Doc McStuffinsIreland’s Brown Bag Films are celebrating after the series premiere of their new animated series, ‘Doc McStuffins’, broke ratings records for the Disney Channel.
The 52-part animated series premiered in the US last Friday on Disney’s recently launched Disney Junior channel and was produced by Brown Bag in Ireland in association with Disney.
It ranked as the Disney Channel’s number one weekday series debut of all-time with children aged between two and five-years-old, as well as with girls of the same age.
Perhaps more impressive, its launch episode also became the number one most-watched pre-school series in cable TV history between adults aged 18-49-years-old with 800,000 adults tuning it to the show.
In terms of viewing figures for a weekday launch, only the primetime premiere of ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse’ has drawn in more viewers for Disney.
The series follows six-year-old Doc McStuffins, who talks to and heals stuffed animals and toys out of her backyard clinic. The series highlights the importance of taking care of oneself and others and places an emphasis on healthy living.
Gillian Higgins (Wobblyland) and Theresa Mayer have produced the series for Brown Bag.
Creator Chris Nee, Brown Bag's creative director Darragh O’Connell and Brown Bag's CEO Cathal Gaffney executive produce.
Brown Bag Films currently employ over 100 full time staff and are in production with The Happy Hugglemonsters for DisneyJR which is based on a book by Niamh Sharkey”.
The series is directed by Norton Virgien (Rugrats) and is written and created by Emmy Award-winner Chris Nee (Little Bill).
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Trailer & images from animated short After You
Hey, here is a short film that I worked on as a Tech Director and Art Director last year with Damien O’Connor and Matt Darragh! They seem to like it in New Zealand It’s frst public showing will be at the Galway Film Fleadh this year so see you all there, in the meantime here is the article…
This year sees the excting release of the animated short film 'After You', directed by Damien O Connor. The story spans 60 years in the life of a Dublin doorman.
In 2011, animation students in their 2nd year class at South Seas were offered the great opportunity to work on the film as CG character animators, and they were only too pleased to be a part of the project. South Seas has developed an advanced and very specialised character animation training program, which aims to prepare students to adapt quickly to a projects requirements, and produce animation at an industry standard.
During production the students worked in their own time creating animation for a number of scenes in the film, under the supervision of the films animation director Matthew Darragh. Working with an experienced animation director gave each student the opportunity to receive valuable feedback on their animation, in a real production situation.
“Working on After You was a great experience. The story was strong, and the design very appealing - which made animating the characters a real pleasure. I learned a great deal from Matt's supervision; as well as how to work within a CG pipeline." - 2011 Graduate, Nick Barber Each scene had to be first approved by the animation director in New Zealand before being submitted for final approval by the film’s director in Ireland, Damien O Connor. South Seas are extremely proud of the work their students did for this short film project.
Animation course director Greg Chapman couldn’t resist doing some animation work on the film also.
“It is good to be able to work with a talented team on a project like this. I am really grateful for the opportunity for our students to work at this level, so Thanks to Damien for such an amazing short film, and to Matt for bringing the project our way and for his work with the students. It has been years since I last worked on something with Matt so that was a lot of fun too.”
After You, Director - Damien O Connor Since graduating from DLCAD Damien has written and directed three, multiple award winning, shorts under the Irish Film Board, RTE, Irish Arts Council funded Frameworks scheme. ‘Mutt’ (1996), ‘Ledog’ (2004) and the IFTA Nominated ‘Dick Terrapin (2005). He has produced two documentaries 'Journey To The Grey Zone' which was filmed in war torn Angola and 'Whose Art Is It Anyway?' an exploration of Irish Sculpture. He currently works for Brown Bag Films in Dublin. He is represented by the Lisa Richards Agency and can be contacted directly via Twitter - @ratskins.
Animation Director - Matthew Darragh New Zealand born animator Matthew Darragh has written and directed a number of award winning short films, including the Irish Film Board funded “Pilgrim” (2006) and “The Monk and the Fly” (2010) “Pilgrim” was released nationwide in 80 cinemas with Disney’s “The Santa Clause 3”.
He has directed animation on a number of high profile television shows including the Chorion US produced "Olivia", and the HIT Entertainment produced "Wobblyland". He is currently working for Brown Bag films in Dublin as an Episodic Director on a new preschool show for Disney. "The Happy Hugglemonsters".
From Hollywood movies, to high-end commercials to next-gen video games, visual effects plays a vital role in winning the hearts of audiences. This means achieving the high levels of realism when creating fire, smoke and fluid effects which has, in the past, consumed lots of simulation time and computer memory. With Houdini 12, VFX artists will experience game-changing improvements in speed and memory making it easier to achieve blockbuster results.
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Hey so I'm starting a new job as Visual Effects Technical Director Today... Sadly in Brown Bag Films ... jejeje just kidding although this will give me time to concentrate on my effects studies .
I do have a passion for Lighting as well but Effects just make me feel the rush inside. so That is it for JP the Generalist I welcome JP the Effects TD from today on.
Finally we get to test Alembic in the FX community :) wooo hoooo!!!
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Industrial Light & Magic used the SpeedTree Cinema software on Avatar to generate the trees on the planet Pandora. The latest release adds direct support for Maxon’s Cinema 4D.
IDV has updated its SpeedTree product line to add direct support for Cinema 4D. The few functionality is available in SpeedTree Studio 6.1.1 and SpeedTree Cinema 6.1.1.
The vegetation-generation system, used in the VFX work for Avatar, previously exported geometry in standard file formats including OBJ and FBX – the latter of which has now been augmented by a new custom Maya plugin.
The updates also include a number of other new features and performance boosts: full details below.
SpeedTree Studio costs $895 for a node-locked licence, while the Cinema edition costs $4,995. Both are available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
PRESS RELEASE (Excerpts)
Interactive Data Visualization, Inc. (IDV), developers of real-time three-dimensional applications, is pleased to announce today that new versions of its flagship line of vegetation generating products — SpeedTree® Studio 6.1.1 and SpeedTree® Cinema 6.1.1 — now offer direct support for CINEMA 4D, the industry-leading 3D motion graphics, visual effects, painting, and rendering software application. CINEMA 4D artists working in a variety of industries including film, games, architectural and industrial design, will benefit from SpeedTree’s unprecedented real-time speed and precision in the design of virtual trees and plants.
The new version, available at www.speedtree.com for trial and license, also includes:
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