Happy Trails Animation

Happy Trails Animation The award-winning studio of Happy Trails is recognized for creating unique commercial animation for creatives, marketing companies and producers.
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Happy Trails Animation is an award-winning 2d animation studio. A powerhouse of talent that teams up with ad agencies, art directors and film studios to produce animated commercials, visual effects, motion comics, storyboards, animated infographics and animated infomercials (and short animated films, just for kicks). The friendly, collaborative working environment of the studio is known for inspiring everyone on the team, including the clients. Happy Trails has a full wheelhouse of techniques that push the limits of traditional animation — blending 2D animation, 3D methods and proprietary visual effects together to target to your specific audience. Talk with producer Andy Collen about your project to get a sense of what is possible within your budget and production timeline. Andy will gather a selection of animation style examples for your team to review. • Motion Comics & Motion Graphics • 2D Animation, 3D & Visual Effects • Original Character Design & Custom Illustration • Storyboarding • Digital Painting & Backgrounds • Animated Infomercials • Sound Design & Voiceover

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11/18/2020
The Liberator | Official Trailer | Netflix

19 years after the influence of "Waking Life's" Illustration techniques comes this new creation from Netflix. More about process of technique than full artistic. Still very cool to see folks still explore. We did this technique on our Amiga's back in the early 90's.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZaIZgkCcXQ&fbclid=IwAR01DgEH0l9Ppax6FvWwTT4aROiQJ7fFJNrfAsaP3Y15ALeorjzuEp97dM8

A diverse, deeply brave crew of ragtag soldiers become some of the most heroic fighters of the European invasion in World War II. The Liberator premieres Nov...

07/14/2020
Freeride Skiing at Home - A Ski Movie By Philipp Klein

Freeride Skiing at Home - A Ski Movie By Philipp Klein

My instagram is @philippklein Just before the current health situation locked us in, I was about to go Freeriding with my family. It was supposed to be the b...

11/28/2019
Happy Trails!
07/28/2019

Happy Trails!

Possibly the best picture ever.

07/02/2019
How Pixar's Animation Has Evolved Over 24 Years, From ‘Toy Story’ To ‘Toy Story 4’ | Movies Insider

Before Toy Story there was Light Wave and the Amiga.. and once Pixar started to push the realm of 3D things changed.

To the visionaries along the way at Pixar... Hal you were one of the early folks...Thanks for all the endurance and pushing of technology.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=78&v=qTPKGVrFtQU

From “Toy Story” through “Toy Story 4,” Pixar has revolutionized animation in its nearly three decades of existence. Each new movie requires new technical in...

06/22/2019
NFB/distribution - National Film Board of Canada

The Canadian film board has been supporting animators for over 30-40 years. Here is another example of how animation can be used to be a messenger.

Here is a great example of how their years of support have fosters some of the worlds best animators. This new film Three Thousand is a master piece.

https://www.nfb.ca/distribution/film/three-thousand

NFB/distribution is a privileged area for international buyers and festivals to screen our newest films and trailers in advance for review.

The industry is moving so fast.. had to say something about it.
05/29/2019
Can we handle the future?

The industry is moving so fast.. had to say something about it.

I grew up when qualifying as a creative director meant that you’d dipped your ladle in a variety of soups. Your job was to create something new that everyone was used to.

The Future of Animation Captured by Alita: Review by Andy Collen | Happy Trails Animation
02/19/2019
The Future of animation captured by Alita

The Future of Animation Captured by Alita:
Review by Andy Collen | Happy Trails Animation

Every once in a while a game-changing movie comes along. Alita is, in my opinion, the new Blade Runner of today.

Three Essential Tips For Strengthening Your Character Animation
02/19/2019
Three Essential Tips For Strengthening Your Character Animation

Three Essential Tips For Strengthening Your Character Animation

Adam Fisher, veteran stop motion animator and Assistant Professor of Animation and Game Art at Maine College of Art, offers these tips for strengthening character animation performances.

Okay... now that Oscars is upon us... had to toss a little something out there. NICE WORK PAUL HARROD!https://www.linked...
02/18/2019
Oscars Animated Features

Okay... now that Oscars is upon us... had to toss a little something out there. NICE WORK PAUL HARROD!

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/oscars-animated-features-andy-collen/?published=t&fbclid=IwAR3NLUFbJuBiymND7HD9djCo8rv5rJ2qn1ckGogWW79X0YJLx3He6ai7u3o

While this year is an impressive year for animated features, there is one that I feel emotionally attached to. But first, let me start things off with an animator’s run-down of the compassion I have for the contenders, then finish with why I am so charmed by a little particular indie project that....

Saw a documentary on this artist and found that part of his not knowing the difference of time and politics makes his co...
08/16/2018

Saw a documentary on this artist and found that part of his not knowing the difference of time and politics makes his collages even more interesting.

2) Ion B: Turns Clippings into ART!

Regardless of which festival it is or the size of the screen, sometimes you happen to catch a film that changes how you see things. One year at The Telluride Film Festival my wife and I were walking down the street, looking through the festival guide book and we found an interesting documentary about an artist in Romania. The film was called "The World According to Ion B" and the screening was shown at one of the festival's smallest venues called The Back Lot. The documentary was about a homeless man who was a prolific magazine photo collage artist. Some spanned more than 50 years with images from Stalin and Hitler through the years to Paul Newman of "Cool Hand Luke", Jimmy Carter and Margaret Thatcher. His talent for creating images from these timeless clippings is impressive, as is his life story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh4Qzhbxtmw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxk0oIvUMAo

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