Saturday, June 21, 2008

Pixar, Wall-E, and Class 3!


I had the amazing opportunity this last Thursday to go to Pixar and see an advanced screening of Wall-E!!!!!! Much thanks to an amazing animator, Roger Rose. I've been waiting a LONG time to go to Pixar and I'm so glad I finally got the chance. What a great place!! And...not to spoil the movie...but...Wall-E was GREAT!! Pixar does such an amazing job of telling heart-felt stories and bringing awesome, loveable characters to life!! It was a ton of fun to see a few familiar Animation Mentor faces there (Doug Sweetland, Carlos Baena) and even saw the brilliant John Lasseter walking down the hall. Crazy fun times!

Also, Class 3 is officially OFICALLY over. I'm kicked out of the site for a week or so and I'm already having withdrawls. haha. I thought I would post my prgress reel so far at Animation Mentor. I am so excited for next term and finishing up this shot with facial animation!! Take care and I'll post a few pictures from Pixar soon.(just to prove I actually went.)



Sunday, June 15, 2008

Class 3: Week 11...THE END!!!

Hey!!! is the end of Class 3...

This was our last week to work on our dialogue shot and turn it in. Next week we have a Q and A and a lecture but no assingment. So, I get a 2 week break!! Anyways, I have a GREAT term. I learned so my from Jay, my mentor, and all of the lectures. I probably learned the most from just working on my shots and facing different challenges with each one. Its crazy how much new stuff you learn every time you work on a new shot.

Anyways, here is my final dialogue shot for Class 3. I had a little time to light and render this one to give it a more finished feel.

A friendly reminder that will will be picking up on this shot in Class 4 to animate the face. Right now only the eyes and jaw are moving. I'm super excited to get into lip sync and facial animation again. STAY TUNED FRIENDS!!!



Monday, June 09, 2008

Kung Fu Panda!

And now, for something a little different...


I saw Kung Fu Panda this weekend and was very impressed! Definately my favorite Dreamworks movie to date probably due to the fact that there was Animation Mentor allumni working on it!! WOOT! The art direction, character and set designs, and animation were all amazing. It had some of the most entertaining action scenes I've seen in a long time and Jack Black did a great job with Po.(the Panda)

We to your regularly scheduled blog posts...


Sunday, June 08, 2008

Class 3 : Week 10 - Part 2

Hey guys,

Its the end of week 10 here at AM and I just turned in my assingment for this week. I still have a TON of polish to do on this shot but I'll post where I'm at right now. Also, the hand pose for this week was "SUPRISE" so here's what I came up with for that. Hope everyone is having a great weekend. 2 MORE WEEKS OF CLASS 3!!!!



Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Class 3: Week 10 - Part 1


UNREAL!! Here is some progress on my dialogue shot. Last week we took it to breaking. In this stage, we're supposed to move from stepped mode (pose to pose) and start working in splined mode. This means that a lot of the timing starts to get floating and messy. So, I started smoothing it out last week.

This week we I'm doing more polish on the shot. I've been adding overlap and drag and cleaning up the arcs. The first half of the shot is what I've been working on most so far.

Also, last weeks hand pose was "relaxed" so i'll post what I came up with for that as well.

More to come at the end of this week when I'm done the first polish pass. Next week is our last week to work on this shot. AHHHH!!!

Have a great week,



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