Sopranos Soda

Sunday, April 29, 2007

"The Sopranos" is arguably the best show on television right now. I'm a huge fan of the show, and have been watching since season one.

A few months ago, Bishop Animation was asked by Imbibe, Inc to create a commercial for Sopranos Soda, a line of all natural Italian sodas they were creating.

The commercial features the three flavors of soda (Chianti, Amaretto and Limoncello) as if they were characters from the show. They are roughing up an energy drink, looking for information. The commercial ends with "the Big Guy" from the rival energy drink family getting capped. You can see the entire commercial on the official website of the soda: Drink Sopranos.

From a technical stand point, the commercial was a tough one to pull off in the time frame we had. Computers make metal boxes really well, everything else is tough. This commercial features four characters that are full of moving liquid, foaming liquid, breaking glass, and more.

The sodas themselves are delicious. One of the perks of this project was that the client sent us a case of the soda for reference. I like the Amaretto the best.

"Kung Fu Jimmy Chow"

Saturday, April 28, 2007

A project we worked on has gone live over at Heavy. It's called "Kung Fu Jimmy Chow".

The project was done for Camp Chaos. They created the characters, story, did the audio and boards. We did everything from just after the intro.

It was a long hard slog, and the last project we did at our studio in Pennsylvania before that version of the studio imploded and we moved to San Diego.

Have a look and let us know what you think.

"Fan Boy and Chum Chum" is a great cartoon

Thursday, April 26, 2007

So we were in Los Angeles yesterday (well, Burbank, but close enough)for the Nickelodeon screening. Thanks to the guy who decided to drive his truck into the overpass on the 5 North, we missed everything. Eric Robles was nice enough to screen his short for us though.

"Fan Boy" is a great cartoon. The look is hard to describe, but you really need to see it in motion to appreciate it. It's a 2D animation style applied to 3D, and it works great. I'm not talking about 2D animation principles, but the timing itself. Held poses, camera moves, etc all come directly from 2D.

It was a nice use of the medium, and hopefully we see more from Eric Robles and Red Eye.

San Diego CG Group starting up

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Thursday, April 19th at 8PM
The Studio Diner

We're planning on meeting here to start up a CG group in San Diego. The group won't be software or discipline specific. We hope to eventually have tutorials, guest speakers, group events, etc. Show up and help shape this group from the beginning. We hope to see you there!