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Imagine this technology upscaled, with improved "resolution". With a higher number of "pixels", this could be even more amazing. However, the application is still limited because you can't really pick anything up, you can only lift things up.
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Hello, everyone!

Just thought I'd share an adorable ad created by Studio Ghibli recently. They don't have any feature films in development, but they still make things like this. :)

Enjoy!
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Would you expect any less from Studio Ghibli? ;)
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My friends and I thought we'd have some fun playing a Star Wars based role-playing game. I love playing games like D&D because I like to imagine characters and make up stories. Don't worry, I'm not a LARPer though. ;) I threw together an animation to visual...
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If Pixar pulls this off, it could be something amazing. If they don't...well then I will be really disappointed. 

This sounds like a nightmare for the writers. Everything that happens in her mind has to make some sort of sense because it has to connect with real-world things in a logical way. If done wrong, it could just seem like her mind is insane, or that what happens in her mind has no connection to her real-life actions. They have to create rules for this world that we can believe. If they don't get it just right, the audience could constantly call into questions the rules of the story and think "wait...this doesn't add up," or, "What's going on, again?"
If they do it well, though, this could be a really thoughtful movie with a lot of depth, where everything happens for a reason and there's meaning in every action of every scene.
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Totally excited for this, although I'd have to buy a current-gen system for it.

I enjoy Deus Ex games more than most shooters because they provide a level of immersion and replayability that no other shooter does. I love Halo, but Deus Ex is so much more of an RPG and a Stealth game, and it's different each time you play it. A lot of the time, I just love to save the game and run amok, only to reload the game and do it again.
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This is wonderful. You guys did such a good job. I actually had a good laugh. :)
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Hi, everyone!

I just had the pleasure of watching Song of the Sea and I thought I would offer a couple thoughts about it.

First of all, the film is incredibly beautiful. This is Tom Moore's second film, and it is easy to see that it is a big improvement on The Secret of Kells . The art and animation are all a notch better, and it's a joy to look at.

Song is a film about dealing with loss. I thought this was interesting because at least two other Oscar Nominated films shared similar themes: Dragons 2 and Big Hero 6 .

The DVD comes with pencil tests, behind the scenes, and what seems like an "Art-of" book in slideshow form. You can bet I'll be enjoying that for a while.

Lastly, I'll link you to Cartoon Brew's Acting and Performance Analysis for Song of the Sea . I think it's a pretty fair analysis of the film from an acting perspective [ spoiler alert ]

Have you seen Song of the Sea yet?
Analyzing the performance and acting in the Academy Award-nominated film "Song of the Sea."
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This film was made 100% digitally, just like Ernest and Celestine . They used "TVPaint" for hand-drawn animation, "Anime Studio Pro" to create "moving backgrounds" among other effects, and "Blender" for certain scenes with CG vehicles.

I think it's fascinating how technology can further a traditional art form. There still may be many purists who consider literal pencil on paper to be a valuable tradition, but I can see how going digital can have a lot of benefits. Certainly, there is a beauty and value in tradition, but for something like Song of the Sea which was an independent production made by artists from different countries working together, going digital helped immensely.

It helped them to collaborate quickly and efficiently across great distances, and it also gives independent artists with less resources the ability to make subtle and beautiful animation by using various composting and editing techniques that are available with these computer programs.

I have always had an aversion to the idea of using computers to "cut corners" in animation, which is what many cheaper productions do. "Cut-out" animation is an example of this (many television cartoons do this nowadays), and I am not very fond of that style. But films like Ernest and Celestine and Song of the Sea prove that talented hand-drawn artists can use traditional techniques with the help of modern technology to make something beautiful and convincing while keeping the budget lower and having an efficient workflow.
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Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!

It is no coincidence that the Irish film Song of the Sea is now available on DVD/Blu-Ray, Digital HD & On Demand!
The film was one of the nominees for Best Animated Film but lost to Big Hero 6 .

I haven't seen it yet, but you can bet I'll be ordering the DVD soon. I loved The Secret of Kells and  I'm really excited to see this as well.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 
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You know how sometimes you have a dream and instead of doing something about it, you just sit on it and daydream about it for years? That's the story of my life. I've dreamed of being a character animator for a long time now. Unfortunately, I've spent much ...
You know how sometimes you have a dream and instead of doing something about it, you just sit on it and daydream about it for years? That's the story of my life. I've dreamed of being a character animator for a long time now...
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Hi, everyone!

Last night I had the pleasure of finally watching Big Hero 6 . It didn't blow me away as a whole, but I thought it was a really fun movie with a lot of great bits in it, especially the gag after the credits. Mind. Blown.

I don't think the film was worthy of the Oscar, and you can go to Cartoon Brew to get in on all the Academy Award controversy, but I just think that The Tale of Princess Kaguya felt more like Oscar material. But it's not to say this is a bad film, it just feels a little more like a super fun film for kids that sells a lot of toys (great action, great humor, only a little substance).

This is a fun little gag reel that they put together showing some accidental bloopers and some done on purpose.

What did you think about the film?
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+Steven Bowser  it was one of the only things that have made me smile, the third thing ever. (that's impressive, trust me)
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