Layout meeting in L.A. Café

The layout department is very busy under the supervision of our Director of Photography Pepe Valencia and Layout Supervisor Francisco Pacheco.
Even if Mila is produced in a virtual studio across 25 countries once in a while we like to meet in person whenever possible.
Recently met at a café in L.A. with Layout Supervisor Francisco Pacheco (center) and Layout Artist Alessandro Ceglia (left).
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We have 2 sequences already in animation and Alessandro’s one is looking awesome and will soon be ready for animators.
Alex Kong (Mexico), Marc Molto(France), Aldo Cruz(Mexico), Salvador Almanza(Mexico) and Lorenzo Pedergnaga(Italy) are also busy on other sequences.
Thanks to Mila super talented and passionate layout artists!

A tribute to my grandmother

The female character who saves Mila was inspired by my grandmother, and created in her image. Her name was Luisa. She was an amazing tailor, and in turn, the character that saves Mila is a tailor by trade. The woman’s house Mila finds shelter in is full of things tailors use – the most important being the sewing machine.
The original sewing machine was of course a “Singer”. Unfortunately, the Singer company wasn’t interested in product placement, so we came up with “Luisa” – my Grandmother’s name, as the brand of our sewing machine prop.
Here’s a picture of my Grandmother in 1936, accompanied by our homage to her.
Modeling: Adam Thoms (U.K.)
Textures: Ruchita Jeswal (Australia)
Look Development – Ruchita Jeswal (Australia) & Andres Amaya (Mexico)
Art Director – Alexandra Kavalova (Canada)
Modeling Supervisor – Philippe Brochu (USA)
Texture/LookDev Supervisro – Cesar A. Montero Orozco
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Latest approved assets

Sharing some of the buildings that were recently approved and ready to be lit with Arnold. Thanks to all the amazing artists involved!

Geoffrey Dutch (Look Development Artist) – France
Alex Harris (Senior Modeler) – U.K.
Ruchita Jeswal (Texture artist/Senior Modeler) – Australia
Mattias Lullini (Modeler) – Italy
Lorenzo Pedergnana (Texture Artist/Look Development Artist) – Italy
Noela Leis Sestayo (Look Development Artist) – Spain

Thanks also to our amazing Mila supervisors:
Alexandra Kavalova (Art Director) – Canada
Philippe Brochu (Modeling Supervisor) – USA
Cesar A. Montero Orozco (Textures Supervisor/Look Development Supervisor) – USA

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San Lorenzo Bridge

Sharing another great asset that was just finalized by Mila amazing team! Also included are the photos taken in 1943 of San Lorenzo Bridge in Trento that inspired us. The demolition was caused by heavy bombing of the city in September of 1943. Thanks to all the awesome artists that helped reproducing this iconic structure for the film. And if you are wondering, yes we’ll reproduce the explosion that caused it’s destruction during one of the war sequences. Christopher Hiess, Mila CG sup will take care of the effects!
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Model – Mattias Lullini – Italy Dharmesh Sareriya – India & Alex Harris – U.K.
Modeling Supervisor – Philippe Brochu – USA
Textures – Ruchita Jeswal – Australia
Look Development – Geoffrey Duch – France
Texture/Look Dev Supervisor – Cesar Montero Orozco – USA
Art Direction – Alexandra Kavalova – Canada

Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays Mila Family!

The holidays are meant to share love and laughter with your family and friends. We may live all over the world, but the Mila family will always be close at heart.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!
Cinzia and Andrea

Bomber

Very happy to share our Bomber. The design is meant to be generic because the intent is not to point any fingers but to present the evil of war.
It’s really looking great. Amazing job by a great team!

Concept, model and textures – Nick Igoe – U.K.
Modeling Supervisor – Philippe Brochu – USA
Art Direction – Alexandra Kavalova
Texture/Look Dev Supervisor – Cesar Montero Orozco – USA
Look Development – Geoffrey Duch – France
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Destroyed Carousel

Mila’s most complicated prop is the carousel. We’ll have two versions of it, the non destroyed one for a Dream Sequence and the Destroyed one that is showcased here, for the war sequence. This version of the carousel has been in the works for a long time and lot of people contributed to making it a GREAT piece!
I’d like to mention everyone involved:
Art Director: Alexandra Kavalova (Canada)
Modeling Supervisor: Philippe Brochu (USA)
Textures/Look Development Supervisor: Cesar Montero Orozco (USA)
Visual Development Artist: Richard Smitheman (USA)
Horses Character Design: Luis Grane (USA)
Prop Designer: Christine Mc Alleer (USA)
Modeler (Carousel Structure): Eric Rodarte (USA)
Modeler (Carousel Horses): Ricardo Velarde (USA)
Texture Artist: Ruchita Jeswal (Australia)
Look Development Artist: Geoffrey Duch (France)
Looking awesome guys!!
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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, SquashnStretch.net

Great to have you on board Filippo!