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#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
“Yellow Brick Road theme” by Peter Blomstrand
Podcast recorded at Soho Sonic Studio, London

Published 4 days 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
“Yellow Brick Road theme” by Peter Blomstrand
Podcast recorded at Soho Sonic Studio, London

 

 

Published 2 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 1 month 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 5 months 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 6 months 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 7 months ago