Frederick Butterfield has been second place his entire long life, but when his slightly older twin brother becomes the oldest person alive, Frederick sees an opportunity to finally take first place. ‘Second To None’ follows Frederick’s attempts to make it to number one. Writer/director Vincent Gallagher has teamed up with character designer, Pierre Butler, to bring ‘Second To None’ to life. Funded by the IFB/RTE Frameworks scheme, ‘Second to None’ is produced by Damian Farrell for Caboom. Completion May 2016.
If you have ever attempted to traditionally animate fireworks you will have no doubt spent time looking at reference material for inspiration. This clip, filmed by a drone, has been doing the rounds on the internet recently and puts the viewer right in the heart of a fireworks display. Highlighting the variety of dynamics at work, the effect of colored smoke and what happens when you move a camera through a thousand mini-explosion all firing off in different directions …. this clip is a ‘must see’.
The idea of owning your own studio may be the dream of many an animation student. The thoughts of total creative freedom, sharing your work with clients and audiences, working with people who share the same vision as you and winning awards en route are all real and worth every bit of hard work it takes to get there. But it’s a challenging road to take and often things don’t go to plan. Below is a very interesting link to an article about claymation artist and director, Will Vinton and his experience.
While the style might be modern, Steve Martino, the director of the new ‘Peanuts’ Movie, promises that the Blue Sky Studios production will still have all the heart of the much loved older Charlie Brown films. We’ll find out in 2015 !
Just spotted this really beautiful piece of stop motion work from ‘Oh Yeah Wow’ directed by Samuel Lewis. A big LIKE from us.
While everything is awesome (like the clip above entitled ‘Behind The Bricks’) somethings are more awesome than others. Like the closing sequence to The Lego Movie. Check out this from ‘The Art of The Title Sequence’ about the making of the movie’s stop-motion closing sequence.
We like puppets and the people behind them. Here’s an interesting short about a puppetman in Hell’s Kitchen New York by Ema Ryan Yamazaki.
We were very saddened to learn of the passing of animation legend, Jimmy Murakami. Jimmy had been like a ‘rock star’ in the Irish animation community since the eighties. He was also among the first to identify the potential for Ireland to be a world-class leader in animation. Below is a piece written by his longtime friend and work colleague, Michael Algar.
“Jimmy Murakami, one of the fathers of the Irish animation industry, passed away peacefully this morning. He was eighty years old.
Jimmy came to live in Ireland in 1971 and established Quateru Films to produce commercials in animation and live-action. In 1989 with his former partner Fred Wolf he established Murakami Wolf Dublin to produce the hit animation series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. MWD had a staff of over 100 Irish artists. The studio went on to produce James Bond Jr, Speed Racer and Budgie The Little Helicopter. As a freelance director, Jimmy directed The Storykeepers for Shepherd Films in Dublin, a hugely successful international hit.
After leaving art college in Los Angeles (his home town), Jimmy worked as an animator at UPA Burbank and Pintoff Studio in New York. He joined TVC London in 1960 and produced and directed award-winning shorts. Returning to Los Angeles in 1965, he established Murakami Wolf to produce shorts and commercials. He won the Grand Prix in Annecy in 1967 for Breath.
He directed Battle Beyond The Stars, a live-action effects feature, in Los Angeles in 1980. In 1982 he was supervising director on The Snowman at TVC. Also at TVC, he directed When The Wind Blows in 1986. In 2000 he directed Christmas Carol The Movie in London.
For the last ten years he concentrated on painting and had several exhibitions. Most recently he was developing The Morning Of One Hundred Suns, a feature based on his reaction to the Hiroshima bomb.
From the time he came to Ireland, Jimmy lectured and tutored animation students. He was a guest lecturer at IADT Dun Laoghaire and at Ballyfermot College, and personally mentored many young animators.
He married Ethna McInerney in 1972 and had two daughters, Deirdre and Claire. He had four grandchildren.”
Caboom recently produced a promotional sketch for 02’s ‘Small Business Competition’ starring Irish rugby legend, Brian O’Driscoll. The two minute piece, filmed at O2′s headquarters in Dublin, also stars Luke Griffin as the ‘director’ offering suggestions to embellish the script and deliver the message in a ‘cool’ way. But Brian is not really convinced. The spot received over 600,000 Irish views on YouTube in 1 month.
Filming has just finished on ‘The Mario Rosenstock’ series 2. The sketches series was filmed in Dublin over the past few months with topical material shot the week of broadcast. The show stars Mario Rosenstock playing numerous personalities from the world of entertainment, sport and politics. The series also features a support by a cast of leading Irish comedy actors including Mark Huberman, Olga Wehrly, Luke Griffin, Mary-Lou McCarthy, Christiane O’Mahony and Steve Gunn. TMRS2 aired on RTE Two and lead the return to strong Monday night viewing figures for the channel.