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#38 – Robin Hood: 111 years of men in green tights

Robin Hood has been roaming cinema screens since 1908. Yellow Brick Road’s Nils Lagergren and Executive Producers Matilda Olsson and Anton Söderhäll discuss their favourites from these 111 years of outlaws wearing green tights.
From Douglas Fairbanks, Errol Flynn and an animated fox – to Kevin Costner, Cary Elwes, Russel Crowe and Taron Eggerton. This week the Yellow Brick Road leads to Sherwood Forest!
Why is the legend of Robin Hood so successful? What ingredients must a good Robin Hood film include? Why is Alan Rickman the best Sheriff of Nottingham ever? And is it actually possible to shoot arrows as fast as Taron Eggerton in the latest Robin Hood film?

Links to some films we discuss
“Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood” (1922) – full film
“The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1938) – trailer
“Rogues of Sherwood Forest” (1950) – final sword fight
“Rocket Robin Hood” (1966) Animated Canadian TV-series
Disney’s “Robin Hood” (1973) – clip
“Prince of Thieves” (1991) – trailer
“Robin Hood: men in tights” (1993) – trailer
“Robin Hood” (2010) – trailer
“Ghosts of Sherwood” (2012) – trailer
“Robin Hood” (2018) – trailer
Lars Andersen – Danish master archer clip

Yellow Brick Road – team ep #37
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 days ago

#37 – Questions from VFX Students

This week is question time at yellow Brick Road. Senior Concept & Character Artist Jonas Törnqvist and Department Coordinator Adam Vadi Dris from Goodbye Kansas Studios in Stockholm answer some of the questions we’ve received from listeners and VFX students. What’s the hardest thing about creating Digital Humans, how do you create a great student showreel and how do you evolve and keep your passion as a VFX artist?

Yellow Brick Road – team ep #37
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

#36 – A Series of Unfortunate Events

Welcome to the world of the great Netflix series “A Series of Unfortunate Events” as Yellow Brick Road’s Nils Lagergren discuss the art of eagle animation with Lead Animator and Supervisor Christina Sidoti. How were the eagle shots in season 3 created? How do you make a CG bird fly in a convincing way and why do we love the world of “Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events” so much?

Links to some of the stuff we talk about in this episode
“A Series Of Unfortunate Events”, trailer for the 3rd season of the Netflix TV series
VFX Breakdown of the Eagle sequence in season 3 of the Netflix series
“Naturskyddsföreningen”, TVC with a CG peregrine falcon
“A Series of Unfortunate Events” (2004) trailer
“Bald Headed Eagle catches salmon” – reference clip
“Moonrise Kingdom” (2012) – trailer

Yellow Brick Road – team ep #36
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 4 weeks ago

#35 – Valentine’s Day Special

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and in episode #35 Goodbye Kansas cineasts Sandra Frisell and Harrison Ryder list their top 10 romantic film favorites. Also: can a horror film be romantic, how can VFX be used for romantic effect and are there any romantic games out there?

Links to some of the films we talk about
“Up on Poppy Hill” (2013) – trailer
“Amelie” (2001) – trailer
“Valentine” (2001) – trailer
“Edward Scissorhands” (1990) – trailer
“Hello My Name Is Doris” (2015) – trailer
“Wall-E” (2008) – trailer
“Brokeback Mountain” (2005) – trailer
“Paper Man” (2012) – short film
“In A Heartbeat” (2017) – short film
“Six Days, Seven Nights” (1998) – trailer
“Casablanca” (1942) – clip “I still love you”
“She and her Cat” (1999) – short film
“Erste Sparkasse” “Hedgehog commercial
“Thought of you” – music video/short film
“Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime” – gametrailer
“Swoon”/”Eld & Lågor” (2019) – trailer

Yellow Brick Road – team ep #35
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

#34 – The Walking Dead: Walkerfall & Grinder

In the first episode of season 4 we dive into the world of the undead again. VFX Supervisor Andreas Cronström and CG Supervisor Joakim Olsson talk about their work on “The Walking Dead”, including the “Walkerfall” effects of episode 905 and the gruesome Grinder sequence in episode 810. Also: memories from the shoot in Atlanta, do walkers have nicknames and do you ever get used to watching horrible reference videos?

Links to The Walking Dead stuff
VFX Breakdown of episode 905 (“Walkerfall”)
Behind The Scenes at the shoot of ep 905
VFX Breakdown of ep 810 (“Grinder”)
VFX Breakdowns season 8
Walking Dead reel 2017

Yellow Brick Road – team ep #34
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 months ago

#33 – Christmas Special

Ho-ho-hoo! In episode 33, Yellow Brick Road’s Nils Lagergren is joined by Christmas film connoisseurs Matilda Olsson and Anton Söderhäll in search of the best and worst Christmas films through the years. Prepare for good and bad Santas, guilty pleasures and unmissable classics. And a lot of Christmas spirit!

Films and clips we talk about in this episode
”Santa Claus” (1898) – short film
”Santa’s Workshop” (1932) – Silly Symphony cartoon
“Santa Baby” (2015) from Saturday Night Live
”Santa Claus vs the Devil” (1959) – trailer
”The Christmas Chronicles” (2018) – trailer
”Santa – the movie” (1985) – trailer
”Elf” (2003) – trailer
”Bad Santa” (2003) – trailer
”The White Reindeer” (2013) – trailer
”The Polar Express” (2004) – trailer
”A Christmas Carol” (2009) – trailer
”Mickey’s Christmas” (1983) – trailer
”The Muppets Christmas Carol” (1992) – trailer
”Gremlins” (1984) – trailer
”Batman Returns” (1992) – trailer
”Nightmare before Christmas” (1993) – trailer
”Edward Scissorhands” (1990) – Christmas clip
”Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” (2005) – trailer
”Die Hard” (1988) – trailer
”Home Alone” (1990) – trailer
”National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) – trailer
”Office Christmas Party” (2016) – trailer
”The Holiday” (2006) – trailer
”Love Actually” (2003) – trailer
”Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004) – trailer

Yellow Brick Road – team ep #33
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 months ago

#32 – Conan Unconquered

Conan the Barbarian is back on Yellow Brick Road! Director Emnet Mulugeta, Art Director Gustaf Holmsten and Technical Director Simon Rainerson takes us behind the scenes of the production of the epic announcement trailer for Funcom’s brand new strategy game “Conan Unconquered”. How was the trailer made, what films inspired the look and how do you create – and command – an army of 28.000 digital solders?

Links to stuff we talk about in this epsiode
“Conan Unconquered” (2018) – announcement trailer
“Conan Exiles” (2017) – launch trailer
“Jason and the Argonauts” (1963) – Talos awakens clip
“Pacific Rim” (2013) – trailer
“Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) – Attack on Aqaba clip
“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” (2010) – trailer
“Kingdom of Heaven” (2005) – trailer

 

Yellow Brick Road – team ep #32
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 months ago

#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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 months ago