Artist Spotlight: Jimmie Nelson – Texture/Look Development Artist

It’s a pleasure to showcase Jimmie’s great work on Mila.

Please find below a comment by Cesar Montero Orozco, Mila Texture/Look Development Supervisor.

“Jimmy is a rare find. He poses both excellent artistic and technical skills. As an artist, he delivers exquisite shading at a level I rarely see. Jimmy technical skills have also played an important role for the team. He has been instrumental in keeping our artists up and running with their Arnold licenses. He provides Awesome (with a capital A) support to all the artists. His sense of urgency, clarity and dedication to this and other technical tasks has proven invaluable. We are very happy to have Jimmy in our team!”

Ceiling Lamp: Model by Alex Harris, Texture by Jimmie Nelson

Copper Bowls: Model by Adam Thoms, Texture by Jimmie Nelson

And this is from Jimmie!

Hello Mila Team –

My name is Jimmie Nelson. It is a pleasure to be apart of this great project and world-wide production team.

Ever since I can remember art and technology have been a part of my life. Whether drawing bizarre monsters as a child, learning how to paint, or figure sketching as a young adult. I have also been known for taking appliances and other knick-knacks apart once in a while just to be able to put them back together and see if I could get them to work again.

I currently have over 16 years of work experience in the creative, technical and supervision of 3D/2D content within the film, gaming, web and design industries. I have been fortunate to have worked on such films as “Unbreakable”, “Reign of Fire”, “Treasure Plant”, “Chicken Little”, “Meet the Robinsons” to name a few. And have held various roles from System Administrator to VFX Supervisor. I have also had the opportunity in working and supporting the Blizzard cinematic team in creating the famous WOW cinematic sequences.

Life wouldn’t be exciting without consistently looking for new challenges, new opportunities and new areas of growth. Being apart of the Mila project definitely fits within that scope. I am excited to see the final product on the big screen. I look forward in continually working with you all more.

Well Deserved Promotion

Just wanted to let everyone know that Filippo Dattola is now Mila crowd Animation supervisor. Filippo has been animating on Mila and also has helped create all the Background cycle animation by supervising the Junior Animators for quite some time. Very deserved promotion!

Filippo Dattola has recently worked as a character animator at MPC London on The Guardians of the Galaxy and is currently working on Avengers: Age of Ultron at Industrial Light & Magic. Filippo also teaches Character animation at the first italian online animation school,

Great to have you on board Filippo!

First Sequence Matte Painting

Here is a matte painting for the first sequence by Fabio Santoro. I love how Fabio was able to capture the mountains around Trento. Really great job!

We are looking for an experienced TD

We are looking for an experienced TD – preferably a generalist – knowledge of rigging, cloth and hair would be awesome! Just a reminder that Mila is a volunteer based project and we can offer a credit and a GREAT experience! Please spread the word!

And the Grand Prize Winner is …. MILA!

Thanks everyone for supporting the film and voting for Mila. Here is the official announcement by Sticker Giant!

A chance to win. Please vote!

Mila is currently number one on the stickers Giant contest. If Mila wins we’ll get 1,000 free stickers to help promote the film.
Please take the time to vote via Facebook by September 22nd 2014. Thanks!!

Artist Spotlight: Dane Travelstead – Look Development Artist/Lighter


It’s a pleasure to showcase Dane Travelstead work. Dane tackled our biggest ground plane in Mila. Groundplanes are the most deceptive assets to texture for animated films: they have to look great on closeup, on mid distance, far away…All that while making them flexible for change and avoiding a repetitive CG look. Dane accomplished all these tasks as a pro! We are very happy to have Dane in our team!

Here is a note from Dane about his experience on Mila.

“Hello team,

My name is Dane Travelstead and I would like to say that it has been an amazing experience working on Mila with everyone so far. I’m a 3d artist, from the U.S. and since I was a child I have always loved to play video games and watch films. The art in games and movies has always astounded me, and every year i’m more impressed with what the VFX, and video game industry create. There were many times that I would stop playing a game, just so that I could look around and take my time to see all those little bits of details, some artist toiled hours away at. So now that I am older I want to create that same experience that I was given, and I hope that I can give it to people young and old.

In these few months I have learned so much from this project, the other artists working on Mila, and even my self. Learning the pipeline of a professional team was rough at first, as I was very unfamiliar with the way a production is handled, but with every assignment, I can see my self rapidly improve as an artist. There are many of you I have yet to meet, but from the people I have communicated with, I have to say you are all superb artists and genuinely great people. Thank you to everyone who has been there to help and guide me a long the way, you are all wonderful.

I’m eagerly waiting to see our final product on screen, I know it will be great from what I have seen, and I’ll be doing my part to ensure it is. ”

Groundplane model by Ruchita Jeswal – Australia
Textures and Look development by Dane Travelstead – USA

Model by Lisa Rivelli – Italy & Florian Simovici – Romania
Textures by Ruchita Jeswal – Australia
Look Development by Dane Travelstead – USA


Model by Alex Harris – U.K.
Textures by Ruchita Jeswal – Australia
Look Development by Dane Travelstead – USA

Dane’s portfolio: Website

Latest vehicle Approved with Arnold shaders

Model by Alex Harris
Textures by Ruchita Jeswal
Look Development work by Andres Amaya
Looking really great!

Artist Spotlight: Andres Amaya – Look Development Artist/Lighter


It has been a while since we featured one of our artists and it’s time to showcase Andres Amaya.
Presently Andres is helping converting lot of the props and buildings to be used with Arnold.
He is also been texturing assets like the couch that is attached here and will also be texturing characters. Great work Andres!

Truck: Model and Textures Ruchita Jeswal
Look Development artist: Andres Amaya

Destroyed Truck: Model and Textures Ruchita Jeswal
Look Development artist: Andres Amaya

Couch: Model by Giorgio Zamboni
Textures and Look development by Andres Amaya

Tower: Model by Giovanni Cenna, Textures by Ruchita Jeswal
Look Development Artist: Andres Amaya

Fiat Balilla: Model and Textures Ruchita Jeswal
Look Development artist: Andres Amaya

Here is a short note from Andres:

“Hi everyone,

My name is Andrés Amaya; I am a 3D artist from Monterrey, México. I finished my studies on Animation and Digital Arts back in 2013. I have always had a great passion for entertainment and storytelling, that’s why I decided to enter the world of animation. It has always been my dream to be a part of a project that made people feel the way I felt, as a kid, watching animated movies. And ever since I joined this amazing project, I feel one step closer to fulfilling that dream.

While working in Mila I have learned what it’s really like to work with a great team of passionate professionals, within professional pipelines. I feel like I grow as an artist with every feedback and review I receive. The Mila crew amazes and inspires me on a daily basis and I will be forever thankful that they allowed me to be a part of this awesome family.

Even though I have been in the Mila project for a very short time, I can’t wait for the world to see the outcome of all the hard work this team has done.”

Mila carousel

This is the non destructed carousel, our most complicated prop.
Model by Eric Rodarte and Ricardo Velarde.
Textures by Ruchita Jeswal.
Modeling supervisor, Philippe Brochu
Texture Supervisor, Cesar Montero Orozco
What a GREAT team you guys!!