Sunday, August 29, 2010

Acting it Out

Eric Scheur does an amazing job at the 11 Second Club providing animation tips and tricks, and I recently re-visited the Acting it Out article where he goes through acting out a performance and shooting video reference. There's also several video examples with actor Chris Murray.

I first read this article when it was published over a year ago, but it's nice to go back to it and read it again as a refresher. Read the article here.

Also, check out the other Helpful Hints articles Eric has published - awesome stuff!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Jason Ryan Podcast

Speaking of Animation has just released a podcast with Jason Ryan where he talks about his journey into the industry and his recent tutorials, webinars and new animation school,

Speaking of Animation Jason Ryan Podcast
Jason Ryan Animation

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Ruben Aquino Interview

Interview with supervising animator on Princess and the Frog, Ruben Aquino.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Doug Sweetland about Story

Short clip with Pixar animator/director Doug Sweetland (Presto).

Friday, August 20, 2010

Pixar Masterclass - Super Inspirational!

I attended the Pixar Masterclass with Andrew Gordon here in Auckland yesterday. A whole day stuffed with animation tips and tricks and coolness - an awesome inspirational boost.

I totally recommend going to his masterclass if he's visiting your city. It rocks!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Eric Goldberg Wisdom

I know it's been out there for a while, but it's still pure gold.

What's missing in CG and hand drawn reels:

Method of charting:

Benefits of Pose to Pose:

Benefits of Planning:

About Ken Harris:

And finally a cool video with Eric Goldberg creating a character:

Friday, August 13, 2010

My First Laptop Ever!

Finally I went ahead and bought myself a tablet pc, my first laptop ever :) I ended up with a used Fujitsu Lifebook T4220 Tablet. I totally love it. It's sooo cool to finally be able to draw directly on the screen in Flipbook.

Even though it's a few years old, it runs Maya 2009 pretty good. I've played around with Bishop and it's no lag at all....even Bishop 2.0 works okay.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Andreas Deja at Van Eaton Galleries

Veteran Disney animator Andreas Deja gives a talk at Van Eaton Galleries.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Lovin' it in New Zealand!

Just finished my first two weeks at Oktobor Animation Studio in Auckland, New Zealand, animating on The Penguins of Madagascar.

The show is really cool with nice and snappy animation and I'm really enjoying it so far. I'm a huge fan of the movies and getting to animate some of those memorable characters is supercool!

We're settled in a nice apartment in central Auckland and even though it's mid winter down here, the temperature is pretty nice, 15-17 degrees Celsius. It's raining a lot though, but I'm happy as long as it's not snowing ;)

It feels great to be back in lovely New Zealand and my wife and I are having a blast so far.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Animation Mentor releases Bishop 2.0

Animation Mentor has just released a new version of their main rig, Bishop. This looks freakin' awesome! This gonna be fun to work with.