some of the Cars aesthetic and concepts to their Super Sentai series with Engine Sentai Go-Onger,

Now, I have no official confirmation that there was any direct influence but it seems pretty obvious upon reflection.  Cars had come out in Japan on July 1, 2006 and became a hit.  The Sentai series are always planned a year before they begin, so 2007 was when the planning for Go-Onger began. The timing is just a bit of a hint.  What else gives away the inspiration is in the show itself.

First of all, the car characters are sentient vehicles from a world without people, just like in the Pixar film.

The main car hero is a red racing car, just like in the Pixar film:

And the cars have big friendly eyes at the front.  Plus, when interacting with their human friends on Earth, most of the time they are animated characters created on screen using cell-shaded CGI.

When you add it all up, the influence and inspiration is pretty obvious.

Now, let’s go back to the 1970s for one that’s pretty infamous for being pretty much a rip-off.  Let’s start with the show itself and we’ll get to what it drew inspiration from at the end. 

In 1978, Toei company produced and released a movie called Message From Space.

It is the tale of the Evil Gavanas Empire who control most of space and just taken over the peaceful planet Jillucia who send a message into space seeking help to defend their world.  Going with the message is their Princess and a powerful warrior.  The films was directed by Kinji Fukusaku (Battle Royale) and was a minor box office success. 

However, it did well enough to inspire a TV spinoff written by Shotaro Ishinomori called Message From Space: Galactic Wars. Now, what this is inspired by/ripped off from can pretty much be explained in this one screenshot from the TV version.

Yep, the entire Message from Space concept was a blatant attempt to cash in on Star Wars. The comparisons are incredibly obvious with an evil Empire, a ragtag band of rebels, epic space battles, planet threatening death machines and lovable robots sidekicks.  Here’s the real kicker though, I have heard that Toei actually got the official release of Star Wars pushed back in Japan so their film would come out first!  Message from Space was released April 29, 1978 to Japanese theaters while Star Wars didn’t arrive officially until June 30th of the same year!

So, there you have it.  Three more times when tokusatsu drew direct inspiration from other media franchises outside of Japan.  I do love seeing these cross pollinations of media and how they change and adapt and are used to create new ideas or how they can be added to an already existing franchise to create a new work.

Making of “Fears”

Fears is a 2-minute VFS graduation film, made in 15 weeks. I had a general concept in mind before we started the production officially, but I didn’t develop the story itself until we were told, ‘okay, go!’

First was research, brainstorming and noting down ideas about fears in general – what they can do and how people can interact with them.

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More presentable ideas for the production meeting:

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Then a story of a fearless man coming to a big city began to emerge (in the first version he even died because of his carelessness). Thumbnails and a general story structure:

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At the same time I started doing animation tests and exploring a possible look of the film.

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Then was the time for a proper storyboard with full-sized panels. It’s a good idea to draw a storyboard straight in flash. Thus you will have the correct sizes, you can start setting up your timing, adding camera movements, layering and naming objects properly. So you will get 2-in-1 stage - storyboard and layout at the same time.

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Character design. On the first pass I quickly rough out general shapes and colors with a standard square brush.

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Then I go to the details, still trying to keep the certain level of roughness.

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Some expressions.

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My favorite part - color. To me, the colors are very important for visual appeal, so I spent a lot of time on colorblocking and colorcorrection.

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Until it became look good on all monitors, projectors and other devices.

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The most intriguing part - animation! Though I was studying in a classical animation program, I never wanted to animate my film on paper. So I had to build my own digital production pipeline based on a common sense (yes, it worked).

All animation was done in flash. Animatic is a first pass:

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Second step is rough animation (with added camera move):

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Then goes clean animation, which in my case is also a colored one. The jittering was fixed by putting action on ones.

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The final step is to add painted and textured elements on top. Here a background is painted in photoshop, as well as a fear creature and a tattoo on a macho man. To do that, I export a png sequence of clean elements that need to be painted into photoshop (1 frame = 1 layer), paint them there, and re-export a new png sequence back into flash.

It’s quite a meticulous process, as all files have to be named properly and saved in a particular place. In the film, there are 1,163 separate elements painted in photoshop.

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Between rough and clean animation, all backgrounds were painted, I tried to keep them abstract-ish. In the shots with animated camera all bg’s were painted frame-by-frame.

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In difficult shots I used a lot of references. Research –> modeling –> shooting.

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Rough animation:

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Cleaned, colored, textured and with special effects:

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Then it only remained to listen to about 5,000 songs and pick the right one, and to fix couple of things:

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A poster for the premiere at VFS:

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Okay, now I’m ready for the new films!

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klc-journei  asked:

AND I JUST TOLD MY BRO LIKE TWENTY MINUTES AGO HOW MUCH I LOVE FMA AND IT'S LIKE ONE OF MY TOP THREE FAV ANIMES AND MANGA AND SWEET LORD HAVE MERCY

IT’S MY FAVORITE MANGA/ANIME OF ALL TIME, probably why I’m trying not to expect too much from the film cause they’re gonna frikken try to FIT ALL OF IT IN ONE MOVIE but I’M STILL HOPING FOR THE BEST AKJSSJK

LET ME HOLD U

ATTENTION

For those who didn’t know, The Iron Giant is my favorite animated film, not to mention one of my favorite films OF ALL TIME. It was unsuccessful at the box office at the time of its release but was acclaimed by both critics and audiences who saw it, growing a steady pool of fans over the years since then. 

This is an amazing film that’s beautifully animated, masterfully written, and wonderfully directed by Brad Bird who would also go on to make Ratatouille and The Incredibles. Sadly it still has no blu-ray edition and Warner Bros. still isn’t keen on the prospect of doing the film justice unless there’s a demand for it

IF YOU HAVE SEEN THE FILM AND HAVE A TWITTER PLEASE JUST SEND A LITTLE TWEET TO @WBHomeEnt  WITH ANYTHING EXPRESSING YOUR INTEREST. IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE IRON GIANT GET ON THAT, FRIEND. IT’S AMAZING AND YOUR LIFE WILL BE BETTER FOR IT

so to all fans of the film and animation lovers, hell lovers of great film in general, please reblog/spread the word on this on the chance it so much as increases the possibility of a proper HD blu ray release for this amazing movie and give it the love it deserves

Don’t be a Kent Mansley

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I’ve been trying to figure out whether or not I should post these, and I’ve decided that I will.

Paperman has always been my all-time favorite animated short-film.  I love the art design, animation style, story etc.  While I love the original black and white style, I’ve always wanted to know what it would look like in color, so I colorized a few of my favorite stills from the short. I included the original stills for comparison.  

I hope you like my them :)

All credit for the black and white pictures goes to the talented artists at Disney. 

@iamnightbreed tagged me to list 6 movies I can always watch. Thank you!

1. The Lion King (1994) - My downright favorite Disney film, I know I screwed up the VHS tape of this when I was younger cause I would watch it all the time. I think it was because it had animals in it and was bright and colorful but still my favorite, I even took a bunch of my friends to go see it on my 16th birthday when they re-released it in Cinema.

2. The Crow (1994) - Aesthetically pleasing movie to watch for me, I love the downright dark and dirtiness of the world and Brandon Lee’s character is a complete babe. Just yeah I adore this movie

3. Interview with a Vampire (1994) - Another Dark movie but I can’t help it. Brad pitt is stunning in this, Tom Cruise acting so brilliantly and Antonio banderas with that long black hair that makes me weak. 

4. Spirited Away (2002)  - My introduction to Miyazaki movies. I will never forget my father of all people telling me to sit down and watch it with him and instantly getting hooked. Stunning visuals, amazing voice work and a story line that’s captivating to watch

5.  Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) - Jesus this movie. Probably the first movie I actually watched fully that wasn’t in English. Again another movie my father made me watch with him and I will never forget the dining table scene. If you have seen this you know what I mean. Dark but beautiful, always fun to go back to.

6. Queen of the Damned (2002) - Yep another Vampire movie but I can’t help it. Just you know that rose pedal scene in this and Stuart Townsend is so good looking. OH and the soundtrack! I adore the soundtrack in this. 

So yeah, These are my “I’m bored so I’m going to watch something” Movies. If anyone would like to do this they can!

anonymous asked:

Favorite animated film from each of these major animation studios: Walt Disney, Studio Ghibli, Pixar, Dreamworks Animation, Blue Sky Studios, Sony Pictures Animation, Laika, Illumination

Ooooh, this is an interesting question. I might tag a certain someone to do it as well.

Walt Disney Animation: Oh man, it’s a bit hard to choose because I love so many, but I’ll have to go with The Great Mouse Detective, a great childhood favorite of mine. Mainly love it because of the lovable villain Ratigan voiced by Vincent Price.

Studio Ghibli: I haven’t seen every Ghibli film yet (I just have a few more to go), but out of the ones I’ve seen, I’d have to say Princess Mononoke, it’s just so grand in scale and feels like a great epic live-action masterpiece if it was animated.

Pixar: This is a tough one, because recently Inside Out can’t get out of my head. (No pun intended, lolol) So for the longest time it has been Finding Nemo, but Inside Out might trump it.

DreamWorks Animation: I’m probably gonna be with the majority here in saying that How to Train Your Dragon is my favorite.

Although I do like the stuff they did with 2-D animation in the past.

Blue Sky Studios: I do like the original Ice Age, but I think my love of parrots makes Rio my favorite.

Sony Pictures Animation: Phil Lord and Chris Miller are geniuses and their comedy really shines with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. I also think it’s the first CGI movie to truly understand how to bring exaggerated 2-D movement into 3-D animation.

Laika: Although I reeeeeally like Coraline, I’ll choose Paranorman because it’s just freaking amazing, still the most breathtaking stop-motion I’ve ever seen.

Illumination: Despicable Me… honestly, they haven’t made a lot yet so it’s kinda difficult not to pick their first, because it’s also their best. I hate it for the current Minions trend currently though. They were the worst part of the movie!

BONUS: Don Bluth film: C’mon, you’re not gonna put Don Bluth films on this list? Anyways, it should come to no surprise to anyone that The Land Before Time is my favorite.

EXTRA BONUS: Though it’s a colmunation of a bunch of studios, The Lego Movie is probably going to remain my favorite animated movie of all time for a while. It’s just that good to me.

EXTRA EXTRA BONUS: The Secret of Kells was good, but Song of the Sea is a freaking masterpiece.

I think I’ll tag a couple people with this ask, so jaxblade, cellspex, hirosashii, jimforce​ aaaaand tommyoliverblogs with this list.

Hey just a PSA, one of my favorite films of all time, The Secret of Kells, is on netflix right now and if you have it I would highly recommend giving it a watch. It’s one of the most visually unique animated films I’ve ever seen and it was nominated for an oscar a while back. It’s a huge inspiration to me yet most folks I know still haven’t seen it.

Originally posted by orphine

jaxblade  asked:

YOUR TURN! Top 10 Movies Evah :)

Originally posted by imamothafuckintrex

IT’S SO HARD TO CHOOSE

Oh boy, well, I’m not gonna do an order since you didn’t, but here it goes.

Also since you did your top 10 favorites BESIDES your all time favorite, I’ll do the same with my all time favorite.

Here are my Top 10 favorite movies BESIDES the obvious one for me, which is Jurassic Park.  (As it currently stands, it’s bound to change in the next few years as I start to watch more films and discover more favorites.)

Originally posted by indominous-rex

In no particular order…

Network: Seriously still very relevant in how news media is corrupt and plus it has one of my favorite quotes of all time. 

Originally posted by benzarro

The Lego Movie: If you’ve been following me since this came out, you know I LOVE this movie and it’s probably my favorite animated movie ever.

Originally posted by crazycinephiles

Requiem for a dream: I’ve only seen this movie once, but I only need to see it once to know how friggin’ intense it is. The ending montage is one of the most anxious things I’ve ever watched.

Originally posted by ofallingstar

Song of the Sea: This is a brilliant masterpiece of 2D animation. Great design, great characters and a heart-wrenching story.

There Will Be Blood: Probably one of the best character studies. I didn’t see it when it came out, but after watching it, it’s become one of my faves.

Alien: One of the best sci-fi franchises to ever come into existence. It’s also the inspiration for my favorite video game franchise, Metroid. (I also love Aliens but chose this because of the isolated atmosphere.)

Originally posted by paulthomasfanderson

No Country for Old Men: This entire movie is super tense. I was on the edge of my seat almost the entire time.

Originally posted by zmermaidchild

Pulp Fiction: Every time I find out there’s someone who hasn’t seen Pulp Fiction, I want to sit them down and watch it with them. Seriously one of the best films ever made and super entertaining. (We still need to watch it together, @saberspark )

Originally posted by guther-the-penguin

Finding Nemo: My FAVORITE Pixar film. More explained in my review or something I made not too long ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA2iXkUoRzA

Originally posted by ibongbakal

Wreck-it Ralph: This is probably my favorite 3D film made by Disney Animation Studios. As a big fan of retro games and feeling super nostalgic for arcades, this was a must-see and even though it’s not quite the ‘roger rabbit’ of video games, it’s still an excellent story with great characters.


There ya go! 10 of my favorite movies in a random order. Again, these are bound to change as I watch more. I’m still discovering films I really like pre-70s, but so far nothing I’ve enjoyed that much to put it in my top 10.