Friday, December 21, 2007

Class 1 down, 5 to go!

Well the holidays are almost upon us, and that means that the end of the semester is here. So this is the reel with all of my Animation Mentor coursework in it. This starts with the most recent and goes down to the first assignment. The AM experience was SO amazing, I loved everything about it. I learned more about animation in that 3 months, than I have in my life because this is the first time I've had instruction that is STRICTLY for animation. I got an "A" for my final grade :)

Things with work are getting busy, but also going REALLY well.. we got our first client and are getting to launch the beta of our product in January. I am also excited because we are talking about getting off the short simple flash games that we have been developing and try to get into some bigger, more in depth games that can be sold on the shelves of walmart and target for PC and possibly DS or Xbox Arcade. It would look great to have some animation for that under my belt.

The Paco animation project is going nicely. Frank is going to be dedicating most all of his work time to get it finished by summer 08. I imagine, I will be dedicating more time to working on the animation for it.. I have finished 3 shots so far and have many more to go. The first shot that I animated is on the paco blog under "Shot render passes demo". My shot is the very last one in the video.. and lasts like 1 or 2 seconds.. but it still is nice to see the animation look so nice with the lighting and rendering. Frank did a great job with the first scene in it as well.

Well, it's off to the relatives up north for a little while and it will be nice to have a little break before class 2 starts up. Everyone have a great christmas and I'll be back when the next class starts up with more posts. And I'll leave with a few more links:

When Angry Animators Attack!
Solar Powered Animal Sculptures
Calling All Cars
Exaggeration Reference- Dover Boys
Some great Animated shorts

Saturday, November 10, 2007


Well it has been a while since my last post. I've been really hard at work with all the animation I've been doing.. So to give everyone an update, I put together the work I've done for my Animation Mentor class up until now. It is already midterms and I'm getting ready to start handling characters with tails and legs in the last half of the class. The school really is everything everyone says it is... and more.. really.. My mentor is a guy named Paul Allen. He worked on the Jimmy Neutron and Ant Bully movies. He is currently working on a TOP SECRET video game project in Texas. Can't wait to see his work when it gets announced closer to the new year. Also, here is an animation I did that I couldn't use for one of my assignments, check it out... it was fun.

On another note, my full time job has been going wonderfully.. It gets a tad stressful with upcoming deadlines, but it is a LOT of fun cause I get to make games. Possibly the BEST part of it is that I get to practice doing 2d animation in Flash. I always hear professional animators say that they encourage people to get started doing 2d before trying 3d.. I completely back this up, because I have learned a lot, much faster from working in Flash than if I only animated in 3d. If you can't afford Flash there are quite a few 2d animation software packages out there..
You owe it to yourself to do some 2d, even if you can't draw.. try doing simple effects, like a water splashes, or even your typical bouncing ball in 2d.. it is awesome practice.

the paco animated short is going slowly but surely.. We 3 animators (myself, Jared Price, and Frank Tai) have dedicated at least one night a week to work on the animation for the short which helps because we are all so busy. Hopefully this will start to come together towards the new year.

alright, that's about it on this end.. here are some links for your viewing pleasure.. just random things that I think are worthwhile on the net..

Animation Mentor Fall Showcase
Rock Band Trailer
Dale Baer on Animation Podcast
Breaking into Games: I want to be a Designer!
Michael Caine: Acting on Film
A Conversation with Don Hertzfeldt
Wake up - a short about a cat
Awesome stop motion spot for Sony
for fun... Flight of the Conchords - Business Time

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Animation mentor

I just got accepted for the fall term of Animation Mentor!! I'm really excited... now I need to read up and practice up for October 1st... .... wooo!

also, theres this guy named Frank Tai that I'm doing some animation with for his short animation named "PACO." You may be asking yourself.. "Who The Hell is Frank Tai?" well, check it out here:

Visionfest 2007

I had a wonderful time this last weekend because it was Visionfest weekend... I got to hear guest speakers like Rick O' Connor from ILM, Conrad Montgomery from Disney Television Studios, and Rich McKain from Blue Sky Studios talk about their experiences in the professional world. Rich McKain even showed us how he approaches a walk cycle and I took a full page of notes! It was so inspiring to see their work and hear how things happen in a studio setting like that.. gets me excited just thinking about it! ..

Another thing about Visionfest... it's a juried student competition with three categories, 3d short, 2d short, and Sequential Art. I just so happened to submit a few things into the Sequential Art category, just wondering if they would even be on display at the event... It turned out all of my comics (3 of them) were on display and one of them got much more recognition than I could have hoped for... They announced the best in the undergraduate category for sequential art and it was me... then the best overall... and that was me too! I was flabbergasted! ....Really, you can see for yourself.. that's my big cheesy grin as I hold on to the wonderful plaque with my name on it :)

you can see an article on the School of Informatics site, here is the link:

So basically, not only did I get to chat with people working on the movies that I want to so desperately make, but I also got recognized for making good artwork and telling a story! I would say that's one helluva weekend! I even got a little time to show Rich McKain my animation reel after the awards and he went through it with me, telling me what he liked and disliked... you can't beat that kind of feedback!

So anyway, here are the images of my comic that won, called Wonderland

I have to thank my professor Durwin Talon for helping me with getting this comic presentable.. Thanks so much..

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

My Reel

Here is my reel that I have worked on the last 5 months.. I've learned a whole lot and can't wait to get back and do more animation, whatever my next project will be.

Sunday, April 29, 2007