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

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

Filmmaking Guide: Key special effects techniques done during the shoot

Aside from basic in-camera techniques like stop-motion shooting and time-lapse photography and old school special effects techniques like dolly-zoom, miniature, and rear and front projection effects, there are other techniques you can use during the shoot to create special effects shots. These options are now typically accessible not only to professional filmmakers but amateurs as well. Speed-ramping Effect Speed ramping refers to a long take involving any combination of the following: parts that move slowly, parts that move quickly,

Filmmaking Guide: Making movie special effects

There are many ways to create special effects for movie projects. For most live-action movies, people can do this using a green or blue screen background. Some productions use the challenging process called rotoscoping, which requires a frame-by-frame alteration of the movie. Most filmmaking works actually use professional image-editing, special effects, animation, and video-editing programs to create video effects and computer-generated imagery (CGI). Mastery of software programs is crucial when making special effects in movies. However, the opportunity to create these

Our ‘Bernardo Carpio’ Short Film Project Takes a Step Forward

This project is a jumpstart to that same endeavor that began almost a decade ago, which had to be shelved due to documentary issues in processing and releasing the second tranche of the budget from the funding agency. We knew that there will always be a right time for this, and after proposing to the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in the last quarter of 2019, we received the good news by February 2020 that we got

‘Hedgehog in the Fog’ Short Film Critique: The Phantasm of Venturing Into the Unknown

A short essay for my Film Theory and Criticism Class The 1975 short animated film “Hedgehog in the Fog” (Yozhik v tumane) by Yuri Norstein offers an amalgam of terror and pleasure using the phantasm of venturing into the unknown. This evocative work of imagination features the journey of a hedgehog one evening to see his bear cub friend. As he travels in the foggy forest, he encounters many scary things that eventually become transformative moments of wonder. This 11-minute Russian

Video #1: How the Story Came About From the ‘Inside Out’ Directors

This is a documentation filmed during the "Inside Out" Press Conference in Manila, Philippines with director Pete Docter and co-director Ronnie del Carmen. This video features the filmmakers' introduction to the "Inside Out" story development and Pete and Ronnie's working relationship at Pixar. These came from the unplanned handheld shots with the GoPro I apparently brought with me during the press conference invitation, and I guess the footage turned out fine and worth watching. Thanks to the awesome responses from these two

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

‘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

Scriptwriting class at Top Peg Institute of Animation and Design for summer 2017

Once again, I got invited to share my knowledge and experiences in scriptwriting to animation and design students at Top Peg Institute of Animation and Design. I had a wonderful time in my class there way back in 2015 and I'm sure this is going to be another fulfilling semester with new students. Looking forward to it. Yep, it's in Las Pinas and I'm from Antipolo. It was well worth it the first time around. So here I go again. #toppeg #scriptwriting

Tim Burton Filmography: His early works as a filmmaker (1971 to 1990)

Filmmaker Tim Burton is widely known for his dark, quirky, and expressionist films. Early on, Tim Burton's exposure to classic horror movies reflected the kind of works he would eventually do as a Hollywood filmmaker. His early career was filled with luck and opportunities, but not necessarily inspiring and fulfilling ones for the young, promising artist. He hailed from Burbank, California, an area where many television and movie studios are located. He received a Disney scholarship to attend the California Institute of

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