When you get to go to the beach for work

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Animal Logic has done some killer stuff on The LEGO Ninjago Movie. A lot of the original look for the film came from referencing natural elements, like sand, water, smoke and fire. The studio’s FX team even went to Bondi Beach in Sydney and dunked LEGO minifigs in the breaking waves to see what that would look like. I asked them all about it for Cartoon Brew.

‘Son of Jaguar’ is a VR short I really enjoyed

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I’m going to be honest, I get really motion sick in VR. But it’s not what happened when I watched Jorge Gutierrez’s Son of Jaguar at SIGGRAPH at the VR Theater – this short made by Reel FX knows how to respect audience space and audience viewing habits in VR. Gutierrez and I had a chat at the conference about how he had to learn new things in directing Son of Jaguar, and you can read the transcript at Cartoon Brew.

Gemini Man – the early test

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Ang Lee is making Gemini Man, where a spy confronts a younger version of himself. That’s likely to use de-ageing or CG human tech to show both characters together in the same scene. But it turns out an early test was done for this film several years ago at Disney. Here’s my look back at Cartoon Brew.