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Annie Award Results

This weekend the Annie Awards were held. Surf's Up had ten nominations, but it was Pixar's Ratatouille that ran off with the big cheese. Out of our ten Annie Award Nominations, we only received two Annie Awards under the Individual Achievement Categories.
Animated Effects
Winner: Deborah Carlson - "Surf's Up" - Sony Pictures Animation
Animation Production Artist
Winner: John Clark - "Surf's Up" - Sony Pictures Animation

Congratulations to both Deb and John, and to all the Annie Award recipients.

Here's a few more images from the project. I'll stop posting these and start posting something else.

This is a design I did for the fish piles in Shiverpool. I designed the igloos as being flat and squared, so as to compliment the cone-like shapes of the fish piles. I wanted it to look like a pile of fish, instead of a pile of lumber, so I designed the fish with a curve, so we could get the sense of the fish having weight.

And here is a portion of the ice walls I designed for the Antarctica scenes. There was a lot of effort in getting the canyon-like walls to look ideal, but yet still believable. If you look at the base, you can see the tiny Shiverpool island. I also made an effort to design the ice under the water as well too, as you can see from this image. There was another drawing that wrapped around this canyon, and started another canyon behind this one. That way we could use that as a backdrop to our canyon in order to create the silhouette against the sky.

This drawing, when combined with the other drawing, is pretty large. I would estimate it about three feet by four feet.


Philip Dimitriadis said...

Hi Marcelo,
I love this stack of fish. It caught my eye in the book (along with all the other great work) but what I really like about this is the character that it has. Nice geasture,feeling, and weight. I was working on something similar for work for the Int. of a fish store. Something about the way you can stack and arrange something like that makes it a lot of fun using the weight of the fish ovberlapping each other. The Ice Canyon is awesome also. Great work.
Thanks for sharing,

Anonymous said...

the image links seem to broken?

Henry Elmo Bawden said...

Don't stop posting these. I like these. You can post something else too. But keep posting these. ;). Good job Moe.


Unknown said...

FISH! Lots and lots of's a beautiful pile. :) There's definitely a wonderful sense of 'heavy and soggy and floppy' to it, lots of weight! I keep snickering whenever I think about the fish pile in the movie.

The Ice Canyon*insert speechless bubble here* That's gorgeous. And such a large drawing! Boggles my -mind- but given you're drawing it to scale, yeah, it would have to be about that big. It's imposing, it looks real, and it's just magnificently icy.

Missing my fish

Skid Knee said...

You're stuff is really great, very inspiring. I love the work you did for Surf's Up!

Lena said...

Greetings Marcelo!!! I congratulate you on the Valentines day!!

Lena said...

Greetings Marcelo! Many thanks for your affention.You very purely write in Russian! Thanks!

Alessandra Sorrentino said...

wow Marcelo, those fishes do have weight, it feels like you can touch them! mm well maybe that's a little squeamish.. :) lovely design as always!!!

Thomas Fluharty said...

FANTASTIC design. fantastic movie. great imagery Marcelo. your preliminaries are amazing. also really loved jeff bridges voice.I also loved the little COVE where Z had his old little hut. also when Z starts jumping up and down on codys revised surf board, the weight of Z's belly moving up and down is phenomenal. great job Marcelo~Tom fluharty

JeN said...

Wow Marcelo! Beautiful fish pile and great decision making. Love the ice canyon too.

Anonymous said...

Very interesting.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting all of these Marcelo it is a beautiful film, and these are beautiful drawings.

SEILER said...

These are so awesome to see Marcelo! Thank you so much for posting this stuff! And congrats on the awards and nominations . . . I'm a HUGE fan of the movie, love the book as well!

Howard Shum said...

Nice designs!

Marcelo Vignali said...

Thanks everybody.

I hope the image link isn't broken anymore. I reloaded the images in an attempt to remedy the problem.

I'll see what I can do Henry.

Yes Shuku, Ian and Philip, I was really pleased with the way the Ice Canyon turned out. I wanted it to read better than in real life, so I simplified it and made definite statements about the shapes.

Happy Valentines Day Lena. спасибо

Thomas, I'm glad you liked that little cove. Armand Serrano did most of the design work on that area, and I worked on the interior for the board-shack. I also found a wonderful picture on the web of a palm tree dipping into the water. Both Armand and I knew that was the sort of thing that area needed to make it special.

Jen, Ian, Ale and Philip, I'm glad you liked the floppy fish. I was very pleased when the modelers delivered what I had drawn.

George Cwirko-Godycki said...

WOW! that fish pile is so awesome

EL GRANDE said...

Marcelo, these images are really something. What is the project you and currently working on?

joe and elio

Tolomuco said...

amazing work... love your art
one question???
which advantages you have when working on vellum instead of doing it on paper?

can you take a look to my work, please, and tellme what you think????

Thanks a lot
Tolomuco (Daniel)

Marcelo Vignali said...

Thanks George.
Tolomuco, the major difference between graphite pencil and paper verses vellum and prismacolor is the crispness of detail. If I need to draw something more technical, I use graphite. If I need a drawing to be softer, or more atmospheric, I'll use prismacolor.

Graphite can give me any effect I want, but when the drawings are softer, vellum is not as messy.

I also had a look at your work, it is very good.

El Grande, currently I've just finished work on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and have been helping out on various unannounced projects for Sony Pictures.

Daniel said...

I love both of these drawings. 'Fish pile' is my favourite - it's a great drawing in many ways. It's also very funny:)

Thanks for posting it up.

Unknown said...

As always the posts are a pleasure to look at. Their description which points out the challenges and goals of the production are extremely helpful in clearing deign choices. As an aspiring production designer what you are posting is gold, so if you have more Surf's Up keep them coming! and thanks for all your effort.

Tolomuco said...

Thanks a lot!!!!!

Jed Henry said...


You're great a thinking things through, generals all the way down to the nitty-gritty. Beautifully realized designs. The fish look so slippery and heavy. Nailed it.

Mark McDonnell said...

Mr. Vignali,

Again you have created the most appealing and beautiful images. You have such a romantic quality to your work that just eases the viewers in and let's us happily be a part of the enviornment we wander off wanting only to return and take a second, third, and forth look. MAN you're good!!!


P.S. - There's NO WAY that you should have not been handed a trophy. I guess you will just have to settle for superior quality of work, a vast amount of superior craftsmanship, and the knowledge of doing the job better my friend. Your work answers the questions that one asks and in such grace and class. It's almost sickening. Almost!

Gracia said...

Hello! I really love the art of this film!! well, I liked the film a lot, it's fresh and funny! The pile of fish is a masterpiece! The other stuff you have in your blog is amazing too... Very very impressive! Congratulations! and thanks for sharing :)

Guillermo said...

this is a good work.

Anonymous said...

^-^ jezzz! great pile of fishes and pinguins .
WAOUW! once again ^_^

Jo Bling said...

Lovely sneaky peeks at the designworks as usual, Marcelo. And comisserations on missing out to Pixar, but then, a very worthy winner and no shame in coming second on the lion's share front to Ratatouille. Nice one matey!

Sebastien Gallego said...

You really are one of the best on this planet Marcelo.
Thanks for posting all these wonderful drawings,
Have a good day,


Martin Wittig said...

Marcelo,...your work is just incredible,..I know that I say it everytime I visit,..but well, is..

Nathan Lindsay said...

I have never seen a more beautiful pile of fish. just lovely.

A. Riabovitchev said...

Congrats on the awards and nominations!Great Stuff!:o)

Craig Mackay said...

Beautiful work! Surf's up was such a leap in the right direction for animation and I think the design was perfect. Bravo!