Whooohoo!!! New term, new class and new mentor :)
Class 2 - Body Mechanics and my mentor is Robert Russ. He has animated one of my favorite shots from The Incredibles - the shot where Bob comes home after being fired and the little kid on the tricycle says "I don't know, something amazing I guess". The way that the kid looks slightly shy/embarrassed and at the same time hoping to see something really cool, is just awesome! But that's just one of a lot of cool shots Robert have animated. Here's his bio:
Robert Russ joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1996 and has had the opportunity to work on almost all of the Pixar films. He began his work at Pixar as a crowd animator on "A Bug's Life". From there, he moved on to work as an animator on "Toy Story 2," "Monsters, Inc." and "Finding Nemo." While working on "The Incredibles," he was able to expand his role as an animator by assisting the character articulation team to build the basic set of controls that animators use to animate all the characters. He then directed his attention to animating the characters Edna Mode ("E"), Mr. Incredible/Bob Parr and Elastigirl/Helen Parr.
How cool is this?!?! We also had a great first q&a where everybody was introduced and it seems like it's gonna be another awesome term. Great class!
The assignment this week is to shoot reference and plan out a shot that we're gonna work on the next four weeks.