If you didn’t think “Shia LaBeouf” could get better, you were wrong.
I literally can’t believe this exists there are tears in my eyes that I don’t remember crying
this is art
I hope someone pointed out that Shia was doing the Citizen Kane clap at the end there because it just completes the masterpiece.
His expression is spot on.
MIKE ROUSH / The Hidden Life of the Burrowing Owl / 5:16
I have always been fascinated by wildlife documentaries. As a kid I would take my mom’s camera and try and get as close to the neighborhood animals as I could. Most of the time this would mean long hours sitting motionless on the back deck with bird seed sprinkled on my lap and shoulders. I never got the shot I wanted, so when Chris and Shannon asked me if I wanted to make an animated film for Titmouse, I said yes before they finished asking.
Chris and Shannon Prynoski, Dik Pose, and I Line up a shot in the middle of nowhere. photo by Steve Kellener.
Early thumbnails of the burrowing owl.
"Owl" was animated in Flash. I used a technique where I would animate traditionally very rough, then I would take a second pass cleaning up symbols that I would be able to reuse later. Most of the final animation you see in "Owl" is puppeted symbol animation with hundreds of symbols and a different puppet for each shot. This way I could get the detail and animation quality I wanted.
The Flash break-down on one of the owl puppets. Lots of feathers!
One of my favorite parts of making this film was having to get out of the studio and go on location. I found an amazing place in central California called The Carrizo Plain using google maps. I spent the weekends driving all around taking pictures and exploring. Fun fact: The burrow used in the short was an actual owl burrow. On one of the days I was taking photos of the burrow one hissed at me from inside the burrow with it’s rattlesnake like call. It scared me nearly to death.
This is how I made all the “live action” backgrounds. I drew a storyboard of what I wanted and photo collaged lots of pictures together to make it look like what I drew. Unfortunately these places don’t exist in real life.
Whenever the owl had to touch the flower or fork, I took hundreds of photos, cut them out in photoshop and animated them. Fun.
On location I used a couple stand-in models to get the lighting right and a maquette when animating for inspiration.
I had a great time making this film and when I was done we were lucky enough to show it at festivals around the world. After 4 years the “Owl” showed at more than 40 festivals, in over 25 countries.
Can’t wait to do another one.
Mike Roush’s incredible short film is now online!!! Don’t miss this one, folks! It’ll stick to your ribs likes delicious cartoon BBQ!
Then he spotted the familiar flash of green and gold. His fish was swimming far into open water and as he watched helplessly something grotesque and too huge to comprehend emerged wraith-like from the blue gloom. The Kaiju opened its jaws and its roar shook the foundation of the bond. The thing reached for his Anima, bio-luminescent tongue curling out to touch it. (x)
I really like Phosphor. There’s a lot of imagery there that I adore.
Words can’t express. this turned out so insanely beautiful i don’t even feel worthy of it. Where do I start? the detail on the boxfish? Hermann’s pose? The insane little tendrils of gold leading from his chest and the way they intertwine so perfectly with the blue of the tongues? I can’t get over it. Its all just so damn glorious. I owe you another painting just for this painting. I love it SO MUCH.
Behind the scenes of Pacific Rim
This looks like casual Friday at the Shatterdome.
Thanks for letting me borrow giganto-coat Hermann It gets hella drafty in here.
the pac rim fanbase is one of the thirstiest for official content i have ever seen any time something gets leaked or released it’s like throwing an entire loaf of bread into a cluster of 5000 seagulls and then watching the chaos ensue
And yet when we do actually get official content we spend the next two weeks dissecting it like Newt with a Kaiju sample.
Fandom:Where does it belong in movie canon? Does it hold up to novelization/comic/artbook/interview timeline scrutiny? Is it a Beacham addition? What does it mean as far as character relationships?…
Everyone else: Its a blurry picture of a foot.
I haven’t been doing too much fanart these days but I was overcome with a need to doodle Hermann’s ankles tonight so, for a little inktober