Friday, December 11, 2015

Kubo and the Two Strings Official Teaser

This looks very intriguing! Interesting casting choices, I'm sure it's going to spark some "Why so many white actors?" questions.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015


Malcolm 2.0

The super popular rig Malcolm just got the public release update to 2.0. Very cool! And thanks for sharing! Download it here!

Pixelart - Eder Cardoso

These are pretty awesome. Made by Eder Cardoso.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Simple As Pie Progress

43rd Annual Annie Award Nominations

Congrats to all the nominees!! (full list at THR)

Paramount Pictures
Inside Out 
Pixar Animation Studios 
Shaun the Sheep Movie 
Aardman Animations
The Good Dinosaur 
Pixar Animation Studios 
The Peanuts Movie 
Blue Sky Studios, Twentieth Century Fox Animation

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Stickybones - Poseable Freestanding Human Figure

This is a very cool poseable figure that will launch soon on Indiegogo. Head over here for more information.

Friday, September 25, 2015

In the Spring

The varying wavelengths of different colors


Stop Motion - Occupation: Animator by Bruna Berford

Stop Motion - Occupation: Animator from Bruna Berford on Vimeo.

Why animating “scenes” is good.

Couldn't agree more.

"This class – “Feature Workshop 6: Advance Sequence Work” – I feel is so essential for any animator trying to compete with working professionals, or for any working professional trying to stand out from their peers. These skills are just as important as spacing, timing, body mechanics and all of it. I truly believe that. And I think you’ll see I teach the class like I believe it too."

Head over here to read more about it.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Super Turbo Atomic Ninja Rabbit

Reeview Player

There's yet another online review player showing up, but this one adds the bonus of being able to draw on your movie and it saves each drawing per frame. Nice! Head over to check it out!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection

Just ordered this, can't wait to go through it! Head over here if you want to buy it. And here's a trailer for it:

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Animator Health and Wellness

Head over to the Tea Time forums and read up on what you can do to prevent RSI. It's really important to take frequent brakes and stretch. It's so easy to get caught up in a shot and work for hours without blinking! You have to take breaks!

The above link will also give you a handy pdf link the whole thing.

The Casebook of Nips & Porkington

Found via @cartoonbrew

So cute!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Background Fundamentals VFX Supervisors: Rob Coleman

Rob was my first anim supe on my first show/job (Star Wars Ep3) and was such a nice guy. The experience was so great.

Klaus - Rough Animation Reel

I love pencil tests! And this one is just fantastic!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sean Mack July 2015 demo reel

Sean Mack July 2015 demo reel from Sean Mack on Vimeo.
"Get Off The Phone" from AnimSquad Expert Workshop
Jack and Jill rigs courtesy of

Excerpt from Scout's introduction in "Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved" by Harmonix Music Systems and Disney Interactive

"Hundred-and-Ten Percent" from AnimSquad Expert Workshop
Jack rig courtesy of

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Good Dinosaur - Official US Trailer

This trailer continues the tradition of being meh and the movie ends up being great. So weird. Not a fan though of the cartoony character designs yet super real environment mashup. Bit odd. But both look great separately.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


This is so epic!

Imba yung libero. Ang lupet. Haha #Haikyuu
Posted by Jorick Igna on Monday, November 17, 2014

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Kung Fu Panda 3 - Trailer

Can't wait for this one! Loved the first two! But man, the music in trailers nowadays... I must be getting old....

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Add Character

As many of my students know, I'm always harping on about CHARACTER, to a point where it became a meme in my last AAU class. Thank you George...

To me it's just more interesting to see a character make choices that are influenced by their emotional state, by what's happening to them via outside forces (through another character or environmental forces, etc.) and so on as opposed to seeing just movement (like a dance or martial arts).

You can have underlying character traits inform the character's acting choices. Your character can be honest, loyal, determined, adventurous, pessimistic, mean, rude, greed, cruel, picky ,silly, fidget, deceptive, etc. etc.

You can also have gestures or body tics that are specific to one character. It can be tricky to put that into one shot as it might seem repetitive or just look like bad acting:

... but it's still something to think about. As mentioned above, the environment can also alter your acting. Take your current acting scene but place it somewhere where it's really cold. The character's posture is going to change, some gestures might be faster or reduced in their scale maybe because he/she wants to go back to putting his/her hands into the coat pockets or whatever. 

A simple gesture or someone grabbing a prop is going to look different depending on your character's emotional state of mind, character trait, environment, or even if the character is familiar or unfamiliar with the environment and/or prop(s).

All in all, every move should hopefully tell the audience something about your protagonist/antagonist/extra/etc., so don't forget: add character. :)

A Case Of Doubt

Friday, May 15, 2015

Spring AAU Semester is a wrap!

Haven't done a "Classes are done" post for a while, but yep, yesterday the 2nd out of the two classes at the AAU wrapped and it's been awesome as always. Good luck to all those who graduate!

There are no classes during Summer, but I'm still doing Animation Mentor and my online workshops are always open if anybody needs help and tutoring.

And Ritter Sport Hazelnut chocolate is the best. Boom.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015

Jaws - Beach Scene Analysis

There are a lot of really good clips online by people analyzing scenes and sequence (big fan of Every Frame a Painting for instance), and there are a lot of them about the Jaws beach sequence, but this one packs a lot of details in it that I found really interesting:

The Discarded Image: Episode 01 - Jaws (Spielberg, 1975) from 1848 Media on Vimeo.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

TAM: The Animator's Modeler

This looks pretty cool! Customize your own rig, then export it as an OBJ, FBX or MA file. The app is $25 and you get two rig exports with that. If you want more you have these pricing options:

1 additional export             $11.99
3 additional exports           $29.99
5 additional exports           $39.99
15 additional exports         $49.99
25 additional exports         $59.99

If you grab the $60 one that's around $2.4 per rig! Not bad!

Cyrano the Elephant in "Trunk Troubles"

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Inspector Gadget - Trailer - Netflix

Wow, could that Go Go Gadget song be any more kid cartoon generic? The show could be fun though, I used to like the cartoon as a kid a lot.

Friday, March 20, 2015

No Small Parts

Great series (thanks Aziz for the tip!). (was Anne Ramsey the model for Cartman?) The full playlist is here.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Confusion Through Sand

The Third Eye

Posting here but you have to head over there.

The Third Eye from Jérome Perrillat-Collomb on Vimeo.

Daniel Rodriguez - Animation Mentor class 6 exercise

Frozen: The Poster Collection

Lots of Frozen fans out there, so this might be for you:

Frozen: The Poster Collection 
 Compiled by Insight Editions 

The heartwarming story of two sisters who save their kingdom through their love for each other, Frozen has gained unparalleled popularity and acclaim worldwide. Based on the award-winning animated film, Insight Editions in collaboration with Walt Disney Animation Studios proudly presents Frozen:The Poster Collection (Insight Editions / $24.99 / March 2015). Since Frozen’s debut in 2013, the beloved film has become a cultural phenomenon, as well as an inspiration for children worldwide. The spectacular film is noted for its distinctive designs, eye-catching costumes, and beautiful snowy vistas. Filled with stunning imagery of the film’s gorgeous environments and colorful characters—such as Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf—this poster book contains forty full-color, removable and frameable posters, showcasing the spectacular design aesthetic that has helped to make Frozen a treasured addition to the Disney universe. Frozen has received numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. With over $1.2 billion in box office sales, Frozen is the highest grossing animated film of all time, as well as the fifth highest-grossing movie of all time. The film's popularity has continued to grow even after its DVD release, and the Frozen characters are featured in the Disney theme parks. This vibrant poster book collects fan-favorite characters, scenes, and official movie posters from the magnificent animated film, and it is a must-have for Frozen enthusiasts of all ages.


Frozen: The Poster Collection Reprinted from Frozen: The Poster Collection published by Insight Editions. Copyright © 2015 Disney Publishing Worldwide.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015