Thursday, September 19, 2019

Hospital - Personal Animation Test (2003)

This was a "Lipsync" exercise I did at home right after graduating and I still like it, not because it's well done but because it's super weird in its setting HAHAHA! Although this was an AHA moment for me where body mechanics clicked. It's on a small level but it still pushed me forward in a meaningful way. (the audio clip is from Jurassic Park)

Friday, September 13, 2019

His heeeaaad... - Personal Animation Test (2003)

Nowadays I would say "Don't use a famous audio clip!" but what did I know in 2003! Another old clip from school! I remember having a lot of fun tweaking the finger poses!


Thursday, September 12, 2019

Ze Chair - Personal Animation Test (2002)

As my files get older and codecs are barely supported anymore I wanted to upload my old clips from my school time for posterity.

 This was a "Get out of the chair" assignment for my Maya 3 class in Fall 2002! Time flies!!


Sunday, September 8, 2019

Miles 8-Bit style by Arthurnal

Animation Demo Reel Tips - Presentation (part 4)

This is part 4 of the series covering Tips and Tricks, Dos and Don'ts of Animation Demo Reels, and this time I'm talking about Demo Reel Presentation. What are the dos and don'ts for online and IRL demo reel presentations? Check out the clip for my thoughts!

Friday, September 6, 2019

Killing Eve (s1ep1) - Acting Analysis for Animators

Today's Acting Analysis for Animators takes a look at the first episode of season 1 of the FANTASTIC show "Killing Eve". I'm covering pantomime, lip sync, shot ideas, camera staging and more!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Animation Q&A - ANSWERS - part 8

Another round of Animation Q&A, this is part 8 of my answers from all the questions posted on the Spider-Verse giveaway. There were A LOT of questions so there will be a part 9 for sure!


Friday, August 23, 2019

Marriage Story (Trailer) - Acting Analysis for Animators

Today's Acting Analysis for Animators takes a look at the trailer for Netflix' "Marriage Story". Lots of little details to talk about including body language, head accents, twinning, silhouette and more!


Sunday, August 18, 2019

My animation bible - The Animator's Survival Kit

The Animator's Survival Kit absolutely shaped my animation learning journey & I wouldn't be where I am without this book & Richard Williams' inspirational work. If you're new to this book I hope that this glimpse will inspire you like it inspired me!


Saturday, August 3, 2019

How I avoid BURNOUT

In this clip I'm talking about how I try to avoid burnout, which is of course very subjective and tied to each person's individual situation. I do see that topic come up frequently so I thought it'd be a good time to talk about it since I'm on vacation.


Space Sharks


Friday, August 2, 2019

US - Acting Analysis for Animators

Today's Acting Analysis for Animators takes a look at Jordan Peele's movie "US". As always I'm looking at it through a lens of animation and this time I'm covering character staging, character introduction and secondary character reaction.


Saturday, July 27, 2019

Animation Q&A - ANSWERS - part 7

Another round of Animation Q&A, this is part 7 of my answers from all the questions posted on the Spider-Verse giveaway. There were A LOT of questions so there will be a part 8 and more!!


Friday, July 26, 2019

Stranger Things (s3) - Acting Analysis for Animators - part 3

Today's "Acting Analysis for Animators" is the last of my "Stranger Things" season 3 parts! This time I'm looking at episodes 6 and 8 and I'm covering body timing, character reveal, camera composition, contrast in character introduction, when it's okay to mirror poses and more!

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Animation Demo Reel - Getting Feedback Tips (part 3)

This is part 3 of the series covering Tips and Tricks, Dos and Don'ts of Animation Demo Reels, and this time I'm talking about Demo Reel Feedback. Who should you ask, where, what you should do with the feedback and more!

Friday, July 19, 2019

Stranger Things (s3) - Acting Analysis for Animators - part 2


Today's "Acting Analysis for Animators" is part 2 of my dive into season 3 of Netflix' "Stranger Things"! This time I'm looking at episodes 4 and 5 and I'm covering exceptions for acting out words, usage of space in your scene, prop usage of course, environment interaction and more!


Saturday, July 13, 2019

My favorite dailies tool! - Noteshelf 2 App Review

Today's review takes a look at the iOS app "Noteshelf", which I've been using to take notes during animation dailies for quite some time now. So I thought I'd make a clip about it!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Lupin the Third - Trailer

This looks great!


Stranger Things (s3) - Acting Analysis for Animators - part 1

Today's "Acting Analysis for Animators" dives into season 3 of Netflix' "Stranger Things"! Part 1 takes a look at the first three episodes and I'm covering character introduction, pantomime, lip sync accents, camera movements and more!


Saturday, July 6, 2019

The Problem Solving of Filmmaking

Love this!


MOST COMMON Animation Mistakes (part 2) - Ease Ins and Outs

Part 2 of the Most Common Animation Mistakes series takes a look at Ease Ins and Outs. The common trap students fall into is to have body parts (or objects) move or stop within one frame, which kills any sense of weight (let alone being able to communicate emotions and character).

Friday, July 5, 2019

Chernobyl (ep5) - Acting Analysis for Animators

In this "Acting Analysis for Animators" I'm taking a look at episode 5 of "Chernobyl" and this time it's all about DETAILS! Now, it's probably just me who finds this interesting, it's pretty nerdy and specific HAHAHA! But I love this show and there's just too much awesomeness all around!

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Animation Q&A - ANSWERS - part 6

Another round of Animation Q&A, this is part 6 of my answers from all the questions posted on the Spider-Verse giveaway. There were A LOT of questions so there will be a part 7 and more!!

Friday, June 28, 2019

Chernobyl (ep4) - Acting Analysis for Animators

In this "Acting Analysis for Animators" I'm taking a look at episode 4 of "Chernobyl" and I talk about character presentation in relationship to cameras, body pose contrast, non verbal communication and much more!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Animation Demo Reel - Structure Tips (part 2)

Part 2 of the series covering Tips and Tricks, Dos and Don'ts of Animation Demo Reels, with a focus on Structure this time around. How long should the reel be? How do you present your shots? What to avoid! And more!


Friday, June 14, 2019

Chernobyl (ep2) - Acting Analysis for Animators

In this "Acting Analysis for Animators" I'm taking a look at episode 2 of the fantastic show "Chernobyl" on HBO.

This time it's about character state of mind, of course prop acting, contrast of poses when dealing with multiple characters, and so much more!

Friday, June 7, 2019

Chernobyl - Acting Analysis for Animators

In this "Acting Analysis for Animators" I'm taking a look at episode 1 of the fantastic show "Chernobyl" on HBO. There's A LOT to unpack, from lip sync, to shot composition and camera movement, environments influencing your acting choices, and so much more! There's so much that I will be covering each of the 5 episodes individually!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Vice - Acting Analysis for Animators

Today's Acting Analysis for Animators takes a look at the movie Vice and covers contrast in posing, body language, prop usage, character driven gestures and more!


Friday, May 10, 2019

100 Frame Animation Contest Spring 2019 - Announcement

100 Frames. 1 Week. $100.

It's time for another animation contest and challenge animators with a one week deadline and 100 frame limit. The topic of the animation will be announced May 16th and the final submission date is May 23rd end of day (San Francisco time).

All submission movies should be emailed using contest (@) spungella.com and please add your full name in the email.

You can check out this playlist for the previous submissions and winners:
Contest Playlist


To see previous contest submissions head over to the Spungella blog:
Spungella Blog Post


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Animation Blocking - Roto Your Reference - part 10

Part 10 takes a look at a time saving option which involves rotoscoping your reference. I KNOW! The R word! But this is purely to save time and to do a quick check of your reference and I don't advise copying your reference 100% for your final animation!


Friday, May 3, 2019

ER (season 2) - Acting Analysis for Animators - part 5

John Carter is back for this Acting Analysis for Animator upload and once again he is the source of so many awesome moments, covering pantomime, two character setup and pose mimicking!


Thursday, April 25, 2019

A Simple Favor - Acting Analysis for Animators

In this "Acting Analysis for Animators" I'm looking at the movie "A Simple Favor" and this time it's all about PROPS!

 PROPS! PROPS! PROPS! PROPS!

 So many options! :)

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker - Trailer

It's going to be a good one!

Animation Demo Reel - Tips and Tricks, Dos and Don'ts

This is the start of a new series covering Animation Demo Reels. I'll be covering what to include, what to avoid,  how to structure it, etc. and showing demo reel examples. There's a lot to talk to talk about!


Friday, April 12, 2019

Barry - Acting Analysis for Animators

In this Acting Analysis for Animators clip I talk about the HBO show "Barry" (which is just so good!) with different sequences covering subtle acting, broader acting, emotional gear changes, prop usage, etc.


The Secret Life Of Pets 2 - Trailer


Sunday, April 7, 2019

Spring - Blender Open Movie


Work/Life Balance, Productivity and Burnout

In this clip I'm talking about my process regarding Work/Life balance, my approach to productivity and how I avoid burnout.

 The irony is that as I'm typing this it's 11:22pm and the upload is at 4%, despite talking about going to bed at a normal time and getting good sleep!

 Well, this one is going to be a Saturday early morning upload I guess because I'm going to let it sit here and go to sleep HAHAHA!


Saturday, March 30, 2019

Animation Q&A - ANSWERS - part 5

Another round of Animation Q&A, this is part 5 of my answers from all the questions posted on the Spider-Verse giveaway. There were A LOT of questions so there will be a part 6 and probably 7!!


14 Lessons From Making A $3500 Feature Film - Adam Bradley


Friday, March 29, 2019

House of Cards - Acting Analysis for Animators

Today's Acting Analysis for Animators takes a look at "House of Cards" and specifically at body language and contrasting body poses and movement between two characters.