China’s Answer to Pixar Unveils New 3-D Feature About Guardian Spirits

Mar 17, 2015  Wall Street Journal

 

 

Chinese web entrepreneur Gary Wang says though he’s always admired Pixar, he wants to improve upon the Hollywood animation studio’s model.

 

“The cost of Pixar’s film [production] is too high,” said Mr. Wang, who founded the video site Tudou.com in 2005, at the time China’s largest. “We won’t spend $100 million on a film but we also want to produce world-class work.”

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The Chinese animation firm aiming to rival Hollywood

BBC 2014.8.4

Light Chaser Animation aims to make feature films to rival those of Hollywood studios Pixar and Dreamworks.

A familiar issue for many businesses these days is a scarcity of top talent.

Chinese film studio Light Chaser Animation has taken an unusual approach to help to solve this problem – it bought a robot.

The device is a “telepresence robot”, which it acquired from California-based Double Robotics. It consists of a battery-powered mobile platform to which an iPad is attached.

The wi-fi controlled device can move around the company’s offices and it allows animation director Colin Brady – who lives in Los Angeles and did not want to move to China – to communicate with the rest of the team in Beijing.

Staff are watched by a "telepresence" robot
The “telepresence robot” allows a key US worker to communicate with the team

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Technical Director, Rigging

Technical Director, Rigging

 

Job Description:

Responsible for shaping the characters 3D geometry and the delivery of a well-designed set of animation controls for manipulating that geometry in animated films

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China’s Pixar Hires U.S. Talent,Raises Fresh Funds

Wall Street Journal   2014.6.30

A year-old Chinese animated-film studio has hired former employees of U.S. powerhouses such as Pixar,while raising $20 million in the latest round of venture-capital funding.

Light Chaser Animation Studios in Beijing now employs about 130 people — including some Westerners as well as over 20 Chinese “returnees”who have worked overseas in U.S. and French animated film industries.The studio plans to increase its staff to 160 by August,according to founder Gary Wang,a Chinese Internet entrepreneur who previously co-founded online video site Tudou in 2005.

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Screenshot of Light Chaser Animation Studio’s short film, Little Yeyos. Light Chaser Animation Studio

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China’s Light Chaser Animation Raises $20 Million From GGV Capital

The Hollywood Reporter 2014.6.20

China’s Light Chaser Animation Studios has closed a $20 million round of Series B funding, led by GGV Capital and Chengwei Capital.

Light Chaser was launched in March 2013 by Gary Wang, founder of Tudou.com, which was bought by rival Internet video company Youku.com in a $1 billion stock deal in 2012. Wang has said his ambition for the company is for it to be China’s answer to Pixar — a boutique studio “creating world-class animated films with a Chinese cultural touch.”

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Animation Start-up ‘Light Chaser’ Scores Big Hit In China With First Short Film

Forbes   2014.3.27

Since its online release two weeks ago, the first short film from Gary Wang’s Light Chaser Animation Studio has scored close to 30 million clicks on Chinese video sites. The three-minute 3D film titled “Little Yeyos”, which means “Little Night Wanderers,” tells the simple story of seven chubby and baby-faced fairies roughhousing over a light-reflecting lapel pin.

Chinese audience online has mostly praised the production quality of the short film, especially its visual effects and the vivacity of the characters. Yet many found the storyline too plain, and the fairies somewhat similar to the “minions” in “Despicable Me,” except, the minions are cuter.

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“Little Yeyos” – The first shot from Light Chaser Animation Studios

“Little Yeyos” is the first short film from Light Chaser Animation Studios, a start-up animation studios based in Beijing. Light Chaser Animation Studios was founded in 2013 by Gary Wang, the founder and ex-CEO of Tudou.com, China’s leading video sharing website. Our goal is to produce top quality animated films.

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Mission & Values

Our Mission

 

Our mission is to combine technology and art to create unprecedented pieces of work.

 

Our Values

 

- Best talents inspire each other: Light Chaser brings together the best talents from different fields. With highest level of integrity, we express openly, communicate thoroughly, and pursue perfection.

 

- Shared responsibility, shared success: Light Chaser belongs to each of its members. We share the responsibility of our mission as well as the fruits of success.

 

- Innovation comes from curiosity and fun: Light Chaser is filled with curiosity about the world. Our fun work environment inspires us in creating the best works and products.

 

- Equal emphasis on art and technology: Every work and product from Light Chaser pursues the perfect fusion of technology and art.

 

 

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Effects Artists

Job Description:

  1. Responsible for adding natural or supernatural characters or things to animated films, according to the requests from the VFX supervisors
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Character Animator

Job Description:

Create quality motion and facial expressions animation according to the requirements from Director and Animation Director

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Lighting Artist

Job Description:

  1. 2+ years of experience in digital animation or visual effects. Understanding of production lighting. Proficiency in Maya, Nuke etc.
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Designer

Job Description:

Establish the environments, characters, props, colour schemes and any other design elements required for the production

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Tudou Founder Eyes Big Screen

Wall Street Journal    2013.3.12

Web Entrepreneur Gary Wang Is Opening Studio to Produce Animated Movies for China

HONG KONG—After running China’s largest online video site, Tudou.com founder Gary Wang is gearing up to start his next project: China’s answer to Pixar.

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