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By Tim Sormin
Friday, Dec 18, 2015 10:38

A cross between Miyazaki and Pixar, SOAR is an award-winning 3D animated movie about a young girl who must help a tiny boy pilot fly home before it's too late.

Soar was created as Alyce Tzue's thesis project in school. What began as a toil of love by first-time filmmakers ended up catching the eyes of festivals all over the world. Soar is the proud 2015 Gold Winner of the 42nd Student Oscars, Best Student Animation Winner at Palm Springs, Finalist at the Student BAFTAs, and has screened in the Hamptons, St. Louis, Seoul, Austin, and more.

The Soar team is beyond grateful for your support. We believe the film's surprise success is proof of its message: when you put in everything you've got, sometimes you achieve more than you ever expected.

There are plans to make Soar into a feature length film inspired by the sensibilities of Hayao Miyazaki and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince. For more information, please contact Alyce Tzue at

Written and Directed by Alyce Tzue -
Music by Jack Gravina -
Produced by Anson Yu -
VFX Supervisor Derek Flood -
Created at the Academy of Art University -

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   Lily And Snowman : Make Time for What You Love
By Mahesh Pagar
Thursday, Dec 17, 2015 07:43

Lily And Snowman is a beautiful short which carries a profound message.  The most appealing thing about this entire animated short film is that it doesn't have a dialogue. It's entire experience is created by incredible visuals and sweet song.  I have started to believe, that every time filmmakers consciously put limits on storytelling medium, it leads to more creative choices.

There are many clever choices of visual composition and colors that convey specific themes like wonder, dream, loneliness effectively. The story aims for a simple yet a necessary belief in life. I loved the simplicity it carries at heart.

The song and visuals of Lily And Snowman are irresistible.

Here you can watch it's making of 

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   More Stuff - Blue Zoo
By William Marsh
Thursday, Dec 17, 2015 06:11

More Stuff by Blue Zoo Animation from Blue Zoo on Vimeo.

Over the years I have been very citical of Blue Zoo because they are a sucsessful production studio that produce some questionable animations at times. They often have weird designs, unappealing stories and very questionable animation. Sometimes I think, they care too much about churning something out without putting much thought, the time and the attention into their productions.

This year however, I have taken a liking to their latest Christmas short. While the character design is not appealing to me, with the over animated eyes and noses.. I couldn’t help but laugh at this animation.

Fun, nice and stupid.

Have a great week, Will

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   How Christopher Nolan Uses Hands to Tell The Story
By Mahesh Pagar
Thursday, Dec 10, 2015 10:53

Of all the storytelling mediums, visual storytelling mediums need more control of what has been shown. Since there are always more things get in the way of visual storytelling all the time. One has to constantly fight to protect the essence of dramatic blocks, narrative beats and acting beats.  So how do you communicate precisely what do you want with minimal distraction?

Brilliant directors always find unique ways to communicate and reduce the barrier of distraction.

In this video, Jorge Luengo Ruiz shows How Christopher Nolan uses hands to communicate crucial things. There's an article which articulates it perfectly

Nolan uses close-ups of hands to do many different things: reveal a key element of the plot or character, communicate the emotional state of a character, or simply show an action. Think of how Leonard meticulously captures Polaroids or frantically writes notes in Memento, or how Cobb carries around and spins the top in Inception.

In many ways, Nolan's characters think with their hands.

If you are a character animation student, when you're animating character shots, there's usually the tiny voice inside which keeps asking, What do I do with character's hands?

It's a great reminder that hands can be more powerful storytelling tool to communicate narrative beats or acting beats. They could act as an extension of character's thoughts. They could reveal more about the character, the subtext or his mindset.

They could lead or point to the hidden. Or they could just be the only one's who are telling the truth. 

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