Happy Halloween!

iMe is gearing up for Halloween tomorrow.  He's chosen one of his favourite outfits ready to scare anyone who dares cross him!

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Art by,
Adam

Party!

Last month we took part in Dougie Mac’s ‘Bring a Pound’ scheme to raise money for the local charity. We were proud to raise a nice amount but wanted to do more. September was a very busy month for us so we promised to do something in October instead.

Making the most of October we thought what better way than a Halloween themed party? So this weekend we’re going to have fancy dress, games, films, food and lots of fun!

What better way to celebrate than knowing others will benefit too?!

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Art by Ash

Dragon Lake

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See more artwork at: www.deviantart.com/ergoasch

Art by,
Ash

Art by Ash

Lilly Kingdom streetway to Petaros Castle.

See more artwork at: www.deviantart.com/ergoasch

Art by,
Ash

Happy Birthday!

There's a birthday in the office today and if you know who it is, you'll know there should be lots of food involved.

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Happy Birthday Sian -  We hope you enjoy the cake!

The C&W Team

78 Tours

Georges Schwizgebel is a Swiss animator who's won many awards for his work.  I hadn't came across him before, at least not knowingly, but after seeing this animation today I love his work.  Created in 1985, '78 Tours' (a reference to the old 78 rpm records) is an animation which showcases multilayered animation. 

It tells the story of a man reliving his memories whilst sat in his kitchen drinking coffee and listening to the radio, perhaps the song prompting his recollection of things. It's a beautiful blend of many different scenes on a warm summers day, constantly morphing from one to another in a smooth movement.  Watching the way the animation has been created is almost mesmerising.

Watch below and see what you think:

Thoughts by,
Sian

Art by Ash

The Lost King

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See more artwork at: www.deviantart.com/ergoasch

Art by,
Ash

Art by Ash

The Curse Statues of Ice Mountain

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See more artwork at: www.deviantart.com/ergoasch

Art by,
Ash

Forza’s Great Britain Compared to the Real Great Britain

'Forza' is a car racing video game franchise by Microsoft. Originally starting off as a “serious” motorsport series to attract in car enthusiasts, later entries to the series took a more casual laid back attitude to attract more players to the game. 

The specific “Horizon” tagline that is attached to the series every 2 years is the more “arcade” jump in and drive type game.  These specific “Horizon” titles are praised for the outstanding work of the realistic depictions of the real world locations they are set in.

The fourth instalment was unveiled to take place in the countrysides of Great Britain.  See the stunning comparison images below:

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Snowshill Cottage.  Left - real cottage.  Right - cottage in Forza Horizon 4 (picture comparison found from IGN)

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Edinburgh Castle.  Left - real castle.  Right - castle in Forza Horizon 4 (picture comparison found from IGN)

It's crazy how realistic computer games are becoming.

If you're interested to see this all for yourself, 'Forza Horizon 4' releases today!

Thoughts by,
Adam
 

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