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What it takes to be a reference actor for animation

Reference footage of stunt performers helped to create realistic animated fight scenes in “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “The Legend of Korra.” The primary martial arts consultant for these shows was Sifu Kisu, a martial arts master who served as both a fight choreographer and stunt performer. The martial artists […]
What it takes to be a reference actor for animation
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How animators light scenes in 3D-animated movies

Lighting in 3D-animated films brings out the physical and emotional aspects of scenes and shots. Lighting artists have great control over the intensity and placement of lights while their computers help create subtle details like shadows and reflections. In Netflix’s “Over the Moon,” lighting helped make Fei Fei’s jacket look […]
How animators light scenes in 3D-animated movies
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How ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ created the perfect battle

The crystal cave battle from “Avatar: The Last Airbender” brilliantly incorporates the philosophy of the three laws of magic, guidelines for writing compelling magic systems from fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson. Sanderson’s first law suggests that because the magic system from “Avatar: The Last Airbender” is relatively simple to understand, it’s […]
How ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ created the perfect battle
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Everything you missed in the new trailer for ‘The Lion King’

Disney has released the first full trailer for the 2019 “The Lion King” movie. The movie stars the voice talents of Donald Glover, Beyoncé, James Earl Jones, Billy Eichner and more. In the trailer we get to see a whole lot more than we did in the teaser, which was […]
Everything you missed in the new trailer for ‘The Lion King’
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This American mega robot was built to fight another giant robot from Japan

If you grew up on sugary cereal and Sunday morning cartoons, at some point you probably watched a cartoon featuring giant robots that battle to the death. The founders of MegaBots, Gui Cavalcanti and Matt Oehrlein had that same dream, which lead them to create the first mech robot built in America.
This American mega robot was built to fight another giant robot from Japan