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Recently I’ve been reading up more on my interest in animation — finding artist or studio blogs, twitter feeds, etc… And here and there for the past few months many of them had been mentioning the “CTN Animation eXpo 2010”. Well, curiosity struck, and I did some searching, and discovered that the animation expo was in only it’s second year, and was going to be on a weekend in November in Burbank! (For the record, that’s really close to me — I’d actually even stayed in the hotel it was hosted at before)

Well, I checked in on it periodically, and watched as the panels got locked down and the list of awesome people and studios attending continued to climb…but wasn’t really sure I was going to go. I mean, obviously everyone who goes to Comic Con and the like aren’t directly involved in that profession. But this seemed like a smaller more career-oriented expo, and I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Cut to the Saturday evening of expo weekend…when I decide that on SUNDAY I’m going to go to CTN!

I’m really glad I decided to go — it was a really fun, intimate expo with a lot of really cool stuff! Allow me to explain:

One of the first things I found when arriving at the expo was this guy:

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They had an actor surrounded by chairs for sketching! It shouldn’t really be surprising at an animation expo, but I thought it was a really cool hands-on aspect.

Later in the day he looked like this:

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I actually got to the expo JUST in time to stand in the back of the room for the Untangling the Look of Tangled panel. Lucky me because it was a really great panel — including Art Director Dave Goetz and Supervising Animator Clay Kaytis, it was all about how they created the look of Tangled by referencing classic Disney films (like Cinderella and Pinocchio) and Disneyland, art direction for Rapunzel, and how they made all that hair (technically speaking). There were some great video clips of Glen Keane giving people notes on their shots — the faces he makes while drawing mimic the drawings and are HILARIOUS.

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The Tangled Panel

I didn’t have as much luck getting into the Story Begins panel featuring story artists from different studios, but I managed to squeeze into the overflow viewing room for a few minutes at least to get some insight into how story artists collaborate with the writers, and the storyboarding process 🙂

After that it was time to wander! I wanted to check out the How to Train Your Dragon panel, but knew I didn’t stand a chance with the line… there were plenty of booths to look at though — so many artists had set ups showcasing a variety of projects. My favorite was the booth for Peck N Paw and the Black Mirror — a book made by the visual development artists at Disney. Basically they got the title as a jumping off point, and each person interpreted a story. Victoria Ying was at the booth, and she had some gorgeous sketches out for sale (unfortunately, I’m a little broke and kind of out of wall space). You can check out her art on her blog though!

One whole room of booths was dubbed “Opportunity Alley” and showcased schools and studios. Animation Mentor was there, which made me think of my friend Kellie! The studios were also critiquing peoples’ portfolios, which was really neat. I, of course, had to go say hi to the Disney Feature Animation booth while I was there 😉

As I was heading out, there was a big crowd by the Demo Area. They had some model sculptors, and someone working on some CG projects on a computer. At the traditional animation desk though, was Eric Goldberg! I geek-ily recognize him from some documentaries and Disney DVD bonus features, but for those of you who are not quite as nerdy, he animated the Genie in Aladdin and Louis in Princess and the Frog (among others).

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He was working on Rabbit, from Winnie the Pooh

All in all, it was a really fun and pretty informative day. I’m so glad I spur-of-the-moment decided to go, and I’ll definitely be showing up next year!

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Sketchy Times

I’ve been a bit slow in posts again the past few days, because I have a couple of video (!!) post ideas that I’ve been working on, and it is taking me longer to get them edited and look how I want than I anticipated. Isn’t that how it is with all projects? Or maybe that is just the classic school-project-procrastinator in me talking.

Anyway, I’ve been so excited to write/post them that I haven’t been able to think of anything ELSE to write about.

I HAVE  been sketching and painting some in the evenings though, and so I thought I’d share my attempts at capturing some of the characters from Disney’s upcoming Tangled. I may or may not have verbally squealed when I saw the drawing book at Michael’s. I’ve never really used watercolors before, but after I started seeing a ton of sketches on Pixarian (is that a word?)  Chris Chua’s blog, I decided I’d like to try it out. I’ve actually been following a lot of Pixar employees on twitter lately (how I found Chris’ sketches in the first place) and it is annoying how interesting and talented they all are.

Anyway, sketches!! :

Pascal

Rapunzel

A "Pub Thug" whose name I forget at the moment

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So, this will be pretty short, because it’s Friday afternoon, and mostly I just wanted an excuse to share this video:

I can’t decide if my favorite character right now is the super cute Rapunzel or her hilarious mute sidekick Pascal. The ventriloquy bit, for some reason, cracks me the heck up every time I watch it. The facial expressions, OH the facial expressions.

My only quip with my potentially new-favorite-movie-ever, is that I’m really confused by their marketing roll-out. I think the above video is absolutely adorable, and I have every intention of seeing the movie now, regardless. But from all accounts of people that have seen rough cuts of the movie (I really like this I09 article about a Tangled sneak peak) Tangled is much MUCH more of a Beauty and the Beast or a Little Mermaid, than it is a Shrek. The marketing though, is all witty-typewriter-effects (…that’s a thing, right?) and sharp quips and funny faces. I’m not saying I don’t like that stuff, but I also might be literally dying to hear the new Alan Menken music written for the film too…

I’ve heard a lot about how all the funny ads, and the new title (Tangled, vs Rapunzel) was an attempt to draw in the boy market. But isn’t there a more effective way to show that, yes there are chases and captial-A-action! but also music and wonderful storylines that aren’t all about the latest pop-culture-references? Can you sustain the boy market past opening weekend if they’re being tricked into watching in the first place?

More just things to think about than anything else. This is the way they chose to market, in part (if I had to guess) because Princess and the Frog tried the traditional princess-marketing route and it didn’t go that well.

Regardless – Pascal! Is! Awesome!

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