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Inside Out

"Inside Out"

An Animation Film Review


Directed by:  Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen 

Produced by: Pixar Animation Studios

Released by: Walt Disney Pictures



Inside Out for me is a high-concept story for children below 7 years-old. First its kind weird, emotions are having "emotions", but perhaps that's kinda life is, complicatedly simple. I also wonder if children of target audience does already know the concept of REM sleep and sub conscious. The technical aspect aspects of the film are of no doubt, superb! What do you expect from Disney Pixar, they always pull-of this kind of quality. But as I said before this kind of style is common. It is becoming more of a signature style rather than a "new experience" for the audience. Its both good and bad, for me, because:

GOOD: As an artist, we have to establish a certain kind of style to your work for it to be coherent and it helps identify you as an artist.

NOT SO GOOD: If you want to be recognized an as artist by having a certain kind of style, then, in my mind, it is defeating the very purpose of art which creating a new experience and emotion for your audience, style-wise. Artist should focus more on creating new experiences rather than be recognized. But that's just me. hehe

This is a "double-edge sword" so to speak. As an artist, we are expected to have our own unique style, but also we are expected to explore more styles, and expose ourselves to different styles. Anyway, perhaps it is just a matter of time. When we are starting to become recognized, we would want to stick to a certain style and later experiment or vise versa. Then again art knows no boundaries. It is a borderless soul.

The storyline is good but predictable, since it is base on the inner workings of the pre-teen life of the main character, where there are so many issues in our personalities. But I really love the creativity they put in, the way they construct the mind of a person that is understandable to a child. I also love the design of the whole pacing and reminiscing of the story. But it got me thinking why they didn't think of the solution in the first place when they were stuck in the "Long term" memory banks. I feel like the directors deliberately didn't went on the obvious solution to make the story longer, which is kinda lame, logically speaking.

I was much surprised and saddened by the forgotten imaginary friend of the main character. We can learn from this in our story-telling, not to reveal too much at the beginning and on the trailer. Some characters should not be mention or be shown in the trailer.

For life lesson, I hope that people who watched the film was able to comprehend and take seriously its message that every emotion is important and it is essential that we understand them always, otherwise when we get blinded by pain, as a result we are not going to feel anything at all which will make us less human. I say keep on learning while watching any film technical wise, academically wise and emotionally wise so we can be life smart.

Till the next review,

-Prime Wink


Watch Trailer Here:



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Stand By Me Doraemon

"Stand By Me Doraemon"


An Animation Film Review


Directed by:  Takashi Yamazaki and Ryūichi Yagi

Released by: Bang Zoom! Entertainment

Based on: Doraemon by Fujiko F. Fujio


Doreamon, is a fresh "eye-candy" to me. I really loved the style and the color palette in this animation movie. The Japanese did it again. No surprise with that! Also the quirky, beyond-life animation style is just remarkable. The expressions are unique while I felt the emotion that the animators would like to relay. I always thought how on earth did they do that? The characters are really expressive, it must have a really genius modeler and rigger behind that animation. It is just WOW! The shading and textures has a "closeness" feel to it. It reminds me of my life in the province, where people knew each other and greet each other often. They captured the sun's lighting just right, between realistic and cartoon. It reminds me of Fernando Amorsolo's paintings, on how he captured the lighting of the provinces here in our country. Really incredible

The story is a bit fast-paced, Doraemon & Nobita's relationship can be more established in the film even though viewers already know the characters and story of their friendship. Film makers I think should have treated this film as a brand new story. The film focused on Nobita's interest with Shizuka rather than how Doraemon and Nobita's relationship progressed. The gadgets are fun and hilarious as usual.
At some part of the film, Nobita's dumb and lazy nature is approaching to be annoying. He would like Doreamon to do the things for him. This is a lesson here that we need to grasp, specially children nowadays. We should not be too dependent on the "easy way out" of things in general, because it eventually develops to laziness. Laziness will eventually develops to being spoiled, then to unproductive and, so on. Sure, it is tempting if you have a friend like Doreamon who has cool gadgets for all occasions, which are efficient and saves time, but there are things in life that we should be patient about and deal with extra time and effort, and the rewards, even if you are not thinking about it, are great in the long run!
Doraemon is a 1969 comics and so popular that it is becoming an icon of Japan. It would be really great to have something like this in the Philippines.
If you have any comments or something to add to our review, we are happy to see them.
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See you in the next review!
- Prime Wink
You can watch trailer here. Happy Viewing!

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"Song of the Sea" Review

Animation Review

"Song of the Sea" 

Song of the Sea is a beautiful Irish fantasy animation film produced by Cartoon Saloon, directed by Tomm Moore and  is perhaps one of the greatest animation movie I have ever seen for a while. I really love the watercolor wash style, the combination of earth colors, the simple but effective character designs and really artistic environment. Also the simple animation. This demonstrate that we don't have to design complicated characters for the film to work, but the marriage of all the simple elements(character designs, environment, story, visual and music) and how well they work together. The beauty is in the summation of all its parts. 

Irish culture, stories, music and beliefs are beautifully woven together into a magical adventure of the two siblings. I really love the music in this animation. Raw cultural music that has deeper meaning and not just chanting of words, but with real messages in every word, so people can look for it to find its meaning.


- Great storyline, with hook, spontaneous & dynamic

Good Content (culture inclined with lots of adventure and mystery)

- Realistic sound in 2D environment

- Attractive art style for kids and kids at heart

- Personality of characters in the story are so natural and consistent 


How about you, what do you think?



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Animation Reviews

Erica and I (Prime) thought of sharing what we think about animated films that are available out there while harnessing our skills in film screening with our senses. Of course, this will only be more exciting with you so, I hope you can give us your thoughts about the films that will be posted in this page. We can't wait to see your comments. More comments is more fun!Wink

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Basic Video Editing Seminar

The Diliman Interactive Learning Center (DILC) invited our very own creative director Primitivo Felias III as resource speaker to one of their On-The-Job training bootcamp seminar, Basic Video Editing Using Adobe Premiere held at the DILC seminar room, University of the Philipines, Diliman on November 22, 2013.

The seminar is consist of OJT students from Polytechnic University of the Philippines to learn the basics of video editing in comprehensive manner. It was a blast! The students have a hands-on experience navigating the visual interface of the Premiere software and discussed about the history of video editing, its uses and application in the industry. The students have also had a glimpse behind the post-production process. And to make it cooler, the students were encourage to create their first edited video and put it online to receive feedbacks from other students as well.

All in all, it was fun and we thank you DILC for this untimely opportunity to share our thoughts and knowledge to the next generation.

Basic Video Editing


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