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Blu-ray Review: ‘Rio’

The "Rio" Blu-ray release features a two-disc set consisting of a Blu-ray disc and DVD, along with some digital download materials. Aptly set in Rio de Janeiro, this 96-minute 3D animation is helmed by Brazilian director Carlos Saldanha, also the man behind "Robots" and the "Ice Age" films. The filmmaker shows love for his hometown with this movie project that showcases the fun and festive culture of the Brazilian city. Filled with dazzling imagery and contagiously fun music, "Rio" tells the

‘Deep Sea 3D’ Film Review: Underwater magic

If you have that fancy for scuba diving and underwater magic without getting wet, then the jaw-dropping experience of submerging into the coolest underground deserts and forests in "Deep Sea 3D" should be worth your while. Clocking in at around 40 minutes, this 3D offering showcases how the sights and sounds of the "real deep sea" becomes "cinematic magic." "Deep Sea 3D" is a marvel in 3D filmmaking. The IMAX experience lets you sink way down for that stereoscopic 3D acquaintance with the grandeur of the deep

Sam Concepcion sings ‘Kung Fu Fighting’

Teen music artist and Dep-Ed Ambassador for the Youth Sam Concepcion tries out for something big. A week after, he gets the major stint. This Filipino artist sings the theme song “Kung Fu Fighting” for Dreamworks’ animated film “Kung Fu Panda.” The Filipino audience will be privileged to hear Sam’s voice in the closing credits of the said animated feature. According to Sam, he is definitely honored for the opportunity – being another first for the Filipinos in the entertainment industry having

‘Shrek the Third’ Film Review: The slapstick third

While it offers nothing new on the table, this third movie of the "Shrek" franchise compensates with its laid-back familiarity and comedy. The Shrek Franchise The best thing about the "Shrek" movies is that you are offered a patented comic blend of fairy tale tradition and pop-culture references. These recreate a comic flavor and moral implications for its wide commercial range of movie viewers. The franchise's main charm is its organic ability to mix fairy tale sweetness and pop-culture tradition with a

‘Corpse Bride’ Film Review: A charming grave fairy tale

This Tim Burton offering presents a morbid and romantic trip between the cold dwelling of the living and the colorful underground world of the dead. Behind its eerie theme, Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride" presents a morbid and romantic trip between the cold dwelling place of the living and the colorful underground realm of the dead. Fun, genial, expressive, and charming, this semi-musical stop-motion piece is set at death's door, saluting the liberating power of true love and sacrifice. The story revolves around

‘Beowulf’ (2007) Film Review: Motion-capture statement

"Beowulf" ambitiously blends CGI, motion-capture, and 3D technologies to bring a new level of hyperreality for the viewers to enjoy. Everybody knows, or at least, has already heard about the epic poem "Beowulf" in school, or perhaps, with the prior 2005 live-action offering "Beowulf and Grendel" starring Gerard Butler as Beowulf. This time, the Robert Zemeckis-helmed "Beowulf" utilizes the latest motion-control technology available to tell a tale approximately 1,400 years old in an astonishingly new way -- a sensory animation experience

‘Valiant’ Film Review: Messenger pigeons of WWII

This animated picture capitalizes on British carrier pigeons, German falcons, and a World War. It is a tough decision to make a war story into a child-friendly animated offering such as "Valiant." But overall, it seems to provide more appeal to the senior crowd whose sensibilities about war are more palpable than children who love to see more lovable or goofy characters on screen. This family picture's CGI animation looks okay in the foreground, but the backgrounds look pretty bland. Moreover, this

Filmmaking Guide: How to get an animated movie made

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An animated movie requires frames drawn and played in sequence. Unlike a live-action movie, an animated movie uses a specific kind of animation process or a combination of processes to produce moving images. The animation can be fully drawn, painted or photographed frame by frame. Computer technology also paved way to the creation of animated films using computer programs such as Flash, Adobe After Effects, 3D Studio Max, and Maya. Many animation projects combine the use of hand-drawn and computer-based production of

Animation History: Past trends, current styles, and possible future (as of 2010)

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As an art form, animation is just about a decade younger than motion picture film. Since then, it has evolved side by side with the many technological breakthroughs in filmmaking. Historical Developments It started with making actual drawings on the film stock to create visual effects beyond what can be offered in a realistic set, then there came traditional animation where images were hand-drawn frame-by-frame, and stop-motion animation where clay and other materials physically moved one frame at a time and are

Guide to Making Your First Animated Movie: Animation software and technical requirements

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Exploring the world of animation and filmmaking requires not only technical and creative skills, but also patience and commitment to accomplish all the challenging tasks involved throughout the long production process. After completing your initial pre-production requirements including the script, storyboard, and character and background designs, you must clearly know your technical workflow, audio and video settings, and other production requirements before proceeding to the actual animation. Animation Software Choosing your animation software is crucial to the specific workflow and technical

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