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 (@) 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!


 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.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Overanimating and Overacting in Animation

Do you overanimate your scenes? How do you avoid overanimating your characters and overacting in your animation? What is overacting in general? Do you struggle with acting choices that seem over the top? So many questions! Check out today's FNA upload and let me know if it answered your questions!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Game Anim - Book Review

This review takes a look at Jonathan Cooper's book "Game Anim" and its animation related content. I found it to be a really helpful general overview of the video game animation process with a lot of helpful tips and explanations.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Crazy Rich Asians - Acting Analysis for Animators

Today's Acting Analysis for Animators takes a look at the movie "Crazy Rich Asians". Two sequences covering social status, secondary action, sets offering more acting choices and more!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Most Common Animation Mistakes - part 1

Time to kick off a new series and this is all about the most common animation mistakes. There's a set of pitfalls students fall into all the time and this list is a collection of things I've been seeing over and over for the past 12 years.

 The items might sound broad but I will go into a specific section of the broader term and pick apart what students get wrong over and over.

The list is as follows:
 - blocking (which I have covered already, check it out here => Blocking Playlist )
- ease in/out
- arcs
- spacing
- one frame direction change
- one axis
- no repetition
- proper balance
- offset
- silhouette
- polish

Polish is a big and broad topic for sure, so that one might get its own series.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Take Shelter - Acting Analysis for Animators - part 4

Another Acting Analysis for Animators and this time we are looking at part 4 and one of my favorite sequence of "Take Shelter", which showcases such a wide range of useful animation tips such as reacting to another character, personal space, eye contact, pantomime and much more.

Forglemmegei (Forget-me-not)

Forglemmegei (Forget-me-not) from The Animation Workshop on Vimeo.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - Animation Analysis

Long overdue animation analysis for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse but really, the whole movie is just fantastic! Every. Single. Frame. But I'm still picking out a few select sequences and shots to analyze.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Bohemian Rhapsody - Acting Analysis for Animators

Today's Acting Analysis for Animators is taking a look at "Bohemian Rhapsody" and this time it's all about reaction shots and how you could stage your animation scene where the focus is on people listening and reacting to one or more characters.

Animation Workshop Kyaw Saw Aung #19 (2019)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Saturday, February 9, 2019

How to take your animation TO THE NEXT LEVEL - part 6

Part 6 of the the How to take your Animation to the Next Level series takes a look at an animation workshop example and what you could do to add more interest to the shot through sets, pose contrast, power dynamics, contrast and more!

Friday, February 8, 2019


Wow! Look at that!

Bodyguard - Acting Analysis for Animators

Today's Acting Analysis for Animators takes a look at the Netflix/BBC show "Bodyguard". How can head angles tell us something about your character? When do you add a head accent? What happens when a character looks away or stares at another character? That and more for your animation studies!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

100 Tuesday Tips by Griz and Norm - Book Review

It's review time! "100 Tuesday Tips" by Griz and Norm is today's review product, which features a great collection covering character design, posing, color design and much much more.

Friday, February 1, 2019

The Haunting of Hill House - Acting Analysis for Animators

"The Haunting of Hill House" serves as today's Acting Analysis for Animators and I'm actually just looking at episode 1 (with potentially more to come at a later point). I cover anticipation driven by performance and lipsync pause options using props as help.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Friday, January 25, 2019

Game Night - Acting Analysis for Animators

Today's Acting Analysis for Animators takes a look at the movie "Game Night" and the opportunity to overact and be broad with your acting choices. Also Jeffrey Wright. I mean, come on. He's so good!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Star Trek Deep Space Nine - Acting Analysis for Animators

Today's Acting Analysis for Animators takes a look at Star Trek Deep Space Nine, examining how physical restrictions can offer new acting choices and ideas and how sometimes less is more!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Top UK universities for Animation or VFX

I'm not knowledgeable about UK schools at all but this was sent to me and I wanted to pass it along. If you have any thoughts on this feel free to leave a comment!

Friday, January 4, 2019

ER (season 2) - Acting Analysis for Animators

Time for another ER episode for this Acting Analysis for Animators upload! Once again Noah Wyle shows he's one of the best parts of the show! It's all about pantomime this time with tips and ideas for character intros, body acting vs. lip sync and more!