You can thank Andy Samberg for this awesome behind-the-scenes look at how an animated movie is made.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is going to be well-represented at Siggraph 2009 in New Orleans this year. In addition, I’m participating in some other panels on behalf of Imageworks. Hope I bump into you in these sessions if you’re going to be at the show:
Monday, 3 August | 3:45 PM – 5:30 PM | Room 260-262
I’ll be a panelist
Wednesday, 5 August | 10:30 AM – 12:15 PM | Room 271-273
I’ll be a panelist
Making Mouthwatering 3D
Wednesday, 5 August | 1:45 PM – 3:30 PM | La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom
Presenters Karl Herbst, Danny Dimian, and me.
Friday, 7 August | 8:30 AM – 10:15 AM | Auditorium C
Presenters: Karl Herbst and Danny Dimian
Thursday, 6 August | 8:30 AM – 10:15 AM | La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom
I’m a Panelist
Selected Scenes in 3D
Friday, 7 August | 1:45 PM – 3:45 PM | Rooms 260-262
It’s going to be a very busy show, but it’s a great opportunity to get to show everyone a taste of Cloudy and our other recent work.
The new Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs trailer is online. People are already saying that Mr T. (who plays Earl) steals the show–can’t disagree with that. Enjoy:
I was in D.C. this week where I spoke about Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs at the MPAA Film Symposium on behalf of Sony Pictures Imageworks. The closing Gala included V.P. Joe Biden, senators, congressmen, heads of each of the major studios and even Martin Scorsese.
It was quite an experience to attend.
The first official trailer for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs has been released. Watch it in 1080p HD or your preferred level of quality on Yahoo Movies. Elsewhere online I’ve noticed that people seem to either love the trailer, or hate the fact that the story adds elements not originally in the book–what do you think?
Presenting a glimpse of Imageworks’ recent lighting innovations to the TED2009 audience was quite an experience.
My presentation was a small part of session #4 entitled, “SEE”. I showed how light is handled in computer graphics and how it’s changed in the past 10 years. Since the days of Stuart Little, we’ve progressed from a crude, layer-based approach to a more refined and accurate model which accurately captures area lights and global illumination–and we’ve made it hundreds of times faster at the same time. To illustrate our progress, I got to unveil a 45 second clip from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. It was warmly received.
I left the conference challenged and inspired. A few things I took away:
- At TED, it seems you’re on a first name basis with everyone who attends. Introductions are easy (facilitated by the large first names on the conference badges) and connections seem mutual. A truly inviting community.
- That said, TED has a very intimidating stage!
- I expected to meet earth-shaking CEO’s (and plenty attend TED) but I met an equal number in charge of earth-changing non-profits. From digging wells in Africa, to educators from around the world, it’s an amazing slice of some of the best the world has to offer.
- I felt pretty good about giving a 3 minute presentation when Al Gore squeezed his environmental update into a 5 minute slot.
- It’s legit. TED isn’t just about people giving inspiring presentations, but about people making real connections to make a positive impact in the world. Cool.
For a taste of one of the best presentations at this year’s TED, watch Elizabeth Gilbert on “genius” for 19 minutes. The author of Eat, Pray, Love talks about the source of creative inspiration. Although I’m not sure if her view of God is the same as mine, it seems her life experiences have pointed her towards truth. I was inspired.
I’m looking forward to speaking at TED this Thursday morning as a small part of the session entitled “See”. I have the privilege of unveiling some of the latest work we’ve been doing on Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs and how it relates to the state of the art in rendering.
If you’re anything like me, browsing the TED sessions online has been a constant source of inspiration across every discipline. I’ve been a fan for years and I’m quite excited to be able to be included in this years session.
If my talk makes it to onto TED.com later this summer, I’ll be sure to point out the link.