Saturday, October 27, 2012

Inspiration - The Secret of Nimh

When I was a kid in the early 80's I knew I wanted to work with drawings, either comics or animation but when I first saw The Secret of Nimh I was hooked in becoming an animator. I just could not believe someone drew those amazing designs and animated those great characters like the owl, the crow and the villain. At the time, before internet of course, there's no much information I could find about this new studio or their artists specially living in Brazil.

 Slowly I discovered who did this amazing film and learned about their creators, Don Bluth, Gary Goldman and John Pomeroy, who left the Disney Studios to start a new one and with a crew of very talented artists and animators created their first and best project.

I will write more about them and this film in the future but now I want to show some of the most beautiful storyboards I have ever seen.  All done by Don Bluth himself.

If you have never seen the film, please do so, you will discover some beautiful and powerful art.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Duck Dancing

When I was working on Home on the Range I had an assignment to animate the duck dancing in a weird ridiculous way. I was working in the Florida studio at the time, miles away from the directors who were in California, so I had not talked with them yet about how they wanted the duck to dance. I right away thought about the funny Elaine dancing in one of the episodes of Seinfeld and to my surprise, I got a called from the directors telling me to make the duck dancing like Elaine. They had the episode recorded and it was sent to me in Florida so I could refer to it. The scene is short and I wished it was a little longer to register better. I animated the best way I could and I guess it turned out OK. In the end they decided to flip the drawings over so the duck would face screen right.

Duck Dancing from Sandro Cleuzo on Vimeo.

Seinfeld - The Elaine Dance from Sandro Cleuzo on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

A Brazilian Short

paulicéia CANTA, TY-ETÊ! from Céu D´Ellia on Vimeo.

This is a Brazilian short I did most of the animation of. It's called "Canta, Ty-ete" which means "Sing, Ty-ete". Tyete is the name of a famous (and very polluted)river in the city of Sao Paulo. It was directed by the very talented Ceu D'Elia and designed and storyboarded by the the outstanding artist and animator Ale Abreu. It was the first Brazilian project that I took part in more than 20 years since I left the country. I had no hesitation when director Ceu asked me if I would like to animate on it because I wanted to work in a Brazilian project for a long time. The crew also included the amazing Angelo Bonito, who painted the BGs and Gil Casserta who put it all together. The team also included a bunch of other very talented people who contributed so much to the project, take a look at the credits. I hope to do more in the future.