Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Will

Oh man! Is this another post with in a week???? Hopefully I'll be able to keep this pace up. This is one of the side projects I've been working on lately. For those of you that know about the 11 second club will notice the audio is from the December competition, yes I said it, the DECEMBER competition. Have I've been working on this piece since December?? Yes and No, between work and the iPhone game, this piece may have seen 9-12 hrs of work a week. Besides the week I got off of work for Christmas Break, I put some decent hours into the piece then. This was the first time I try to "block" out my animation in 3D, usually I do 'straight ahead" animation in 3d, but if your looking to do this professionally and want to make your director happy, you got to learn how to block out your shots first. It allows to directer to see whats going on in the shot pass the storyboard and lets them make changes on the shot before you wasted weeks on a shot. It was definitely different doing it this way, but I think it worked out better for me in the end. I read about how to block out animation at Keith Lango web site. He breaks it down pretty good, still somethings he mentions that I need to work on, but theres always the next animation test for that. The reason why I called it "The Will" is because the whole concept behind this test is the man is laying on his death bed and it is the girls job to write up his will, but as you see things didn't go to smoothly with that.

11 Second Club is a monthly competition for ANYONE who wants to and can find the time to animate to a 11 second audio clip from a movie that the website choices from. You dl the audio clip from the web site and if you want you can dl free rigs form the site as well. If you win, you get a critique from a industry professional that usually works at some big studio such as Pixar or Dreamworks. Definitely something to do if you have some free time and looking to push your skills even further like I am. Only way to get better is to put the time in.........or pay someone to do it for you, but that doesn't feel as good in the end now does it.


Friday, February 20, 2009

It's been a long time, I shouldn't have left you...

It has been quite awhile since my last post. I've been busy busy busy!!!! Yes I'm using that as an excuse. Besides freelancing at Kinetic Post, one of my friends Jodie Hudson offer me some freelance, work on a iPhone game. Its being done in Traditional Animation (or Classical Animation what ever you wish to call it). After each character is done being animated, were taking every frame into Photoshop to be color and output for the programmers to create the game. I'm not looking forward to scanning in every individual frame one by one, its like you can feel the minutes being taken off your life with every slow scan. After that stage though it should go quickly. Right now I'm working on tone mattes for one of the characters I'm responsible for. On top of the iPhone game I'm also doing some CG animations on (one which I hope to post next week) to build up my reel a little more.

Any who, I saw that I was called out by Jodie in my last post ha ha. So that kick started me to draw a quick picture and post it. So here is Fyllo, everyone one favorite jungle boy again. I thought it would be sweet for Fyllo to slide down and around the jungle on a giant banana leaf when he can. Its been awhile since I spent more than a few mintues on a sketch, so with this drawing it felt great to complete it!