The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 & 3/4, A Live-Action and Animated Short Film by Steve Baker
“The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 & 3/4” is a combination live-action and animated short by Steve Baker about the video dating tape of Desmondo Ray. Steve says, “I met a very interesting fellow recently. His name is Desmondo Ray, and this is his video dating tape.”
Disney Parks turned Epcot’s 180-foot-tall Spaceship Earth structure into an animated Mike Wazowski, a character from the upcoming Disney•Pixar film Monsters University (in theaters June 21, 2013). Mike is being projected onto Spaceship Earth to both promote the new film and Disney’s Monstrous Summer, which features Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park, Disney California Adventure Park and Disneyland being open for 24 hours starting Friday, May 24, 2013 (Memorial Day Weekend). You can learn more at the Disney Parks Blog and the Monstrous Summer website.
On May 24, 2013, for one day and one night only, Guests on each coast will have the chance to spend 24 whole hours inside the Disney parks!
From 6:00 AM to 6:00 AM, enjoy all the monster-themed madness inside Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, as well as Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park in California. From special entertainment and monstrous merchandise to frightening food and boo-verages, this “All-Nighter” is shaping up to be one scary good time!
Thought of You – Making of
Planes is an upcoming animated comedy adventure by Disney that features a plane named Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) who has “dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer.” It arrives in theaters on August 9, 2013 (trailer).
…But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar.
In the humorous and slightly twisted animated music video for “Fight for Everyone” by The Leisure Society, a magic hand builds a world and then witnesses it all fall apart. Adorable animated destruction ensues. The video was created by British animation studio Persistent Peril. “Fight for Everyone” is on The Leisure Society’s upcoming album Alone Aboard the Ark, available April 16, 2013.
“I don’t understand what the problem is, I thought we were all feeling this vibe. You were so into it at the train station.”
“Paperman Threesome” is a parody by CollegeHumor of Disney’s Oscar-winning animated black and white short,Paperman. It humorously imagines an awkward ending where a third party wants an unexpected three-way with the film’s couple. The parody was written by Kevin Corrigan and Owen Parsons and directed by Sam Reich.
“This snail is Slo No Mo!”
Turbo is an upcoming DreamWorks Animation film directed by David Soren (veteran DreamWorks animator) that tells the tale of an ordinary garden snail named Turbo who dreams of becoming a speedy racer. The film offers an outstanding voice cast, including: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Bill Hader, Ken Jeong, Maya Rudolph, Snoop Dogg,Samuel L. Jackson and many more. Turbo is set to be released in theaters on July 19, 2013. Here is the official Turboplot summary from DreamWorks Animation:
Turbo is a snail who dreams of being the greatest racer in the world, just like his hero, 5-time Indianapolis 500 champ, Guy Gagne. His obsession with speed and all things fast has made him an oddity and outsider in the slow and cautious snail community, and a constant embarrassment to his careful older brother, Chet. Turbo desperately wishes he could escape the slow-paced life he’s living. As luck would have it, he gets that chance one fateful day after a freak accident when he suddenly finds himself vested with the power of incredible speed.
Turbo embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the impossible: racing against the best that IndyCar has to offer. Turbo is the ultimate underdog who achieves the impossible by refusing to let his limitations get in the way of his dreams.
Antonio Toscano did a fantastic job of creating a stop-motion animated LEGO version of the official Star Trek Into Darkness trailer that was released by Paramount Pictures this past December. You may remember when we posted about Antonio’s LEGO version of the Man Of Steel Trailer 2. You can view the original trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness below (due out in theaters on May 17, 2013).
Former Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats tweeted a number of valuable storytelling rules during her time at the animation studio.
- You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.
- You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be very different.
- Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.
- Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.
- Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.
- What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at them. Challenge them. How do they deal?
- Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.
- Finish your story, let go even if it’s not perfect. In an ideal world you have both, but move on. Do better next time.
- When you’re stuck, make a list of what WOULDN’T happen next. Lots of times the material to get you unstuck will show up.
- Pull apart the stories you like. What you like in them is a part of you; you’ve got to recognize it before you can use it.
- Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you’ll never share it with anyone.
- Discount the 1st thing that comes to mind. And the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th – get the obvious out of the way. Surprise yourself.
- Give your characters opinions. Passive/malleable might seem likable to you as you write, but it’s poison to the audience.
- Why must you tell THIS story? What’s the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of? That’s the heart of it.
- If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations.
- What are the stakes? Give us reason to root for the character. What happens if they don’t succeed? Stack the odds against.
- No work is ever wasted. If it’s not working, let go and move on – it’ll come back around to be useful later.
- You have to know yourself: the difference between doing your best & fussing. Story is testing, not refining.
- Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.
- Exercise: take the building blocks of a movie you dislike. How d’you rearrange them into what you DO like?
- You gotta identify with your situation/characters, can’t just write ‘cool’. What would make YOU act that way?
- What’s the essence of your story? Most economical telling of it? If you know that, you can build out from there.
In this chaotic video by Jonathan Gustafsson (aka “ZZCOOL“), he shows off a Toy Story PC mod that he installed to his PC video game Grand Theft Auto IV. It allowed him to take the friendly sheriff Woody to the streets of Liberty City to cause all out Street Fighter and Elder Scrolls: Skyrim themed chaos with his on-screen buddy Buzz Lightyear. TheGTA IV video game mod was created by GTAGaming.com member [0x80075af].
The inspiration in the strata stencil technique helps conceptualize the repetition of layers as the past of our movements and actions. The frames depicted as jail and the past as a burden serve as the background for the story of a ballerina on a journey towards freedom. A diversified artistic experimentation recreates the tempest that connects bird and dancer.
This is a video tells the tale of biologically correct Spider-Man.
“A real Spider-Man would be a terrifying super-hero.”
Legacy is a 3D animated short film by writer and filmmaker Grzegorz Jonkajtys about an alien who travels to planet Earth to retrieve a human specimen. It took 3 months to complete the short film and it won the 2008 “Uplift Universe CGChallenge XXII Video Awards” at CGSociety in the individual video category.
When I Grow Up is a delightfully inspirational animated short by The Academy, akin to Dr. Seuss’s classic Oh, the Places You’ll Go! The short is directed, written, and animated by Colin Hesterly and scored by Cyrille Machesseau. Narrator Bob Michaels’ soothing voice encourages you to “shoot for the moon,” and reminds you that even when “the going gets tough, keep pushing on because there’s a world of mysteries left for you to solve.”