Pixar's La Luna, Sony's Arthur Christmas Preview: Siggraph Animation Festival
6:32 PM PDT 8/8/2011 by Carolyn Giardina, Chris Godley
From a sneak peak at Arthur Christmas to Pixar's latest short La Luna, THR offers a look at Siggraph's juried Computer Animation Festival, a highlight of the annual VFX and animation confab that starts Sunday in Vancouver.
In an advance look months before its theatrical release, the Aardman Animation production for Sony Pictures Animation, Arthur Christmas, will be revealed in a just finished sequence at Siggraph.
ILM's work on Super 8 was designed to bring high-end visual effects to J.J. Abrams' nod to '80s Spielberg classics.
Siggraph attendees will get a look at La Luna, the latest animated short from Pixar Animation Studios.
ILM's upgraded bots in Transformers: Dark of the Moon will be featured. This will include the film's climatic Chicago destruction sequence.
A clip from Sony Pictures Imageworks will show the 'Smurf-olution' of its cast of Smurfs from 2D comic strip to 3D.
Best in Show
"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore," directed by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, earned the Siggraph Computer Animation Festival's Best in Show Award, the winner of of which qualifies to be considered for an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Short Film. According to Siggraph, this year's winner uses a variety of techniques--miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation--to create "a hybrid style of animation that harkens back to silent films and Technicolor musicals."
Best Student Project Prize
"Flamingo Pride," directed by Tomer Eshed, earned the Siggraph Computer Animation Festival's Best Student Project Prize.