Friday, December 23, 2011
Fall 2011 Spungella Animation Workshops are done!
Thanks to everybody who participated, it was again a TON of fun and very inspiring to see what you guys come up with! We even had a leprechaun in a suitcase for crying out loud!!! :)
Have a great holiday break! You all deserve it!
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
TEDx - JASON SCHLEIFER
Goose by Dor Shamir
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Sophia Grace and Rosie - Contrasty behaviour reference
Friday, December 16, 2011
Disney Animator Tom Bancroft Webcast
If you've signed up for the Animschool.com newsletter, then you've received the cool news that you can watch the recording of the Tom Bancroft webcast. That opportunity is not going to last forever, so check it out here!
Tony Chau Nov 2011 Demo Reel
Tony Chau Nov 2011 Demo Reel from Tony Chau on Vimeo.
Michael Amos Animation Showreel
2012 Golden Globes Nominations
Awards season is upon us!
Check out the full list here.
The Adventures of Tintin
Puss in Boots
Twitter Anim tips
Definitely recommended, don't miss it!
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Diablo 3 Exclusive Intro Cinematic
Cool look at the beginning! Thanks Ricardo for the tip!
Click here to watch it.
Behind the Magic: The Look of 'Rango'
I like how Hal addresses the emotion capture thing though. Maybe people just read that part a long time ago and since "capture" is part of it, the notion of motion capture as a dominant factor crept in?
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Kyle Balda 3D Animation Masterclass: Basic Walk Cycle Tutorial
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Aardman Animation Studios - Behind The Scenes
- found via onanimation
Friday, December 9, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Trailer
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
12 Drawings a Day - 12 Dessins par Jour - by Denis Chapon
12 Drawings a Day - 12 Dessins par Jour from Denis Chapon on Vimeo.
During 3 years (2008-2011) i have been drawing 12 drawing of animation every day, it make one second of film. I had no plans what so ever before starting the first drawing. And then, each of the folowing days, I took the 3 last drawing from the day before and kept on animating. I use a none erasable pen, and drew on the back side of used A4 paper.
12 DESSINS PAR JOUR
Pendant 3 ans (2008-2011) j'ai fait 12 dessins d'animation chaque jour. Ce qui équivaut à une seconde de film. Je n'avais pas de plans précis quand j'ai fait le premier dessin. Puis, les jours suivant, je prenais les 3 derniers dessins de la veille et continuais à animer. J'ai utilisé un stylo non-effaçable et je dessinais au verso de feuilles A4 déjà utilisées.
Prep and Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice
Noel's face after "I thought it was Francis." at 10min35s cracked me up. That expression is so good! :)
Monday, December 5, 2011
39th Annual Annie Nominations
Congratulations to everybody involved!! Head over here for the full list!
Best Animated Feature
A Cat in Paris – Folimage
Arrugas (Wrinkles) - Perro Verde Films, S.L.
Arthur Christmas – Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman Animations
Cars 2 – Pixar Animation Studios
Chico & Rita – Chico & Rita Distribution Limited
Kung Fu Panda 2 – DreamWorks Animation
Puss In Boots – DreamWorks Animation
Rango – Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present A Blind Wink/GK Films Production
Rio – Blue Sky Studios
Tintin – Amblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films and Kennedy/Marshall
Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production
Adventure Time: Thank You – Cartoon Network Studios
Batman: Year One – Warner Bros. Animation
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas – Blue Sky Studios
Kung Fu Panda – Secrets of the Masters – DreamWorks Animation
Prey 2 – Blur Studio
Star Tours – Industrial Light & Magic
Friday, December 2, 2011
Reel making tips
5. This is the most important thing in this list. Everything you ever animate, ever, needs to be entertaining. If it's not, stop what you are doing, right away. Unless you are learning a principle, or its a school lesson, STOP NOW. Or unless you are entering some odd film competition, that 95 ppl out of 100 would want to punch you and the films watched in the face. STOP. If you don't know what's entertaining, or how to make a shot entertaining, STOP, ask everyone you know to look at your work and what you can do to inject entertainment into it. If you still don't know, STOP, watch every movie you can. If you still don't, STOP, rethink your career. All humans watch t.v, cartoons, movies and play video games with one purpose and only one purpose, TO BE ENTERTAINED.
Tangled Character: Rapunzel
Cool artwork, head over to livlily.blogspot.com (via 11secondclub blog)!
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Movies on the Radio - Music for Pixar
Thanks Jonathan Korzen for the tip!
... WQXR's "Movies on the Radio," hosted by David Garland. This show featured the music of Pixar as a tribute to the life and accomplishments of Steve Jobs.
Pixar Animation Studio's computer-animated films provide great story-telling, with memorable characters, playfully astonishing visuals, and compelling music. For their feature films, Pixar has used three talented composers: Randy Newman, Thomas Newman, and Michael Giacchino.
Garland presented music for such Pixar films as "Toy Story," "Up," "WALL-E," "Ratatouille," "Finding Nemo," and others, while reflecting on the ability to Pixar's music to communicate clever motifs and powerful emotions. Saturday’s program included Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” (Toy Story) and Michael Giacchino’s “Seizing the Spirit of Adventure” (Up).
Body movement in support of personality
which was lovingly referred to as "Animation Jerk Off" by the awesome teacher Lisa Mullins. She immediately let me know that this is just animation for animation's sake. And she was totally right. I was more in love with the animation principles and focused on showing them off, instead of thinking about character and personality. I hope she's still teaching. Her class was the first real character animation class for me and one of the best ones.
So once you get passed that, it's less about "there's a pop on x17" but more about acting choices, which fall more into the "I prefer this over that." as opposed to being wrong (of course you can have totally inappropriate acting choices that will feel wrong, but I hope you get my point).
Which brings me to a workshop clip I was giving feedback for. The question from the animator was, which version I preferred. My response and preference was based on movement supporting a character's personality, which I'm sure is totally debatable, but I just wanted post the feedback from the Workshop Feedback page here as well:
(This is in response to which version I prefer.)
Funny enough, I like them both, but specific parts and would mix them. I know that sounds complicated and not sure if that's helping you. What I like about "stuck02" is the amount of rotation and overlap the body has after she's being stuck. In "stuck02" she goes pretty far down up to x54, whereas in "IP10" she doesn't go as far and stops a bit abruptly. So anim wise from a body mechanics point of view, "stuck02" feels better.
But what I prefer in "IP10" is her left arm from x51 to 74, because it's stiffer. She's surprised, a bit irritated, but tense, and that is reflected in that stiffer arm. In "stuck02", from x54 to 85, the arm is loose and dangling, and feels too out of control and animated. Too me it's not in character.
After that it's up to you. Neither versions are wrong, they are just different in terms of acting choices. In "stuck02" she looks back up to x100 in a slow way, which gives her a feel of "Hello? Uhm... anybody see that? Help me!". In "IP10" she goes up very fast to x93, which gives it a feel of "Oops! I hope no one saw that!", which is a bit more in character because she looks and moves like a confident business woman, so when she's in trouble, I think she would want to keep that strong and confident look, so she wouldn't look around for help, she would try to fix it herself. That strong personality is reflected in x182, how she puts her glasses back into the right place. Then at the end when the manhole cover comes out, that's what breaks her confidence and that's why she looks surprised and out of it at x240. It's good contrast and a change in her character, whereas in "stuck02", she already looks a bit helpless like that during the x91 area. So the ending in "stuck02" is a bit more of the same in terms of character and less of a contrast.
So basically, I would use "stuck02" until x56, then use the rest of "IP10". :)
Sunday, November 27, 2011
iAnimate.net 2011 show reel
iAnimate.net 2011 show reel from iAnimate on Vimeo.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Free Reel Review by Reel Feedback
Here's a message from reelfeedback's Hans Brekke:
We got a cool event for animation students next month in Emeryville. We're having a free reel review where students can bring their reels and get feedback. Its on Dec 15th from 7 -10 pm. We're having it at Lanesplitters so students can have some pizza and hang out.
Here is a link to the event site:
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Origin of Acting Choices
The main example, which I ripped off of "Inside the Actor's Studio" (but don't remember who said it first), is:
- imagine a scenario where a character enters a room/place and gets ready to go to sleep.
- the steps involved in doing so could be: entering room, turning lights on, putting keys or other belongings somewhere, brushing teeth, undressing, going to bed
Now. Those acting choices and whatever the character is doing in order to go through those steps will be different depending on where the character is.
If the character (a man for instance) is at his own place he will be familiar with his surroundings, so when he enters his house/apartment/whatever and switches on the light, he won't have to look and search for the switch, he probably won't even look in the direction of the switch while he flips it, because it's a habit. All the bathroom interaction, etc. etc. will be based on familiarity and routine.
But. If the guy is staying at a hotel (first time there), the same steps (entering, lights, keys, etc.) will have different acting choices because he is not familiar with the place. He will have to look for the switch, for other rooms, etc. etc.
So the same action will be different depending on the environment and the character's relationship to that environment.
Why do I bring this up now? I was reading an interview about John C. Reilly and his new movie "Carnage" at hollywoodreporter.com and one of the questions was "What did you learn about filmmaking from Roman?" (Roman Polanski is the director)
I found his answer very interesting and it reminded me of that Inside the Actor's Studio thing.
During rehearsals, I'd have this book in my hand, and I have to set this book down in order to do the next bit of acting, and he would say: "Why would you put the book down? You don't know that you're going to pick up the bottle yet. You're doing that because you know you need your hands free, but that doesn't make sense."
Totally true and a good reminder to question the origin of your acting choices!
Ice Age 4 - Scrat
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Check out Dan Schoening's gallery, love his work! Those Ghostbusters one are so cool. Would be awesome to have those as maquettes and anim rigs. :)
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Gear change reference
"I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy"
Workflow by Jim Levasseur
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Emil's Animation Reel 2011
Kibble and Bites - by Agnes Salek
Back from the Dead by Mark Estrada
The Last Train by Animation Hub
BEAT by Or Bar-El
Foot detail in animation
Thanks to a co-worker and through Super 8 behind-the-scenes clips I found this Epix clip with Shawn (not Shaun, hahaha!), giving the viewers and inside tour of ILM. Good stuff!
Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Trailer for Dr. Seuss' 'The Lorax'
Fun animation! I really like the shot of the kid at the table, eating and asking his mom a question, nice detail work in his readjustment. Cute designs too! Watch the trailer here.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Making of the Smurfs
Making of the Smurfs
Friday, October 21, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Magic by Sam Verschraegen
Magic from Sam Verschraegen on Vimeo.
Rio animation reel by Julen Santiago
Rio animation reel from Julen Santiago on Vimeo.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Emergen-C TV Ad - Vacation
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Halo Reach - Reel by Tom Saville
Monday, October 17, 2011
Prelude to Eden - Michel Gagné
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Imagine animating this...
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Looney Tunes: VES Submission
Monday, October 10, 2011
Original Stop-Motion Animated T-Rex Scene From 'Jurassic Park'
Head over to movies.com for all the info and more clips! (no embedding)
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Crazy Fencing poses
And of course boston.com's The Big Picture has really good pictures:
Friday, October 7, 2011
Scared faces reference
The whole collection can be found here!
Found via @GrahamRoss
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Notes from Stijn Windig:
It's a collaboration between myself and fantasy illustrator Ian Miller. It is made as a test/showcase for a bigger project.
It is not as polished as most of the good stuff on your site, but I hope you like it enough to consider giving it some attention
Sure thing! It's not like there's some quality level that you need to achieve before I post something. And this is already cool! Curious to see the bigger project!
Jacobs Lament from Stijn on Vimeo.
Frame a Frame: Sergio Pablos (English Subtitles)
Sergio Pablos, former Disney Supervisor is the director of The Spa Studios, who designed the main characters of Rio and were responsible for the original idea of Despicable Me.
Frame a Frame: Sergio Pablos ( English Subtitles ) from Christian Dan on Vimeo.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The Adventures Of Tintin - Trailer
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Arthur Christmas trailer
Monday, October 3, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Practice makes perfect!
This is very applicable to animation (thanks Shawn!).
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Pixar's Director of Photography/Lighting Sharon Calahan: Reflections on Light and Color
This workshop is intended as discussion about using light and color to create memorable images that support the story. Sharon will talk about her favorite images and why they captivate. Sharon Calahan joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1994 as lighting supervisor on the studio’s first feature film, Toy Story. She then served as director of photography on Toy Story, A Bug’s Life , Toy Story 2 , Finding Nemo , Ratatouille and Cars 2.
Sharon knew at the age of three that she wanted to be an artist for Disney. She went on to study graphic design, illustration and photography. Following art school, she began her career as an art director for broadcast television and video production.
Prior to joining Pixar, she was a lighting director at Pacific Data Images completing commercial work, longer format television, and graphics packages.
Here more info about who else is attending:
Sharon Calahan will be the opening keynote of VIEW 2011. Some of the other international special guests of VIEW2011 will be : Randy Thom, multiple Academy-Award winning director of sound design for Skywalker Sound; Tom Wujec , the visual thinking guru and award-winning innovator @ Autodesk ; Cory Doctorow , science fiction novelist, blogger, e technology activist; Glenn Entis , Academy Award Winner, Co-Founder and General Partner @ Vanedge Capital ; Scott Farrar , Academy Award Winner and VFX Supervisor for Transformers 3 , @ ILM; Roger Guyett, VFX Supervisor for Cowboys & Aliens , @ ILM; Lucia Modesto , Character Technical Director Supervisor for Kung Fu Panda 2 , @ PDI/Dreamworks Animation; Peter Nofz , CG Supervisor for Green Lantern , @ Sony Imageworks ; Erminio Pinque , Artistic Director at BIG NAZO LAB; Joshua Grow , 2011 Siggraph Computer Animation Festival Chair; Roger Gould , Creative Director @ Pixar's Theme Park Group; David Revoy , Digital Painter and Art Director.
And where and when is this happening?
VIEW Conference is the premiere international event in Italy on Computer Graphics, Digital Cinema, 3D Animation, Gaming, VFX and Interactive Techniques. It will take place in Turin from 25th to 28th, preceded by the VIEWFest , the Computer Animation Festival (from 21st to 23rd October 2011).
Inspired by the ocean, theBlu is a global mission to create the
world's largest globally shared art and entertainment project of its
kind on the web. It is a beautiful interactive online world where
every species and habitat is a unique work of art created by global
digital artists and developers from all walks of life. TheBlu is a
geosocial web app where people connect across the Internet and explore
a vast and growing ocean gallery on the web.
See more at www.theblu.com.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Gear change reference
Awesome emotional change when the kid here's the song he likes! Watch the clip here!
Thursday, September 29, 2011
This is about stealing.
I know, I know, a lot of you are rolling your eyes after reading this. But come on. Seriously?
Most animators in my workshops want to work at Pixar, yet on their hard drives or thumb drives the majority of ripped or downloaded movies are Pixar movies. They've heard my rants many times but I ask again.
You want to learn from Pixar teachers. You want to work there. But you don't have $9 to buy the DVD?
Don't you want to support the company so that they can continue to make their movies, so that you can one day work there? Sure, that's a simplistic view, but I really don't get it. It's not going to break your bank and you support your peers.
You're stealing! I know, I sound like an old fart, but hey.
It's so easy nowadays to get things for free but out of all the things, as an animator, wouldn't you at least support the animation industry?
But this is not what prompted this post. It was an email from Jamaal Bradley. His "From Planning to Polish" tutorial is $29.99 and it's a great tutorial, well worth the money.
Yet in his email he explains that people have been passing along the quicktime tutorial, which forces him now to change his ways of delivering his tutorials to people.
And that just pissed me off.
Seriously? You can't afford to buy something for $29.99?
A fellow animator is working hard to produce something in order to help other people. But none of that matters. Just like movies, or music or whatever is easily copied and ripped, why pay for it?
I know this is a useless rant, but I still had to rant. Out of all the things, you don't even support your own industry.
Moonshine: Artists after dark
Moonshine : Artists after dark from alexis wanneroy on Vimeo.
DreamWorks first personal art publication, Moonshine, was conceived as an opportunity to highlight the breath of artistic development talent at Dreamworks.
This short documentary gives you a sneak peek into the personal works from the artists.
Directed by Alexis Wanneroy & Christophe Lautrette
Artists : Sam Michalp, Nicolas Weis, Christian Schellewald, Paul Duncan, Marcos Mateu, Nathan Fowkes
Special appearance from Jeffrey Katzenberg
Moonshine book :
Produced by Angela Lepito
Published by Design Studio Press
Edited by Christophe Lautrette & Pierre-Olivier Vincent
Music by Drew Barefoot - The forest in bloom
First, you got Jason Ryan's tutorials at jasonryananimation.com (and there a ton of them there).
There are also webinars available, which kick some serious butt! If you go to jrawebinar.com, you have a great selection:
There's a lot more to check out, so don't miss it!
Rio - "Samba Parade" Blu Animation
Rio - "Samba Parade" Blu Animation from Isaak Fernandez on Vimeo.
Head over to youanimator.com and check out what they're offering! Here some info about it:
What is YouAnimator?
YouAnimator is a place to showcase your demo-reel or short animation! Stop sending your demos to studios to add to their pile of CDs and video tapes. If you are an aspiring animator – eager to be discovered, this is your page. Our goal is to create a central site on which the world’s best character animators can show off their demo reels – and be discovered – may they be in India, Argentina, Norway, Iceland, the US or any place in the world.
What’s YouAnimator’s purpose?
Our purpose is to help you achieve your dreams as an animator actor: to be discovered as a character animator. Here you can create your own portfolio page – and send its URL to friends and collegues and companies. YouAnimator is also a site where you can learn from each other and each other’s work. There is a LEARNING menu button that will take you to the SWEATBOX – page. The Sweatbox is where your work-in-progress can be critiqued by others. And we’ll give you some tools to practice your trade. We’ve uploaded a few animatable character rigs (under DOWNLOAD) that you can use to create short animations with.
They also offer two rigs and multiple sets for download!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Ni No Kuni TGS Stage Presentation
Scar pencil tests
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Simon Irvine August 2011 Animation Reel
Simon Irvine August 2011 Animation Reel from Simon Irvine on Vimeo.
Reelbarrow - Reel Animation Inspiration
If you head over to reelbarrow.com you get a list of tons of awesome animation reels you can check out.
Age of Empires Online - Full Cinematic Trailer
Great site with lots of tutorials (via onanimation) and a free rig!
Head over to animationscout.tv, the TV part is very important. Don't go to animationscout.com. Just sayin'.
Acting References post in Italian
Die Hard (acting & staging)
Star Trek Nemesis
The Quiet (cartoony acting)
Head over here for the list.
Reference: Interpretative Dance
Friday, September 16, 2011
Gear change reference
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Robot Chicken: Hold the Elevator
Always so good! Embedding not allowed, so follow this link.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Huge library of sound clips! Awesome! Head over to soundboard.com!
(thanks again Le Roy!)
Emanuele Pavarotti comparison reels
wlf from Emanuele Pavarotti on Vimeo.
toastieee from Emanuele Pavarotti on Vimeo.
Thanks Le Roy for the tip!
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Sheeped Away by Junaid Chundrigar
Sheeped Away from Junaid Chundrigar on Vimeo.
Here's a short making-of:
Sheeped Away - a short but educative making of from Junaid Chundrigar on Vimeo.
For more info visit the official site and the facebook page.
Thanks Seppe (animatie.blog.nl) for the tip!
Friday, September 2, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Animation Contest Winner - Summer 2011 - "Magic"
And the winner is: Joey Kim
A lot of votes came in for Jeff Williams (2nd place) and Ryan Moran (3rd place), so congratulations to you guys as well for your great work!
And here again all the submissions:
Spungella Animation Contest - Summer 2011 - "Magic" from Jean-Denis Haas on Vimeo.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Frame by Frame - reference site
Here's another cool reference site: Frame by Frame, at framexframe.tumblr.com
Thanks Pradeep for the tip!
Monday, August 22, 2011
Reference! Reference! - free database for animation
Title says it all! Check it out at referencereference.com
Thanks Jefferson Vieira for the tip!