Month: March 2014

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    From Book To Film: The Tablet Gives Us The Best Of Both Worlds

    Mar 27, 2014 1:55pm | by admin

    Last Friday I had the good fortune of speaking at the Pages Festival + Conference in downtown Toronto. An annual event about literature, this year’s focus was on the Future of Books. I participated on a panel focused on the future of the graphic novel. An interesting place for a media maker and documentary storyteller […]

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    Avatar Secrets Case Study at i-Docs 2014

    Mar 17, 2014 3:20pm | by Julie Giles

    Writer/director, Ramona Pringle, is heading to Bristol, UK this week where she’ll be presenting a case study at i-Docs 2014, a two-day event dedicated to the rapidly evolving field of interactive documentary. Avatar Secrets: A Case Study takes place March 21st from 2:50 – 3:35 pm, in Cinema 1 at the Watershed Media Centre. The […]

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    Welcome To The ‘Making Of’ Avatar Secrets

    Mar 17, 2014 1:26pm | by Julie Giles

    Welcome to the ‘making-of’ Avatar Secrets, an exclusive look behind-the-scenes for subscribers to our e-newsletter. For the next six months, we’ll follow the creative team through the final production stages to the launch of this ground-breaking interactive documentary. By sharing the animatic renders, character sketches, illustrations and storyboards that provide the artistic foundation of the […]

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    From Storyboard To Animation: A Q&A With Ramona Pringle

    Mar 17, 2014 1:24pm | by Julie Giles

    In this second instalment of Avatar Secrets ‘Making Of’, we’re looking at how Chapter 3, Scene 6 progresses from storyboard to animation. As anyone who has worked in animation or film production knows, the storyboard is an essential tool. Not only does it allow the director to get a sense of the way the movie […]

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    How Storyboards Inspired The Creative Style of Avatar Secrets

    Mar 17, 2014 1:20pm | by Ramona Pringle

    During the pre-production phase of Avatar Secrets, our first creative challenge was to create a virtual world, and Ramona’s avatar character, Tristanova. While inspired by the fantasy worlds of online games, we decided to create something fresh — a world that referenced the scope and terrain of sprawling video games, and spoke to the blurred […]

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    Shattering Glass Sequence

    Mar 17, 2014 1:15pm | by Ramona Pringle

    If you’ve seen the trailer for Avatar Secrets, you might just remember the sequence where the illustrated version of Ramona reaches out to touch her reflection and the glass shatters. This follows a transition from footage to illustration and provides an introduction to the idea of parallel realities and identities. Ramona’s life from before shatters. […]

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    From Storyboard To Animation: Developing A Hybrid Style

    Mar 17, 2014 1:10pm | by Ramona Pringle

    Once we decided that the line between what was illustrated and what was photorealistic would be blurred, the next step was executing it in a way that was subtle enough to trick the eye. That way when the viewer noticed it, it would give them a sense of awe — the same sensory experience that […]

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    From Storyboard To Finished Product: Rotoscoping Effect

    Mar 17, 2014 1:05pm | by Ramona Pringle

    While many of the real world scenes in Avatar Secrets are illustrated, others are photographic. To transition between the two styles, we incorporated a rotoscoping effect, where the footage is “traced over, ” creating an illustration that matches the frame for a smooth transition between media. Some scenes were drawn to match existing documentary footage […]

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    The Future of the Graphic Novel, Pages Festival + Conference

    Mar 12, 2014 3:50pm | by Julie Giles

    Writer/director, Ramona Pringle will be part of a panel on ‘The Future of the Graphic Novel’, during the 2014 Pages Festival + Conference. Theme for the three day event is UNBOUND: Exploring the Evolving Word. Conference events are held at the Tranzac Club, Toronto. ‘The Future of the Graphic Novel’ looks at a rare growth […]

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    Jessica Hammer

    Mar 10, 2014 10:00am | by Julie Giles

    Jessica Hammer is a professor, researcher and veteran game designer. She studies how games can change the way people think, feel, and behave. Jessica received a master’s degree in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU and her BA in Computer Science from Harvard University. She works in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University and Columbia University as well […]