6 hours left

August 4th, 2009 by fjorg

With only 6 hours remaining the teams are starting to hone in on the details. Most stayed up all night and I’m impressed that they have progressed so far in the process.

Sparkle Kitten

Sparkle Kitten

Team Riot

Squid Juice

Team AOM

Team AOM

Team Riot

Team Riot

O.A.W.

O.A.W.

Peanut Butter Jelly

Peanut Butter Jelly

Prestissimo

Prestissimo

Bunko Squad

Bunko Squad

Briar Roses

Briar Roses

Start of day 2

August 4th, 2009 by fjorg

We started the competitors day with an Afro Brazilian performance. Nice loud music with a strong beat!

Dancers

Dancers

Stilt walker giving the teams a blessing

Stilt walker giving the teams a blessing

This would wake anyone up!

This would wake anyone up!

The Viking Priestess joins the dance

The Viking Priestess joins the dance

Wee hours of the morning

August 4th, 2009 by fjorg

We’re more than half way through the competition as you can see from the large count down clock.

The looming clock

The looming clock

What you don’t experience is the mind numbing music played very loud by the evil tech guys. They started out all nice and helpful at least.

Tech support aka torture artists Ron and Zach

Tech support aka torture artists Ron and Zach

I don’t know if it’s the music keeping them awake but most of the competitors are still working.

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Though some have abandoned the team for a nap.

Mattress anyone?

Mattress anyone?

Yawning seems to be prevalent now and once one person starts we all follow.

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OAW Team was a bit chilly

HongCool improvises a cold barrier.

HongCool improvises a cold barrier.

Reverse Pillage!

August 4th, 2009 by fjorg

The annual Reverse Pillage took place at midnight to shake up the competitors. The staff ran into the hall with inflatable swords and hammers threw them at the competitors and mayhem ensued.  Our competitors noticeably livened up afterwards.

Briar Roses and Sparkle Kittens battle

Briar Roses and Sparkle Kittens battle

Everyone joins in the mayhem

Everyone joins in the mayhem

Paola tries to escape

Paola tries to escape

So not happening

So not happening

Briar Roses demand Gigi's of Sparkle Kittens submission

Briar Roses demand Gigi's of Sparkle Kittens submission

Didn't matter as Briar Roses killed her anyway

Didn't matter as Briar Roses killed her anyway

Dan of The Stepped Children gets a good shot in

Dan of The Stepped Children gets a good shot in

Dan takes on Gigi

Dan takes on Gigi

Frank of The Bunko Squad means business

Frank of The Bunko Squad means business

Who can match Hong's enthusiasm?

Who can match HongCool's enthusiasm?

Well, one guy wasn’t up to the pillage

Chris of AOM plugs in for a nap

Chris of AOM plugs in for a nap

Our Student Volunteers have the Fjorg spirit!

Jose gets ready for the pillage

Jose gets ready for the pillage

Night has fallen on Fjorg

August 3rd, 2009 by fjorg

With the closing of the general conference, we turn on the music, turn down the lights (makes it harder for them to see) and give everyone all kinds of glowing things.  The teams got into the spirit and decorated themselves and their workstations.

Lights out, glow on

Lights out, glow on

The competitors decorate

The competitors decorate

We were lucky enough to be visited by Ronen Barzel the 2009 Siggraph Conference Chair who talked about his early days at Pixar.

Ronan Barzel

Ronan Barzel

The before photos

August 3rd, 2009 by fjorg

The general public has left and the competitors are deep into the process now.  The Brazilian performance really woke everyone up so  snapped some photos for a “before” and I’ll post some of the “afters” in the morning.

Team Briar Roses

Team Briar Roses

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Team Bunko Squad

Team Prestissimo

Team Prestissimo

Team Peanut Butter Jelly

Team Peanut Butter Jelly

Team O.A.W. aka Once a Week

Team O.A.W. aka Once a Week

Team Riot

Team Riot

Team Squid Juice

Team Squid Juice

Team Sparkle Kittens

Team Sparkle Kittens

Team AOM

Team AOM

Team The Stepped Children

Team The Stepped Children

Dance distraction

August 3rd, 2009 by fjorg

Our competitors are furiously working on their blocking and we brought in a Brazilian performance group Presentation o the Orixas. Most of the teams worked right through but we managed to capture the attention of two teams for a little while.

Brazilian ceremony performance

Brazilian ceremony performance

Singer with Brazilian ceremony
Brazilian dance ceremony

Brazilian dance ceremony

Team introductions

August 3rd, 2009 by fjorg

At last we have our team introductions..

The work continues

August 3rd, 2009 by fjorg

The animators are here working away on modeling, backgrounds and sound now. Rod Ibanez of Sony is giving advice to the teams now as they refine their stories and work out the details and begin the blocking phase of the process.

Rod Ibanez looks over Team O.A.W.s storyboards

Rod Ibanez looks over Team O.A.W.s storyboards

Jason Howie also stopped by and talked about working as an independent animator. He then gave our teams some input on their stories.

Team AOM consults with Jason Howie

Team AOM consults with Jason Howie

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Jae of The Stepped Children happy to arrive at last

Meanwhile, Jae, the missing member from The Stepped Children finally arrived at 4 pm to the cheers of everyone.

Paola of Peanut Butter Jelly showed me some of her moves for their animation.

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Paola of Peanut Butter Jelly

Teams hard at work

Prestissimo

Prestissimo

Carlye from the Computer Animation Festival has so kindly brought a few more people over to talk with our teams. Jules Urbach of OTOY listened to the 5-second pitch from each team.

Jules listening to The Bunko Squad film

Jules listening to The Bunko Squad film

Peter Berg stopped by to listen to the pitches and give the teams his insight.

Carlye, Peter Berg, Jules Urbach and the Peanut Butter Jelly team.

Carlye, Peter Berg, Jules Urbach and the Peanut Butter Jelly team.

Fjorg under way

August 3rd, 2009 by fjorg


Well despite the technological difficulties we’ve experienced today here with the videos the competition is well under way. After hearing the theme for this year, Great Expectations, the competitors jumped into story mode working on their story ideas. They were able to pitch the ideas to two industry veterans, Frank Gladstone, an independent story consultant to major studios, and Grue DeBry, a 20 year production veteran.

They were then treated to a quick visit from this years keynote speaker Randy Thom of ILM for some feedback on their sound choices.

The 10 teams are working hard on nailing the story ideas down and fleshing out their animatics.

One unfortunate team, The Stepped Children, is missing one participant due to airline delays and are phone conferencing their ideas. As one team member says ” We’re so good that we needed a one person handicap” Bold statement but they seem to be doing fine in the early stages.

The Two lonely Stepped Children

The Two lonely Stepped Children

Two teams have already started some rivalry. Briar Roses declares that Sparkle Kittens are “goin down” and demonstrating this with their voodoo doll while the Sparkle Kittens gave me their song and dance and declared that “those girls wearing tiaras” have nothing to talk about and “we have the sparkle power”.

Briar Roses inflicting some pain with the voodoo doll

Briar Roses inflicting some pain with the voodoo doll

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More to come soon…  Stop by Room 255 if you’re at Siggraph, yell Fjorg! and get your viking hat!

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