Somniac is a short film by Rory Bresnihan that we are producing here in Brown Bag. The film consists of a Live Action character who was shot on a Green Screen set, then later integrated into a CGI environment
Somniac has presented a few challenges to us when it comes to Digital Effects - here are some of the challenges we faced and how we dealt with them.
When the Digger Arms...
When Dynamo came to us and asked if we’d be interested in doing designs for the new packs of Tayto’s Mighty Munch, Chickatees, Snaps and Johnny Onion Rings, my response was probably less than professional. It involved a lot of jumping up and down begging ‘Can we???? Huh, huh? Can we? Pleeeeeeese!’. Not my finest hour!
The old designs were definately due a revamp, and when it came...] Read Article
Errol Le Cain was an amazing illustrator and designer. He illustrated many books and also worked in the animation field, being instrumental in the background design of Richard William’s ‘The Thief and the Cobbler’.
I first came across his work years ago when we had some children’s books at home illustrated by him. Here’s a few images from his book ‘The Twelve Dancing Princesses’.
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The Irish Film Board recently announced the application date for the next round of Frameworks.
This is a scheme that funds short animated films and has been hugely successful in raising the profile of Irish animation and the careers of Irish animators, including many of us here in Brown Bag. Shorts remain a real passion for us here in the studio. Shorts were an early inspiration when...] Read Article
Ok, when asked what my favourites cartoons were as a kid, my list isn’t the most light and fluffy. In fact the darker the better as far as I was concerned!
Like everyone else I grew up on Tom and Jerry…..the violence of it was just accepted as normal. Tom dicing Gerry into little pieces was expected. Of course nowadays you can’t show these kind of cartoons, everything is a lot more...] Read Article
3ds Max 2010 looks set to be possibly the most rewarding release of 3ds Max in many years. The feature list hasn’t looked this good for quite a few releases. The big feature for me is Containers - this is a way to save objects into an external file that can later be referenced back into your scenes. This is great for pipelines where people have to work together, we have had Xrefs but...] Read Article
The latest short we worked on here in Brown Bag was Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty. Here’s a few bits and bobs about the short, and that grim Granny of the title.
I was in LA for a week of meetings and arrived to find a great big rain cloud from Dublin had followed me in the plane. I spent the first two days feeling very much at home as it rained constantly. It took me nearly a whole week to get over the jetlag but it was Oscar week and tinsel-town was in full frenzy with paparazzi and camera crews outside every hotel snapping any car with tinted...] Read Article
Ok I have a thing about the design of trees. I love looking for different styles for them when it comes to concept work for a country scene. I find that once I’ve designed how the trees look, it really anchors the style of the rest of the image. Stick a tree on hill and that’s your style.
So this is me being all nerdy and showing some images I really...] Read Article
Last night was the Irish premiere of ‘The Secret of Kells’ ( and the closing film of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival).
I’ve been waiting a long time to see this labour of Love from the Cartoon Saloon. Tomm Moore, director & Paul Young, producer were both there as well as a good number of cast & crew, including Brendan Gleeson.] Read Article