Friday, November 21, 2008


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INSPIRATION 2 - Exactitudes

Rotterdam-based photographer Ari Versluis and profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek have worked together since October 1994. Inspired by a shared interest in the striking dress codes of various social groups, they have systematically documented numerous identities over the last 14 years. Rotterdam's heterogeneous, multicultural street scene remains a major source of inspiration for Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek, although since 1998 they have also worked in cities abroad.

They call their series Exactitudes: a contraction of exact and attitude. By registering their subjects in an identical framework, with similar poses and a strictly observed dress code, Versluis and Uyttenbroek provide an almost scientific, anthropological record of people's attempts to distinguish themselves from others by assuming a group identity. The apparent contradiction between individuality and uniformity is, however, taken to such extremes in their arresting objective-looking photographic viewpoint and stylistic analysis that the artistic aspect clearly dominates the purely documentary element.

Wim van Sinderen, Senior Curator Museum of Photography, The Hague

To visit the site click: HERE


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Coraline Trailer

From Henry Selick, visionary director of The Nightmare Before Christmas

The new trailer for the ' Coraline ' animated feature:

Here's a LINK to see a gallery of character designs.

Coraline's ' other mother '

Coraline's doll :

Coraline at Comic Con

from :

Coraline is being billed as the largest stop motion feature film ever produced. There are 40 stop motion sets being animated on at any given time, and will be shown in 3-D wherever theaters have that ability. Hopefully they will list some 3-D theaters you can visit locally on it's release in February 2009.

Recently Laika decided to set up a promotional display of the stop motion puppets used in the film. The surprising part was that the puppet faces are built with replacement upper and lower faces. This is similar to Miss Spider in James and the Giant Peach. Although it looks like the seam line is removed digitally afte the shots are completed by the animator.

Laika which is rapidly expanding now employs about 425 people, has two features in production "Jack and Ben" as well as TV advertisements and commercials. So it seems that the business management is doing a good job for the studio which went nearly bankrupt during Will Vintons stay. You can visit Laika's official web site > HERE

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

2008 ANIMATED FEATURE OSCAR > 14 films submitted

14 Animated Features
Submitted for 2008 Oscar®

Beverly Hills, CA — Fourteen features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 81st Academy Awards®.

The 14 submitted features are:

“Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!”
“Dragon Hunters”
“Fly Me to the Moon”
“Kung Fu Panda”
“Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa”
“The Sky Crawlers”
“Sword of the Stranger”
“The Tale of Despereaux”
“Waltz with Bashir”

“Bolt,” “Delgo,” “Dragon Hunters,” “$9.99,” “The Sky Crawlers,” “The Tale of Despereaux” and “Waltz with Bashir” have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying run. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and meet all of the category’s other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process.

Under the rules for this category, a maximum of 3 films can be nominated in a year in which the field of eligible entries numbers at least 8 but fewer than 16.

Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.

The 81st Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 22, 2009, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

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BOLT Trailer

all images copyright Disney Animation Studio

official BOLT website CLICK HERE

Below is an amazing clip of a chase scene from BOLT.
I love the boarding of this. The action plays so well !
You may want to WAIT to see this until after you see the movie in the theaters,
not to spoil anything for you.

It's a great piece!

The Little Golden Book illustrated by ex-Disney { now Dreamworks } Visual Development Artist Joe Moshier.

HERE to buy

Friday, November 7, 2008