This half of the post is a bit non-standard, as It doesn’t directly deal with the industry, nor does it cover any recent news in the industry. Its just a quick update on something I’ve come across. (Expect a standard article below this blurb).
Instagram. Those of you who know me personally know I really only had one social media profile which I used for everything. Recently, I decided to get an Instagram since I tend to share more photos than anything else. It’s quick, easy, and it works rather well for my needs. After playing with the app for a while I found the suggested follows page.
Is there any artists reading this blog? If so listen up. There is a treasure trove of artists all over Instagram, be it 2D, 3D, traditional or experimental and more. If anyone is ever lacking in inspiration, or needs to look at something cool to get their creative juices flowing, look around the app. The more artists you follow, the more it will suggest for you, many of them are famous and well known but occasionally you’ll find a real talent that very few know of.
These “smaller” artists need support too, and in today’s day and age a simple like and comment can make somebodies day. It lets the poster know, “Yes. We like this, more of this please”. This can also influence what direction the artist eventually goes in, or at least let them know what their fans like and want so they can produce more or less of that.
For those who haven’t already seen it, Inside Out is Pixar’s most recent movie. Their next major release is going to be the alternate prehistory story, “The Good Dinosaur”. The lush and vibrant “Lava” was the short shown before ‘Inside Out’, and prior to ‘The Good Dinosaur’ animator Sanjey Patel’s ‘Sanjay’s Super Team’ will debut.
‘Sanjay’s Super Team’ will deal with both religion and spirituality, and the experiences of a young boy (Sanjay) as he’s exposed to a world he doesn’t fully understand or appreciate in particular. Sanjay loves superheros, he lives in a motel and watches a lot of TV especially when his dad has a prayer or ritual session.
This short will also be done a style that’s much more bold, striking, and vibrant than what we’ve grown used to seeing from Pixar. According to producer Nicole Paradis Grindle the short comes from a, “very different cultural place than all the other stories we’ve told before. And for kids who come from these backgrounds to see themselves on screen, it’s exciting for us.”
Looking at one the two brand new production stills released not too long ago, we can see Sanjay playing with an action figure with his Dad in the background. In the other it seems like Sanjay has actually been transported to a different reality. With three interpretations of three Hindu gods behind him, Sanjay appears to be in distress over something. It seems the short is one in two distinct styles, one more traditional Pixar while in the human world, and the other hyper vibrant, bold, and cel-shaded.
The short won’t have any dialogue in it whatsoever, but the score will be done by Oscar Award winning composer Mychael Danna (Life of Pi). Seeing Pixar try something new is refreshing and exciting, while I’m a fan of their overall style, seeing them break from their norm is going to be great.
One last thing that makes this short special, is that its based on Sanjay Patel’s own childhood. In an interview covered by Sam Whiting of SFgate.com, Patel said:
“My parents emigrated from the U.K. when I was about 5. We moved to Southern California and my parents bought a motel, which is very common for Patels. It kind of rhymes. ‘Hotel, motel, Patel.’ ”
“A lot of foreign nationals came here and they needed a place to live and they wanted to buy a business. My entire family runs motels and my wife’s entire family runs motels as well.”
“My mother was schizophrenic and my parents didn’t have a lot of resources. Because of my mother’s state we were isolated from the Indian community. I was already detached from Americans because of my skin color and my parents’ business. I wasn’t living in a neighborhood. Another level of detachment. It left me with a lot of free time, which was the upside.” and so he watched a lot of TV, “I was stuck in that motel, so there weren’t a lot of options.”
If you’d like to read more about Patel, check out the full interview at SFGate.com.
”Sanjay’s Super Team” premiered at this years Annecy animation festival in Europe, for the rest of us, it will be attached to “The Good Dinosaur” which is set to premier November 25th, 2015.