A Nightmare you don’t wish for

by Gunther Heinrich, 16 Oct 2008 in The Movie & Me

As some sort of follow up to my post from yesterday I (again) more and more respect those guys working on 3D animation. Not as a hobby but as a full time worker each day, each week.

Currently I am working on a 3D / CGI image to increase my personal gallery and my frustration level is going growing by the minute because of seemingly small problems I encounter here and there but push the boundaries of time planning beyond infinity.

I really don’t want to know how bad this is when you are a professional working with a tight project plan and a tight budget. It must be nerve wrecking…

Although I am absolutely the opinion that it is OK to criticize a bad 3D animated movie with a bad script (the

I know, this sounds quit silly but I have seen far bigger corporations stumble into problems before than Dreamworks Animation. The reason I come up with this assumption is because I have noticed something unbelievable: a Photoshop Disaster. Made by Dreamworks. Or is it a (C)? I don’t know.

The movie I am talking about is the upcoming MONSTERS VS: ALIENS, due in 2009. For this seemingly interesting movie they started to create first promo materials – or better: one which they recycle many times.

Let’s dive into the world of business decisions and business processes and take a look at the promo poster:

Monsters Vs. Aliens Promo Poster

Simple, aedequate. Nothing spectacular.

And now, let’s take a look at a screenshot I took of

OK, first things first:  Thank you Dreamworks! After a long time in history of the Mighty 3D this is one of the first 3D animated movies not from Pixar that doesn’t put out an obvious pop culture reference each and every minute (although there must have been a ton of Kung Fu movie references). And I don’t miss any of it. Instead the guys at Dreamworks tried to tell a story of a panda who wants to kick ass in big fights full of action and heroism as the dream sequence at the beginning establishes. That’s okay to me.

The Time of Road Runner

by Gunther Heinrich, 27 Jun 2008 in A Robot's Dream Scriptwriting

Imagine a final scene in which the protagonist gives a ring to a lady laying in a hospital. A piano plays its nice music and the lady smiles. It is so cliché. But it has a nice feel to it. Now imagine the same scene with everything being the same – except for the present. This time our guy gives a gun instead of a ring. It completely changes the message of the scene although the acting, the pacing, the music and so on is the same.

Despite the missing updates in this electronic personal space of mine (aka blog) I worked on my 3D animated short movie “A Robot’s Dream”. But the reason for missing news is simple: the end of “A Robot’s Dream”. I know it is an old

Awards and Animation

by Gunther Heinrich, 9 Feb 2008 in Animation Movie News

Thanks to Kevin Koch and his blog post I not only got reminded of those various awards (BAFTA and Oscar anyone?) going on but he also delivered a list of all nominees this year. Of course I am talking about the animation categories at the moment. I sadly didn’t write anything about animation at all in the last few weeks (with the exception of my personal 3D short). So I take this good chance to, well, write something about the nominees and some that are missing.

Kevin already mentions it in his post but it is nevertheless interesting that each animated short is listed only once throughout the awards. I guess this is partly due to the politics and reasoning. One example is the short THE PEARCE SISTERS with

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