3D Movies: How to Train Your Dragon

Dream Works latest release proves to be one of its finest projects yet, to tell you more about it, here’s a review on “How to Train Your Dragon…”

If ever a film was crying out for Brian blessed, then surely ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ was it. DreamWorks’ new animated opus is packed with beefy Vikings, and when the key character of Stoick first took to the screen, everyone was excited however there are some voice actors that did a minimal job.

To be fair to the studio, it’s been less star-struck than usual, which is somewhat a benefit to the film. But this is also DreamWorks’s most confident animated feature so far too. One that occasionally trips over with the odd pander to the family audience, but still manages to tread an action packed plot.

The film was based on a story of the same name. The film version finds young Hiccup, son of Stoick, as the boy least likely to become a dragon slayer. This is a problem for him considering that Vikings face different fire breathing creatures on a regular basis. All of this is put across in a breathless, action-packed first act, with impressive 3D work.

The film is quite entertaining and fits the context of what’s going on.

The film utilizes its first act to get across the range of dragons that thrives in this world, including the sinister Night Fury. It’s a character has an ‘end of game boss’ tattooed across it from the moment it’s first mentioned.

After the opening action and exposition, the film concentrates particularly well in act two, where Hiccup finds and begins to befriend a dragon. What’s interesting is that the dragon that Hiccup discovers is a dark, brooding beast at times, and not instantly one to warm to.

As the story progresses, the relationship of the two develops with the emphasis on gestures. It’s carefully done, well built up, and you actually buy the fact that the pair are bonding. What great about it are the twists in the story and there are a couple of characters here that are actually worth rooting for.

Where the film is at its weakest is when it digs into the familiar potourri of clichés. So, there’s a father who doesn’t believe in his son, an unconvincing young heroine who starts off as a quite spiteful rival to Hiccup then starts to turn, and the necessary implementation of the moral at the end of the story. One thing about it is how it kind of blends that comedy and laughs with the whole story. Another factor to it is that the set piece sequences are often really quite brilliant, and the final act has the frenetic feel of the end of the back end of a (good) Star Wars movie.

In addition to that, the dragons themselves are genuinely quite frightening beasts for a younger audience, with no attempt made to soften them. The moment they start spewing those balls of flame, there’s a real sense that these are aggressive beasts.

It’s great to see DreamWorks following this path, too. Since most viewers can get to some of their static style of film making. In this film, you get a sense of just what it can do when it cuts loose, and it’s certainly worth watching.

DreamWorks Animation on form is certainly capable of brilliant work. And under the stewardship of directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois (the pair who made Disney’s Lilo And Stitch), this film has demonstrated that not only does the film look stunning but also good family entertainment.

To sum it all up, How To Train Your Dragon is certainly served with a coherent, exciting and engaging three-act blockbuster with missteps are easily papered over by great action sequences for you to enjoy.

3d Animation Movies

Producing and making animated computer movies can sometimes mean the same. Producing can include post-production and some activities to get the movie to an audience. Once you’ve made the final cut of your 3D animation movies, there’s still work to be done.

Here’s a procedure on producing computer 3D animation movies:

-Step 1

Understand that producing movies is something that takes some management skill to take an effect. Remember that the movie project has a life: a beginning and an end.

-Step 2

Secure funds for your computer animated project. Try to take note of the areas that you need to consider for this. Always prepare emergency cash for anything outside the budget.

– Step 3

One medium or high-end computer system is needed for this. You may additional computers if you want to do additional work on the computer while another is rendering.

– Step 4

Understand the legal concerns when you make a project for commercial use. If you intend on making profit from it, you must understand that your profit is divided to the one;s that collaborated with your work. Music for example, by using copyrighted material without permission you may own the owner of the track a portion of your profit.

– Step 5

Learn to create computer animated movies. Resources are abundant on the net for learning this. Try to look at the tips below on how to create computer animated movies.

– Step 6

Acquire music and sound clips that you’ll need for the project. You can make these yourself, purchase music and sound, purchase the rights to use, contract an artist to make the composition, or hire a sound effects company to provide the sounds you need. Sometimes a music provider can be really useful for this.

– Step 7

Voice actor or actors are needed for any narration or dialogue. This can be you and it will not cost anything. You can get family or friends for this. Amateur and professional actors can be costly, depending on certain factors. Rates can be determined by considering the length of the movie and the potential copies to be made.

–  Step 8

Edit the movie. Once the animation is complete you‘ll have to edit the scenes and place voices, sound, and music altogether. Let an audience screen the film before you make a final cut.

–  Step 9

Initiate the DVD production. Once you have a master computer file for DVD burning, you can start production of your computer animated film in DVD. A single DVD burner on your computer won’t be enough. You‘ll need to buy a disk duplicator or have a company to make copies. Also consider all the things that go with DVD production such as the design of the label, DVD case, DVD cover, blank DVDs and the initial quantities required. If demand is great during initial releases, then you can buy more production materials.

–  Step 10

Advertise your finished work. There are several ways for this. Word of mouth, internet marketing, print media, film contests, film festivals, conventions, and television commercials are great examples. Giving free copies at first is one way of good promotion of the film.

– Step 11

A computer animation project can fail even if it’s a good one. Try using 3D animation movies as an example of the work you can do in demo reels for getting a job that requires someone with technical skills in computer generated imagery.

3d animation Movies

One of the most famous fields of animation today is 3d animation. The silver screen has been graced with a lot of 3d animation movies.  This was possible through the existence of 3 Dimensional computer animations which is probably one of the most prevalent forms of animation seen in the media nowadays.  3D animation and its popularity skyrocketed and has forever changed the look of TV, movies, video games the internet and other forms of media and entertainment.

Nowadays, animators have the convincing 3d animation capability. Though it was once considered to be limited to expensive work stations which most of the time restricts the creative juices of animators. With the 3d animation trend, these artists are now capable of improving their craft through the use of computer technology. The cost of 3D software and the platforms to run it on has dropped dramatically and this paved the way as well into the popularity of 3d animation movies.

The field of 3D animation has been making its presence felt in the film industry. With Hollywood’s greatest producers are investing on giant 3d animation studios such as Pixar and Dreamworks. Some of the best 3d animation movies we have today are produced on these film moguls.

It is very essential to comprehend the appeal, impact and significance of 3d animation to the mainstream film making. We have a lot of films which are produced on 3d and have incurred a lot of expenses. There area lot of 3d movies which are animated. The ability to create very convincing has improved through the years.
While higher end systems remained the ones that are used to make the most professional – looking imagery, it is now possible to create quality animation on a home computer. If you want to know more how these movie moguls make their 3d animation blockbusters, you can check out a lot of sites to choose from.

There are a lot of 3d movies which are expensively created. Though these films have big investments needed, these films have graced movie goers with the most visually appealing images and graphics.

One of the greatest films that we have on 3d today is AVATAR. It was created by James Cameron. We feasted on the visual appeal and graphics of this 3d blockbuster!

One of the most expensive 3d animation movies is The Polar Express. This was released 2004 and used a feature film from children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. The 3d version of this film has outperformed the 2D version by 14 to 1!

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The Basics on 3d Animation

What is the hype in 3 dimensional stuffs? Every real object that we see around has a 3rd dimension which is the reason why we can rotate an object and watch it from various angles. A lot of people are wondering on how 3D animation is all about. The difference in 3d animation and mere drawing or sketching is on the volume and dimension. The third dimension of things is its thickness and basically this is what 3d animation is all about.

3d animation works like a handful of clay. Try to sculpt an object with a piece of clay; you will see different sides and angles. Since clay has volume, you can define your objects from various angles while you are sculpting.

2 dimensional animations work using the skills of manual animators. Before the existence of computer in the field of animation, it was the artistic drawing skills of animators which bring sketches to life. There are several slides needed to make 2d animation work. The process can be tedious and quite time consuming. Several slides shall be created to depict movements and people.

With the use of computers, animation has been brought into a different level. The redrawing of frames may work and has been minimized since computers have been used in animation. With the use of computer, copying and pasting various elements between frames are very easy.

Artists need to make the necessary changes which should exist in the successive frames. The artist can use computers and other advanced software which minimized the work of a 2d animation artist. Computers allow the motion tweening to set an initial shape or position of a specific object you want to animate. The final shape and position of the object can be generated by the computer automatically through intermediate frames. One of the best things in using computer for animation is the fact that artists can now enjoy the freedom of making necessary corrections on the sketches.

3d animation has simulated the use of gradients with varying highlights. This type of animation has required a huge and enormous effort from the artist himself. There are several steps involved in the this 3 dimensional animation which depicts a lot of lively movements and vibrant colors.

Character sketching is one of the most basic steps in 3 dimensional animations which should include sketches from the artist on how the character should look like in several angles. The sketch should be done on canvas or paper. With a lot of variations, 3d animators can create characters and sculpt a 3d model.

Another step in 3 dimensional animations, character modeling must be done by the artist who has the expertise in making use of animation tools and modeling. With the skill and imagination of animators there will be greater chances of creating and sculpting figures.

Animation on 3d is very popular nowadays. There are other steps involved like scene building, lighting and setting up of the camera similar to that in the real movie making process. The animation should start by applying motion to static elements. Various scenes may require key frames based on the story board itself. The worlds of animation with 3d effects are a feast for the senses. It makes us appreciate things similar to what we have in the real world.

The Little Ones in the Great ‘Wonderland’

Just recently ‘Alice in Wonderland’ became the sixth movie to enter the billion-dollar-movie club.

Based on the book of Lewis Carroll, it’s the story of a girl named Alice (played by Mia Wasikowska) who accidentally fell into a rabbit hole that brought her to the ‘Underland’ popularly known as ‘Wonderland’. There she met many interesting creatures – the talking animals, the two weird queens reigning over the rival kingdoms, and the Mad Hatter (played by Johnny Depp).

It was indeed accidental when Alice fell into the rabbit hole, but for the inhabitants of ‘Underland’ it was her destiny to free them from the Red Queen’s rule as she was the only one who could slay the Red Queen’s Jabberwocky – a fearsome, dragon-like creature.

It’s not the first time the story of Alice reaches the worldwide audience. And usually stories that have been retold several times have fading impacts. But what made ‘Alice’ of 2010 surge so high?

I think it’s not the story but it’s the way each character was visually presented. Thanks to the brilliant technology used for the graphics and to the great hands that sculpted the faces of those giggling characters.

To some extent it is arguable if I say it’s the technology that did wonders for ‘Alice’ because in the first place the movie was not filmed in 3D but in 2D. 3D came in only during its post production. Of course, technology alone cannot make us laugh. Technology alone cannot make characters’ alive. But it’s the creative, artistic minds and skillful hands that drive the technology to tickle our imagination.

Taking visual impact into account, I don’t refer to the sceneries of the ‘Wonderland’. ‘Wonderland’ is not a wonderland at all for me. It’s far behind the breathtaking ‘Pandora’ in ‘Avatar’ in terms of awesomeness. The fighting scene of Alice and the Jabberwocky is not that impressive.

I think the secret of ‘Wonderland’ lies in the little guys that make us laugh in their little moments. Ironically, Alice is not the most the impressive of all characters. She’s probably the most boring in the entire ‘Underland’. The Red Queen was even more interesting. The Mad Hatter was amusing but still he is not the best there. Among all the computer-generated characters Jabberwocky seems to be the most important one but it’s not reason why ‘Wonderland’ should deserve great attention.

Let’s put our wide eyes on the little ones.

First, look at the White Rabbit. How he amusingly displayed that spy-look while slipping away from Alice. Then there are these Tweedle twins who constantly made us giggle with their silly looks and acts of stupidity. Without them it would have been a different outcome for ‘Alice’. Then meet the wise Absolom, the smoking caterpillar – sweet, adorable, very cool and as smooth as the smoke that playfully came out of his mouth. The sweet-smiling Cheshire Cat who has the power to appear and disappear was just as powerful as Monalisa in keeping his smile wonderful and contagious.

Indeed, the golden wonder of this movie lies on the artistic utilization of the state-of-the-art graphics applied on the little characters. Now let’s put on the looking-glass the unimportant, poor, little frog that appears in the middle of the story struggling to conceal his guilt from the scrutinizing eyes of the Red Queen. I’m not sure if that frog appears in the original Lewis Carroll’s book. But I think its role there in the movie was just to portray the terrorizing character of the Red Queen. Look at it closely in the eyes. How it appeared so naturally nervous. It was just an insignificant moment of the story, but a very significant achievement of the movie’s character artists. And I consider it as the movie’s critical point and barometer of success.