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Archive for July, 2008

Billy Ray Shyster’s House of Discount Special Effects

Billy Ray Shyster’s House of Discount Special Effects, circa 1997 (Thanks to Lloyd for the blast from the past.)
Thursday, July 31st, 2008 | Comments Off

Tom & Mark: “Muffin Man”

Tom and Mark (Nexus Productions) have outdone themselves with “Muffin Man,” a new spot for the recently rebranded Royal Bank of Canada. Although the spot is entirely CG, it captures the retro charm of claymation through its textures, colors and reduced frame rate.

This is one of those spots that’s pure fun to watch again and again. (It works well backwards, too.) I’m especially fond of the way it ends: increasingly baroque scenes of progress and complexity give way to the simplicity of Mr. Muffin himself, happily finishing up a business call while munching on the pastry that started it all. Brilliant.


Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 | 26 Comments »

fxguide Goes Deeper with Dave Rand

For a new fxpodcast series focusing on labor rights for FX artists, fxguide interviewed Dave Rand, who’s leading the charge of artists hoping to get the $1 million in backp-pay owed to them by Discovery Communications and Evergreen Films for their work on “Journey To The Center Of The Earth.

Rand created this thread on CGTalk, which has helped spread the word and intensify the debate over labor issues for FX artists.

Thanks for the tip, Tim!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 | 1 Comment »