June 2, 2009

I'm speechless. This animated intro sequence for the upcoming Beatles Rock Band video game is simply stunning. I'd love to know more about the people responsible for it. They manage to tell the career-spanning, mind-bending story of the Beatles in a couple of minutes, seamlessly blending well designed 2-D and 3-D styles of animation. What I wouldn't give for a feature length film this cool...

UPDATE: Offworld.com is reporting that the intro was handled by Gorillaz animator Pete Candeland of Passion Pictures, "based on Candeland's similarly jaw-dropping work on Guitar Hero II's TV ad and the full-3D Rock Band 2 intro"

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February 17, 2009
Visual Effects Society announced the nominees for the 7th Annual VES Awards. the awards recognize outstanding visual effects in film, animation, television, commercials and video games. Nominated features include Bolt, Kung Fu Panda, Waltz With Bashir, Roadside Romeo, Wall-E, Iron Man (with five nominations), The Dark Knight, and Cloverfield. Commercials for Coke, Audi and Wrigley's 5 are also on the list, as are several television shows and student works.

The awards ceremony will take place on February 21st in Los Angeles.

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October 12, 2008

I have to admit, I'm not much of a video game player. On top of that, I've never cared much for RPGs. But I'll gladly make an exception and dive stylus-first into a Nintendo DS when the design and animation of the hand-held role-player are by Studio Ghibli and the music by my hero, Joe Hisaishi.

From Ghibli World:
Ni no Kuni: The Another World follows the adventure of a 13-year-old boy whose actions lead to the death of his mother. One day, the boy encounters a fairy who gives him a book which promises to lead him to the mysterious world of Ni no Kuni, a reality parallel to his own. There he encounters alternate versions of people he knows (for example his neighbor's cat is a king there) and attempts to save his mother.

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