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Open Season's Opening Weekend!

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Open Season opened up this weekend with a respectable $23 million box office gate. Not huge numbers, but it was still number one in the box office. The overall audience response seems to be positive, so hopefully it will perform as well next week (wouldn’t that be a treat for Sony).

Yes, I did character design work for the film while it was in early development. And, although my characters didn’t make it to screen, I got both Boog and Elliot about 75-80% of the way there. Then, the very talented designer Carter Goodrich finalized the style and direction that the characters would ultimately take.

The Open Season art-of book has a lot of my early development sketches.

This is my version of Boog and Elliot.

27 comments :

craig said...

Hey Marcelo,
Great character designs in the book. Wonderful shapes. The trailer for surf's up looks fantastic.

Armand Serrano said...

Awesome design, Moe. You're really one of the best.

Shane P said...

Hey Marcelo , Yep still amazing. You'll never know how much you taught, and inspired me back in highschool(Ryman program). I'm glad I can finaly write to say thanks man. I discovered you had a blog a few months back and called everyone I knew to say, "Look! This is what it means to truly be able to do everything!" You are a huge inspiration Moe. I'm glad the world can finaly see what your all about . Oh, And that western street bar fight peice you posted a few months ago is one of the most impressive peices of Illustration and story telling that I have ever seen.
Take care.

Marcelo Vignali said...

Thanks guys!

Shane, I'm flattered and humbled by your kind words. Thanks. It means the world to me to know that I was able to help and inspire.

JeN said...

Hi Marcelo,
I'm going to see Open Season this weekend and I just ordered the book!! The trailer for Surf's up looks incredible. Great designs. Shane P is correct. You can do everything!

UrbanBarbarian said...

Tremendous work! I had no idea you were on that project! Looking forward to Surf's Up! Looks awesome!

A. Riabovitchev said...

Ha Ha !Great version!:O)

Grant Alexander said...

Love the drawing! Can't wait to see the movie and the book.

Marcos Mateu said...

Fantastic sense of design as usual Marcelo!

Roland Mechael said...

truly inspiring! you're really one of those guys who can do both BG and character design so well. and congrats to open season's no.1 opening weekend!

Hans said...

Hey Marcelo,

Congrats with "Open Season":) $23 mill. is definitely not too shabby, especially if you consider the amount of animated movies that's been out lately. I saw it this weekend and I thought it was great. I really love the look and design of it and the lighting was excellent! I've probably gone through the book about 25-30 times since I got it last week and it keeps feeding me with new inspiration every single time. Your bears are awesome, but I knew that already from studying the "BROTHER BEAR - A Transformation Tale" book.

Take care,

Hans

Druie said...

Hey Marcelo. =D

Your character designs are great, I first heard of you from the words you wrote in David Colman's sketchbook.

I really liked Open Season, and I hear the artbook has tons of great sketches! I will probably stop by the book soon. :)

Mark McDonnell said...

Congrats Marcelo, much deserved. It is a very funny and entertaining piece of film. I was very VERY suprised at how many times I laughed out loud and how many times the children wailed out in pain when Beth placed Boog in the wild. Wonderful film.

MAC

Jo Bling said...

Marcelo

Yowzer once more. Lovely designwork. Nice to hear an animated movie threatening to make profit - from what I hear over here Aardman are still waiting to see profit from Wallace & Gromit :-/

CJ

jakolobo said...

Amazing work!. Your sketches are my favourites. Great design for Open Season.

kcirbuk said...

Amazing work!!

Awesome!!

Paco K.

Ryan Wood said...

Wow, those are fantastic designs, tremendous appeal! Can't wait to see the book chock full of such great drawings. Great stuff, man.

Sam Nielson said...

Haha! Really funny drawing!

Samuel Michlap said...

Hi Marcelo,
Congrats on all the work you provided on Open Season.
The art of book is the best I have seen!!! say hi to everyone for me. I love your work my man. Hope all is well with you and your family.
Sam

Antonio Santamaria said...

So these designs are Great, Marcelo... I hope to can find this art book also here in Spain... Meanwhile I am waiting to see this movie on the cinema soon! I wish you the very best luck with this film!!!

Marcelo Vignali said...

Thanks everyone! I'm happy with the work I did on the film, and glad to see it's doing well. I think it's going to do well this coming weekend too.

orionlesc said...

incredible pencils you have;P

S.T. Lewis said...

These are great designs... you obviously had a lot of influence on the final designs for the film. I LOVE the bear! Beautiful as always, sir.

flipstudios said...

Marcelo, you are one talented guy. i just took my son to OPEN SEASON and we loved it. they showed the trailer for SURF'S UP and it looks awesome. can't wait. you are an inspiration to us all. cheers,

Andrew

toni reyna said...

wow!very inspiring.

Valentina said...

finally..a film. an old style film, I just loved it in all the aspects.
great job :)

omar said...

Great version! Congratulations!
From Peru
Omar