Wreck-It Ralph 2 Trailer

Earlier this year, Disney released a teaser trailer for their upcoming film ‘Wreck-It Ralph 2’ (also named Ralph Breaks the Internet). 3 months on and an all exciting, all new trailer has been released outlining the plot of the second film.

The trailer features a variety of clips of Ralph and Penelope exploring the internet. What’s more interesting to see is that the film won’t be just a bunch of modern day pop culture references but showcasing a variation of different environments such as “Slaughter Race” a fictional “Mad Max”-esque online racing game.

 (Image: copyright Disney ‘Wrech-It Ralph 2’)

(Image: copyright Disney ‘Wrech-It Ralph 2’)

‘Wreck-It Ralph 2’ releases in cinemas this November.

Review by,
Adam

Bring A Pound Day

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It's Dougie Mac's annual Bring a Pound day.  Last year we joined in by dressing up everyday for the entire month of September.  This year we are going a bit lower key with a gaming night tomorrow at our office.  We're hoping everyone will have loads of fun & food, and most importantly give generously so we can make a difference!

We hope you join in with your own ideas to help raise money for this fantastic charity.

Thoughts by,
Sian

Art by Ash

Its been a while since I've posted new stuff on here.  I've been rather busy with things and I need to post another new one on here too.  However, this is the newest picture I've done.  It's Sally from 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'.  I loved doing the Tim Burton patterns and giving it the gothic look it deserves.

Art by,
Ash

Dougie Mac Quiz

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Carse and Waterman will be at the Bet365 stadium for the Dougie Mac quiz tonight.  We're eager to get testing our general knowledge and see how competitive we really are!  It's to raise money for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice charity so it's all in jest and for a good cause of course. 

There may still be spaces for teams so get in touch with Dougie Mac on 01782 344359 if you want to come down and pit yourselves against us... May the best man win!

Thoughts by,
Sian

Christopher Robin Review

Walt Disney Studios released their latest Winnie the Pooh film 'Christopher Robin' on 17th August. 

 Image: Laurie Sparham / Disney

Image: Laurie Sparham / Disney

I had been looking forward to this film ever since the trailers started being released a few months ago.  I was glad to see a Winnie the Pooh themed film that was aimed at adults rather than children.  It feels like it was created for those of us who remember Pooh, Piglet & co from our childhood.  I wanted to relive that excitement, just as Christopher Robin does during the film.

Christopher Robin is now an adult (around 40 years old) in this film, so it's set many years later than the books.  At first I was unsure how I'd feel watching the characters now they're 'grown-up'.  I'd of course already seen their appearance in the trailers and actually quite liked their slightly more life-like style, although original is still best!  However I was unsure if their personalities would have been changed too.  I needn't have worried!  All the characters still had their lovable personalities and kept their unique traits that made each one relatable in their own way.

I don't want to give away the films story as it was only released recently so I'll just do a quick review.  It's not an Earth-shattering film & I doubt it will win any awards - although I don't know much about that sort of thing!  However I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to any Winnie the Pooh fans.  The film-makers have stayed true to the characters and have really done them justice.  They've managed to keep the characters personalities just as charming as I remember.  It was a fun film offering an all too quick flash of nostalgia.

Review by,
Sian

Art by Ash

Thought I'd post one of my favourites I've done.  I enjoy working with strong lighting using black and white.  Something about this image always captivates me.

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Art by,
Ash

Motunui Island from Moana

 (Image: Disney's Motunui Island when rendered)

(Image: Disney's Motunui Island when rendered)

Being a 3D animation studio we watch other companies news and software updates closely - we want to stay on top of our game!  Disney is known for being quite open with releasing their latest technological developments in hopes to progress the industry forward as a whole.  They're a good company to watch.

A few weeks ago our Technical Director was happy to discover that Walt Disney Animation Studios have released some real 3D productions files to the public.  They're primarily aimed for rendering software developers to help them benchmark and improve their product.  However, as they're completely public anyone with access to 3D software is free to open the files and have a look - for research and learning only of course. 

This time Disney have shared it's complete data set for Motunui Island, which was created for its 2016 animated feature film 'Moana'.  As you can imagine it's a huge file.  If you want to download everything including animation data as well as general assets (such as the ocean, coral, trees etc) then you're looking at around 70GB.

 (Image: Disney's Motunui Island when opened in 3D software)

(Image: Disney's Motunui Island when opened in 3D software)

We're a bit busy at the moment but we can't wait to have a look - a sneak peak into a real behind the scenes production file!

Sian

Thoughts on The Breadwinner (Pt 2)

The Breadwinner tackles a large number of topics ranging from the harrowing politics of a terrorist occupied region on the brink of war to the friendship between two children trying to make it through each day as they undergo all sorts of hardships, despite this The Breadwinner never feels like it’s biting off more than it can chew. The story is held together by a wondrous fairy tale narrated by Parvana throughout the plot that contrasts, but also reflects the dire world she and her family live in, these segments have the film shift to a intricate papercraft artstyle that could have only have been done in the medium of animation. 

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The end of the story resolves the personal drama of Parvana and her family however in the grand scheme of things their situation never changes, the lands they live in are still under the tyrannical rule of the Taliban and the women are still forced to live in the shadows. This isn’t a grand bombastic story and there are no winners by the end of it, and yet there’s still a faint glimmer of hope by the end of it that hints at some comfort to the characters as well as the viewers.

The Breadwinner is an incredibly engaging watch on it's story alone, but the visuals push this film from a great film to a must watch. I look forward to seeing what the team at Cartoon Saloon create next.

Review by,
Sidd
 

Thoughts on The Breadwinner (Pt 1)

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When people think of animated films usually the first thought that comes to mind are works from Disney or Pixar, The Breadwinner is a film that doesn’t come from those companies but definitely deserves to be recognised alongside the masterpieces that have come out of said studios. Created by Cartoon Saloon of Song Of The Sea and The Secret Of Kells fame, The Breadwinner is a nuanced, bittersweet tale set in the arid sands of Taliban occupied Afghanistan. The core of the film revolves around a young girl by the name of Parvana who lives in a harsh authoritarian society that discourages women from venturing out into the public. The events of the film begin to unfold when Parvana’s father is imprisoned for drawing the ire of the Taliban, with no one left to buy food she decides to take matters into her own hands and decides to take on the guise of a boy in order to keep her mother, sister and baby brother alive.

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Stylistically the film paints a rather bleak image of Afghanistan, yet the vibrancy of the environments such as the marketplace Parvana frequents is never compromised. The character designs are incredibly appealing and varied while the animation that brings them to life is gorgeous and mind-bogglingly fluid. Cartoon Saloon’s previous work was smooth and stylish, yet despite being prepared for it it was still an absolute treat for the eyes. There’s a great deal of care and attention put into production of this film be it the societal structures that are seen in the setting to the casting choices for the voice actors.

Look our for Part 2 to be posted next week!

Review by,
Sidd

Stay Clear, Stay Safe

Canada likes to get creative with their public service announcements.  This is probably the best way to be as people are more likely to remember stories they enjoy, in turn memorising important information.

 (Copyright Ontario Power Generation & Aardman Animation)

(Copyright Ontario Power Generation & Aardman Animation)

Their most recent one is 'Stay Clear, Stay Safe - A Cautionary Tale' made by Aardman Animations for Ontario Power Generation.  Its been created to highlight concerns about people getting too close to hydro-electric dams.  In the summer it's common for people to want to cool off by taking a dip in the water.  However it's so important that they don't go past danger signs of any kind, but particularly those for electric dams with strong under-currents.

Fear not, Dammy the beaver is here to remind you!  Take a watch on the link below:

http://creativity-online.com/work/ontario-power-generation-dammy/54913

Sian

Disney Animation VR Debut

SIGGRAPH 2018 is taking place this week, with many companies using it as a chance to show off their latest computer generated developments.

One company making the most of this is Walt Disney Animation Studio.  They have used the event to debut their first-ever virtual reality animation, choosing to present their short in the Village area of the events Immersive Pavilion. 

 (Image: Disney 'Cycles' poster)

(Image: Disney 'Cycles' poster)

'Cycles' was directed by Jeff Gipson, who's been a lighting artist for Disney since 2013.   It's a story that "centers around the true meaning of creating a home and the life it holds inside its walls.".

Sian

 

Mission Impossible: Fallout

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From the outside one would be forgiven for thinking that the 'Mission Impossible' franchise is just a string of your typical run of the mill multi-million dollar action movie. The series which started in 1996 just released it’s sixth film in last month. Somehow despite running for so long and despite the fact that protagonist Ethan Hunt (played by Tom Cruise) is nearly 60 years old, 'Mission Impossible: Fallout' is the best film in the franchise and possibly one of the best spy/action movies in the last decade.

The core conceit of the 'Mission Impossible' series is that it has its characters taking part in awe inspiring globetrotting missions (unsurprisingly) which often don’t work out as as intended, leading the cast to improvise in order to survive. It is this core idea that Fallout capitalizes on and embodies more so than the previous films in the series and it does so with the with confidence and determination. 

Mission Impossible: Fallout can seem intimidating to new viewers who haven’t watched the previous films in the series, but this really isn’t an issue as most of the the information required is explained succinctly, allowing for a smooth viewing experience be it as a fan or a newcomer. 

It isn’t just the spirit of the franchise too that Fallout succeeds in capturing, on a technical level the stunt work and action set pieces are a sight to behold. Once again Cruise took up the role of being his own stunt man and fully committed to his performance which adds a layer of authenticity that you don’t really see in other films. Mission Impossible has raised the bar for  action films as well as long running franchises, here’s hoping we see Tom Cruise again for the inevitable sequel.

Review by,
Sidd

Art by Ash

Electrifying!  Introducing a revamp of one of my superheroes 'King' who is part of a team I created whilst I was at university.  It was fun doing the lighting on this piece and I hope to do more of my superheroes and old characters soon.

Check out more artwork at - ergoasch.deviantart.com

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Art by,
Ash

Winnie the Pooh

A new trailer for Disney's 2018 'Christopher Robin' film was released a couple of weeks ago and we love it.  

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Winnie himself has been brightened up a little since we saw him in the last trailer but it's a great improvement.  It's helped bring him back to a closer style that we were used to in the books we read as children.  He also looks softer and even more lovable than ever!

I can't wait to go see this in August!

Thoughts by,
Sian

Happy Birthday Sidd!

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It's our budding 3D animators birthday today.  For some reason he has no only decided to escape the office, but he's also left the country.  We're slightly insulted but hope he has a great time on his travels.

Bring back treats...
Sian

Work Experience: Producer

Today I finish my week's work experience at Carse and Waterman. 

I have been welcomed into a team that's full of life and excitement this week. When I started on Monday I didn't know what to expect due to never being in an animation studio other than at uni before this week but when I got here Sian was here to welcome me in. Plus my friend from uni had just been signed on full time to the team so it was great to catch up with her that break time to see how she was getting on.

I came here to learn more about Producing and what it entails and a lot of it is running around answering phone calls, emails and going to meetings, the amazing things about all of that are being able to see all of the creative ideas and being at the centre point of that problem solving little things that a client may need and putting in your own ideas from experiences you've had on other projects.

Seeing Daniel Waterman in action this week has been quite interesting to see. Interacting with Daniel and getting his opinions on things has also been an amazing insight on just where to go forward in my career. I really wish I could stay here and be a part of this absolutely amazing team. Although I know that is not possible, Daniel has given me great ideas on what to do next to gain more experience and to move forward to get the career I am looking for.

If you ever find yourself looking for a great little animation team to get a little experience from I would always recommend them because they have amazing skills and abilities that anyone could learn from.

An Insight From, 
Caz