New Workshop Aims to Reinvent the Industry of Animation through Collaboration
CULVER CITY, CA. Mar. 30 Arconyx Animation Studios is proud to present Collabs, a firstofitskind animation workshop for recent graduates, junior animators, or superstar students. This summer, participants will band together both online and onsite at the Culver City studio to learn animation production, while simultaneously producing an original animated property destined for market to the industry.
Thirtysix students of all levels will take part in the first and only educational production environment with the sole focus of creating original animated properties. Unique to this program, the ownership of said property will be shared among ALL of the artists in training. Once completed, Arconyx will attempt to secure distribution and/or sale of the collectivelycreated project, which is something no other training program is offering.
Fifteen year industry veteran, Kenny Roy, helms Arconyx Animation Studios and has taught animation for eight years, both online and in person, at schools and conferences around the globe. “Everybody agrees that the last piece of the education puzzle is work experience,” says Roy. “In this eight week intensive course, students will be put literally to the test as they work with other aspiring storytellers to bring their own original IP to life, while receiving the production experience needed to get employment in the changing industry.”
The course will include weekly special guests from positions high up in the Animation field. Already confirmed are Animation Director Joe Ksander, Animation Director Jenn Emberly, and renowned animation legend and awardwinning Director Michel Gagne. Aside from learning from weekly special guests, Onsite Collaborators will receive eight weeks of development and training in a real studio, 1 hour of lecture/instruction every day from Kenny, multiple dailies and critique sessions throughout the week, access to a library of hundreds of animation training videos on KennyRoy.com, a front row seat to the
1 of 2weekly guest webcast, and most revolutionary, a share in the developed intellectual property to be pitched to major studios. Online collaborators will receive access via webcam to every benefit onsite collaborators receive, including a share in the developed intellectual property to be pitched to major studios.
How is this different from other courses available? Kenny Roy thinks Collabs solves two problems: “Schools have offered short format courses forever, but the amount of work you can do on your own, without studio support, is not enough to sell. And some studios are trying to take advantage of student labor, but they take these poor kids’ money and kick them out the door afterwards with no profitparticipation. We’re solving both problems: Create a group that is all working together on a single property that will be polished enough to sell, and invite all of the participants to be owners in the property itself, all within the context of a course with the intense training necessary to get a job in this field.”
Why is this needed? “The industry is going through major shifts”, says Roy. “Animation studios are feeling the pinch and the studios are trying to keep everything as business as usual. NOW is the time to try to do something different. I’ve already been able to enlist two schools in Europe and New Zealand to be satellites for Collabs 2014. As the project and participation grows and grows, our content will grow with it. The goal in a few years is to have a fully distributed and networked animation studio operating from all corners of the globe, producing feature animations and video games that we ALL own.”
Please visit collabs.arconyx.com to apply and to read more about this brand new program.
About Arconyx Animation Studios
Arconyx Animation Studios, LLC (www.arconyx.com) is a full service animation and VFX studio in Culver City, CA. Owner and Director Kenny Roy is an industry veteran and leader in the animation education community.
Having worked on multiple feature films as an animator, Kenny provides his wealth of knowledge in animation and VFX, and strives for efficiency while still implementing the latest in technology and pipelines in the studio. Mr. Roy is also the de-facto standard manual for Autodesk Maya for animators, “How to Cheat in Maya” from Focal Press. For more information on
Arconyx Animation Studios, please call 3234543020 or visit www.arconyx.com.
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Teaser Trailer for White Tiger Legend Unleashed Director Kory Martin Juul Creates CG Feature Almost Single-Handedly
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Director Kory Martin Juul Creates CG Feature Almost Single-Handedly
Santa Monica, CA, March 29, 2013 – Literally a one man army, acclaimed visual effects artist, director and black belt, Kory Martin Juul, has animated a 100 minute family martial art feature. Today we get our first glimpse at this amazing body of work.
Juul honed his visual effects skills on some big movies. You've heard of the “Star Wars” movies, the “Matrix” movies, the “Lord of the Rings” movies? He's worked on them. A little thing called “Avatar?” Yep, that one too. But transitioning into directing hasn't been easy says Juul. “Its a catch 22, you can't make a film until you have one done already.” His 2005 short animated solo effort, the Sandbox, played in festivals around the world, including a private screening at Pixar. “The short film opened doors with some high people, they all wanted to know what was next, and from there we waited. Over that same period Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2, the Last Airbender, and newest Karate Kid were greenlit. Clearly it was a popular subject.”
Not sitting back another day, Juul casted a group of talented voice actors, put on a Phasespace motion capture suit, and together they performed over 30 characters in the film. “Phasespace produced really clean data, quickly, without needing a huge cleanup crew. They also have a patent on active markers, which allowed me to run the system, interact with a monitor in realtime to learn where my virtual surroundings were, and to playback each character immediately for review.” This allowed Juul to move 'in character' with the previously recorded voice actor's performances, which played through speakers on set. Juul also choreographed 9 fight scenes, fighting against himself in all but one of them.
From there Juul traveled solo to China, traveling over 2500 miles by bus and train from Tibet to the border of Vietnam, to capture background footage for the film. “With the edit done, I knew all the shots, so I hopped on a plane, not speaking any Mandrin other than hello, thank you, and I'm a vegetarian. 30 days later I was still getting chicken, but I had some incredible footage.”
“Don't get me wrong,” says Juul. “Film is a collaborative process. Its most fun when everyone is working and creating together. Although this was a solo effort, it was only out of necessity. I just wasn't going to take no for an answer anymore. I was born to tell this story. I've lived it and breathed it for 10 years, and its going to help a lot of people. Feels good to be getting closer,” Juul laughs.
It took Juul 16 months to lay out the animation and edit the first pass of the film – and another two months - round the clock - to complete the 24 trailer shots. That's roughly two days a piece to model and matte paint sets, finalize animation, cloth sim, crowd sim, light, render, and composite – using Autodesk Motionbuilder, Maya and the Foundry's Nuke software. Its a feat he doesn't know how much longer he can sustain.
Juul hopes the trailer gains worldwide interest - enough for an adequate budget to be put into place to finish it. “Whether the funds allow us to open a studio, finish at another studio, or take us back to China, its all on the table,” says Juul, “the whole film is developed, we're ready.”
White Tiger Legend aims to release in 2014. Trailer Link: http://www.youtube.com/whitetigerlegend
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