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This Crazy Tech Can Turn Anybody in a Photo Into a Moving Animation

Photo Wake-Up is a research project by Chung-Yi Weng, Brian Curless, and Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman of the University of Washington. Per their paper’s abstract: We present a method and application for animating a human subject from a single photo. E.g., the character can walk out, run, sit, or jump in 3D. The key contributions of this paper are: 1) an application of viewing and animating humans in single photos in 3D, 2) a novel 2D warping method to deform a posable template body model to fit the person’s complex silhouette to…

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Amazing VFX Reel Shows Who Framed Roger Rabbit Was Ahead of Its Time

A fascinating behind the scenes look at “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” before and after the animation composite. Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 American live-action/animated comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis. The film stars Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Charles Fleischer, Stubby Kaye, and Joanna Cassidy. In 2016, the film was selected for the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/who-framed-roger-rabbit-before-after-behind-the-scenes/

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Pixar Makes People Cry By Presenting Kitbull, A Short Film About A Friendship Of Abused Pitbull And Stray Kitten

Just two weeks prior, Bored Panda wrote about Pixar’s newest short animation ‘Purl’. Well, the famous animation studio is treating us again with another short film – this time, it’s guaranteed to leave you weeping as it’s a story about one unlikely friendship between an abused pit bull and a stray kitten. Kittbull – a production of Pixar’s new SparkShorts program – was directed by Rosana Sullivan and produced by Kathryn Hendrickson and tells a heartwarming story of a rare kinship formed under the saddest circumstances. Get your tissues ready…

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This Brie(f) History of Cheese by TED-Ed is a Must For Cheese Lovers!

Before empires and royalty, before pottery and writing, before metal tools and weapons – there was cheese. As early as 8000 BCE, Neolithic farmers began a legacy of cheesemaking almost as old as civilization. Today, the world produces roughly 22 billion kilograms of cheese a year, shipped and consumed around the globe. Paul Kindstedt shares the history of one of our oldest and most beloved foods. Lesson by Paul S. Kindstedt, directed by Charlotte Cambon. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/brief-history-of-cheese-by-ted-ed/

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Pixars New Short Film Focuses On The Hardships Of Females Trying To Fit In A Male-Dominated Workplace

Purl is faced with similar challenges as Lester when she begins a new job at  B.R.O. Capital “a fast-paced, high energy, male-centric start-up.” Pixar’s SparkShorts project objective is to highlight the studio’s up-and-coming animation artists. “The SparkShorts program is designed to discover new storytellers, explore new storytelling techniques, and experiment with new production workflows.  These films are unlike anything we’ve ever done at Pixar, providing an opportunity to unlock the potential of individual artists and their inventive filmmaking approaches on a smaller scale than our normal fare.” Watch the full short ‘Purl’…

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21 Disney Movie Details That You May Have Never Noticed

Imgur user Rizzivision recently published a fascinating post outlining a series of interesting details from various Disney/Pixar films. The list is full of tiny observations and cross-references to other films in the Disney/Pixar universe that will make any film geek giddy. If you enjoy reading about interesting and quirky details in films, be sure to check out the subreddit /r/MovideDetails! [via Rizzivision on Imgur] 1. In The Lion King, unlike the other lions, Scar’s claws are always displayed throughout the movie. 2. In Cars, the flies are actually tiny VW…

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This Hand Painted Oscar Winning Short is One of the Most Beautiful Animations Youll See

The Old Man and the Sea is a 1999 paint-on-glass-animated short film by Russian animator Aleksandr Petrov, based on the novel of the same name by Ernest Hemingway. The film won countless awards, including the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2000. According to Wikipedia: Work on the film began in March 1997. It took Aleksandr Petrov and his son Dmitri Petrov (who helped his father) until April 1999 to paint each of the 29,000+ frames. The film’s technique, pastel oil paintings on glass, is mastered by only…

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The Entire Breaking Bad Series in 1 Minute in Honor of its 10 Year Anniversary

Artist Esther Bellido made this awesome 60 second animation in honour of Breaking Bad’s 10 year anniversary. The first episode aired on January 20, 2008 and went on to become one of the most critically acclaimed shows in television history. Spoilers obviously. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/entire-breaking-bad-series-in-one-minute/

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This Stop Motion Short Made with Pumpkins is Amazing

Sean Ohlenkamp and Rob Popkin created this incredible Halloween-themed stop motion animation using dozens and dozes of pumpkins. With music by Grayson Matthews, many of the sounds were smashed, tapped, kicked, clapped or scooped out of actual pumpkins and carving tools. Ohlenkamp adds: Many pumpkins were photographed twice. First as a nicely lit, carving-free plate. Then again after carving our designs and removing the top or back so we could insert a light. The two were then composited together to remove the lighting equipment. We re-used pumpkins where we could…

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This neural network could make animations in games a little less awkward

The graphical fidelity of games these days is truly astounding, but one thing their creators struggle to portray is the variety and fluidity of human motion. An To avoid this, the researchers add a phase function to the neural network that essentially prevents it from wrongly mixing different animation types for instance, taking a step in the middle of a jump. Since our method is data-driven, the character doesnt simply play back a jump animation, it adjusts its movements continuously based on the height of the obstacle, the researchers say…

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