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Warren Sparks A Conversation

September 4, 2013 kicked off the SPARK Animation festival which was held in Vancouver, Canada. SPARK’s three-day conference brought together a wide variety of studios to share their extraordinary and unique work behind the scenes. Some of the larger studios included were Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, Laika and Blue Sky. Our very own Warren Leonhardt was invited to speak at the conference and talk about developing the story and ensemble cast in EPIC. His talk included examples from story, design and animation.


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Introducing: Umbrellacorn!

Blue Sky has done plenty of shorts over the years, but Umbrellacorn is unique (to say the least).

Unlike our usual productions, the short's creator, Stephen Neary, animated the whole thing himself.  Stephen (a story artist on Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Rio, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Epic, and Rio 2) developed Umbrellacorn with Fox after winning our Pitchfest, and has ...


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THE OFFICIAL RIO2 CASTING PRESS RELEASE

The starring voice cast of Twentieth Century Fox's 2011 animated smash RIO is reuniting for the follow-up, RIO 2, and they are joined by a flock of top actors and musical talents new to the franchise, it was announced today by Vanessa Morrison, president of Twentieth Century Fox Animation. The film is now in production at Blue Sky Studios. Twentieth Century Fox's international rollout begins March 20, 2014, followed by its domestic release on April 11, 2014. CLICK HEADLINE FOR MORE...


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THE OFFICIAL PEANUTS PRESS RELEASE

Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios have acquired rights to make a feature film based on the late Charles Schulz’s beloved and iconic “Peanuts” franchise. The agreement is the culmination of over two years of discussions – focused on the film’s creative direction – between the Studio and members of the Schulz family. The announcement was made today by Vanessa Morrison, president of Twentieth Century Fox Animation.


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Ice Age Scoring Sessions with Mike and Steve

Scoring the films is one of the few things that we don't do here in the Blue Sky facilities.  Actually, none of the studios do their own scoring in their own studios.

One of the perks of making movies with Fox is the use of their incredible scoring stage.  It's actually rented out by all the major studios because of ...


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Over the River and Through the Woods

The 33 mile drive north takes about 40 minutes and takes me across the Whitestone bridge and up the Hutchinson River Parkway. The drives are mostly non-eventful but occasionally you get to see a sad tractor trailer stuck under a low over-pass; the top of its crumpled trailer peeled open like sardines.  20 minutes into the drive and any semblance of the city with ...


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