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‘Piper’: How Pixar Turned R&D Into an Oscar-Contending Short (Exclusive Video)

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‘Piper’: How Pixar Turned R&D Into an Oscar-Contending Short (Exclusive Video)
It’s been 15 years since Pixar won the Oscar for Ralph Eggleston’s”For the Birds,” and it has another fine-feathered gem in Alan Barillaro’s “Piper” that’s getting lots of buzz (watch the clip below).

In “Piper,” a baby sandpiper overcomes a fear of water as part of her rite of passage. But, uncharacteristically, the short began as an R&D project in the tools department to create greater sculpting control for the artists. They used the new RenderMan Ris platform for photoreal shading and lighting (first used on the “Finding Dory” feature).

Read More: Annie Awards: ‘Zootopia,’ ‘The Red Turtle’ Take Animated Feature, Indie Honors

“For me, the goal was to make computer animation more expressive,” Barillaro told IndieWire. “There’s more personal stories we can tell and more visual language we can use with the toolset. How do we tell a story with little birds that’s not anthropomorphized?
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Oscars 2017 Animated Shorts: Will ‘Piper’ End Pixar’s 16-Year Drought?

Oscars 2017 Animated Shorts: Will ‘Piper’ End Pixar’s 16-Year Drought?
It’s been 16 years since Pixar won the Oscar for best animated short (Ralph Eggleston’s “For the Birds”). Wouldn’t it be fitting if Alan Barillaro’s fine-feathered “Piper” ended the drought? That would give Pixar four Oscars (alongside Geri’s Game” and “Tin Toy”).

However, “Piper” faces stiff competition, particularly from Theodore Ushev’s much darker “Blind Vaysha” from the National Film Board of Canada, which has earned a dozen Oscars.

The other three contenders range from Robert Valley’s bleak “Pear Cider and Cigarettes” (Vimeo’s first Oscar nom), the melancholy Western, “Borrowed Time” (made independently by Pixar’s Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj), and the introspective “Pearl” from Oscar winner Patrick Osborne (Disney’s “Feast”), the first Vr nominee from Google Spotlight Stories.


The rite of passage for the adorable sand piper continues a long Pixar tradition of incubating innovative tech in its shorts program.
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2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Animated Short

2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Animated Short
This year a record 69 animated short films vied for an Oscar nomination, with ten making the shortlist, and five final nominations.

For six years, Disney or Pixar has been nominated in the category every year, and won twice (“Paperman” and “Feast”). This year Pixar’s “Piper,” from Alan Barillaro (“Wall·E,” “Brave,” “Finding Nemo”), could mark a Pixar win for the first time since Ralph Eggleston’s “For the Birds” 15 years ago. That would give Pixar four Oscars (alongside Geri’s Game” and “Tin Toy”).

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However, “Piper” faces stiff competition, particularly from Theodore Ushev’s much darker “Blind Vaysha” from the National Film Board of Canada, which has earned a dozen Oscars. The other three contenders range from Robert Valley’s bleak “Pear Cider and Cigarettes” (Vimeo’s first Oscar nom), the melancholy Western, “Borrowed Time” (made independently
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Miranda Lambert Is All Nerve, Heart and Grit on 'The Weight of These Wings': Track-By-Track Review

With a tumultuous and triumphant year under her belt, Miranda Lambert is back with some of her best work yet.

But fans looking for explosive breakup tunes in the vein of "Gunpowder and Lead" or "Kerosene" won't find it here. Instead, Lambert offers deliciously subtle clues into her psyche, showing off her songwriting prowess like the pro that she is, complete with an abundance of nerve and heart -- as well as grit and classic country vibes.

Watch: Miranda Lambert Covers Merle Haggard, Pays Tribute to Her 'Hero' at Acm Honors 

Joining Lambert on the ride are producers Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf, and Eric Masse, along with a powerful stable of co-writers. Among them: Lambert's boyfriend, Anderson East; longtime pals Ashley Monroe and Gwen Sebastian; Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance; and Nashville hitmakers Shane McAnally, Natalie Hemby, and Liz Rose, among many, many others.

The Weight of These Wings, Lambert's double
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October 25th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Lights Out, The Exorcist III, Herschell Gordon Lewis Collection

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For this final Tuesday in October (and the last day of home entertainment releases prior to Halloween), horror fans have a bunch of great new Blu-rays and DVDs coming out just in time for everyone’s favorite holiday. Scream Factory has given The Exorcist III an HD overhaul (including the original Director’s Cut of the sequel), which is something no genre lover will want to miss out on experiencing. Arrow Video is also keeping busy on October 25th with the release of their impressive 17-disc box set celebrating trailblazing filmmaker Herschell Gordon Lewis, and the recent supernatural thriller Lights Out is making its way to Blu-ray and DVD as well.

Cult film enthusiasts are undoubtedly going to be busy this Tuesday, with Severin Films releasing a 2K version of Burial Ground, Blue Underground showing Lucio Fulci’s Manhattan Baby some love this week, and Vinegar Syndrome giving
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Lucio Fulci’s Manhattan Baby Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

Lucio Fulci’s Manhattan Baby (released in the Us in 1984), aka Eye of the Evil Dead, is being released as a three-disc limited edition Blu-ray on October 25th from Blue Underground, and we have details on the special features that will be unleashed on the masses as well as a look at some beautiful cover artwork.

Synopsis: “A young girl on vacation in Egypt is given a mysterious charm, causing her archeologist father to be struck blind inside an unexplored pyramid tomb. But when the family returns home to Manhattan, a plague of supernatural evil and sudden violence follows. Can this ancient curse be stopped before it is unleashed on the streets of New York City?

Christopher Connelly (1990: The Bronx Warriors), Laura Lenzi (The Adventures Of Hercules II), Giovanni Frezza (The House By The Cemtery) and Carlo De Mejo (City Of The Living Dead) star in Italian shock master
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‘Piper’ Exclusive Clip: Catch a First Look At The New Pixar Short Preceding ‘Finding Dory’

‘Piper’ Exclusive Clip: Catch a First Look At The New Pixar Short Preceding ‘Finding Dory’
Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” the sequel to their 2003 film “Finding Nemo,” will soon enter theaters and the early buzz has been very positive. IndieWire’s own David Ehrlich described the film as Pixar’s “best sequel in years,” and said that it would give a whole new generation of kids the idea that sequels “aren’t de facto cash-ins, but rather films that are capable of retroactively adding new dimensions to beloved originals.”

But preceding “Finding Dory” will be Pixar’s latest short film “Piper,” directed by Alan Barillaro, about a hungry baby sandpiper struggling with hydrophobia. Watch a clip from “Piper” above featuring the sandpiper in question trying to pick up bubbles with his beak.

Read More: ‘Finding Dory’ Review Roundup: Critics Agree Pixar’s Newest Sequel Is a Delight

Pixar Animation Studios has released some of the most acclaimed animated films over the last twenty years. Some of their titles include “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “The Incredibles,” “Wall-e,” “Up,” and most recently, “Inside Out,” which took home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature last year. Pixar’s shorts have played a key role in the studio’s history, with many of the early shorts showcasing then groundbreaking innovations in computer animation. A new Pixar short has preceded every one of their features since their second film “A Bug’s Life.” Their shorts “Tin Toy,” “Geri’s Game,” and “For the Birds” have all won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.

Finding Dory” will be released nationwide on July 17.

Read More: How Innovative Pixar Short ‘Piper’ Got Sculpted

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Related stories'Finding Dory' Review Roundup: Critics Agree Pixar's Newest Sequel Is a DelightReview: 'Finding Dory' Is A Compelling Argument In Defense Of SequelsHow Innovative Pixar Short 'Piper' Got Sculpted
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Oscar predictions: 'Sanjay's Super Team' will win Best Animated Short'

Oscar predictions: 'Sanjay's Super Team' will win Best Animated Short'
While Pixar has been a force to be reckoned with in the Animated Feature category at the Oscars winning seven of its 10 bids, it has not been as strong in the Animated Short category, with only three victories: "Tin Toy" (1988), "Geri's Game" (1997) and "For the Birds" (2001). But Pixar's fortunes look like they might change this year with "Sanjay's Super Team," which is the overwhelming frontrunner to win. Below, let's take a look at the varied collection of films in contention for this year's prize. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions "Sanjay's Super Team" Young Sanjay loves watching TV and playing with his action figures but not engaging in daily Hindu prayers with his father. While this disappoints his father, Sanjay begins to imagine a new perspective of the religion that allows him to appreciate his faith. ...
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Why ‘Sanjay’s Super Team’ is a new kind of short film for Pixar

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Why ‘Sanjay’s Super Team’ is a new kind of short film for Pixar
Pixar short film: Those three words bring to mind clever, charming little movies like “For the Birds,” “Geri’s Game,” and, of course, “Luxo Jr.” With the latest in that line of animated shorts, “Sanjay’s Super Team,” Pixar is going in a few new directions, with both story and animation style. “Super Team” will screen in front of “The Good Dinosaur,” Pixar’s new feature opening in theaters this Wednesday. It’s a very personal story. Similar could be said of “La Luna,” the short paired with 2012’s “Brave.” But with “Sanjay’s Super Team,” Pixar head John Lasseter encouraged director Sanjay Patel to make the short even more personal and more directly based on his childhood than his earlier versions of the film, and Patel was surprised that the studio wanted his name to be in the title. The short tells the story of little Sanjay, who is
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First Look At Pixar’s New Short Sanjay’s Super Team

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Debuting in front of The Good Dinosaur later this year, Pixar’s latest short, the autobiographical Sanjay’s Super Team, serves as the directorial debut of Sanjay Patel, whose 20 year career in animation includes work on The Simpsons before joining Pixar as an animator/story artist with A Bug’s Life. USA Today have our first look at the short, and as you can see it looks absolutely beautiful, mixing together the style of American super heroes with deities from Hindu culture as a young Sanjay daydreams, namely the monkey-like Hanuman, the goddess of power and protection Durga, and the blue skinned Vishnu. As much as I love anything Pixar puts out (though I find myself very cold regarding The Good Dinosaur considering its problems), the shorts are usually what ends up blowing me away, the animation giant using them to test out new styles and talent. This particular output
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Teen Wolf Recap: Hammer Time

Teen Wolf Recap: Hammer Time
Scott might not have much faith in Stiles’ detective skills, but after Tuesday’s Teen Wolf, I’ve never been more certain about his instincts: There’s something about Theo.

RelatedTeen Wolf Boss Previews Scott’s ‘Failure,’ the Return of Aiden (Among Others) and More Season 5 Scoop

The Rosewood transplant sat Scott and Stiles down this week for a debriefing on his initial transformation — he claims he was attacked by an Alpha while skateboarding in an empty swimming pool — and everything appeared in order. Stiles even followed Theo into the woods, with Liam in tow, only to catch him in the act…
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Nerd Alert: Drunk Terminator and Game of Thrones Extended Finale

Nerd Alert: Drunk Terminator and Game of Thrones Extended Finale
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this terrific Tuesday? Learn new, little-known facts about Superman in a handy infographic, check out all of the Inside Out Pixar Easter Eggs and watch an alternate version of the brutal Game of Thrones finale. We also have a very 'drunk' look at the Terminator Genisys trailer. So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.

Terminator Genisys Drunk Robots Trailer

On last night's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, a "never before seen" trailer debuted for Terminator Genisys, which adds a new wrinkle to the franchise: What if these Terminators were drunk? Jimmy Kimmel explains that these machines are "more human than ever before," cutting together actual footage from the movie, with scenes of
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'Inside Out': Meet Pixar's Secret Weapon, Ralph Eggleston

Amongst animation fans, Ralph Eggleston is something of a legend.

Pixar hired Eggleston in 1992, when the studio was in full swing on the first "Toy Story" and he has served as a production designer, storyboard artist, writer and director. (In 2000, his short film, "For the Birds," won an Academy Award.) He has contributed substantially to every Pixar film and this week's "Inside Out" is no different.

For the brilliant new film that takes place inside the head of an 11-year-old girl, Eggleston served as Production Designer. And it's a pretty unbelievable task, conjuring forth worlds as vast as the human mind (including the subconscious, Dreamland Studios, where dreams are made, the Train of Thought, and, of course, Headquarters).

We sat down with Eggleston and talked about the film's lengthy development and production process, being part of the fabric of Pixar, and what he's got coming up next.

Moviefone: You talked
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The Noteworthy: New Directors/New Films, On Gilberto Perez, "Black Movie Poster Art"

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The lineup for this year's New Directors/New Films, "presented jointly by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art," has been announced. "For the Birds": Richard Brody picks on the Academy Awards. There's an intriguing new film journal on the scene: "The Completist," authored by Rumsey Taylor. Head over to the site to read his "Statement of Intentions". Described as being "roughly quarterly", we're looking forward to future instalments. In Film Comment, Tanner Tafelski writes on the films of John Korty:

"Carroll Ballard, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Philip Kaufman, and Michael Ritchie all are, or were, San Francisco–based filmmakers. Yet none of these people seem to be Bay Area filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Abel Ferrara, or Spike Lee are New York filmmakers. Avant-garde cinema, on the other hand, has a rich history with the West Coast in general,
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Nantucket Film Festival to Launch 2014 Lineup with ‘The Skeleton Twins’

Nantucket Film Festival to Launch 2014 Lineup with ‘The Skeleton Twins’
The 19th annual Nantucket Film Festival has announced its 2014 lineup, kicking off with opener “The Skeleton Twins,” a dark comedy about estranged siblings starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader.

Sci-fi romance/mystery “I Origins,” which stars Brit Marling and Michael Pitt, will be the centerpiece film, while Richard Linklater’s highly anticipated coming-of-age film, “Boyhood,” will close out this year’s festival.

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Steve James will be honored with the Special Achievement in Documentary Storytelling Award. James will debut his latest film, Roger Ebert bio “Life Itself,” at the fest. Mike Cahill, the writer/director of “I Origins,” will receive the New Voices in Screenwriting Award.

As previously announced, Aaron Sorkin was named this year’s Screenwriter Tribute recipient.

The Nff also will present a collection of Disney/Pixar short films on its opening day, including “For the Birds,” “Boundin’” and “Presto.”

Full lineup of around 45 films includes “Goodbye to All That,
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The Amazing Race, Ep. 23.9: “Part Like the Red Sea” And pray to God the editors like you

The Amazing Race, Season 23, Episode 9: “Part Like the Red Sea”

Aired Sundays at 8pm (Et) on CBS

Abu Dhabi is the start of 9th leg, but soon everyone must fly from the land where political correctness has been king, to Bandung, Indonesia, where racers can ask “Are the people there Chinese or Indian?” and it can make it to air. On the way to the airport, Mr. and Mrs. Dr. surprise no one by ramping their self-righteous attitudes up a notch from last episode, saying they aim to be beacon for God’s light in the race, unlike those filthy, lying Afghanimals. The Afghanimals counter in their car by saying things like “all gloves are off,” and “no more playing nice,” and “we didn’t come here to make friends,” (Ok, thank God not that last one). Meanwhile, Marie is sick of feeling bad for ordering Tim around so much,
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Amazing Race 23 Eliminated Ally Mello & Ashley Covert In Episode 9 Tonight

Amazing Race 23 eliminated Ally Mello & Ashley Covert in episode 9 tonight. Tonight's episode ,kicked off with the teams,learning they had to catch a flight to Bandung,Indonesia to get their first clue for this leg of the race. From there, they had to deliver some rams to a festival for a ram fight contest. Then put them back on the same delivery truck to get their next clue. That clue directed them to hit up a train station to take them to another location to get their next clue. From there, they ran into their detours: "For The Elephants" ,or "For The Birds." In the "For The Elephants" detour, they had to feed a watermelon to a huge elephant to get their next clue. In the "For The Birds" detour, they had to get some birds. Then feed them ,and get them to sing to get their next clue. After they knocked out their detours,
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Spaghetti Western Screenwriter Who Helped to Launch Eastwood's Movie Career Has Died

Clint Eastwood Western persona co-creator dead at 87: Luciano Vincenzoni (photo: Clint Eastwood in ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’) Screenwriter Luciano Vincenzoni, whose nearly five-decade career included collaborations with Mario Monicelli, Pietro Germi, and Sergio Leone, died of cancer on Sunday, September 22, 2013, in Rome. Vincenzoni (born on March 7, 1926, in Treviso, near Venice) was 87. In the late ’50s, Luciano Vincenzoni co-wrote Mario Monicelli’s The Great War / La Grande guerra (1959), a humorous (if overlong) World War I comedy-drama starring Vittorio Gassman and Alberto Sordi as reluctant conscripts that earned a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award nomination and the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival (tied with Roberto Rossellini’s Il Generale della Rovere). Vincenzoni was also partly responsible for the screenplay of two well-regarded Pietro Germi movies: the omnibus comedy of manners The Birds, the Bees and the Italians / Signore & signori (1966), featuring Virna Lisi and Franco Fabrizi,
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Pixar's New Short, 'The Blue Umbrella,' Drenches Us with Love

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You have to keep telling yourself, “This is completely animated. There is no live-action photography.” That’s how amazingly real Saschka Unseld’s animation looks in the beautiful new short The Blue Umbrella, which will play before Pixar’s Monsters University when that delightful prequel hits theaters on Friday, June 21. Pixar, over the years, has entertained audiences with bite-sized nuggets of inspired genius, from Presto and La Luna to For the Birds. The studio's latest is a whimsical brush with fate conducted between two umbrellas on a rainy, urban street. You will fall in love. In an exclusive conversation recorded at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California, Unseld and I talk about: listen to ‘The Blue...

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Pixar Short Films: Looking Back at Twenty-Seven Years of Little Gems

This week’s opening of Pixar’s latest film, Monsters University, a sequel starring fan favorites Mike Wazowski and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan, also signals the debut of another perennial Pixar favorite – the accompanying short film. Since the animation house’s second theatrical release, Toy Story 2, every Pixar feature film has kicked off with an all-new short. Some of them have been instant classics (like For the Birds, Day & Night, and my personal favorite, Presto) and some of them have fallen somewhat flat (I forgot about Geri’s Game, Boundin’, and Lifted almost immediately after watching them). Three of them even won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film (and of the twelve already released, ten of them were nominated for the award). The short attached to Monsters University, Saschka Unseld’s The Blue Umbrella, is a different kind of short film for Pixar. Its use of photorealistic CGI is a departure from the more
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