Friday, April 25, 2008

Blocking 1 Box Reaction

Well, here's blocking 1 for my next acting piece. The assignment is to have a character come in with one emotion, look inside a box (or in my case just see it), and have the emotion change. I'm not going to tell you what the emotions are, because I want to know if the story reads from just the gestures.

I'm not terribly happy with this pass. I think a lot of the poses are stiff and kind of ugly. So I'm revamping a lot of it in blocking 2, which is due Tuesday. So let me know if you think this reads okay.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Ollie Johnston

"No school like the old school"

-Ollie Johnston

Friday, April 18, 2008

Backflip Final

This is the end result of the backflip I was blocking in my previous posts. It's not flawless- meaning not quite demo reel quality- but it's close. I just need to push the weight right and left a tad more, and I may have made his arms a little too loose. One of the comments I got was that they looked like wet noodles, so I may have to dial that back a smidge.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

My Animusic

I absolutely adore Animusic. If you don't know what it is, just look it up Youtube, or go to their website. It's just some wonderfully imaginative animation set to music. They have some software that takes the music and converts it into keys for their animation. Since music plays a major role in my creative process, I was inspired by them, so I did a little thing myself. I didn't really know how to do this, so I just had to develop my own technique. The water droplets are all particles, so I had to time up when they hit the strings, and trace back how long it takes them to fall and key their generation. It's only 20 seconds, but I'm hoping to go back and do the full piece.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Learning blocking

I'm in my first real character animation class right now, and I'm just starting to really learn about blocking. After only doing it for a few weeks, I think it's the bees knees. I have a couple playblasts of blocking 1 with just the bare minimum of important key poses. Then with blocking 2 I started adding the breakdowns, and anticipation, as well as trying to introduce some drag. Keep in mind I'm only just beginning to grasp this process.

Blocking 1

Blocking 2

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


I've had a blog for a while now with movie reviews, but I've decided to start a personal one. I'm an animation graduate student working on my MFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and I figured I'd start this to keep a record of my goings on. As the title suggests, animation is nothing but complete madness, and anybody who wants spend their lives doing it is nuts. Of course, I'd never want to do anything else. Hope you enjoy.