Divergent is an upcoming young adult novel adaptation about a post-apocalyptic alternate universe set in Chicago (wow, that's a mouthful). I worked as a previs artist on it earlier this year while at The Third Floor. Some of the parts I helped on were included in the teaser and trailer, including the train jumping, hole jumping, and the sequence with the "group punch" shot. It is set to come out 3/21/14.
Recently I was asked by my longtime friend, fellow Vancouver Film School grad, and producer-director-film critic (he does it all, folks) Paul Booth to do an interview with him for the online film site Influx Magazine. I've included a link to the full article at the bottom.
"Josh Lange has worked on some very impressive video games and he’s been part of some amazing studio pictures. For me, it’s Josh’s integrity and consummate professionalism that made him an ideal candidate for this series. Josh also has a respect for movies of the past and present before Star Wars or the prequel trilogy. We live in a time of cinema, where many people don’t respect the past. Josh knows his stuff.
Paul Booth: What films or life event made you want to make movies? Past just loving movies?
Josh Lange: The worlds and characters of the original Star Wars films triggered an intense fascination and passion in me early on when I was a kid. As my connection to those movies evolved, I began to learn about the methods developed by George Lucas and his visual effects crew to make their groundbreaking special effects. Since the visual effects were what really made those movie stand out, I started looking at other filmmakers with high standards for the field, such as Stanley Kubrick. I was also in love with the films of Walt Disney as a kid, and as my interests began bouncing between art, animation, movies, and visual effects, I started making small films and taking film courses through the local community college while I was in high school. Senior year I was officially hooked, and it was only a matter of time before I entered film school."
Link to the full article on Influx Magazine.com
Today my second feature film, Jack the Giant Slayer, becomes available to purchase as a Blu-Ray/DVD. I encourage families and fans of fantasy stories to pick it up. I hope you enjoy it.
Today I begin work as a previs artist at Proof, inc. in Los Angeles. I am very excited at the opportunity to continue working on exciting feature film projects, and I hope that those who read this will go and see the final product once I am able to announce it.
For those with the password, my 2013 Previs Reel is now available. Click here to go to the demo reel page.
For those in the LA area that love art and the artists that make it, I will have all three "8 Bit Legends" pieces, framed and for sale, in the "Shifting Mayas" art show next month (Fri/Sat May 10th-11th). It will be held at the Atwater Crossing restaurant and art space in the Los Feliz/Glendale area. It will be much more than a gallery show; there will be live performances and painting, appetizers, and the full dinner menu and bar of the restaurant will be available. I hope to see you there on Friday night (May 10th). Click here for the Facebook Event page, and check out the flyer below for more information:
It's awards season, and two of the projects I've worked on at The Third Floor have been nominated and even won some awards. Here is a summary so far:
-Academy Awards (Nomination): "Best Visual Effects" The Avengers (ILM)
-VES Awards: "Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project" Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem (Awarded to Illumination Entertainment)
-Annie Awards: "Best Animated Special Production" Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem (Awarded to Illumination Entertainment)
-Annie Awards: "Best Visual Effects in a Live Action Production" The Avengers (Awarded to ILM)
Congratulations to the teams who saw our previs through to a successful end and received these awards.
2012 ended up being the best year of my life to date, and I'm hoping to keep that momentum rolling into 2013, starting with a new digital painting I made. It's a Star Wars Episode VII mashup poster, and it can be found on the Artwork page. I hope you enjoy it. Many new things are coming this year, including more blog posts than 2012.
Over Comic-Con weekend this year, there was a video game art show put on by my good friend Ben (aka "Mister Benja" of the 8-Bit Cubist.com. The venue was the top floor of the theater that featured Gam3rcon.Two of my 8-Bit Legends prints were among the awesome artwork displayed. More pictures of the event are on the 8-Bit Cubist Facebook page.
"Minion Mayhem," theDespicable Me 3D ride at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, is the latest project I worked on through The Third Floor, and it opened earlier this month.
NBC's Today Show recently visited the theme park to see the ride in person, and here is the video segment they made about it (you can catch glimpses of the parts I helped animate at 0:46, 1:16, and 1:21). The final animation did a great job of matching the very particular timing and blocking we established, and including dynamic background elements and detailed sets. For the readers of this blog who are able to see the ride, I hope you enjoy it.