Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Bloomberg News story

Nice write up on Bloomberg news!
“(‘Waltz With Bashir’) had a strong impact on the image of Israel as an animation-savvy country,” said Orrelle. “When I call up an animation studio outside Israel, they are no longer surprised. We are definitely seeing business opportunities expand.”

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Action film anatomy 101

Michelle and the boys have been in Australia visiting our family there for the last three weeks. I've spent a lot of time at the studio working, and most of the weekends watching films on VOD and DVD.
I haven't had the house to myself for an entire day in years, so I decided to confront story structure. I had read McKee's Story years ago but never actually sat down to do the homework of it, for a thousand good excuses. For years I'd nod knowingly when anyone mentioned three act structure but damned if I knew where they started and ended.
No more. Last week I watched Die Hard while reading the script and jotting down the story beats, and then charting the plot points according to Syd Field. I found an interesting structural analysis of the film by William C. Martell (scroll down). Die Hard was an instant favorite of mine when it came out. I actually had a poster of it in my room (same as pictured here.)
Today I did the same with RoboCop and I'm happy to say I'm starting to understand structure. I also watched Quarantine and Traitor, and enjoyed them thoroughly, except for Jennifer Carpenter's "acting" in the first and some terror apologist undertones in the second. All this film study is part of my new writing project, referenced in an earlier post. It's been exciting learning a new art form that is strongly related to my professional one at the ripe age of 36. It has as much (if not more) to do with what I've loved since I was a little boy; Film.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Rage Mouse concept art

Inspired by illustrator Florian Satzinger's presentation at Nemoland 2009, I sat down for five hours to make a rendition of the subject of a feature project I am developing. I was mostly excited by Florian's system of extracting palettes from inspiring photos.

From right to left: Yours truly, Florian Satzinger, Giuliano Cenci, Paolo Chiari and Luca Chiarotti, manager of the Nemo Academy.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Shoody Fadoody: The Israeli art collective

My talented friend, illustrator Patri Balanovsky has started a blog for Israeli concept artists:
Check out one of my favorites from Pat's work...

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Honored again at VNOG

Victor Navone, my old roommate from Pixar (drew the caricature you see on my profile) has kindly posted our Adrenaline Lemmings test on his famous animation blog. I was in SF last week and we got a chance to spend some quality time. Thanks man!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

We're on Feed



Tel Aviv character animation house Crew 972 is headed by ex-Pixar talent Alex Orrelle who contributed to “Finding Nemo” and “The Incredibles”. Here’s two recent in-house pet projects well worth a peek.
Watch “Adrenalin Lemmings”
Watch “Pocketbot”

Sunday, February 22, 2009

New showreel - Feb 2009!

Watch it in High Quality... Enjoy!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Pocketbot animation test

Here's a short test I directed eighteen months ago for Arad Productions. I recently got authorization to show it. Big thanks go to Shay Goldberg for CG supervision, rendering and compositing, Daniel Shneor for rigging, Oleg Magrisso for modeling and Eran Lazar for animation.
Enjoy! Comments welcome...

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Patriot By Roy Iddan

Patriot - Animated Short by Roy Iddan from Captain_Fantasy on Vimeo.

Fellow Israeli animator Roy Iddan spent a year (after work hours) animating this moving short film about a German veteran of WWI who ends up as a prisoner in a concentration camp in WWII.
Echoing the recent success of Arik Folman's Waltz with Bashir, this is another human message about war, conscience and nationalism done in very tasteful animation.
As usual, for all of Israel's advocacy efforts during times of conflict, there is not stronger ambassador than Israeli art.