Monday, July 28, 2008

Tony Palermo

If you have seen the Recobbled Cut and looked at the slow motion scene of the Dying Messenger on the horse you might have also seen this scene:Like Tash's slow motion scene this one is also part of King Nod's dream. If I remember it properly this was the first scene that Tony Palermo animated on the Thief. I think previously he assisted Brent Odell on scenes with technical effects, like the scene of the falling tower in the War Machine sequence where the camera rotates sideways.I was impressed by Tony's work here, the timing and spacing of the swords and the organic feel of the blood. It's quite different from what he had done previously and I was glad that Dick gave him a shot to animate his own scene.Here is a photo of Tony Palermo with his desk neighbour Emanuela Cozzi.I didn't remember what else Tony animated on the film, but I consulted with Dietmar who remembers these 2 scenes:

7 comments:

Matt J said...

The blood! Yes, I was always impressed by the way that was animated too-assumed it was referenced from live-action?

Holger said...

I'm not sure, Matt. I have a faint memory of asking him about that. He might have
just done it, without direct reference, maybe just with some helpful advice from Dick.
Dick knows a lot about F/X animation. I had to work on a scene where the Thief is wringing water out of his coat and he
had a lot of helpful and knowledgeable tips on how to animate the water.

Nils Poulsen said...

Thanks again for an interesting post.
I appreciate you giving credit to artists we wouldn't hear about otherwise. This film seems especially tricky as far as the credits are concerned because a lot of the artists credited in the released version worked on it at other studios after Williams lost the film.

Dietmar said...

The list of artists who worked on the film while it was still in Dick's hand can ofc be seen in the mysterious recobbled cut that floats around

Nils Poulsen said...

Yes, that's a good list. These credits are from the Calvert version I think and he has his people listed separately in a second section. imdb seems to have a good list, too. Calvert artists are clearly indicated.

Anonymous said...

This has been mentioned before, but how long will we have to wait for an official release of all this good stuff?
I haven't watched the official version in ages, but I believe Palermo's scene like many others is not even on there.

Doug said...

Wow! I remember painting that background behind the sword. Dick was very picky about getting it just right! And all those rocks behind the skewered messenger!!