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#31 – Overkill’s The Walking Dead: Mission Accomplished

In the launch trailer for Starbreeze’s game ”Overkill’s The Walking Dead” we meet the four main characters of the game on one of their missions, a night raid into an enemy camp surrounded by undead walkers. In ep#31 of Yellow Brick Road Director Fred Löfberg and Art Director Mikael Widegren takes us behind the scenes. How was the trailer made, and how does it feel now when the fifth and last trailer for the game is released, roughly two years after the start of this massive trailer project?

Links to stuff we talk about in this episode:
”Overkill’s The Walking Dead” launch trailer
”Overkill’s The Walking Dead: Aidan”, character trailer & VFX breakdown
”Overkill’s The Walking Dead: Maya” character trailer & VFX breakdown
”Overkill’s The Walking Dead: Grant” character trailer & VFX Breakdown
”Overkill’s The Walking Dead: Heather” character trailer
”Sicario” (2015) – trailer

Yellow Brick Road – team ep #31
Producer and host: Nils Lagergren
Editor: Tom Waldton
Mastering: Samuel Tyskling
Coordinator: Malin Tvedt
“Yellow Brick Road theme” by Peter Blomstrand
Podcast recorded at Mynewsdesk, Stockholm 

 

 

Published 7 days ago

#30 – Growing Up With Cartoons

Cartoons are more than just funny animated short films, sometimes they can inspire kids to grow up to become animators themselves. Follow Lead Animator/Supervisor Christina Sidoti and Senior Animator/Director Richard Engqvist for a stroll down memory lane as they discuss the cartoons that shaped their childhood and evoke their love for animation. Is it possible to watch too much cartoons and how will today’s unlimited access to animated entertainment affect the future of the kids that grow up today?

Links to some of the films we talk about in this episode

“The Skeleton Dance” (1929) – Silly Symphonies cartoon
“Mice Follies” (1954) – Tom & Jerry cartoon
“The China Shop” (1934) – Silly Symphony cartoon
“The Cookie Carnival” (1934) – Silly Symphony cartoon
“The Old Man Of The Mountain” (1933) – Betty Boop cartoon
“From All Of Us” (“Kalle Ankas och hans vänner önskar god jul”) – intro from this very Swedish Disney Christmas tradition
“Hidden” (2002) – short film
“Dr Seuss On The Loose”’ (1973) The Sneetches
“Jungle Book” (1967) – Shere Khan meets Mowgli and fights Baloo

Yellow Brick Road – team ep #30
Producer and host: Nils Lagergren
Editor: Tom Waldton
Mastering: Samuel Tyskling
Coordinator: Malin Tvedt
“Yellow Brick Road theme” by Peter Blomstrand
Podcast recorded at Mynewsdesk, Stockholm 

Published 2 weeks ago

#29 – The tools of the trade

The VFX industry of today is very much a digital industry, but how did all that start? VFX Supervisor Filip Orrby and CG Supervisor Joakim Olsson takes us for a walk down Yellow Brick Road in search of the origins of the softwares we use today. How did the pioneers create the early digital effects in the late 1900s, what softwares did they use and which films were the milestones in this evolution?

Links to some of the effects we talk about in this episode:
”Vertigo” (1958) – opening titles by Saul Bass
Rendering of a planned highway by The Swedish Royal Institute of Technology(1961)
”Futureworld” (1976) – shot with the first digital hand in a film
”Westworld” (1973) – sequence with Yul Brunner’s vision
”Looker” (1981) – the scanning sequence
”Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan” (1982) – The Genesis sequence
”Where The Wild Things Are” (1983) – short film
”Young Sherlock Holmes” (1985) – the first CG character
”Terminator 2” (1991) – compilation of some of the T-1000 shots
”Jurassic Park” (1993) – the classic Brachiosaurus sequence

Yellow Brick Road – team ep #29
Producer and host: Nils Lagergren
Editor: Tom Waldton
Mastering: Samuel Tyskling
Coordinator: Malin Tvedt
“Yellow Brick Road theme” by Peter Blomstrand
Podcast recorded at Mynewsdesk, Stockholm 

Published 3 weeks ago

#28 – Fredrikstad Animation Festival

Fredrikstad Animation Festival in Norway is one of the oldest Animation Festivals in the Nordics. Producer Johan Edström and Senior Animator Jonas Forsman talks about this year’s edition and list their favorite films. Jonas also tells us about his animated short “Robot and the Whale”. Is it hard to produce animated films in the Nordics and how do you get funding?

Links to some of the films we talk about in this episode:
“Dancing On Ice” (2017) – teaser promo
“The Breadwinner” (2017) – trailer
“Despicable Me” (2010) – trailer
“The Tower” (2018) – trailer
“The Egg” (2018) – trailer

Yellow Brick Road – team ep #28
Producer and host: Nils Lagergren
Editor: Tom Waldton
Mastering: Samuel Tyskling
Coordinator: Malin Tvedt
“Yellow Brick Road theme” by Peter Blomstrand
Podcast recorded at Mynewsdesk, Stockholm 

Published 1 month ago

#27 – Horror: A Halloween Special

Yellow Brick Road’s Nils Lagergren ventures into the shadows with horror film cineasts Anton Söderhäll and Samuel Tyskling. What horror films are their favorites, what makes a film scary and why do we love to be scared? We revisit classics like “The Exorcist”, “Halloween, “The Thing”, “Silent Hill” and “The Blair Witch Project”. And dive into recent scary ones like Aronofsky’s “Mother” and the blood soaked revenge of Nicholas Cage in “Mandy”.

Links to films we mention in this episode:
“Le Manoir du Diable” (“The Devil’s Castle”, 1896) – short film
“The Exorcist” (1973) – trailer
“Halloween” (2018) – trailer
“Halloween” (1978) – trailer
“The Thing” (1982) – trailer
“Interview With The Vampire” (1994) – trailer
“The Blair Witch Project” (1999) – trailer
“Silent Hill” (2006) – trailer
“Mother” (2017) – trailer
“Mandy” (2018) – trailer
“Hereditary” (2018) – trailer

Yellow Brick Road – team ep #27
Producer and host: Nils Lagergren
Editor: Tom Waldton
Mastering: Samuel Tyskling
“Yellow Brick Road theme” by Peter Blomstrand, Halloween remix by Tom Waldton
Podcast recorded at Mynewsdesk, Stockholm 

 

Published 1 month ago

#26 – Stockholm Film Festival 2018

This week we roll out the red carpet on the Yellow Brick Road and take a closer look at the upcoming 29th Stockholm International Film Festival. Three devoted cineasts from Goodbye Kansas – Harrison Ryder, Sandra Frisell and Denys Holovyanko – talk about this year’s line up and list their favorites.

Trailers for some of the films we talk about:
Vox Lux
Lizzie
The Dark
Boy Erased
Suspiria
Mirai
Prospect
Shoplifters
The Legend Of The Demon Cat
Charlie Says” (clip)
Wildlife
Old Man And The Gun
American Animals
Studio 54
The Favourite
Spirited Away” (in english)
Cold War
One Cut Of The Dead
The Man Who Feels No Pain

 

Yellow Brick Road – team ep #26
Producer and host: Nils Lagergren
Editor: Tom Waldton
Mastering: Samuel Tyskling
“Yellow Brick Road theme” by Peter Blomstrand
Podcast recorded at Mynewsdesk, Stockholm 

Published 2 months ago

#25 – A Discovery Of Witches – and Vampires

In episode #25 we meet Compositing Supervisor Jim Parsons from Goodbye Kansas London and talk about the VFX work on the TV series “A Discovery of Witches”. How do you convey “vampire speed” without making it look silly, why have vampires started to drink wine and how has the portrayal of vampires and witches evolved through the years?

Links to films we mention in this episode
“A Discovery of Witches” (2018) – trailer for season 1
”Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger” (1977) – trailer
“28 Days Later” (2002) – trailer
“The Golden Compass” (2007) – trailer
“V for Vendetta“ (2005) – trailer
“Beverly Hill Chihuahua” (2008) – trailer 
“Twillight” (2008) – trailer
”Salem’s Lot” (1979) – trailer
“Let The Right One In” (2008) – VFX by Goodbye Kansas
“What We Do In The Shadows” (2014) – trailer
“The Lost Boys” (1987) – trailer
Bela Lugosi offers some wine (from “Dracula” 1931) – clip
“Demons” (1985) – trailer
“Lifeforce” (1985) – trailer
“Bewitched” (1964) – Opening & Closing theme from TV series
”The Witchfinder General” (1968) – trailer
”The Craft” (1996) – trailer

Yellow Brick Road – team ep #25
Producer and host: Nils Lagergren
Editor: Tom Waldton
Mastering: Samuel Tyskling
Coordinator: Lorraine Wood
“Yellow Brick Road theme” by Peter Blomstrand
Podcast recorded at Soho Sonic Studio, London

Published 2 months ago

#24 – Never Look Away

In episode #24 we discuss the VFX work on Oscar winner Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s new film “Never Look Away”. VFX Supervisor Ben White and Art Director & Environment Supervisor Raf Morant from Goodbye Kansas Studios in London talk about how they recreated the massive WW2 bombings of Dresden for the film, how to convey a creative vision through VFX and how destruction VFX techniques have evolved through the years.

Links to films we mention in this episode
“Never Look Away” (2019) – trailer (in German)
Luxo Jr” (1986) – short film by Pixar
“The Monuments Men” (2014) – trailer
“Suburbicon” (2017) – trailer
“The Third Man” (1948) – trailer
“Independence Day” (1996) – “Time’s up” sequence

Yellow Brick Road – team ep #24
Producer and host: Nils Lagergren
Editor: Tom Waldton
Mastering: Samuel Tyskling
Coordinator: Lorraine Wood
“Yellow Brick Road theme” by Peter Blomstrand
Podcast recorded at Soho Sonic Studio, London

 

 

Published 2 months ago

#23 – Play Beyond Play

Did you know that every 10th person in the world has played a Swedish computer game? This week it’s all about gaming in Yellow Brick Road, as we talk about the new Game Exposition “Play Beyond Play” at the Swedish National Museum of Science & Technology in Stockholm. Per Strömbäck from the Swedish trade association for video game companies and Sebastian Flavet from National Museum of Science & Technology discuss how Sweden could get so good at creating great games. Has Ingmar Bergman something to do with it? And are museums and computer games actually more closely related than movies and games?

Links
The Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology – website
Swedish Games Industry / Dataspelsbranschen – website

Yellow Brick Road – team season 3
Producer and host: Nils Lagergren
Editor: Tom Waldton
Mastering: Samuel Tyskling
“Yellow Brick Road theme” by Peter Blomstrand
Podcast recorded at Mynewsdesk 

Published 2 months ago

#22 – Kaijus: Big is beautiful

In episode 22 we dive into the wonderful world of Kaijus, gigantic monsters wrecking havoc in countless films filled with plenty of VFX and both amazing and silly creatures of really great size. Movie buffs Matilda Olsson and Denys Holovyanko discuss Godzilla, Mothra, Hedorah and all their friends, enemies and followers. What Kaiju films are the best – and worst. And why do we love that genre so much?

LINKS TO FILMS WE DISCUSS IN THIS EPISODE.
”The Beast from 20.000 Fathoms” (1953) – trailer
”Godzilla” (1954) – Godzilla attacked by tanks clip
”Mothra” (1961) – trailer
”Godzilla vs Mothra” (1992) – trailer
”Destroy All Monsters” (1968) – trailer
”Godzilla” (1998) – trailer
”Godzilla: Final Wars” (2004) – Godzilla fights Zilla clip
”Godzilla” (2014) – trailer
“Cloverfield” (2008) – trailer
“Collossal” (2017) – trailer
“Trollhunter” (2007) – trailer
“Pacific Rim” (2013) – trailer
”Godzilla vs Hedorah” aka ”Godzilla vs the Smog Monster” (1971) – trailer
“Yonggary” (1999) – trailer
“Yonggary – The worst kaiju movie ever?” review
”Megashark vs Giant Octopus” (2009) – 10 minute version

Yellow Brick Road – team ep #22
Producer and host: Nils Lagergren
Special Kaiju Consultant: Martin Borell
Editor: Tom Waldton
Mastering: Samuel Tyskling
“Yellow Brick Road theme” by Peter Blomstrand
Podcast recorded at Mynewsdesk 

 

 

Published 3 months ago

#21 – Warlords of Aternum

In the first episode of season 3 of Yellow Brick Road we meet some mean and green goblins and ogres when we talk about the production of the game trailer for the German turn-based strategy game ”Warlords of Aternum”. Director Rickard Engqvist and VFX Supervisor Henrik Eklundh share memories from the production. How much creative freedom does a director of a game trailer have, what are the production steps in a production like this one and how do you convey both character’s personalities, the setup of the game and squeeze in some delightful comedy in 25 short seconds?

Links:
Warlords of Aternum – release trailer
Warlords of Aternum – official page
Dunderklumpen (1974) – trailer
Dark souls – wikipedia page

Yellow Brick Road – team season 3
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

#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 (except ep 20, recorded at Skellefteå Kraft Arena)

 

Published 7 months ago