Dave Barksdale is the Fur Lead Technical Director and has been grooming and developming fur for the past 8 years at Blue Sky. On Rio 2, Dave was responsible for the support of furred environmental assets from creation to final render. Dave has never presented at Siggraph, he is really looking forward to being a part of the conference this year!
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Director Carlos Saldhana and Art Director Tom Cardone had a great trip to the Annecy Animation Film Festival last week! A big thanks to all the people who stood in line in the heat to see 'The Making of Rio 2' presentation on Monday. Luckily, it cooled down at night so everyone could enjoy the open air screening of Rio 2!
Blue Sky Studios was excited to return to Stuttgart, Germany in April to attend the FMX Conference. With two production presentations and one recruiting presentation, Art Director Tom Cardone, Senior Animator Chip Lotierzo and Talent Development Manager Deb Stone, shared insights on the making of Rio 2 and Blue Sky Studios’ culture.
With a studio full of animators, crazy things are bound to happen! Last week the crew held The MEATMAN: Eatathon, where participants eat one hot dog every hour. Only two animators completed the challenge of eating 8 hot dogs in 8 hours.
Ken, one of the Eatathon victors believes, “It takes years of grueling training to complete an entire MEATMAN, and years more to ...