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#20 – Nordsken 2018

In episode #20 we visit the Nordsken Festival of Games, Culture & Creativity in Skellefteå. We meet the legendary game & film veteran Fred Malmberg, the godfather of RPG in Sweden, creator of classic games like “Mutant” and “Dragons & Demons” and step-father of Conan the Barbarian. What will be the next step for Conan after the release of Funcom’s “Conan Exiles”? And what other Robert E Howard character does Fred love the most?
We also meet VFX Artists Joakim Olsson and Denys Holovyanko, talking about the VR Experiences at the Goodbye Kansas booth, including a very special mutant duck and a hammer-throwing Norse god.

Links to stuff we talk about in this episode
Conan the Barbarian” (2011) – trailer
Conan Exiles” – game trailer
Mutant Year Zero” – RPG trailer
Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden” – game trailer
The White Reindeer” (1952) – trailer
Goodbye Kansas at Nordsken 2018

Yellow Brick Road – team season 2
Producer and host: Nils Lagergren
Editor: Tom Waldton
Mastering: Samuel Tyskling
“Yellow Brick Road theme” by Peter Blomstrand
Podcast recorded at Mynewsdesk

 

Published 1 month ago

#19 – Homecomers

The VFX industry is a very international. In episode 19 we meet two Swedish VFX artists who worked in Canada for a few years and then returned to Sweden: Daniel Norlund and Joakim Eriksson. How do you apply for a VFX job on the other side of the world, what are the do’s and don’ts – and what’s the difference between working with VFX in Stockholm and Vancouver?

Films we mention in this episode:
Monday” (2002) – by Daniel Norlund and Jon Noorlander, the graduation project that made Joakim Eriksson want to work with VFX
Elysium” (2013) – trailer
Now you see me” (2013) – trailer
Star Wars – The Force Awakens” (2015) – trailer
Captain America: Civil War” (2016) – trailer
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” (2017) – trailer
Fast furious 8 – The Fate of the Furious” (2017) – trailer
Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017) – trailer
Avengers: Infinity War” (2018) – trailer “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” (2017) – trailer
Fast furious 8 – The Fate of the Furious” (2017) – trailer
Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017) – trailer
Avengers: Infinity War” (2018) – trailer

 

Published 1 month ago

#18 – Overkill’s The Walking Dead

It’s once again time to enter the world of the undead on Yellow Brick Road, as VFX Supervisor Henrik Eklundh and Senior Character Artist Jonas Skoog talk about the production of two of the cinematic character trailers for Starbreeze’s new game ”Overkill’s The Walking Dead”. How were the trailers created, how does it feel to spend a full year working with the undead and do 3D Artists dream of digital zombies?

LINKS TO STUFF WE DISCUSS IN THIS EPISODE.
Overkill’s The Walking Dead: Aidan” – character trailer
Overkill’s The Walking Dead: Maya” – character trailer
The Walking Dead” – breakdowns of Goodbye Kansas VFX work on the TV-series.
Fear The Walking Dead” – breakdowns of Goodbye Kansas VFX work on the TV-series.

 

Published 2 months ago

#17 – Previsualisations

In episode 17 of Yellow Brick Road we talk about the importance of being well prepared before you embark on a film production. Executive Producer and MoCap guru Anton Söderhäll and director Fred Löfberg guide us into the wonderful world of previsualisations. How has the technique evolved, how does the future look and why is a “previz” one of the most important tools a filmmaker can use?

Links to some stuff we discuss in this episode
George Lucas about creating the aerial dogfights in “Star Wars – A New Hope” (1977)
FXGuide article about the previs work on “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (2011)

 

Published 2 months ago

#16 – Ducks and Mutants

In episode #16 we dive into the world of the classic game “Mutant”. Game expert, film geek and author Orvar Säfström and Goodbye Kansas stalwarts Tom Olsson and Jonas Skoog retrace the history of the “Mutant” franchise and discuss Funcom’s upcoming game “Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden” and the Goodbye Kansas production of the release trailer.
Also: the evolution of ducks in popular culture: how did they go from silly to cool? And why does Howard the Duck wear pants?

LINKS TO STUFF WE DISCUSS IN THIS EPISODE.
Daffy Duck – Crazy laugh compilation.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988)- piano showdown with Donald and Daffy Duck
Howard the Duck” (1986) – trailer
Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014) – Howard the Duck post credits
Mutant Year Zero” RPG trailer
Mutant Year Zero – Road To Eden” release trailer

 

Published 2 months ago

#15 – Women in animation and VFX

The Animation and VFX business has always been a boys’ club, so how can we change that? This week VFX producer Matilda Olsson and Lead Animator and Supervisor Christina Sidoti talk about some of all those unsung women in Animation and Film history. Learn more about the female trailblazers, the heroes that struggled in the shadow of mansplaining guys. How is to work in a male dominated business and what can we do to increase the number of women working with VFX and Animation?

LINKS TO FILMS WE MENTION IN THIS EPISODE.
The Adventures of Prince Achmed” (Lotte Reiniger, 1926) – some visual highlights
Bambi (1942) – the dog chase scene, an example of animator Retta Scott’s talent for drawing animals
Betty Boop, Popeye and others, Animation by Lilian Friedman
The Pink Phink” (1964) – Oscar winning cartoon with animation by LaVerne Harding

ARTICLES
Lotte Reiniger – the pioneer of silhouette animation
Coloring The Kingdom – Disney’s secret army of female inkers and painters in the 30s.
The female trail blazers of ILM
The VFX Industry: Where are the women?
The Movie Business Boys Club – statistics reveal lack of women at all levels of cinema production

 

Published 2 months ago

#14 – Disaster films

Ever since 1933 when Felix E Feist released a massive tidal wave on a miniature version of New York in his “Deluge”, the Big Apple has been destroyed countless times on the silver screen. Why is destruction so entertaining and what makes a disaster film truly great? This week’s guests Matilda Olsson and Denys Holovyanko walk us through the history of disaster films, reveal their personal favorites and discuss eternal questions like the impossibly tiny world of Roland Emmerich, single dad heroes and why great miniature effect shots never gets old. Also: the actress who survived the Titanic disaster twice and the secret story of the flying cow in “Twister”.

LINKS TO FILMS WE DISCUSS IN THIS EPISODE.

Deluge” (1933) – the destruction of New York
San Francisco” (1936) – scroll to 2:10 for the actual earthquake
Towering Inferno” (1974) trailer
SOS Poseidon” (1972) – the tidal wave hits!
Twister” (1996) – trailer
Independence Day” (1996) –  the aliens attack!
Volcano” (1997) – trailer
Dante’s Peak” (1997) – the volcano erupts!
Earthquake” (1974) – the earthquake hits!
The Day After Tomorrow” (2004) – the wave hits New York!
Titanic” (1997) – Titanic sinks!
Titanic” (1943) trailer (in German)
Armageddon” (1998) – the destruction of Paris
Deep Impact” (1998) – the comet hits Earth
San Andreas” (2015) – the tsunami scene
Geostorm” (2017) – trailer
The Impossible” (2012) – trailer

 

 

 

Published 3 months ago

#13 – Digital Humans

In episode #13 we meet three experts hellbent on creating the best digital faces in the world: Jonas Törnqvist, Nils Lerin and Sigtor Kildal from the 3D Scan/Face Animation department at Goodbye Kansas in Uppsala. We talk about Grand Moff Tarkin in “Rogue One”, Björn Borg in “Borg vs McEnroe” and how to scan people with a Vectorgrammetry 3D Scanner. How do you create a digital human face that looks totally convincing – and why is it so hard?

LINKS TO FILMS WE DISCUSS IN THIS EPISODE.
Grand Moff Tarkin in “Rogue One
Behind-the-scenes from “Borg vs McEnroe
Creating Gollum” BTS by WETA
Furious 7” (2015) – trailer
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008) – trailer

 

Published 3 months ago

#12 – Cinemasaurs: Dinosaurs as Moviestars

Ever since Gertie back in 1914, dinosaurs have roamed the film industry. This week we walk in the footsteps of these iconic beasts together with VFX Supervisors – and Dinosaur geeks – Cameron Scott and Staffan Linder. How has the look of cinema dinosaurs changed over the years, what techniques have been used – and why will the T-Rex always remain king of the dinosaurs – despite those ridiculously tiny arms?

LINKS TO STUFF WE DISCUSS IN THIS EPISODE.

Gertie the dinosaur” (1914) the first cinemasaur.
Monsters of the past” (1923) – dinosaurs created by Virginia May.
The dragon fight from Fritz Lang’s ”Niebelungen”  (1924)
Test footage for “Creation” by stop motion pioneer Willis O’Brien (1931)
The Lost World” (1925) – trailer
Mighty Joe Young” (1949) – trailer
Unknown Island” (1948) – scroll to 1:48 for a wonderfully camp men-in-dino-suits-scene.
The Valley of the Gwangi” (1969) trailer – stop motion by Ray Harryhausen.
Caveman” (1981) – dinosaur by Jim Danforth. Scroll to 5:30 to enjoy Ringo Starr’s encounter with a dinosaur
Clip from ”Baby – Secret of the Lost legend” (1985)
The T-Rex attack scene from ”Jurassic Park” (1993)
T-Rex fight from Peter Jackson’s ”King Kong” (2005)
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” – trailer
Australian Wedge Tailed Eagle clip – is this how dinosaurs walked?

 

 

Published 3 months ago

#11 – Outlander: Eye of the storm

In episode 11 of Yellow Brick Road we meet the team behind the VES Award nominated effects of the drama series Outlander: VFX Supervisors Filip Orrby and Daniel Norlund and VFX Producer Matilda Olsson. How did they create the storm scenes in the episode “Eye of the storm”, why is it so hard to create digital water and do VFX artists ever get seasick from working with stormy ocean effects like these?

LINKS TO STUFF WE DISCUSS IN THIS EPISODE.
Goodbye Kansas VFX Breakdown “Eye of the storm”
Power of the ocean”, storm reference material used during the production
Master and Commander” (2003) – man overboard sequence
The maelstrom battle sequence from “Pirates of the Carribean – At World’s End” (2007)
The storm sequence in “Wolf of Wall street” (2013)

Yellow Brick Road – team season 2
Producer and host: Nils Lagergren
Editor: Tom Waldton
Mastering: Samuel Tyskling
“Yellow Brick Road theme” by Peter Blomstrand
Podcast recorded at Mynewsdesk

Published 3 months ago

#10 – To Space and Beyond!

In ep #10 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.

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 7 months 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 8 months ago