Posts Tagged ‘Epic’

A Conversation with the Directors of Five Top Animations

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Five animation directors, Chris Sanders ("The Croods"), Chris Renaud ("Despicable Me 2")Dan Scanlon ("Monsters University"), Jennifer Lee ("Frozen")and Chris Wedge ("Epic") gathered for a round-table discussion about their films and the special needs of the genre.

The LA Times recently covered the Envelope Animation Round Table and had a conversation with five directors of top feature animations. The directors were Jennifer Lee (“Frozen”), Chris Renaud (“Despicable Me 2″), Chris Sanders (“The Croods”), Dan Scanlon (“Monsters University”) and Chris Wedge (“Epic”) tackled such topics as the challenges of female characters, the effect of celebrity voice actors and the changing economics of feature animation.

Congratulations to the Cogswell alumni who had the opportunity to work on these films:

  • Frozen – Christopher Evart, character technical animator; Andrew Jennings, character technical animator and Chad Stubblefield, modeling supervisor
  • The Croods – Steven Sorensen, final layout artist and Carrie VanEtten, image finagling artist.

Did any of their comments surprise or inspire you?

A Sneak Peek at Blue Sky’s “Epic”

Monday, May 20th, 2013

General Ronin (voiced by Colin Farrell). All images TM and © 2013 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved

This new offering from Blue Sky Studio promises to break new ground and be an audience pleaser. Set for release on May 24, critics have called it a cross between Avatar, Lord of the Rings and Gladiator.

According to the film’s director, Chris Wedge, the film is loosely based on William Joyce’s book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs. Set in a lush rain forest, the forces of ‘life’ battle the forces of ‘decay.’ While flashes of the humor for which Blue Sky films are known do crop up, the film has made an effort to tell a story with more depth than its previous family fare.

Check out the early preview of the film in AWN and the trailer and let us know if you are looking forward to seeing Epic.