tobias schwarz
tobias schwarz
tobias schwarz
tobias schwarz
tobias schwarz


Seasons Greetings 2013!

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41st Annie Awards Nominations (storyboard)


The nominations for the 41st Annie Awards were published earlier this week. Congratulations to my very, very  talented colleagues for the nominations in story boarding!!

Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production

Steven MacLeod – The Croods
 – DreamWorks Animation

Eric Favela – Despicable Me 2 – 
Universal Pictures

Dean Kelly – Monsters University
 – Pixar Animation Studios

Jason Hand – Planes
- Disneytoon Studios

John Ripa – Frozen
 – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Piero Piluso – Monsters vs. Aliens
 – Nickelodeon Animation Studio

Douglas Lovelace – Dragons: Riders of Berk
 – DreamWorks Animation

Adam Ford, Deke Wightman, Kevin Mellon, Justin Wagner, Benji Williams – Archer
 – FX Networks

Alonso Ramos-Ramirez – Disney Mickey Mouse
 – Disney Television Animation

Daniel Chong – Toy Story of TERROR! – Pixar Animation Studios

Alonso Ramos-Ramirez – Gravity Falls – 
Disney Television Animation Guillermo Del Toro, Guy Davis, Ralph Sosa – The Simpsons — “Treehouse of Horror XXIV” — Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox TV

Paul Watling – Justin Time – 
Guru Studio

Even though the Annie Award it is an (US)American award, it is great to see more and more european productions and artists being nominated. Special congratulations also to the artists from “Kellerkind” and “The Wedding Cake” both from the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, nominated for best student films. Also congratulations to Stuttgart’s  Studio Soi ‘s: “Room on the Broom” , nominated for Best Animated Special Production.

Filmakademie Baden Wuerttemberg 2013

In the first week in November I was holding a compressed 2 day story-board workshop at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg. It has been my first time at the Akademie. First impressions count, right? I was very impressed. Thank you very much for inviting me and thanks to the attending students. I had a blast.

Tobias Schwarz Animation Professional

Many times the simple description of “story-board” is not really sufficient. Mostly with first time film makers, the actual “story-board”  stops at the concept phase, before jumping right into the fun stuff…the filming… or animating.  A little bit like building a house from scratch without a foundation. So I am very pleased to see that the Filmakademie has decided to include story-board into the curriculum at an early stage.

I extended my talks to include the VFX workflow as much as I could and how the story-board process could be incorporated here. As Steve Hulett just recently mentioned in the TAG blog:

“Of the year’s 10 top-grossing films, three fit what the Academy celebrates via its 13-years-young animated feature category: “Despicable Me 2,” “Monsters University” and “The Croods.”

But then, what do you call “Iron Man 3,” “Oz the Great and Powerful,” “World War Z” and “Gravity”? Each of those more-digital-than-not blockbusters could be “animated” enough to fit the Acad’s definition, “in which movement and characters’ performances are created using a frame-by-frame technique.”

“Gravity” makes an especially intriguing case, since Sandra Bullock and George Clooney’s faces are often the only practical element that appears onscreen. Director Alfonso Cuaron has repeatedly described the innovative process they developed to create the film as being akin to that of making an animated movie. Only after the team had spent 2½ years nailing down the lighting, angles and character animation in a detailed previsualization did it reverse-engineer a way to shoot footage of the actors…” (read the rest of the article here)


I am not sure if Story-board Artist will ever be able to get  a nomination, but the time that  animation is treated as its own category might be over eventually.




The Magic House (2013)

a teaser from a production i worked on some time ago as a story artist for nwave pictures in brussels was just released. “le manoir magique” coming out later this year… it was a real pleasure working with all of my colleagues in belgium. really looking forward to seeing the final film eventually.