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East Meets West: The Animation of Oscar-Nominated Theodore Ushev

Bulgarian-born director Theodore Ushev settled in Canada in 1999 and has been developing his unique and unmistakable vision at the National Film Board for years.

With 15 films and well over one hundred prizes won among them, not to mention an Oscar-nomination earlier this year for Blind Vaysha, Theodore is superstar of Canadian animation.

On Saturday, November 11, join us as we welcome Theodore to Vancouver to discuss how he has transformed his graphic designs into animated films that at once, entrance, shock and enthral.

Note that unlike the previous presentations, this one is taking place at 7PM!

When: Saturday, November 11 @ 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Admission: $10 // Groups (5+): $7*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales
Admission includes GST.
Where: Vancouver Film School
Main Theatre
420 Homer Street
Vancouver, Canada
Info & tickets: SparkCG.ca





Community News




Taking the Creative Lead: a Masterclass for Animation Creatives

Join some of BC’s finest animation creatives for a full weekend of engaging sessions offering insights into the animation industry, insider tips and an opportunity to connect with the animation community. Eoin Duffy (The Missing Scarf, I Am Here), Michael Fukushima (Executive Producer, Animation Studio, National Film Board of Canada), David Fine and Alison Snowden (Bob and Margaret, Bob’s Birthday), and Ann Marie Fleming and Kevin Langdale (Window Horses) share their experiences with creating short and feature-length animated films, from financing and marketing, to moving from commercial to auteur work and more.

Through facilitated discussions and Q&As, this two-day masterclass aims to inspire participants with the confidence to take the creative lead on their own projects.

"Taking the Creative Lead" is presented in participation with Drawn Together Vancouver and Spark CG Society.

Tickets are $25 per day or $40 for both days.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit the NFB website.




Interview



© 2017 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

The Fun and Fiery Opening of Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok opens with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) trapped by the fire demon Surtur. But not for long, as the God of Thunder soon battles the creature (and several others, including a dragon) before escaping back to Asgard.

The exciting sequence was crafted by Method Studios in Vancouver, and Iloura in Sydney. Overall visual effects supervisor Jake Morrison and Method visual effects supervisor Andrew Hellen outline how it was made.

The sequence begins in a comical fashion with Thor wrapped in chains while he banters with Surtur, who is sitting on a throne. While the creature would be voiced by Clancy Brown, director Taika Waititi actually performed Surtur on set in a motion capture suit. This way, the director was able to play around with the performance, and in fact went somewhere different with it rather than have Surtur be all-powerful right from the get-go.

“Taika thought it would be much more interesting if Surtur was actually like a slightly lesser version of himself, which gives us somewhere to go at the end of the film when he gets the eternal flame and actually is restored,” says Morrison. “He's like, ‘I’ve got it. He's Richard III.’”

Although Surtur is a fire demon, his desired appearance was not to be completely fire-covered from the beginning. So VFX artists built in a bones and muscles structure, albeit charred, that was made of plasma. “Then we had this idea to build up these layers of slag, like a magma style crust,” outlines Morrison. “The idea is like a volcano and you've got streams of lava that are pouring out that if you leave it for a while or it's cool outside then you will get these crusts.”

Read the rest of Ian Failes’ interview with Jake Morrison and Andrew Hellen at our website.




Community News



© 2017 studio Yamiken. All Rights Reserved.

Stop Motion Indie Junk Head Comes to Vancouver

A painter, sculptor, doll-obsessed model-maker, and interior designer, Japan’s Takahide Hori, president and director of the studio Yamiken, is also a rising talent in the field of stop-motion animation.

An expansion of his short film from 2013, Junk Head is Hori’s feature film debut, showcasing his lurid imagination and maniacal dedication to detail in the execution of his craft.

Winner of the Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation Special Mention, Junk Head will be making its Western Canadian debut at the Rio Grind Film Festival on Saturday, November 18 at 3:20 pm.

For more information and tickets, visit the Rio Theatre’s website.




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