Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Storyboard Workshop with Kris Pearn!

Back in May, Powerhouse had the wonderful opportunity of spending some quality time with one of the kings of storyboarding, Kris Pearn.

You probably know Mr. Pearn from his work on such films as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Surf's Up, and Open Season, as well as the animated series Braceface!

Kris flew in from LA to visit with us and spent the day leading a storyboard workshop with the gang. He imparted much of his superb wisdom and incredible storytelling skills on us, and really inspired everyone at the studio with his talent and charisma.

We are extremely grateful that Kris was able to come visit the studio and educate us all about the art of storyboarding. Thanks so much to Kris for his time, knowledge, and enthusiasm!

For more information about Kris Pearn and examples of his work, check out his blog, The Woeful Tales of a Domesticated Man.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Another new face at Powerhouse Animation

Yesterday we welcomed another new face to the team at Powerhouse.
Louis Norris comes to us from the Great White North of Toronto, Canada.

On a related note:
Adam Deats complained that he wasn't put on the blog when he was a new hire (neglecting to recall that we didn't have a blog back then)... So here are the Adamses (Deats and Conarroe in the background).

Friday, June 10, 2011

Risk: Factions comes to Facebook!

Did you love Risk: Factions that we worked on last year for XBox Live?? Well good news! Risk: Factions is coming to facebook!

The good folks at EA have been working with us once again on a facebook version of the game that is slated to release sometime in the fall. We put together a trailer for it that previewed at e3 this week. Check it out and stay tuned for more news as this approaches:

Powerhouse welcomes a new member of the gang

Everyone say hello to the newest member of The Powerhouse crew. Patrick Stannard comes to us from Michigan. You can't miss him. He's the one wearing the kilt.


Brad and Rachel were out in LA all week representing Powerhouse Animation at this year's e3! Check out all the awesome stuff we saw and live vicariously through our adventures below:

We went to check out Hothead's Swarm which we just finished up some cinematic work on. Brad is so excited about this he can't even attempt to hold it back.

We also got to see the first official look at Sony's upcoming Starhawk game for PS3. We are working with local game studio Lightbox Interactive on several cinemas for Starhawk, the first of which debuted this week as well!

Congratulations to our friends at Lightbox who have been working so hard on this. It looks really great and is getting some awesome reviews on Game Rant as well as Kotaku!
We also got to take a look at the new Wii U that everyone has been talking about. Here is the new controller (in the middle, of course).

We took a break from the action for a bit to head next door to the Staples Center where Rachel got to spend some quality time with one of her heroes.
I never realized how tall he was...

At the SOE booth we stopped to watch some folks play FreeRealms and DC Universe Online-- two more projects that Powerhouse contributed to.

One game we are really excited about is Disney's new Disney Universe. It looks like an MMO for kids that allows the user to create a character based on tons of existing Disney properties (such as Aladdin and Jasmine pictured here). We saw some adorable characters based on Monster's Inc's Sully, Lilo and Stitch, and Nemo. Check out more information on the upcoming game on IGN.

Predictably, the trip had to include the obligatory Captain America photo. Here is Brad with some great memorabilia. I think he wanted to take it home with him, but I don't think it would've fit in his office.

We had a great time checking out our first ever e3 and are so excited for everyone that had great work to show off. We are looking forward to all the upcoming releases and can't wait to check out Starhawk and Swarm, amongst many others.