Moana: A Stunning Representation of CG Animation
Dec06

Moana: A Stunning Representation of CG Animation

MOANA: The film you watched with wide eyes, a smile and a heart full of nostalgia. “Moana’s” innovative artistry is sewn together in a way that is ushering in a new era of animated films. Directors John Musker and Ron Clements have created masterpieces like “The Little Mermaid,”  “Aladdin,” “Hercules” and “The Princess and the Frog.” However, “Moana” is...

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Justin Hamilton: CG and Motion Graphics Creator Extraordinaire
Nov02

Justin Hamilton: CG and Motion Graphics Creator Extraordinaire

FIDM Graduate and Instructor Justin Hamilton recently spoke with Digital Media students about his career.  Hamilton is a a 2D/3D designer and animator with five years of experience creating CG and motion graphics for film, television and video games. During his time working for Create Advertising, Greenhaus GFX and Motive Creative, he has worked on iconic campaigns for Disney, Marvel, Sony, HBO, 20th Century Fox, Playstation and many...

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E3 Trailer Battle: Watch & Vote for Your Favorite Video Game Trailers of 2015
Jun18

E3 Trailer Battle: Watch & Vote for Your Favorite Video Game Trailers of 2015

The FIDM Digital Arts team was fortunate enough to attend this year’s E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) video game convention in downtown Los Angeles- an annual tradition for us. If there is one thing we have learned from attending this event year after year, it is the fact that the video game industry knows how to cut an impressive trailer! Whether video game trailers are short, long, CG, or include all in-game footage, the most...

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Film Friday: Five Must-Follow Blogs For Aspiring Filmmakers
Feb06

Film Friday: Five Must-Follow Blogs For Aspiring Filmmakers

Feeling inspired and staying informed are critical elements of growing as a creative individual. Thanks to free resources on the web, there are thousands of websites, tools, and images at our fingertips to help us learn and grow as digital storytellers. Utilizing these great resources is something that is encouraged for all aspiring filmmakers but sifting through this vast array of information can be a job of its own. Below you will...

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“Pitch Perfect 2” Trailer Review by FIDM Digital Media Student Brianna Kim
Jan23

“Pitch Perfect 2” Trailer Review by FIDM Digital Media Student Brianna Kim

The pitch is back! For those of you who are fans, “Pitch Perfect 2” will be officially released in theatres on May 15, 2015. I am personally a huge fan of “Pitch Perfect” and I am so excited for this movie to come out. So, for today’s post, I will be reviewing the “Pitch Perfect 2” trailer! First of all, one of the reasons why I love this trailer is because it starts off with a very sweet and almost emotional montage of the movie. The...

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Film Friday: CNN Announces Stunning Documentery Series With Filmmaker Phillip Bloom
Dec19

Film Friday: CNN Announces Stunning Documentery Series With Filmmaker Phillip Bloom

A few weeks ago, one of our favorite filmmakers Phillip Bloom was finally able to reveal what he has been up to the past few months, and we were not disappointed. Bloom and crew have been traveling around the world the past four months filming an ambitious, visually stunning documentary for CNN called The Wonder List. Similar to CNN’s recent Parts Unknown shot by world-class DP Zach Zamboni, The Wonder List is a very global...

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“Fast and Furious 7″ Trailer Review by FIDM Digital Media Student Bri Kim
Nov18

“Fast and Furious 7″ Trailer Review by FIDM Digital Media Student Bri Kim

By FIDM Digital Media Student Brianna Kim As a student in FIDM’s Digital Media program I recently completed a course in Digital Storytelling which places emphasis on effective storytelling. During this course, I learned the basics of storytelling and story structure so that, as an editor, you can portray your story in the most visually effective way possible. For this post, I will be reviewing the recently released trailer for “Fast...

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10 Must-See, Recently Released Movie Trailers of 2014
Oct17

10 Must-See, Recently Released Movie Trailers of 2014

An important aspect in a film’s box office success is how well the film’s advertising campaigns are executed. Prior to reviews and word-of-mouth, the film’s trailer is one of the main driving forces in attracting attention and creating buzz around the film. Although it’s impossible to calculate exactly how much of a contributing factor the trailer is to ticket sales, researching the campaigns of these blockbusters will help...

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