Thursday, 14 April 2011

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes"- Trailer *1

Hello Animans, today I have something which is the basis for "The Animan Kingdom". One of the inspirations that went into the story is the all successful sci-fi film franchise, "The Planet of the Apes". This is the trailer for the newest film for the franchise entitled "Rise of the Planet of the Apes". What this talks about for those who are fans of the franchise is how the apes came to be how they were able to develop human techniques that made them more intelligent and more advanced, including one in particular named Caesar a chimpanzee played by Andy Serkis who you all know as Gollum. How this relates to "The Animan Kingdom" is what of course the humans were trying to do which is give apes human capabilities but in the end what was planned to be a positive thing, turned out to be a nightmare. Although in my story it remains to be a positive thing if you already know the story by now from reading previous posts. What I'm talking about is putting human DNA into the blood and genes of an animal, can that be done? Well it's a possibility if we do it the right way, not like what you're about to see. Anyway this origin story has an amazing cast; James Franco ("The Spider-Man Trilogy" and "127 Hours"), Frieda Pinto ("Slumdog Millionaire"), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy from the "Harry Potter Saga"), Brian Cox ("X2" and "The Bourne Supremacy") and of course Andy Serkis. This time what's different about this version is that the apes are digital through the art of performance capture was used to bring Gollum to life. The team behind it are Weta Digital, the Academy Award winning team responsible for the amazing visual effects in "Lord of the Rings", "King Kong" and "Avatar". Here' the trailer and see if you can see the similarities both this story and my own. The films hits cinemas on August 5th.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

In Loving Memory of my Grandfather.

Animans, it's been a while since I've been back on my blog but I wanna do one that is a tribute to my fantastic grandfather Frank Boyle who passed away two weeks ago. He was one of my biggest idols and really a guy who fought in the second World War and raised three brilliant kids; my dad Danny and my two wonderful aunts Maria and Bernadette. He whilst growing up was one of my best friends and there were many things he taught me, two of them were to be honest and to be strong, to never give up. I'm sure that's what went through his head as he was fighting in World War II, and from now on whenever I do animation or the "Animan Kingdom" I'll always work hard at it and bring you guys some of the best animation or story you'll ever see and read, because I'm sure that's what he would want. And to make things better all you Animans can learn how great a person my granddad really was through the eyes of a character that I've created in "The Animan Kingdom" named Barrus. So granddad wherever you are, I will have great things to tell you about soon. x

Frank Boyle