Thursday, December 6, 2012
Ah now into Spline. Such a painful part of the process. Everthing is looking good and then you put it in spline and you have to redo a lot of parts. I ran into a ton of gimbal lock and I'm going to be more careful next time so I don't run into that.
I have been sick as can be. I had the same mouth virus that my daughter had and put me in bed for four days and I've lost about fifteen pounds! So I'm playing catch up with posting my assignments. This week we put our shot into blocking. My mentor suggested putting it on 4's because of the complicated movements.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Finally to the point of final polish. I spent a long time on my shot and I think it paid off. Minor notes from my mentor, I'm a very happy man this week. We also had to choose our shot for the next month. We work with Stewie (He has no arms so we can focus on the shoulders and head). My idea is that he is walking along happily by a home haunters graveyard then a grave popper pops up and scares Stewie. He jumps back and falls down.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Class 2 has began! My new mentor Martin Hopkins works at Dreamworks Animation. He has been a mentor at AnimationMentor for six years. The class is intro to Psychology of Body Mechanics. My first week we had to shoot video reference for the shot we picked. I decided to have Ballie walking up a ton of stairs. He walks up three stairs stumbles, leans against the wall and slides down.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
I was lucky enough to win a raffle at AnimationMentor and was one of the five chosen to get a tour of Dreamwork's Animation Studio! I left around 6 in the morning to get to downtown. I had to go to the Los Angeles Convention Center to catch the bus to the studio. I met my fellow AM classmates (one from Germany, two from England, and one from Philadelphia). They were all alumni except for me. I couldn't take pictures inside because they have four movies in the works that haven't been announced. The highlight of the tour was seeing a secret room in the effects department. There is a bookcase and you pull a lever in a book to unlock the secret entrance. There is a bar with beer taps, wine, two fireplaces (fake) and it was filled with antique furniture and nick knacks.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
My son and I talked to Suzanne at the BBQ and she said that she could get us some AnimationMentor stuff. Today we received a box from her with T-shirts, AnimationMentor Alumni license plate cover (going to have to put this on after I graduate) and a nice card. We are both very touched by this kind gesture.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
This week we had to animate a ball going through an obstacle course. We had to incorporate Squash and Stretch and Anticipation. This was a really fun assignment and a chance to give the ball some life and character. We also had to pose Stu (AnimationMentor supplied rig) in a "Devastated" pose.
This is my revision of my bowling ball vs. ping pong ball.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
This Weekend I traveled up to San Francisco with my son to attend the AnimationMentor BBQ!!! It was located in a park right by Fisherman's Wharf and Fort Mason. We could see the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance and it was a sunny beautiful day. Got to meet some of my co-students and the founder's of AnimationMentor. Food was great and it really felt like a family. I'm definitely going to have to go next year.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
AnimationMentor recently had a raffle for five lucky students to get a tour of Dreamworks Animation Studio. Guess what... I WON!!!! I got a call this morning and I was jumping up and down when I heard the news. Dreamwork's should be contacting me this coming week when its going to be. I'm very excited! I'll definitely post the pics I can from the tour.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
This week we had to animate two bouncing ball. One has to be heavy (bowling ball) and the other Light (ping pong ball). We also had to revise our last week bouncing ball assignment. I didn't change anything to the bouncing ball because I didn't get any notes from my mentor.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
I found this book at my local library. It's such an entertaining read I finished it the first night I got it. It's written by Jack Kinney who was a great animator at Disney Studios. He was a supervising animator that produced such memorable shorts such as the Goofy how-to series and he worked on features, one of my favorite scenes in Dumbo (the pink elephants). The book describes an array of characters that worked at the Disney studios. There are some great stories about Walt and hysterical situations that you wouldn't have believed took place there. Each story has a sketch made of the character and the situation Kinney is talking about. Makes you feel like you were actually there during those golden times.