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Cloudy at the Annie Awards

Cloudy was nominated for Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Effects, best Directing and Best Writing in this years Annie Awards.

Yesterday the studio sent out a pretty funny letter from the directors to the ASIFA membership. Usually these “please vote for us” mailers are pretty lame–but when you give Chris and Phil a chance to write you get something awesome.

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VES Nominations for Cloudy

The Hollywood Reporter announced the nominations for the Visual Effects Society awards and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is up for two categories:

Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

    “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” Mike Ford, CG supervisor Chris Juen, co-producer Alan Hawkins, supervising animator Pete Nash, animation director

Effects Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

    “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” Rob Bredow, VFX supervisor Matt Hausman, effects animation supervisor Carl Hooper, effects animation supervisor Dan Kramer, digital effects supervisor

I couldn’t be more proud of the work and the team that put Cloudy on the screen. This is my third VES nomination for effects with this crew. Not only do they do great work, but are a great team to work with.

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Avatar

Finally got to see Avatar tonight in IMAX 3d. I know everyone’s already said that it’s a game changer–and it is. The work is spectacular and clearly raises the bar.

Congrats to Weta, ILM and the other half dozen or so houses who contributed to the film. A job very well done.

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CES 2010

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was well represented in Sony’s CES Booth this year. The directors and I presented a 45 minute behind the scenes look at the making of the film in 3d stereo in the Sony lounge on the show floor.

Sony’s booth was well configured with a giant stereo projection screen leveraging SXRD projectors with Real-D stereo. We brought several different excerpts from the movie to screen and the room was packed to capacity–spilling out into the rest of the booth.

Other parts of the Sony booth had Cloudy playing on multiple screens both in 2d and 3d. Sony announced that Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs will be released on stereo 3d blu-ray later this year…my guess is that it will coincide with the release of the impressive looking new stereo televisions. It was also re-confirmed that PS3′s will be able to playback stereo movies with a free upcoming firmware upgrade.

After the presentation, Phil jumped in the motion capture booth and danced a little Flint jig.

If you’re wondering, no this is not how we made the movie.

The rest of CES had plenty of cool things to see. I particularly liked the swiss army knife with the USB memory stick.

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