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Blogs Watch Andrew Stanton's Commencement Address at Animation Mentor

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 11:44am

We've posted two-time Oscar-winner Andrew Stanton's (Monsters Inc, Toy Story, John Carter, Finding Nemo and others) commencement address from last month's Animation Mentor graduation. Humor, insight and enthusiasm from one of Pixar's brightest stars.

Blogs Review: ParaNorman is in a Class All Its Own

By Dan Sarto | Friday, August 17, 2012 at 1:47pm

There’s a reason very few studios make stop-motion feature films – like trying to out-talk Lena Dunham, it’s unbelievably difficult. Credit LAIKA - ParaNorman is exquisitely animated, with a depth of visuals and fluidity of motion that is truly fantastic. You’ve never seen stop-motion like this. The acting, the range of motion, the sets, the props, the costumes, and the attention to detail is apparent in every scene.

Blogs TV Animation Producers Taking Diverse Measures to Ensure Long-Term Profitability

By Dan Sarto | Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:42pm

An astonishing 64% of the TV animation execs surveyed said they planned on switching to the production of Anime Porn, while 17% said they planned on opening vegan and gluten-free veggie-wrap food trucks. 6% responded they were leaning towards the risky but highly profitable kidnap-for-ransom business, while 10% said that their large long-term leased and unused studio space would easily support the storing of hazardous waste.

Blogs The Search for a da Vinci Masterpiece

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 2:52pm

In the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, a feverish search occurs seemingly in slow motion. In order to make progress in the search, a team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), has been inventing a brand-new field of work called “art forensics.” Armed with innovative new portable sensing devices, they are searching for a lost masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci called “The Battle of Anghiari.”

Blogs Review: Beauty and the Beast in 3D

By Dan Sarto | Friday, January 13, 2012 at 11:13am

It’s been close to 2 decades since I last saw the original Beauty and the Beast, sitting mesmerized right alongside my then 3 year old daughter Becky. Sitting mesmerized right alongside my now 23 year old daughter as we watched this beautiful new version of the film, I can safely say the ends justify the means and the tremendous amount of work to bring this film to 3D has produced a visually stunning experience.

Blogs Visual Computing: Redefining the Interactive Experience

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 8:57pm

Imagine exploring Paris through a digital window in your living room, using a camera to capture a 3D blueprint of your house to plan your next remodel, or trying on clothing in a virtual dressing room that shows how fabrics flow with your every move. These are a few potential applications of visual computing, a fast-growing field of technology that combines photorealism, HD video and audio, interactivity and computational modeling to enable real-time, lifelike immersive experiences.

Blogs The Crossroads of Art and Technology: Creating The Creators Project

By Dan Sarto | Friday, January 6, 2012 at 3:10pm

The Creators Project, founded in part by Vice Media, was started to showcase innovative artists and enable them to realize new artwork. When The Creators Project launched in 2010, Vice used a variety of media -- including television, print, online and mobile outlets -- to document the work of more than 100 creators to date, hailing mostly from seven countries (Brazil, China, France, Germany, South Korea, United Kingdom and United States).

Blogs Atlanta Braves Unhappy With Pixar’s Brave

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 6:39pm

At a casual glance, anybody taking on Disney in a court of law would seem either fabulously wealthy, fabulously nuts, or both. So, I find this news item of particular interest. As reported on the Yahoo Sports blog Big League Stew, Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves are slinging some arrows at Pixar, challenging them over the name of the upcoming animated feature, Brave.

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