Seoul #1 – SICAF

Last month I was honored to spend 10 days in Korea as an international juror for the Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival, a six-day festival held in the Myeongdong district.

Firstly, I should take the opportunity to say how impressed I was with the organization’s attention to detail and hospitality; from the minute I arrived in the country I was incredibly well looked after. Everyone was hugely generous with their time which made for a very social and full visit to the wonderful capital, and a great festival.

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The Festival Opening Ceremony was at the park in the center of the city, directly outside the City Hall.  It was a high-energy couple of hours with huge video screens, singing kids and dancing characters.  I was Continue reading

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Star Wars Posters: Retro Travel

Five alternate takes on Travel Posters from the Outer Rim.

Steve Thomas

Star Destroyer Tatooine Alderaan By Moonlight Beggars Canyon Endor Rally Hoth Ski Patrol

These six are from a full set of fourteen images, but it’s an interesting range because it clearly breaks down into a few sub-groups springing from slightly different influences.  The posters were originally sold through Lucasfilms art partner, Acme Archives, although most are now sold out.  There were also a couple of nice, minimal ‘t-shirt logos’ which were – not surprisingly – available as t-shirts.

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Carsland. Really?

Credit where credit is due; Disney have done an amazing job with Carsland.  I’m not a big fan of the movies but can really appreciate the attention to detail applied to making Radiator Springs real.  Everything from the diners and gift stores to the rides are simply stunning.  Like, or dislike the movies, there’s no doubt the parks team aren’t resting on their laurels or compromising on quality.

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None of these shots have any matts / painted billboards, everything is ‘real’ – and the ride is worth the wait.

Why wait for Siggraph 2013?

Siggraph Asia 2012If you have a CAF submission pending, are considering a poster, or want to share your latest app – there’s still time to submit to Siggraph Asia.

Celebrating it’s 5th Anniversary, Siggraph Asia returns to Singapore this year for what’s likely to be the biggest show yet.

Why not be a part of it?

Deadlines:

SIGGRAPH Returns to Anaheim & Vancouver.

SIGGRAPH Vancouver

“SIGGRAPH 2013 plans to return to Anaheim, California, 21-25 July, to celebrate the 40th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques  alongside thousands of research scientists, gaming experts and developers, filmmakers, students, the production community and academics worldwide. Mk Haley of Disney Research, Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University has been named SIGGRAPH 2013 Conference Chair.”

“After SIGGRAPH 2011 broke Vancouver’s previous all-time conference attendance records, it has become one of the most memorable SIGGRAPH conference cities. Due to this overwhelming attendance and community support, SIGGRAPH 2014 will return to Vancouver for the 41st International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, 10-14 August 2014.”

Rothko at PAM.

RothkoSo after becoming a fan at Art School and a further fifteen years of hanging his [IKEA] prints at home I was suitably excited heading into Portland Art Museum to see Rothkos’ work up close and personal.

And it was worth the trip, just the sheer scale of his work adds so much presence. Those A3 framed prints just don’t cut-it anymore.

The exhibition runs for another month, until May 27th, and with ~30 pieces covering his entire career timeline it’s a relevant collection.

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Medina Cafe

The best breakfast of the week.  If you’re in downtown Vancouver anytime of day, MedinaCafe is just awesome.  Along with a crazy good menu, it’s also ‘cool’, whilst completely unpretentious.  Seeing as I looked like I’d been in a convention center for the last six days it was nice of them to let me in amongst all the trendy folk.

Richard Williams in NYC

Alex Godsill, Chris Hill, Adam Coglan, Adrian and me with Richard Williams.  Working at Bullfrog in 1999, we were lucky enough to get some time to study animation with Richard in NYC.  It was a pretty awesome experience, and he is such a super nice, talented guy.  Good times indeed.

Q4 Al Centro

Monday night we hit Gio’s family restaurant, Q4 Al Centro.  I couldn’t decide between the Tenderloin and the family-recipe Spaghetti; so they gave me both, or course. Amazing food, wine, desserts, service and ambiance.  An all round perfect Italian; and if you go – I totally recommend the Spaghetti – it’s crazy good.