Monday, July 27, 2009


So I'm in a storyboarding class right now. This has been the first thing I produced in it that I was mildly happy with. So I thought I'd share. Also, disregard the closing music. I was scrambling to find something to put in.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Secret of Kells

A fellow at the SAS conference, Thomas Walsh, was talking about a new movie from Ireland- "The Secret of Kells." The style looks absolutely beautiful, and I am already super excited about this. Any time something like this comes along every so often to completely blow away anything mainstream. Persepolis did it, Waltz with Bashir did it, and I'm guessing Kells will as well.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Auto Rig

I figured I'd post something about my auto rigger I've been working on. This is of course an ongoing long process- but I hope to have a functional prototype maybe by the end of the summer (unrealistically). So far I've got the skeleton generator portion totally functional (at least for a biped). It creates a bunch of locators for you to place in the appropriate parts of the body, then replaces those with properly orienteed joints. It has a nice little feature where you can choose the number of fingers, and also, if it's symmetrical, you only have to place one side and the other aligns automatically. I'm pretty stoked about this one.

I'm currently working on setting up the spine. Again, you can choose you many joints, whether it's FK, IK, or FK/IK, and whether it's stretchy and maintains volume. My big thing about this auto rig is that I want to give the person as many choices as possible- so they can keep it super simple if that's all that's needed, or make it complex and really powerful.

In other news, my FK IK matcher is still about 95% complete. I suppose I should finish that one, too, so I can incorporate it into the auto rig. I'll add all of these to my website for download as they get finished. There's already some nifty scripts up there that you should check out.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

post conference

So yeah, the SAS conference was pretty cool (after the flat tire I got on the way there). It was pretty intimidating presenting in front of the likes of these people, but feedback I got indicated I held my own okay. I mean I was presenting on a panel with Paul Wells- that's pretty awesome.

There were a bunch of really interesting papers, and some that I didn't follow so well. Perhaps my favorite was outlining a new genre of parody nostalgia in animation- using shows like Harvey Birdman and Robot Chicken as examples. It was pretty interesting. Not to mention a fantastic round table about how to form curriculum for teaching animation. All in all it was a good time.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wish me luck

Tomorrow I leave for Atlanta for the SAS conference. I don't present until Saturday, so hopefully I'll get a feel for it tomorrow and be totally prepared. If anyone's curious about what I'm presenting, here's the abstract