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#10 – To Space and Beyond!

This week we venture into space – to boldly go where no man has gone before. Or more exactly: we’re going where lots of VFX artists have gone before – ever since Georges Méliès sent a bunch of people in top hats to the moon back in 1902. Because space movies have always been filled with VFX.

So why are space films so popular? How do you design black holes and convey light speed? And why is sound so important for an environment where – in reality – no sounds exist? Follow director Laurent Clermont and producer Anton Söderhäll to the far end of the Universe in episode #10 of Yellow Brick Road.

SOME OF THE MOVIES  WE MENTION IN THIS EPISODE.

“2001 – A Space Odyssey” (1968) – trailer
“Alien” (1979) – trailer
“Sunshine” (2007) – trailer
“The Fountain” (2006) – trailer
“Gravity” (2013) – trailer
“Mass Effect: The Andromeda Initiative” – films by Goodbye Kansas

 

Published 1 week ago

#9 – Kung Fury: the Art of VHS VFX

It’s hacking-time time in ep #9 of Yellow Brick Road, as VFX Supervisor Cameron Scott and VFX producer Matilda Olsson share memories from the VFX production of the first film ever to combine time travel, Kung Fu, nazis, violent arcade machines, laser raptors and heavily armed female Viking warriors – all wrapped together in glorious 80s VHS style. Welcome the world of “Kung Fury” and VFX in VHS style.

KUNG FURY LINKS:

Kung Fury” – full film
“Kung Fury” – VFX Breakdowns
True Survivor” – Kung Fury music video with David Hasselhoff.
“True Survivor” – VFX Breakdown of one of the shots.

Published 2 weeks ago

#08 – Animation: Motion & Emotions

This week we talk about the art of animation with senior animators Christina Sidoti and Cameron Scott. What’s the secret behind great animation, how do you convey emotions and how do you give animated characters true life and soul? We discuss the craft behind the magic and reveal our animated film favorites.

SOME OF THE MOVIES  WE MENTION IN THIS EPISODE.

Fantasmagorie” by Emile Cohl (1908)
Izma in “The Emperor’s New groove” (2000)
Compilation of re-used animation in Disney films
Fantasia” (1940) – 50th anniversary trailer
Spike Jonze’s short film ”I’m here” (2010)
The cave scene from “The Incredibles” (2004)
The transformation scene in “Pinocchio” (1940)

Published 3 weeks ago

#7 – Motion Capture

We’ve all seen Gollum and we’ve all seen Andy Serkis dressed in his skintight lycra Motion Capture suit – filled with tiny with balls. But how does Motion Capture actually work and when did it all start? Motion capture veterans Anton Söderhäll and Samuel Tyskling guide us through a day at the Goodbye Kansas Motion Capture studio and discuss the past, the present and the possible future of this amazing technology.

MOTION CAPTURE BEHIND THE SCENES.

Goodbye Kansas Motion Capture Reel
Behind the scenes of the production of cinematic for “Conan Exiles
Behind the scenes of the production of the outro for “Unravel
Behind the scenes of the production of the ABBA 3D Avatars for “ABBA – 5th Member
Behind the scenes of the production of the cinematic for “Warhammer: Vermintide

 

 

Published 4 weeks ago

#6 – Smoke and Mirrors

In episode #6 of Yellow Brick Road we get all nostalgic and dive into the history of VFX together with two film buffs: VFX Supervisor Staffan Linder and VFX producer Matilda Olsson. Get ready for Georges Méliès, Ray Harryhausen, good old King Kong and the digital sins of George Lucas. We discuss the evolution of effects and why some age well and some don’t. Staffan share memories from his work with Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” and Matilda admits her weakness for VFX from the 80’s.

SOME OF THE MOVIES  WE MENTION IN THIS EPISODE.

A Trip to the Moon” (1902) – full movie
The Man with the rubber head” (1901) – full movie
Der Golem” (1920) – full movie
Edison’s “Frankenstein” (1910)
The Visual effects of “Metropolis” (1927)
The Cyclopse from “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” (1958)
One Million Years BC” (1966) – trailer
“King Kong” (1933) side-by-side with “King Kong” (2005)
T-1000 in “Terminator 2” (1991)
The Mirror VFX shot from “Contact” (1997)
The skeleton fight from “Jason and the Argonauts” (1963)
20 Million Miles To Earth” (1957) – trailer

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#5 – Gods and Monsters

Movies and games are filled with gods, monsters and fearsome beasts, and this week we gather three monster experts to discuss why some monsters are more iconic than others.
VFX Supervisor and horror connaisseur Staffan Linder, Director Fred Löfberg and Senior Character Artist Daniel Bystedt reveal their favorite monsters and discuss the noble art of creating gods and monsters.
How do you design a successful monster, what makes a monster design timeless and why do some scare us more than others?

SOME OF THE MONSTER MOVIES  WE MENTION IN THIS EPISODE.

Frankenstein” (1931) –  the classic “It’s alive scene”
Alien” (1979) – a compilation of Xenomorph moments
Nosferatu” (1922) – trailer
Halloween” (1978) – trailer
Dead by Daylight – The Halloween Chapter” – game trailer
Jeepers Creepers” (2001) – trailer
Maximum Overdrive” (1986) – trailer
Predator” (1987) – trailer
The Duel” (1971) – trailer
Conan Exiles” game trailer

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#4 – Slashing Zombies

It’s zombie slashing time in this week’s episode as we unleash two of our zombie experts: VFX producer Matilda Olsson and VFX Supervisor Staffan Linder, both having a great passion for all things undead – and especially zombie VFX. Staffan got Emmy nominated for his work on “The Walking Dead” and Matilda has juggled numerous gory VFX shots for both “The Walking Dead” and “Fear The Walking Dead”.

How many types of zombies are there? Why are zombies so popular? And in how many ways can you digitally kill off a zombie? Join us for an entertaining half hour in the world of zombies!

SOME OF THE ZOMBIE MOVIES WE MENTION IN THIS EPISODE.

White Zombie” (1932)
Night of the Living Dead” (1968)
Day of the Dead” (1985)
The Serpent and the Rainbow” (1988)
Resident Evil” (2002)
28 Days Later” (2002)
Shaun of the Dead” (2004)
World War Z” (2013)
Train to Busan” (2016)
Goodbye Kansas “The Walking Dead” reel
Goodbye Kansas “Fear The Walking Dead“, BTS

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Published 2 months ago

#3 – Creating Worlds

In the third episode of “Yellow Brick Road” we talk about Concept Art, designing and creating brand new worlds and how to take a line from a film script and turn it into a visual experience. This week’s guests know everything about that: Director/Senior Concept Artist Andrée Wallin and VFX Supervisor/Senior Character Designer Daniel Bystedt have worked on many great productions – including Andrée’s short film “State Zero”. Andrée also takes us behind the scenes of the greatest franchise of them all: Star Wars, sharing memories from the production of “The Force Awakens”.

HERE ARE SOME LINKS TO STUFF WE TALK ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE.

Trailer “Bladerunner” (1982)
Trailer “Oblivion” (2013)
Trailer “The Force Awakens” (2015)
Trailer “Rogue One” (2016)
State Zero” (2015)

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Published 2 months ago

#2 – Conan and Character Design

In the second episode of “Yellow Brick Road” director Fredrik Löfberg and Senior Character Artist Jonas Skoog talks about characters and the process of designing and creating them. What makes a character truly great and how do you approach the task of re-imaging the iconic barbarian Conan? We dive behind the scenes of the production of the cinematic trailer for the game “Conan Exiles” and discuss other iconic characters and why we love them so much.

HERE ARE SOME LINKS TO STUFF WE TALK ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE.

The Conan Exiles cinematic trailer
Making of Conan Exiles cinematic trailer
Gary Oldman as Zorg in The Fifth Element (1997)
Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight (2008)
Wikipedia on Martian Manhunter

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Published 2 months ago

#1 – Welcome to the Yellow Brick Road

In the first episode of our new webcast we meet three Goodbye Kansas artists with true passion for their craft:  Jonas Skoog (Senior Character Artist),  Christina Sidoti (Lead Animation & Supervisor) and Fred Löfberg (Director). Why did they start to work within this industry and why is the world of Visual Effects and Animation so fascinating? We talk about classic VFX films and favourite scenes, about dinosaurs, twisters and flying cows. And what other topics we will touch during the first season of “Yellow Brick Road”.

HERE ARE SOME LINKS TO FILMS WE TALK ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE.

The twister scene from ”The Wizard of Oz” (1939)
Test footage of Twister effect scenes in ”The Wizard of Oz” (1939)
Spike Jonze’s short film ”I’m here” (2010)
The Brachiosaurus scene from ”Jurassic Park” (1993)
”Kingsglaive – Final Fantasy XV”, teaser trailer (2016)
Davy Jones, ”Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest” (2006)


YELLOW BRICK ROAD TEAM
Host: Nils Lagergren
Producer: Jonathan Forefält
Editor: Can Unal
Mastering: Samuel Tyskling
“Yellow Brick Road theme” by Peter Blomstrand
Podcast recorded at Mynewsdesk

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Published 2 months ago