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