The Academy included Surf’s Up in the nominations for Best Animated Feature today. Congratulations to the entire team who made the movie and especially Ash Brannon and Chris Buck who are up for the award!
The VES Awards were announced today and Surf’s Up got 4 nods in 3 categories.
Best Single Visual Effect of the Year
Riding the Visual Effects Tube
Rob Bredow, Lydia Bottegoni, Daniel Kramer, Matt Hausman
Outstanding Effects in an Animated Motion Picture
Riding Waves – CG Style
Rob Bredow, Daniel Kramer, Matt Hausman, Danny Dimian
Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture
David Schaub, Moon Jun Kang, Brian Casper, Andreas Procopiou
David Schaub, Pete Nash, James Crossley, Shia LaBeouf
The surfing community has embraced Surf’s Up. Chicken Joe ranked #1 on Surfer Mag’s most interesting surfers of 2007.
From the article:
Chicken Joe didn’t care. He just surfed. A theme that has been the backbone of our sub culture forever.
Surf’s Up makes an appearance as #17 on CG Society’s 2007 Retrospective–“the public-voted list of the most requested cool items for 2007”. They make note of the hand-held camera work and the innovative waves.
On Wednesday, November 14th I’ll be presenting a detailed look at the making of Surf’s Up at the Australian Effects and Animation festival. If you’re going to be near Sydney this November you might want to include AEAF in your plans–this has been an excellent conference in the past and it looks like another great lineup this year as well.
AEAF attendees or others with interest can download the referenced course notes from Sony Imageworks [14.3 Mb PDF].