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Rhythm & Hues: Life After Pi and Voodoo

Rhythm & Hues: Life After Pi and Voodoo

Here is the documentary to Life After Pi. It shows what Rhythm & Hues had to go through during the time Life of Pi was getting an Oscar. I had the great pleasure of working there to start my career and continued for a few years, even while Life of Pi was in production. It was an amazing studio and as you can see from the video, the people were amazing and really cared about each other and the studio. A piece of me will always be there and I have created some amazing experiences and friends from my time there. So have a watch and be reminded of some of the great from the studio and also some of the troubling times for the VFX industry.

Also they posted a great video showing off their proprietary software Voodoo. MAN do I miss this pipeline and software. It was thee best tool-set I have had the pleasure of using yet and I miss it everyday. So much hard-work and talent went into it and it shows in their work over the last 25yrs.

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Hope you all enjoy and spread the word!
Life After Pi is only a piece of the full feature length documentary that is to follow about the VFX Industry…you can follow the progress over at

Introducing: RGBnotes | Collaboration for Artists

If you haven’t seen or heard about RGBnotes then you’re in for a treat. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Eriks Vitolins the creator of RGBnotes back at RnH Studios and he is multifaceted in both animation and tech. He was able to help develop tools for us animators over there and to this day I haven’t seen much better.  
Eriks has been on this venture now to create RGBnotes as a way for not only animators but artists from all areas, to be able to share work, get feedback and give feedback using some amazing tools to do so. After been given some access to the site and a demo, I really feel that animators and artists can use this as their go to set of tools for review and feedback. I see schools, professionals and studios hopping on board to help their artists easily create the best content possible with the set of Tools RGBnotes offers.
Check of some of the features and the Demo’s below and don’t forget to visit the links to keep up-to-date on the progress and news coming out of the site.

RGBsketch: Video Review and Annotation from RGBnotes on Vimeo.

RGBsketch: Quick Animation Demo from RGBnotes on Vimeo.

  • Powerful collaboration, animation & annotation tools for shared media.
  • Private and secure media storage to share your digital assets.
  • Simple Navigation to help organize and track communication and progress.

Full Description

We are artists, building tools for artists.

RGBnotes is aims to assist artists around the world to create, share and collaborate with the most powerful tools available.

RGBnotes is an web-based service where members can store and share visual media intended for review.  Currently we provide powerful annotation tool “RGBsketch” is used to streamline communication over high-res imagery and video.  We hope our tools enhance the creative process for collaborators near and far.

Our navigation provides a familiar “inbox-like” interface, but unlike email our content is centralized and shared with given permission.  We also have upcoming project-based tools for larger groups to share and communicate quickly & privately as a team.

Security and privacy are very important to us. We aim to provide security that can be trusted by studios, professionals, freelancers and students alike.  We take extensive measures to protect our members’ media.   All media access requires a login and specific permission.  All navigation is encrypted via SSL.  On top of that, all links to stored media are obscured and tucked away from prying eyes.

Links and Info

For further information, please contact Eriks Vitolins


Rhythm & Hues: A brief history of animal CGI

I feel proud to have had the privilege of being a part of this studio and some of their amazing work over the few years that I was there. I witnessed some of the tech and amazing art that was produced at Rhythm and Hues over this time. With all of the well-deserved recognition that they are getting from Life of Pi and The Huntsman in the VFX categories, I was lucky enough to see these projects coming together and we all felt like this was something special. This is a great video to show how their pipeline and production of some of this great work has developed over the years.

Congrats to all of my friends over there and good luck!

Animation Workflow: William Groebe of Tippett Studios shares Tips and Tricks for Animating Animals

A great little video about William Groebe‘s experience animating animals. He has been on the industry for quite some time and is a Animation Supervisor over at Tippett Studios. During part of his breakdown of all the variations and types of ways and styles to animate creatures and/or animals, I remembered my time at Rhythm and Hues. I would go from animating Carlos on Hop to realistic Penguins on Mr. Poppers Penguins and back and forth like that. I found that each film was challenging and allowed me to grow all the time as an animator. It’s like that at most VFX houses switching from one to another frequently so you really have to adapt quickly. We had a ton of real live footage like William talks about and get a chance to really study the moves of animals.

MasterClass – Animating Animals: Tips and Tricks to Animating Believable Animal Characters in a Live Action Feature by William G from CGMeetUp Team on Vimeo.


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Speaking of animals and creatures stayed tuned to a full review of the revamped and updated Rhinohouse

Speaking of Animation Podcast: Rhythm & Hues

Speaking of Animation Podcast: Rhythm & Hues

Head on over to the Speaking of Animation Blog to check a great little podcast. This time around they grabbed a bunch of the veterans from the Animation Department at Rhythm and Hues. I have had the privilege to work on many shows with this talented crew during my time at R&H and had some of the best times. I learned a ton from all of them and really wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

Great interview and good jobs to all my friends at Rhythm and Hues!

Animation Blocking Technique

I wanted to show everyone this video with a great technique to approach your blocking using a tool that has been created for MGTools with the help of Rhythm and Hues Animator Kevin Jackson. I have already had the privilege of using something similar from my time at R&H, so I know first hand what a great asset this can be to your process especially in terms of speed. Here is the vid.

Again a great tool that I hope you find as incredible as I have.
Thanks for making this one!

You can also check out the video here.