Wednesday, July 18, 2012

DREW: THE MAN BEHIND THE POSTER directed by Erik Sharkey



Drew Struzan has been a movie poster artist for many years.  This first long documentary about him is a great retrospective filmon his career. Official site. Drew's work has been collected in multiple ocassion in books but this two are to this day the most complete ones:


Drew Struzan: Oeuvre by Dylan Struzan, Drew Struzan and George Lucas


Hardcover: 314 pages
Publisher: Titan Books (October 4, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0857685570
ISBN-13: 978-0857685575

Available on Amazon:
US / ES / JP


The Art of Drew Struzan by Drew Struzan

Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Titan Books (September 14, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1848566190
ISBN-13: 978-1848566194

Available on Amazon:
US / ES / JP


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Proto Anime Cut



Yesterday, I went to the PROTO ANIME CUT exhibition at La Casa Encendida in Madrid. The exhibition is focused on such talented Japanese animation artist as Hideaki Anno, Haruhiko Higami, Koji Morimoto, Hiromasa Ogura, Mamoru Oshii y Takashi Watabe. From precise background works to layouts and preliminary sketches, hundreds of drawings are shown, many for the very first time in their original form. It's specially pleasant to see the original piece of paper used to create a scene you have seen many times. Some of the drawings collected in Koji Morimoto's Orange artbook that used in the music video EXTRA with music by Ken Ishii can be seen in this exhibition.


A great catalog has been published in Spanish and English as the exhibition took place first in Berlin some months ago, the same catalog is also available in German and English on Amazon

Proto Anime Cut Archive

Stefan Riekeles (Redactor) 
Watch a review here 

German and English edition available on Amazon:
US / ES / JP

Spanish and English edition available on Amazon:
US / ES / JP





The image a the top is a GIF I created showing a concept drawing by Takashi Watabe from the exhibition, that transition to the final image that is shown in the  film. It's really fascinating to see how much of the actual work that goes in making animation,  that is not seen, but certainly it's necesary to create the final image. Sometimes this handmade sketches are even more impresive that the final work, as this image clearly demonstrates.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

EAMES: The Architect and The Painter



A beautiful documentary about the brilliant design couple Charles and Ray Eames a completely a must-see for anyone interested in design. Official website.

Eames: The Architect and the Painter  Directed by Bill Jersey


Studio: First Run Features
Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
DVD Release Date: December 13, 2011
Run Time: 82 minutes

The film is already available on Amazon.
US / ES / JP

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

How Canon makes it's cameras



We are so used to be surrounded by high-tech gadgets with beautiful exterior shells, that we immediately forget what is going on inside them, in fact, the technology that really makes them impressive. Humankind has  achieved such advanced production and marketing methods, that any of us can use complex objects in an easy way this days. However, it's necessary every now and then to  take some time and take on account the amount of work that goes on making this products.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

GUSUKO BUDORI NO DENKI directed by Gisaburo Sugii



Yesterday it was released Gusukobudori no Denki (The Life of Guskou Budori) the last film by animation director Gisaburo Sugii. The movie is based on the fairy tale "Gusuko-Budori no Denki" by Kenji Miyazawa (published in Jidobungaku magazine in April, 1932) the same author of Nokto de la Galaksia Fervojo  that was also adapted as an animation film by the same director back in 1985.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Der Fuehrer's Face

This Walt Disney studios film from year 1943 was the only Donald Duck film to receive Academy Award for best animated short film.

Monday, July 02, 2012