Archive for the 'Animation' Category

Bit of a big week

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Bit of an exciting week for me, I’m trying to be present and enjoy these rather special times. Tomorrow morning at 5:30am they announce the Oscar Nominations – fingers crossed – Then on thursday we are driving down to the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. La Luna is screening the night of the premiere in [...]

Buon Natale

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Buon Natale, Merry Christmas to you all from the La luna crew! I can’t wait for you to see our little movie in the new year!

An interview with Mr Polland

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

A couple of weeks back when we were down in LosAngeles for the Animation Breakdown screening of La Luna I sat down for a video interview with David Polland. I enjoyed our chat, he’s very good at making it an informal and relaxed affair. Now if I could only get past listening to my own [...]

Cartoon Art Museum benefit at Pixar

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

We have a great event to benefit the Cartoon Art Museum happening this saturday at Pixar, there might be even some tickets left for purchase if you’re so inclined. Among the many wonderful things Michael Johnson has been organizing to make it a special day at Pixar, we’ll be showing La Luna and I’ll be [...]

6:00 it’s a day!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

And it’s a wrap! One last thing I wanted to share: during the production of La Luna every sunday night at the end of a weekend I’d be like: “YES! IT’S MONDAY TOMORROW!! I CAN’T WAIT!”. I’ve had a lot of great times at Pixar but never before had I this feeling about going to [...]

5:30 Producer Check-in!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Kevin Reher (La Luna’s producer) and Aj Riebli (Production manager) with SupTech Daniel McCoy and I at the Pixar atrium. Kevin and Aj are working behind the scenes to get us the crew and resources we need at the time we need them … all with the goal to finish La Luna within time and [...]

4:30 Lighting Review

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

The lighting department is responsible for the final look of the movie, they translated Bill Cone’s colorscript beautifully! Lighters are also known to live in dark dark caves, but they are really friendly … they were also an absolute hoot to work with! From left (in first photo): Fonz, Charu, Esdras, Kyoung, Bryan (Lighting Lead) [...]

3:30pm Shading check in

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

I stop by at Supervising Technical director of La Luna Daniel McCoy’s office to check on the shading on one of our props. We actually watercolored most of the textures we applied to our models.

2:30pm Recording session

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Steve Bloom and I record temporary gibberish for the story reels. The actors changed but the gibberish and the gesticulating stayed! I am acting as grandpa, can you tell? By the way here‘s an old cartoon I grew up with in Italy, La Linea. Inspiringly goofy stuff.

1:30pm Animation video research

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

We try and figure out the physics of sweeping with animators Juan Carlos Navarro and Javier Moya. We video sessions like these to help capture the right movement. Won’t tell you much more than this to avoid spoilers!