The latest film I worked on is now in theaters, and with a record-setting global opening. I am very proud of the work our team did on the pre- and postvisualization at Third Floor, and highly recommend anyone seeing it before it is out of theaters. You can learn more about my experience on the film at my project page.
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.
Earlier this week I was able to attend one of the cast and crew screenings of The Avengers at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The film came out incredibly well: funny, well-paced, and the visual effects are top-notch. It is truly a blockbuster in every sense of the word, and I feel very fortunate to have been involved with it. I hope those reading this blog check it out (preferably in 3D, which adds another level of immersion and fun) and enjoy it as much as I did. Remember to stay for the Easter egg at the very end, too. While you wait, be sure to look for the 'Previsualization by The Third Floor' credits (you'll see me as Joshua Lange on the left side of the screen).
The new trailer for Marvel's The Avengers went live today, and a few more shots of mine are featured in it. The shots I did previs for are:
1:54 Hulk catching a falling Iron Man and scraping against a building
2:15 Non-CG shot of Thor and Cap looking up
2:19 Monster chasing Iron Man around corner of building
This one is the best trailer yet, in my opinion, and I couldn't be more excited to see this one when it comes out on May 4. For those interested, there is also a gallery of hi-res stills from the trailer here.
The new Avengers trailer came out this week. A few of the shots I did previs for are in it, including the shot of the damaged flying jet (:56) and Thor reaching out for his hammer Mjolnir and catching it "Jedi style" (1:09). Check it out and let me know what you think.
I am a Visualization Supervisor and Senior Animator in Los Angeles with over eighteen years of experience in the entertainment industry. In my spare time, I create illustrations and visual art.
WHAT IS VISUALIZATION?
Visualization is a process that creates an early version of a project quickly and relatively inexpensively, usually through computer animation. It is common in the entertainment and technology fields, on projects like films, television shows, commercials, VR experiences, and theme park rides.
"Previs" artists create a film's digital blueprint early in preproduction by 3D-animating sequences in the computer before shooting begins, normally around the time of casting. Frequent iterations allow for story ideas to be explored, and alternate The detail provided by this blueprint is crucial for the film crew to determine how to best film the story.