They also recently put up a Kickstarter campaign to go further in depth into the world of their acclaimed short The Reward.
Tomorrow (March 18th) at 8:00PM EST, Kenneth and Mikkel will be hosting a live-streaming event and talking about their approach to animation and The Reward. (You can view it on their Kickstarter page).
Fow awhile it’s been rumored that a small team had been developing an animated remake of the classic film The Stooge; which would star Mickey Mouse and Roger Rabbit reviving the roles originally played by Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
It looks the rumors were revived today when concept artist Douglas A. Sirois released some of the art he had made for the project.
As it stands now the project has a few brainstorming writers and artists who are actively looking for a Disney producer to officially back the film; and bring it to the next stage of production.
There’s a great interview with Sirois over at Filmoria where he talks more about The Stooge remake. You can also read a bit more about the project here.
I’m pretty sure everyone who follows us here is familiar with or has at least seen the incredible animated short The Reward. If not, watch it here.
If you’re a fan of the short you will be pleased to know that SunCreature Studio is planning on developing the animated short into a full fledged animated fantasy series called Tales of Alethrion; and they need your help to make it happen!
Last year we published Siegfried Vol 1 and announced the feature film version, here’s an excerpt from our press release below:
“Eisner Award-winning publisher Archaia Entertainment is proud to announce the online premiere of the English language trailer for their upcoming release of Alex Alice’s SIEGFRIED, the first volume in an epic trilogy of graphic novels inspired by the Richard Wagner operatic cycle, “The Ring of the Nibelung”.
Based on the medieval Germanic mythology of the Nibelungenlied, SIEGFRIED tells the story of a child discovered in the woods by a dwarf-goblin who raises the boy in protective secrecy. As he grows older, however, the boy discovers that he is more than just a lost orphan — he has a destiny planned by Odin, the father of the Norse gods, to fight the dragon Fafnir, guardian of the forbidden Rheingold. This beloved tale of high-fantasy and epic heroic discovery is known to have inspired countless well-known classics, including J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
To introduce the series to a North American audience, Archaia has released a feature-quality animated trailer created by Pendragon Imageforge and directed by series author and artist Alex Alice. Originally created as a stylistic proof-of-concept for an animated feature film, plans for the full production are set to resume now that Alex has completed the trilogy of graphic novels.”
Just a friendly reminder about this gorgeous trailer for the Siegfried animated film. It’s been up on the Archaia website too in case you missed it.
Siegfried Volume 1 is in stores, you can order your copy through the Archaia Webstore HERE, or find it wherever books are sold.
Siegfried Volume 2 is up for pre-orders as well! Be sure to place your order to make sure you get a copy. The expected release date is in May. We can’t wait to bring it to you all!
The English translation of Alex Alice’s Siegfried Volume 2: The Valkyrie has been announced and is available for pre-order. Volume one contained a large section of concept art for the film; here’s hoping volume two will as well, especially since the film is back in development and a ton of new art has been in the works.
The green avatars represent the green-screen, a key tool in visual effects moviemaking.
Changing your avatar to a green-screen represents solidarity with the computer graphics industry which is currently being plagued by bankruptcy and layoffs (like what happened to me last week ORZ…): Digital Domain, Sony Entertainment, DreamWorks Animation, Pixomondo, Zynga, and more.
The “greenscreen movement” is largely prompted by bankruptcy of Rhythm and Hues, the company responsible for two Oscar-nominated movies this year: Snow White and the Huntsman and Life of Pi. Just weeks before the ceremonies, much of their staff (the people that made those movie!) got laid off - many of those workers picketed outside the Academy on Oscar’s night. Insult was added to injury when Life of Pi won an Oscar for ‘Best Visual Effects’ and the winner’s acceptance speech was cut short as soon as he mentioned the financial issues at R&H (it may not have been intentional, but it still read terribly!).
VFX is highly competitive. When a studio wants to make a movie, VFX houses name a price they can do the work for. Obviously, studios want lower prices and faster work, so VFX houses frequently under-bid each other and ask for unreasonable workdays. Studios thus get more demanding and drive prices into unsustainable territories. In addition, some areas provide subsidies for local VFX work - up to 30%! - meaning studios only have to pay for 70% of the movie. Taxpayers cover the rest. So globally, it’s an uneven playing field. California doesn’t give subsidies, so established Hollywood houses are losing bids that were already too low to begin with. This Reddit post does an amazing job explaining the situation.
While layoffs are familiar in project-based industry, this is a LOT in just a few months, and it brings an unhealthy business model to public light. I encourage you - if you want to work in this field or simply enjoy VFX movies - to research and appreciate the work that goes into them - and maybe we can collectively hope for change.