A visit to animation studio – House of Cool Inc.

A visit to animation studio – House of Cool Inc.


So how’s the work environment here? It’s
pretty fun here we have a really great staff Mostly everyone gets the job done
on time so that makes our job a lot easier and we have some really good
projects that everyone likes to work on and that makes everyone in the better mood as well. so what is your role as a producer well our main role was making sure that
we all of our productions are done on time on budget and delivered to our clients on time What is your role here? I’m what’s called a story artist we we work with the script and we
illustrate the script so the animators and the production can
see visually what the script is That’s cool. So I’m can you explain to me
what your daily job is like? Um, my daily job is I got scripts. So there’s no images so it’s just there’s explains what the situation is and there’s dialogues and explains
everything i’m reading this and then I’ve got to draw it almost like a comic
book but in i’m using technology now you used to do it on paper and now it’s
on the computer and you just have to illustrate and i’m drawing all day that’s what I’m doing that’s my job. My sister would love to do that. Right? She can call us. can you explain what this all these post-it
notes are doing on the wall ok so what I’m doing right now is that
could work i’m working on the film i’m reading a
script it’s a film we’re trying to do here and like every story has got a lot of
problems like you know no story is perfect right off the bat so
on the wall here and put a graph with all the minutes of the film and we got
i’m reading I read the script and I wrote on the
chart what the writer wrote you know like from minute one two minute 5 the
character gets this and this and that and then just write down the film and
then my post-it notes are questions for the directors all these are questions
that have any type of director that things and that’s not clear or data
don’t you know I don’t understand why don’t agree or some of my ideas so so we
break it down like that before we draw before we you know it’s just about ready take the joystick turns things
upside-down and all this fruit starts falling out because in the movie Olaf can’t stop being so the food’s
coming out and he helps throws more food oh and the food’s coming for
the Red Baron’s within the propeller bang bang, bang, bang! off here throws
more food baba Snoopy starts rapping on his
doghouse to call Woodstock and you know about that is telling him it’s his turn
. slides out with a screwdriver in his mouth through all the debris because lands onto the roof of the wings
win starts pulling a bit he gets his bearings and all out just
keep throwing food we grabs one more thing pulls up the steering column
throws a fit and all of a sudden thing starts coming
out of out of the flight plans diving this is a cake factory shredding to the
cake factory…lucky guy. lands in there. quick little scoop the script you can see it’ll say the character will do this. you’re reading something or saying
something and then know they’ll add likes you know this person is standing
around the desk they’re all looking at the animator
right so let’s say we’re doing this out so now my job is to see where the camera
is going to be like you’re doing where am I gonna put my camera where am
I going to put my character so it’s going to tell the story so this comes right after the script
they have sometimes they have designs likes to be obviously the use or
anything design but they just have rough designs to give us what they kind of
look like but we helped push the story and then when the story is working with
then they go off and they put it on their part so you’re you’re an artist what is the
hardest part of the body that you drop maybe probably hands or anything in like
strong for shortening so so there’s probably two hardest things i would
think using technology and affected your job I quite a bit because originally when I
got into the business 20 years ago now we did it all on paper and actually are
drawings were scanned in yeah and then yeah exactly and then then
I did that for quite a while probably for about 14 years and then you know
slowly computer started to become more and more we draw on paper but then we
are scanning everything into computers after that and then and then slowly a
hand-drawn animation kind of is dying out and computer was taking over so i
switched to doing computer animation for a while working on a few movies and then
just recently i switched to storyboarding here but now we’re drawing
on tablets as well so they don’t draw on
paper anymore so it’s a bit of a switch coming back to drawing you know and have been drawn the tablet
kind of nice in some ways because you can control Z and delete any issues you
have you don’t have to sharpen pencils anymore which is kinda made yeah when you get it you can just do
layers which is kinda nice as well so there’s some conveniences to it just the ability to edit your drawings
as you go and go back to the drawings later do you think robots will ever be able to
do animations alone I mean that I would never say never
hopefully not for me but yeah it’s hard to say I mean it depends on I think there’s quite a ways to go
before robots can be that creative like another
they can imitate you know replicate the realism of a drive a person and do like
it but I’m not too bad that i don’t think they can actually do like you know
come up with story and come up with exaggerated you know you know actions and the acting
and everything that’s involved i don’t think they quite gotten to that yet so
that never seen them so and what kind of training ok just draw a lot just a lot of observation focused on the fundamental of art whenever pretty much yeah just observe a lot of
life lot like just people walking and try to get into school for that that helps a lot just to be around
people who understand the process of what you have to do hi this is raymond pointing from voice k
i’m currently at the house of Kools with ricardo Curtis hi hi even the house of cool is an
animation studio and uh mr. Curtis is the president all right I heard that you risk recently
went to France to work on a project how do you feel having the house of cool
and invited to France well it was a pitch for a feature film
that we’ve we’ve developed and we are invited to go to France 22 pitch this in front of broadcasters
and distributors and it was actually really quite an honor because the first
time a north american company was was invited to go so it felt great that’s France is awesome no yeah of
course even DreamWorks to do I guess well you
know there’s DreamWorks his pics are at his house a cool and can you please walk me through anything
special the house of the world does to animated movies well it has a pool we are on the paper .
inside that means we are the very early stage so that concept coming up with what what it
is that we’re going to do kind of scripting which is you know the writing
of this of the script itself the storyboarding which is taking the script
and drawing the panels that represent the story as
well as kind of art direction so we’re coming up with a portable
selected the hair just like so that’s kind of where we are so what you see at the end of when you
go to theater and what you actually see we didn’t do that so the the pretty pictures and the
motion we don’t do that what we do is the things that you feel
so the characters and the story and pacing all those sort of things that
make a film the characters you know how you you’re getting into it and what it’s
actually about that’s what we do all right that’s really told through
time all the videos i watched on animation i learned that two weeks of
animators work only fills 3.5 seconds of screen time so approximately how long does it take
to finish the full movie well that depends on how complex the
movie is and how many enemies are working on it so on a small film you may have a hundred and fifteen
people working on it on a large film you may have 700 people working on it so usually an animated film will take at
the minimum usually about 18 months at maximum it could go on for seven years but on average three to four years was
really long a lot of people heard that like frozen was seven years i think yeah frozen went on for a while and
we’ve worked on a few films that model for a very long time so um do you think all this tedious work
is worth the result absolutely it’s one of the best jobs in
the world and I mean we get paid to to entertain people we get paid to make money drawings and
we get paid to you know the best thing in the world is after you finish the
film and i often go and I’ll sit on opening day of film and i’ll just turn
around and I’ll watch the people and I watch them react i want them to laugh I want them to cry want them to get
scared that’s the best thing so yeah it’s very tedious you know as an
animator you may spend your entire career career
may last 40 or 50 years you may end up only doing about two or
three minutes of animation in your entire life but it’s completely with the
best part doing what you like and getting paper
yeah especially when watching over and over yeah i mean i’m always impressed that
you know I manage professional and i believe i love animation but then i’ll
meet people who don’t work in the industry who loved it more than we do so
as an animator what do you think your best arm I think I’m best at pulling feelings out
of people understanding what people how people think and what moves people and
finding those things and hitting them so if i want to make you laugh I will
find that the best of buddies way to do that if i want to make you scared I will find your deepest darkest secrets
make you scared and I want to make you cry I will find
things that made you most sad and i will hit that making right so that’s I think
it’s my particular skill where is the most stressful work project
you’ve ever worked on the most stressful project we ever worked on well there they’ve all been fun so
obviously that but I was the head of story on the film called the book of
life and that was a film that we wanted to
get it up on wheels meaning that we wanted to get a rough
version of the film with sound and voices up as quickly as possible so we
went from zero till the film on reels in less than four months which is you know
incredibly fast so that was probably the most stressful thing that I ever did thank you so much for your time yeah

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