Thursday, July 2, 2020

Motherless Brooklyn - Acting Analysis for Animators

This Acting Analysis for Animators takes a look at "Motherless Brooklyn" and covers character introduction, character composition and staging and character specificity!


Amazon Echo Show 5 - Review


Today's review takes a look at my lockdown companion, Amazon's "Echo Show 5". I listen to a lot of movies while I work and with the bigger screen than the "Echo Spot" it's pretty handy video wise as well.


Saturday, June 27, 2020

Lenses - Cameras for Animation (part 1)

New series: Cameras for Animation! Tricky to master but vital for your growth as an animator and storyteller. This vast topic will be covered over multiple videos and part 1 focuses on LENSES.


Thursday, June 25, 2020

Da 5 Bloods - Acting Analysis for Animators


This Acting Analysis for Animators takes a look at Spike Lee's "Da 5 Bloods" and covers props driving poses, pantomime thought process, character staging and more! 

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Portfolios & Reels with Walt Disney Animation Studios


Animation Workshop Kyle Disanjh #2 (2020)


Simplified Drawing for Planning Animation (by Wayne Gilbert) - Review


"Simplified Drawing for Planning Animation is packed with information about drawing the human form in a simplified way, for animators, illustrators, character designers and comic artists. It emphasizes simplified structure, balance and posing with sequential images." 

 I'm covering my old 1999 edition but the 4th edition "is an updated version with more character design information and animated examples from planning notes.", so make sure to check it out here.

Friday, June 19, 2020

The BIGGEST Posing Mistake Animators Do

Don't fall into the trap of just opening an animation rig and starting to animate with it. A rig pose is not a character pose. Think about the headspace, the emotional state, the situation, etc. that your character is in and work on that defining starting pose.

The Windshield Wiper - Trailer

NSFW

Thursday, June 18, 2020

The Great (season 1) - Acting Analysis for Animators


This Acting Analysis for Animators takes a look at Hulu's "The Great" and covers character quirks, reaction shots, shot composition and much more! And it's also a fantastic show you should watch!


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Star Trek Deep Space 9 XL Edition (Eaglemoss Hero Collector) - Unboxing


Part of the "Things I Like" playlist, let's unbox and take a look at the Star Trek Deep Space 9 XL Edition (Eaglemoss Hero Collector), because why not?! I love Star Trek and this station design has always been fascinating to me. If you haven't watcched DS9 yet you should, one of the best Trek shows out there! 

 You can get it here at Eaglemoss: shop.eaglemoss.com


Friday, June 12, 2020

Kena: Bridge of Spirits Trailer - Animation Analysis (EmberLab)

Really cool looking trailer with beautiful cinematics and interesting gameplay. Great work by EmberLab!


Goodbye Volcano High - Reveal Trailer


Animation Progression - Blocking to Polish - "I'm Walking Here" (shot 1)

Here's a progression reel of the first shot of my "I'm Walking Here" clip. This is probably the only clip I fully animated straight ahead from start to finish, improvising each beat on the go.


Friday, May 29, 2020

How to make any animation rig CARTOONY!


Do you want to tackle a cartoony creature animation but can't find the right rig? With this simple modification you can turn any realistic looking rig into a cartoony rig!

Friday, May 22, 2020

Industry Advice for Graduating Animation Students - Pro Tips

It's a tough industry to break in and a tough industry to stay in. Be mindful of the pitfalls, especially when you transition from student to professional. This clip will hopefully include tips that will make navigating these waters easier.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

100 Frame Animation Topic: Quarantine or Unlucky - Spring 2020 Contest


Here we go! Two topics! You can choose either one of them! Deadline is next Thursday end of day! More info in the movie description!

Friday, May 1, 2020

Polish - Most Common Animation Mistakes (part 11)

Part 11 of the Most Common Animation Mistakes series takes a look at POLISH. The extra effort at the end of your animation work is crucial to making your work extra special! This clip is packed with examples!


Thursday, April 30, 2020

Person of Interest (s2) - Acting Analysis for Animators

This Acting Analysis for Animators takes a look at "Person of Interest" and this time it's more about creative usage of props. If you have a set and props, think about how you could combine multiple elements for an unexpected acting choice!

Friday, April 24, 2020

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Gotham (s4) - Acting Analysis for Animators

This Acting Analysis for Animators takes a look at "Gotham" and how you can anticipate a line of dialogue through your body and serves as a reminder that you emphasize, downplay, tweak, etc. the intent and intensity of your dialogue outside of the actual audio boundary.


The Firefly Grove


Friday, April 17, 2020

Offset - Most Common Animation Mistakes (part 9)

Part 9 of the Most Common Animation Mistakes series takes a look at OFFSET. In this clip I'm taking a look at how you should avoid moving your character as one unit, moving beyond pose to pose and adding asymmetry to your character.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Succession (s1) - Acting Analysis for Animators - part 5

In part 5 of my Acting Analysis for Animators "Succession" series I take a look at how props help push emotions, character interaction, reaction shots and a monster dissection of an awesomely awkward sequence!

Friday, April 3, 2020

Balance - Most Common Animation Mistakes (part 8)

There are two specific mistakes students repeatedly make involving body mechanics and timing when it comes to imbalanced poses. How do you regain balance mechanics wise and timing wise? This clip will show you how.

REBOOTED | Short Film


Thursday, April 2, 2020

Friday, March 20, 2020

Connected Trailer (Sony Pictures Animation) - Animation Analysis

Sony is really pushing the style in their movies and it's just a delight to go through their animation and renders frame by frame. If you want to nerd out about "Connected", you've found the right clip.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Keyframe PRO (Animation Critique Player) - Review

If you're looking for a movie player that lets you step frame through your clips, scrubs audio and does frame by frame plus onion skinning annotation, then look no further, Keyframe Pro is my pick for all of that and more!

Screencast-O-Matic (Desktop Capture Tool) - Review

If you're looking for a versatile screen capture tool with annotation, editing, greenscreen and more even options, then look no further, Screencast-O-Matic is my pick and I've been using it for my animation critiques for years!

Friday, March 13, 2020

My Animation Workflow - Maya 2020 Default Setup - part 1

What's the first thing that I change when I open up a new Maya? In this new "Workflow" series I'm walking you through my Maya tweaks and how I set up my environment using the built-in Maya 2020 tools.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Pixar's Soul Trailer - Animation Analysis

New trailer for Pixar's "Soul" is out so of course I have to nerd out with an animation analysis! Expect a lot of frame by framing and the usual shouting of "COME ON!" 😄 Beautiful mix of styles! Looking forward to this one!

Saturday, March 7, 2020

No Repetition - Most Common Animation Mistakes (part 7)

Part 7 of the Most Common Animation Mistakes series takes a look at Repetition in animation. Avoid repetition. And not just positionally, but also timing wise. Every move will take a different amount of time and end up in a different position which in turns makes your animation less perfect and more organic.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

The West Wing (s2) - Acting Analysis for Animators

This Acting Analysis for Animators clips takes a look at the show "The West Wing" and I cover how to expand the scope of your scene, how to lead with your character gestures, how to strengthen your emotions through props and more!

Animation Workshop Nicolas Suarez #2 (2020)


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Succession (s1) - Acting Analysis for Animators - part 4

In part 4 of my Acting Analysis for Animators "Succession" series I take a look at character staging and interaction, subposes, anticipation in lip sync and more!

Friday, February 21, 2020

MOST COMMON Animation Mistakes (part 5) - One Frame Direction Change

Part 5 of the Most Common Animation Mistakes series takes a look at the One Frame Direction Change. One common spacing issue, and also due to no proper arcs, is the dreaded one frame direction change. Nothing changes direction abruptly unless the object or character hits an outside force/obstacle or an outside force/obstacle acts on your character (generally).

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Prometheus - Acting Analysis for Animators

Today's Acting Analysis for Animators takes a look at Prometheus and focuses on how costumes can provide more ideas for your animation shot. Will it change interactions between characters? Can it add suspense? Does it change your body mechanics?

The Virtual Production of The Mandalorian, Season One


Saturday, February 15, 2020

MOST COMMON Animation Mistakes (part 4) - Spacing

Part 4 of the Most Common Animation Mistakes series takes a look at SPACING.

 You want to make sure that you have consistent spacing within a movement. By consistent I mean spacing that gives the impression of proper speed and action based on the character and acting, movement and intention. Or in short: avoid sudden pops. Those inconsistencies will kill the sense of weight and overall believability of your animation.

 Timing and spacing are KEY factors to portraying weight (or the lack of it) and integral to proper body mechanics. You really want to have that nailed down before attempting any type of performance shots.

Friday, February 14, 2020

The Strain (s2) - Acting Analysis for Animators

Today's Acting Analysis for Animators takes a look at The Strain and focuses on different variations of character introductions, the reaction to said introductions, progression of character behavior and more!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Animation Workshop Santiago Uriarte #3 (2020)


The Pitfalls of the Animation Industry - Pros and Cons

The animation industry can be tough. It's important for you to research this field & listen to artists like Janet Chan who've had negative experiences. They're valid & they're important. Here are my thoughts regarding her post & why I did NOT quit this industry.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Sunday, February 9, 2020

MOST COMMON Animation Mistakes (part 3) - Arcs

Part 3 of the Most Common Animation Mistakes series takes a look at ARCS. Tracking arcs is a tedious affair yet a task you have to undertake for every shot. Don't neglect it!

Friday, February 7, 2020

Star Trek The Next Generation - Acting Analysis for Animators

Today's Acting Analysis for Animators takes a look at the last season of Star Trek The Next Generation and concentrates on a moment that illustrates thought process and how can you anticipate emotions and play with character moments leading into the next lip sync beat.

Friday, January 24, 2020

The Black Keys "Go" - Acting Analysis for Animators

Today's Acting Analysis for Animators upload is a very short clip taken from the music video "Go" by The Black Keys and it's all about adding a specific gesture around a lip-sync moment. What can you do before and after the actual lip sync piece you're animating?

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Take Care of Yourself

You can't be an animation machine! Take care of yourself! Take breaks! Think long term and focus on work/life balance. In this upload I'm going through a list of health tips that I focus on during my daily routine and hopefully some of these tips will be helpful to you!


Friday, January 17, 2020

Killing Eve (s1ep5 & 8) - Acting Analysis for Animators

Today's Acting Analysis for Animators takes a look at episodes 5 and 8 of season 1 of the FANTASTIC show "Killing Eve". I'm covering character reactions, scene setup and blocking, lip sync variations and more!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020