Saturday, October 13, 2018

Animation Blocking - Planning - part 3

How to block out your animation, how to plan your animation blocking, what to avoid, what IS animation blocking, all these questions are the basis of this new series and a topic that's really important for new animation students.

Part 3 takes a look at different planning methods, focusing on 2D and reference, with examples of how I approach my reference process, 2D planning examples and more!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Maniac - Acting Analysis for Animators

Today's Acting Analysis for Animators is a hefty one! I'm taking a look at the show "Maniac", which is on Netflix, and there are so many awesome moments in it that you could use for your animation purposes and I didn't even cover all episodes! Loved the show, loved all those moments, and if there's ever an art-of book for it, then I'll be set!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Animation Blocking - Cheat Sheet - part 2

How to block out your animation, how to plan your animation blocking, what to avoid, what IS animation blocking, all these questions are the basis of this new series and a topic that's really important for new animation students. Part 2 gives you an animation checklist of the most important items you should be able to cross off before you show your first blocking pass to whoever needs to see it. This animation cheat sheet, as I like to call it, looks like this: PREP - plan your animation - test your rig - create a pose library QUICK CHECK - act out your playblast - use sound as reference WORKFLOW - make a list of notes - do a technical & visual proof-watch: *pops & arcs * body mechanics * silhouette * mirror shot * work in chunks * don’t loop shots (except for fixes) * avoid repetition (pose & timing) BONUS: - rotoscope your reference There you go! The next upload is going to take a look at each of these items in detail.


Friday, October 5, 2018

Borg vs. McEnroe - Acting Analysis for Animators

Today's Acting Analysis for Animators' upload takes a look at the movie "Borg vs. McEnroe", specifically character staging, prop interaction, eye focus and more!


Saturday, September 29, 2018

Animation Blocking - You are doing it WRONG! - part 1

How to block out your animation, how to plan your animation blocking, what to avoid, what IS animation blocking, all these questions are the basis of this new series and a topic that's really important for new animation students. And I may or may not have used this to show a lot of shots from "Tremors"...


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Animation Q&A - ANSWERS - part 3

This is the last part of the Animation Q&A, more to come in the upcoming weeks and months!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Altered Carbon - Acting Analysis for Animators

Time for an Acting Analysis for Animators again and Netflix' "Altered Carbon" serves as an example of how to use props in an interesting way, as well as short interaction between two characters. All good springboard ideas for pantomime animation.


Animation Workshop Konstantinos Zacharakis #5


Saturday, September 8, 2018

Animation Q&A - ANSWERS - part 2

More questions, more answers! This is part 2 of the Animation Q&A. (Youtube gave me some upload grief, I apologize for the one day delay!)

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Jack Ryan - Acting Analysis for Animators

This Acting Analysis for Animators clip takes a look at Amazon's new show "Jack Ryan", covering camera framing for characters, my usual love for eye contact and potential conflict, character interactions and reactions, environmental familiarity and more! Lots of cool little goodies I love to nerd out about.


A Quiet Place — Telling a Story with Sound


Animation Workshop Kyaw Saw Aung #14


Saturday, September 1, 2018

Animation Q&A - ANSWERS - part 1

I got a great batch of questions covering all kinds of animation related topics (and chocolate) and here's the first part of my answers.

Friday, August 31, 2018

The Illusionist - Acting Analysis for Animators

For this Acting Analysis for Animators upload I take a look at the magician movie "The Illusionist"! How can you come across as arrogant, annoyed and high status all through body acting? Look no further than Rufus Sewell!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

THANK YOU and submit your QUESTIONS!

I want to thank everybody who watches my clips! Crazy town that I passed 2000 subscribers! I really appreciate all the interest!

 Now that I've covered a lot of the "pre-production" (as I loosely call this) aspect of animation, focusing on ideas, planning, approach, references, etc. it's time to move towards the middle block, namely "production". In the upcoming weeks and months I'm going to talk about blocking, workflows, tool tips, animation tips, show demos, share files, and so on! After that we will take a look at "post-production", which will cover rendering, presentation, sound, music, demo reel, dos and don'ts and much more.

 SO!

 Now is the time to ask questions! Is there anything you want me to cover? Anything I missed? Anything for future FNAs? I have a long list on my end but I want to make sure that your questions are answered! Thanks again for watching!!

 Cheers
JD

Friday, August 24, 2018

Q&A with the 50 Ways Guy and Animator Kevin Parry


Take Shelter - Acting Analysis for Animators - part 2

Continuing the Acting for Animators analysis with part 2 of "Take Shelter, I take a look at non verbal communication of the grumpy kind and how important posture, gestures and timing are in conveying emotions.


Sunday, August 19, 2018

How to add CHARACTER to your ANIMATION

Character animators are focusing on... character, as the name says. How to animate a character and especially how to create a character is a daunting task and easier said than done! This clip will hopefully give you a few guidelines and tips on how to achieve exactly that.

Animation Workshop Jose Molina #5


Friday, August 17, 2018

ER (Season 1) - Acting Analysis

Another look at season 1 of the TV show "ER", specifically episode 16 "Make of Two Hearts" and 20 "Full Moon, Saturday Night".
Of course John Carter (played by Noah Wyle) with his awesome pantomime actions and reactions is back, as well as another sequence with different actors showcasing the same topic: how the end of a lip-sync piece doesn't have to be the end of your performance.


Saturday, August 11, 2018

Writing Characters Without Character Arcs


The Steven Spielberg "L System"


I love CONFLICT

When your characters are faced with a problem they have to make choices to fix those problems and those choices will reveal their true character. Conflict can be a springboard for comedy, drama, suspense, etc. and a great way to show off your animation skills and an opportunity to go beyond movement and more into character based performance. One of my favorite clips on Youtube serves as today's example illustrating my point. The timing is great and his choice to fix his "problem" still cracks me up!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Extinction - Acting Analysis

When you animate a character make sure that the acting choices are appropriate to the scene, the environment and the context, and not something that seems out of place. It's not just about how to animate a character in terms of movement but also in terms of character choices and the choices will be influenced by what's going on around the character.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Burnout & Overworking Yourself

Take care of yourself!

ANIMA PODI - Teaser

As Cartoon Brew writes:

Famed French Animation School Gobelins Announces Free Online Animation Course... Gobelins, l’École de l’image, the Paris institution renowned for its department of animation, announced their new free massive open online course (MOOC) last month at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Anima Podi, as the MOOC is dubbed, will be a six-week, computer animation training program that begins on October 17.

Head over here for more info and watch the trailer below:


Bang Bang!

Boogie Nights & Goodfellas: When Karma Comes Around

Gotta watch both movies again, they're so good!


Chris McCormick Blizzard Animation Reel 2018

SMALLFOOT - Final Trailer


Saturday, August 4, 2018

How an environment can make your animation BETTER! - part 3

Let's conclude (for now) the series about how the environment can make your character animation better by looking at Django Unchained, extreme weather conditions as well as examples and ideas to make your animation stand out. And why wouldn't you try to talk about Bodysnatchers? :)


Friday, August 3, 2018

Warcraft Cinematic - “Old Soldier”


Take Shelter - Acting Analysis - part 1

This Acting Analysis clip take a look at Jeff Nichols' fantastic movie "Take Shelter". There's a lot to cover so this is part 1 for now, and the sequence I'm looking at is very short but hopefully serves as a springboard for ideas in terms of how you can showcase your main actor's character through their interaction with surrounding minor characters, in this case a father and his daughter. It's a small moment but I really like the idea of secondary action in shots and if you can establish a broader canvas of your character through that then then why not try it out in your next shot?

Saturday, July 28, 2018

How an environment makes your animation BETTER! - part 2

Part 2 of How an Environment Makes your Animation BETTER series looks at Star Trek, Skull Island, Batman vs Superman, Lord of the Rings, Tomb Raider, Iron Man 2 and the new Godzilla trailer to showcase how your character can be affected by the environment and how it can and should alter the performance.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

All the Money in the World - Acting Analysis

This Acting Analysis clip looks at the movie "All the Money in the World" and the examples cover how characters can be affected by their costume, outside environments (more on that in my FNAs), body posture changes based on emotions and lipsync tips.


Animation Workshop Krystal Huynh #1


Friday, July 20, 2018

How an environment makes your animation BETTER! - part 1

This is the start of a multi part series again, almost an unofficial "How to take your animation to the next level" part 6, but this time I'm talking about environments and it's a subject I want to dedicate its own series to.
I'm starting with the simple yet very important distinction: has your character been in that environment before or is the first time? Your acting choices will be different depending on your answer and a set and environment can inspire your acting choices tremendously!


Thursday, July 19, 2018

ER (Season 1) - Acting Analysis

For this Acting Analysis clip I'm looking at season 1 of the TV show "ER", specifically episode 12 "Happy New Year" and episode 14 "Long Day's Journey".
John Carter (played by Noah Wyle) seems to be dominating all the clips I'm going to show, with his awesome pantomime actions and reactions, but other characters and moments will be featured as well of course.


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Food Thief - Teaser Shot and Rig Demo

Sonder: Animated Film Made with Unity


Julian Teo Pixar Reel - Animation Analysis

Julian Teo's Pixar Internship 2016 Animation Demo Reel is always being shown in my classes and his shot of Inside Out's Riley is such a good example of a strong pantomime acting performance within a set and how a set can influence your acting choices and marry both the character and the set together so that the character feels alive within that environment.


Saturday, July 14, 2018

How to take your animation TO THE NEXT LEVEL - part 5

Okay... one more! This really is the last part of the How To Take Your Animation To The Next Level series (at least in this form!). I had to add one more part because of the awesomeness of this clip I'm talking about! The body mechanics, the conflict, the struggle, the determination, it's all so good!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Star Trek Voyager "Elogium" - Acting Analysis

Looking at an episode of Star Trek Voyager, this week's Acting Analysis looks at how you can use a prop to enhance a character's emotional state. Ok, that sounds pretty fancy, especially given the show and the characters in my example. Hey! What can I say, I'm more of a DS9 and TNG guy, but it's still a fun example.

Friday, July 6, 2018

How to take your animation TO THE NEXT LEVEL - part 4

Part 4 of the How To Take Your Animation To The Next Level series (and final one) walks you through more examples of how you can add interesting complexities to your exercises, be it a weight assignment, a creature shot, etc. in order to make it more about a specific moment of a character instead of just movement. Aaaand some examples are kinda dark, what can I say.


Tomb Raider - Acting Analysis

Sometimes less is more and looking at the latest "Tomb Raider" movie for my acting analysis series I found exactly that! Amidst all the spectacle and action, there was a great little moment that stood out to me exactly because it was small and subtle and worked as a contrast to all the action. Two very similar scenes from different Star Trek movies are also featured to show how less is more can be very effective (funny enough, all featuring villains).

Saturday, June 30, 2018

How to take your animation TO THE NEXT LEVEL part 3

Part 3 of the How To Take Your Animation To The Next Level series takes a look at the classic animation exercise: the weight lift. Using Ti West's "The Innkeepers" as an example, I'm walking you through all the cool moments of that sequence (or more one long shot) and how you can apply that to your animation, and I look at other little bits of movie examples to round out part 3 of this FNA.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Friday, June 22, 2018

How to take your animation TO THE NEXT LEVEL - part 2

This is part 2 of the How To Take Your Animation To The Next Level series and I'm exploring the classic "Sit Down" assignment and using a clever kid and awesome Disney Animation character studies as inspiration for your future animation scenes!

Westworld Season 2 "Les Écorchés" - Acting Analysis

It's Thursday and that means Acting Analysis day and before this season of "Westworld" ends I wanted to take a look at two sequences and talk about contrast in character through simple eye movement behavior differences and how quiet moments with whispers and people's reactions could be a great inspiration for your pantomime animation scenes.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Spungella Playblast - Podcast Announcement!

The Spungella Playblast animation podcast is officially live!

The intro episode is out now, check out the announcement clip!


Episode 1 is out on Ancher now:
anchor.fm/spungellaplayblast

and as the episodes are being distributed over the next few days you will find them as well on:

iTunes (Apple Podcasts)
Spotify
Google Play Music
Overcast
Pocket Casts


Thanks for listening! :)
JD

Thursday, June 14, 2018

True Detective - Acting Analysis

This acting analysis clip covers a lot of different topics: unspoken history through body acting, expanding the scope of your scene through extra characters, sneaking in polished animation for extra awesomeness, and more, as I'm walking you through this sequence from "True Detective", season 1.

*hahaha not sure why I said "nervous" during that nun animation by Guilherme Jacinto, she's more frustrated than nervous :)

Animation Workshop Romana Sonntag #1


Saturday, June 2, 2018

Power through these ANIMATION EXERCISES!

This FNA goes through some of the helpful animation exercise lists you can find online, which should keep you busy for quite some time and how you can tweak exercises for even more challenges.

Friday, June 1, 2018

True Blood - Acting Analysis

Today's acting analysis takes a look at "True Blood" and how a simple head angle change can affect the intent of a shot!